The free antivirus program from Avast comes with a powerful set of tools and features that make it one of the most popular choices for people who are just beginning. There have been some controversy about the suite’s session and data-logging (and subsequent sales of consumers‘ browsing habits through an affiliated company), it still has a distinct advantage over most of its rivals in terms of malware detection. The initial scan that is part of the installation procedure is also a nice feature. It will set the suite up to run its native tools.
All Avast plans are available for Windows, macOS, and Android and all come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Upgrade to the premium plan unlocks a variety of additional tools, including an advanced firewall and anti-phishing defense. Additionally, you receive a Rescue Disk and a secure browser to conduct online banking and shopping. It also comes with advanced anti-tracking and system optimization tools.
Avast smart scan is one of the most useful tools. It’s a thorough and faster way to inspect your system for any issues. Although it’s a powerful tool, my tests did show some hiccups when trying to check for specific kinds of threats, like ransomware. This can hold selected files indefinitely and demand payment for their release.
Another handy tool is Avast’s web cleaning module, which clears browsing histories, caches, and cookies for all major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Brave, Edge, Internet Explorer) as well as a myriad of other apps. This is a great easy feature that can do its job admirably, though it’s not as rich in options for privacy and customization as some of the more flexible competitors.