In a Nutshell
- Blocks viruses and other malware
- Free 30-day trial
- Relatively basic protection
- Not available for iOS
The most basic version offered is a free download. This is probably best suited for someone with limited security needs since the company specifically mentions that this is only to be used for personal and non-commercial purposes. Even still, it is able to block numerous types of spyware and viruses, and also includes regular updates. Some cool new features include the ability to automatically place suspicious programs in a ‘sandbox’ where they are unable to exert any malicious or harmful effects. Avast’s WebRep feature ranks the reputation of various websites for users.
Avast also offers 2 additional paid versions of its classic antivirus software. The next step up is the Internet Security plan, which allows for secure online banking and purchases, surfing risky websites and even the ability to safely run risky programs.
All Avast versions have performed well in independent testing. AV-Test.org rated the program a very strong 14/18, while AVComparatives.org saw the software blocking a respectable 98.7% of all threats. Some of the best features are offered in the top plans, including the ability to block phishing scams and block remote access of your computer. You can also securely wipe the hard drive as needed.
Avast has recently added the Ransomware Shield to its Internet Security and Premium plans, which ensures files cannot be encrypted covertly by outside sources without your permission.
Internet Security Suite
Avast’s internet security package allows for more confident browsing and surfing. This includes being able to block hacker attacks, securing personal data and protecting your identity. Another benefit of this antivirus suite is that it will help to block annoying spam and even phishing scams. Ultimately, these tools and protections should allow for a much safer internet browsing and user experience. You will also receive personal firewall protection, blocking nasty malware and all types of viruses from ever reaching your hard drive. Every month you will receive a security report detailing the most significant activity (sites blocked, for example).
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The free plan is most appropriate for those with limited internet usage. The paid packages have a full range of different features, with each offering a little more than the next. All packages provide excellent value, according to customer comments and unbiased rating agencies. The Internet Security suite package is the best-selling, as it’s the most comprehensive and has all the features the average PC user requires. Given the excellent protection offered (firewall, a Safe Zone display for trusted sites, ransomware protection and real time updated databases), the investment is quite reasonable.
There are a number of helpful ways to obtain support through Avast. This includes a number of frequently asked question pages and even user forums which can be freely (and easily) accessed. The easiest way to have your questions answered, though, is to pick up the phone and dial the toll-free support number. The company even has an email ticket support system, along with a comprehensive and searchable knowledge base.
Ease of Use
Using Avast software is easy regardless of which variation you purchase. They can all be downloaded directly from the site. From here, just follow the installation directions (easy) and make sure to enable regular updates. Nothing else is required. Just watch Avast scan your device.
Avast is one of the most well-known and successful antivirus providers on the market today. Each plan offers a myriad of useful features and tools at very reasonable prices, including regular and real-time updates. While the company only protects PCs at the moment, it excels in this arena and offers comprehensive protection.