Avast is one of the most popular antivirus products in the industry. It has a powerful malware detection engine, as well as many other features, including ransomware security along with a web firewall as well as VPN assistance. Its malware detection score of 6 out 6 in our tests was excellent and it did a fantastic job of blocking access to phishing websites that slipped through Chrome’s and Firefox default security.
In our tests in the real world, Avast was able to filter through over two million separate files in one full scan which is impressive considering the software is light and efficient. Avast did not affect system performance in any way during our speed tests. It performed better than many competitors that can take more than an hour to scan the same number of files.
The interface of Avast is simple easy to navigate and clean. The majority of the tools are centralized on one screen with clear tiles that show each feature. This makes it easy to locate what you need without having to search through a long menu or multiple applications. This is a major improvement over McAfee suite which has all of its features dispersed across several applications.
Avast provides a high standard of customer support, offering 24 hour assistance via email or phone. The company also has a knowledge base and forums to help you with your basic problems. You can also utilize an online ticketing system to receive assistance for more complex issues. Its data-sharing practices are concerning, and it does not come with parental controls or a password manager to rival Bitdefender Total Security.