Avast offers a variety of features in a well-designed package that performs very well in independent tests and reliably neutralizes threats. Its free version is among of the top, and its premium or ultimate versions include extra features that make it stand out from the competition. They include a sandbox, which blocks unknown files, as well as Wi-Fi Inspector which scans for weaknesses in your home network, and helps you connect securely even when 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 running 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. It also has an enterprise version known as Avast Endpoint Protection.
The user interface is a modern and sleek design, featuring a blue theme with orange accents (from its logo), and green “all-clear” buttons that indicate whether your computer is secure. Its tools are neatly divided 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 massive privacy scandal when it was accused of securing information about its users, such as the websites they visited and their search terms and the videos they watched. Although Avast claims to have ended this practice, some experts remain skeptical of the program.
Avast’s malware detection rate is high and its antivirus program has been highly praised for its speed and the minimal impact on the operating system. It’s easy to install, and it has a solid reputation for customer assistance. The paid plans are more expensive than some other antivirus software. Avast’s 30-day money-back guarantee is a huge plus.