Avast is one of the most well-known brands of antivirus software, with its free program offering a solid base of protection against malware. The paid versions, such as Avast Premium Security, provide several additional features to keep your device safe. This includes a VPN Wi-Fi Inspector and more. In the AV-Comparatives Real World Security Test, Avast scores among the top offerings in this area.
During our tests, we noticed Avast was able to identify a wide range of threats quickly and efficiently. The scan was completed in just 6 minutes and 50 seconds which is impressive considering it scanned more than 2 million files.
Avast’s tendency to mark certain programs as dangerous was disappointing. In our tests, the program flagged five legitimate applications as malicious during Windows system scans that are two times higher than the industry standard. The good thing is that it is not a common occurrence, and you can easily send a file for analysis to resolve the issue should Avast wrongly flags it.
Avast offers a good knowledge base that offers help for common problems and also direct support via email and phone options available. Anyone looking for a higher level of security may choose the paid subscription option, which provides parental and password management controls to the program. Avast also offers a 30 day money-back guarantee for its paid-for services, making it simple to test them before purchasing.