Avast’s free antivirus software has an impressive array of tools and features, making it one of the most sought-after options for people who are just beginning. Despite the controversy surrounding the suite’s data-logging and session features (and subsequent selling of consumer browsing habits through a subsidiary) It still has an edge over most of its rivals in regards to malware detection. The initial scan that is part of the process of installing is also a nice feature. It sets the suite up to run its own tools.
All Avast plans are available for Windows, macOS, and Android All plans include a generous 30-day money-back guarantee. Upgrade to the premium plan unlocks an array of additional tools, including an advanced firewall and anti-phishing security. You also receive an Rescue Disk and a secure browser that allows you to use online banking and shopping. It also includes advanced security tools and anti-tracking features.
One of the more useful tools is Avast’s Smart scan, which is a more thorough and faster alternative to check your computer for problems. My tests showed that while it’s an effective tool, there were a few glitches when searching for specific types like ransomware. This can lock selected files and demand a fee to return them.
Another useful tool is Avast’s web cleanup module, which erases browsing histories, caches, and cookies for all major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Brave, Edge, Internet Explorer) as well as a wide range of other applications. It’s a simple and efficient tool, but it does not have the same options for customization or privacy settings like other competitors.