Avast is a major popular antivirus product with a mighty malware detection engine, as well as many additional features, including ransomware coverage as well as a web-based fire wall and VPN assistance. Its malware detection score of 6 out of 6 in our tests is impressive and it did great job of stopping access to phishing websites that slipped through Chrome’s and Firefox’s default protections.
Avast’s real-world tests revealed that it was able to scan almost two million files in one full scan. This is remarkable, considering how light and efficient the software is. In our speed tests, Avast didn’t impact system performance in any noticeable way and it performed better than many competitors that can take an hour or more to trawl through the same number of files.
The interface of Avast is clean easy to navigate. The majority of its tools are placed on a single screen that has due diligence process clear tiles that depict each feature, making it easy to find the information you require without having to search through a long menu or multiple applications. This is an improvement over McAfee’s suite, which includes all its features scattered across several apps.
Avast offers a high degree of customer support, offering 24/7 support via email or telephone. Avast also provides a knowledgebase and forums to assist you with basic issues. For more complicated problems, you can use an online ticketing system for help. Its practices for sharing data are problematic, and it doesn’t include parental controls or a password manager to compete with Bitdefender Total Security.