Avast is a publicly-traded firm that was founded in 1988 in Prague, Czech Republic. Its creators are Eduard Ku?era and Pavel Baudiš. Subsidiaries of the company are AVG technology and HideMyAss! The business now has approximately 1700 employees.
Awards & Prizes
In regard to their Windows security applications, Avast continues to receive recognition and awards. These awards include a PCMag Editor’s Choice award for Best Free Anti-Malware and an Advanced+ award from AV-Comparatives within their Real-World Protection evaluation category. They also have gained fame from CNET for being their #1 Download.
As stated earlier, Avast supplies a feature-rich antivirus program. And if you want protection for a PC, a Mac, Android, Apple merchandise, as well as your Internet of Things apparatus, Avast has a security package for you. The free package is extremely basic, giving you superior malware security, security against flaws in your own Wi-Fi system, and a password vault to secure your passwords.
There’s absolutely not any question that the program is remarkable, given the findings from multiple third-party evaluations. Avast consistently places in the top, beating out its rivals. By way of instance, testing done by this AV-Test Institute provides results in 4 different categories, with the greatest possible overall score of 18. Avast scored a 17.5. Results that high, or even higher would be the standard for Avast antivirus.
Concerning malware and phishing protection, you can be certain Avast has your back. Since phishing sites are plentiful and extremely simple to make and launch, it is imperative that all devices now have some type of protection for the unwary. Again, Avast earns top scores as soon as it comes to protecting you from phishing attacks. In one recent independent evaluation done, Avast scored an outstanding 98% in blocking a range of test samples thrown at it.
Unlike some of its rivals, Avast doesn’t provide Parental Control. However, as not everybody is a parent, this might not be a deal-breaker. If you maintain your WebCam running or in the event you often have sensitive files on your device that you do not have a need for, then you may be interested in a few of the features provided in the greater range packages. These include a new feature that will stop WebCam spying and a quality that will permanently shred some sensitive documents or files that you have in your system, but no longer use. The top-tier package, Ultimate, also contains a VPN and a full-featured password manager. This password manager goes over and beyond the password manager given in the other packages.
Benefits of Use & Performance
Install is fast and simple, and users are given an upfront explanation of how Avast manages your nonpersonal information and gives you the option of excluding yourself from sharing this information if you desire. The main window or dash is nicely laid out and simple to navigate.
Concerning functionality, and the program’s impact on your system when running, for the most part, Avast scores excellent marks in tests done by AV-Comparatives. According to these evaluations, typically, there isn’t any substantial influence on your system in any respect. But, there are some small performance issues in regards to installing or uninstalling software, in addition to some performance lag once the antivirus is installed and goes through its first run. Again, with the exception of both of these things, Avast does not have any influence on your system performance.
Avast offers a massive repository of knowledge base articles and FAQs. They also have a forum. They do have what seems to be paid phone support, and you may submit an email request asking them to contact you. However, you must jump through hoops and complete a complete form merely to get some help. Not user-friendly in my view.
Despite a few gripes mentioned previously, Avast provides a solid program. You can be sure you are protected from malware, phishing–assuming you are using a paid version–and much more. They continue to outperform a number of different suppliers and manage to get it done at a fairly reasonable cost.
Ultimately, I say do it!