Avast provides a broad array of features in a well-designed program that is very effective in independent tests and effectively eliminates threats. Its free version is considered to be one of the top available, and its premium and ultimate versions include additional features that help it stand out from competitors. This includes a sandbox which isolates unknown files and Wi-Fi Inspector that checks for vulnerabilities on your home network and helps to connect securely using public or private networks.
Avast Antivirus can be downloaded for Windows-based PCs under the name Avast Free Antivirus. It is also available for Mac computers that run macOS as Avast Security. Android mobile devices are protected by Avast Mobile Security. Apple products like the iPad, iPhone and iPod are protected by Avast SecureLine. Avat Antivirus also comes with an enterprise version known as Avast Endpoint Protection.
The user interface is a minimalist and clean design with a blue color scheme and orange accents (from its logo) and green “all-clear” buttons to show whether your computer is secure. The tools are organized into three tabs on the left of your screen which are Privacy, Performance and Protection.
In the early months of 2020, Avast found itself at the center of a huge privacy scandal after it was accused of securing information about its customers, including the websites they visited and their search keywords and videos watched. Although Avast claims to have ended this practice, some experts remain skeptical of the program.
The malware detection rate at Avast is high and its antivirus software has been recognized for its speed and low impact on the operating system. It is easy to install, and has a great reputation for customer support. The paid plans are more expensive than other antivirus software. Avast’s 30-day money-back guarantee is an enormous benefit.