The free antivirus program from Avast comes with a powerful set of tools and features that make it among the most popular options for people who are just beginning. Despite some controversy surrounding the suite’s session and data-logging, (and subsequent sale of the user’s browsing habits to a subsidiary) Avast maintains an advantage over most of its competitors when it comes to the ability to detect malware. The obligatory initial scan that happens as part of the installation process is a fantastic feature,, and will allow the suite to make use of its native tools.
All Avast plans include a generous 30 day refund guarantee. Upgrade to one of the premium suites gives you access to a number of additional tools, including an advanced firewall, anti-phishing protection, and an automatic VPN. You also receive an Rescue Disk and a secure browser for online shopping and banking. It also comes with advanced anti-tracking and optimization tools for your system.
One of the more useful tools is Avast’s smart scanner, which is a more thorough and quicker option to scan your computer for issues. My tests revealed that although it is an effective tool, it has some glitches when scanning for specific types of ransomware, for example. This can lock selected files and require a fee to return them.
Another useful tool is Avast’s web cleanup module, which cleans browsing histories of caches, cookies, and caches for all major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Brave, Edge, Internet Explorer) as well as a myriad of other apps. This is a simple, efficient feature, however it’s not the same options for customization or privacy settings as other competitors.