Avast Review

Kurtis By: Kurtis | Last updated June 2, 2017

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9.7 / 10

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PROS:

  • Free basic antivirus program
  • Great performance results
  • A multitude of features at a reasonable price

CONS:

  • Some features are available only with the premium package
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SUMMARY:

Avast Antivirus Pro is a very good antivirus protection program at a reasonable price. It offers a free version that you can always upgrade directly from the Avast website. Many useful features work harmoniously with the basic antivirus software in order to ensure your PCs complete protection. Even though it did cause some lag on previous AV-Test lab tests, its newest update solved the issue. If you encounter a problem, there are multiple ways of contacting skilled tech support to help you. Avast Antivirus Pro is a great value for the money and has a software package that is easy to use and offers great protection for your devices.

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COMPLETE REVIEW

For the past 8 years, Avast has been delivering some of the best antivirus protection software on the market. With a reasonable price and recognizable features, Avast has become the go-to choice for more than 175 million devices across the globe. Using Avast is pretty easy thanks to its simple design. The clean and accessible dashboard offers easy access to any feature you might wish to utilize. To purchase the product you can visit any of the sites certified to carry official Avast products, but if you want to be completely safe it’s best to go directly to Avast’s website and make your purchase there. The installation process is simple and requires you to follow basic instructions. After a quick installation, in just a few clicks your new antivirus software will be operational.

Features

Avast owes its global popularity partially to its basic free version of Avast antivirus software. Even though this version is stripped of most of the extra features that come with the paid packages, it’s still a great option for people seeking basic antivirus protection software for personal use. As a free, entry level software it can still detect and block most viruses and spyware. Once it encounters a threat, Avast moves the infected file into a quarantine area, or the “sandbox”, for isolation and further analysis. Another great feature that comes with the free, basic version of the antivirus program is the WebRep feature that ranks websites according to their reputation. The company makes sure to publish regular updates for the free software as meticulously as for its paid counterparts.

If you desire a higher level of protection or simply wish to have more special features available, you can upgrade your free software to three premium, paid version of Avast. As the next step from the basic package, Avast Antivirus Pro offers secure online transactions, maximum online protection even when you’re surfing suspicious sites and a “safe mode” for running risky programs in a more contained, safe environment. Avast Antivirus Pro has an advanced software updater feature that allows you to keep pace with the latest updates and keep your virus database up to date. Some of the more exclusive features such as an antiphishing tool that protects your data from being stolen through fake websites as well as remote access which grants you safe access to your PC when you’re away from it are available in the Avast Premier package. A feature that allows for a safe and complete wipe of your hard drive is also available. Its signature tool, the Avast Secure DNS helps prevent DNS hijacking. How this works is that when visiting a familiar site, you are unknowingly redirected to another site that collects and steels your data. The DNS feature alerts you when you’re about to enter a site known for this kind of scam and deters you to a safe alternative page. One of the most annoying things while watching videos or playing games are programs interrupting you and making you manually exit them, the gaming mode comes in handy in these situations since it blocks any kind of interruption when it registers that you’re playing a video, or a game. If you have a wireless home network, Avast has a security scanner that scans your home network for unauthorized access or potential issues. It alerts you if your Wi-Fi password is too weak or if there is a gap in your security.

Pricing

Price: $34.95

Performance

During the spring of 2015, independent test lab AV-Test tested Avast Antivirus Pro on computers running Windows 10. Avast scored highly in the protection area of the test correctly recognizing and blocking more than 23,000 threats. In the 2015 test it scored an average performance score by slowing down its host computer and causing significantly more lag than most other antivirus protection software in its category. However, during the summer of 2016, Avast came out with its Nitro Update which moved a significant part of the virus analysis to the cloud thus freeing more resources on your PC and allowing it to run smoother and faster. In the AV-Test trial after this update, Avast was awarded “Antivirus with the lowest impact on PC performance” title. When it came to the usability test, Avast also scored impeccably without a mistake in falsely recognizing legitimate software.

Help/Support

Even though it doesn’t offer live chat support, Avast web site has a multitude of customer support options for you to choose from. You can either call the 24/7 toll-free phone support with experienced tech representatives on the other side, or you can simply email them and they will reply to you in the shortest period possible. The website itself is filled with many useful tips for resolving the most common issues customers encounter. If you like corresponding with other Avast users, a support forum is easily accessible and offers many useful information.

Phone number: The phone number depends on the country you’re in, but you can file a form and ask for the number for your specific location through the support page.

Email: www.avast.com/support

Facebook: www.facebook.com/avast

FAQ: www.avast.com/faq

Phone number: www.avast.com/support

Support forum: forum.avast.com

Website: www.avast.com

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