Avast’s free antivirus software has an extensive set of tools and features which makes it one of the most popular choices for novice users. Despite some controversy regarding the suite’s session- and data-logging, (and subsequent sale of consumer browsing habits to a subsidiary) Avast is still able to offer an advantage over the majority of its competitors in terms of detection of malware. The initial scan that happens as part of the installation process is a great feature that allows the suite to make use of its native tools.
All Avast plans are available for Windows, macOS, and Android All plans include a 30-day money back guarantee. Upgrade to the premium plan unlocks an array of additional tools, such as an advanced firewall and anti-phishing defense. Additionally, it comes with a Rescue Disk, a secure browser for online shopping and banking, advanced anti-tracking security and a suite of solid system optimization tools.
One of the most effective tools is Avast’s Smart scan, which is an enhanced and faster alternative to check your computer for problems. My tests revealed that although it is an effective tool, there were a few glitches when scanning for specific types like ransomware. This can lock selected files and then demand a charge to release them.
Avast also provides a website cleanup tool that allows users to clean browsing histories, caches, and cookies from all major browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Opera Brave, Edge and Internet Explorer. It’s a simple and efficient tool, but it’s not as many customization options or privacy settings like other competitors.