Avast’s free antivirus software is powerful and has a a comprehensive set of tools and features that make it one of the best options for novices. Despite the controversy surrounding the suite’s session and data-logging (and the subsequent selling of customer browsing habits through an affiliated company) the suite has a distinct advantage over most of its competitors in terms of malware detection. The initial scan that is part of the installation process is also a great feature. It prepares the suite to work with its own tools.
All Avast plans include a generous 30 day refund guarantee. Upgrade to the premium package gives you a wide range of additional tools, including an advanced firewall and anti-phishing security. You also receive the Rescue Disk and a secure browser to conduct online banking and shopping. It also comes with advanced anti-tracking and optimization tools for your system.
Avast smart scan is one of the most useful tools. It’s a thorough and faster way to inspect your system for issues. Although it’s a powerful tool however, my tests showed some issues when trying to look for specific types of threats, like ransomware. This could lock certain files hostage and demand a charge to release them.
Avast also offers a web cleanup tool that is able to erase browsing histories, caches, and cookies from all major browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Opera Brave, Edge and Internet Explorer. This is a simple, effective feature, but it’s not equipped with as many options for customization or privacy settings as other competitors.