Avast’s free application provides an excellent foundation of protection against malware. Avast Premium Security and other paid versions offer a variety of additional features that keep your device secure. This includes a VPN service, Wi-Fi inspector and more. Avast is one of the top products in this category by the AV-Comparatives RealWorld Test for Protection.
During our tests, we noticed that Avast was able to identify numerous threats swiftly and efficiently. Furthermore, the full scan took just 6 minutes and 50 seconds to complete which is impressive considering the fact that it scanned close to two million discrete files.
Avast’s tendency to label certain programs malicious was not what we expected. During our tests, the program identified five legitimate applications as malicious during Windows system scans, which is two times higher than the industry standard. This happens only in rare instances, and you can easily send the file for analysis to determine a fix should Avast flags it in error.
Avast offers a solid knowledge base that can provide assistance with common issues There are direct phone and email support options available. A paid subscription provides parental controls and password management to the program. Avast provides a 30-day money back guarantee on paid services.