Avast’s free antivirus software comes with a powerful set of tools and features, making it one of the most sought-after options for those who are new to. Despite the controversy surrounding the suite’s session and data-logging (and subsequent selling of consumer browsing habits via an affiliated company) the suite has a distinct advantage over most of its rivals in regards to malware detection. The mandatory initial scan that happens as part of the installation process is a great feature, too, and will allow the suite to make use of its native tools.
All Avast plans come with a generous 30-day refund guarantee. Upgrade to the premium plan gives you a wide range of additional tools, such as an advanced firewall and anti-phishing protection. Additionally, it comes with a Rescue Disk, a secure browser for online banking and shopping, advanced anti-tracking protection as well as a set of decent tools for optimizing your system.
One of the most effective tools is Avast’s Smart scan, which is a more thorough and faster alternative to check your computer for issues. My tests showed that while it’s a reliable tool, there were a few glitches when searching for specific types like ransomware. It can block certain files and demand a fee to return them.
Avast also provides a web cleanup tool that allows users to clear browsing histories, caches, and cookies from all major browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Opera Brave, Edge and Internet Explorer. It’s a pleasant basic feature that does its job well, but it’s not as apprehensive in terms of options for privacy and customization as some of the more flexible rivals.