Avast claims to have been safeguarding 435 million devices using its award-winning software for over 30 years. The free version of the software is limited functionality. However the premium versions, like Avast Ultimate are quite comprehensive. The suite includes antivirus, VPN service, password manager and Cleanup tools that allow users to remain anonymous online as well as manage their passwords and tune up their devices.

Avast Ultimate is simple to use, with a simple layout that clearly defines the different tools it provides. Its malware engine scored very well in independent lab tests it was able to identify a variety of malware that are often able to slip past other protections. Its web security feature is highly effective, finding phishing sites that are not caught by Chrome or Firefox’s default protections.

Other tools include an app lock, RAM boost, and a network scanner that looks for any weaknesses. Its ransomware prevention prevents third-party software from altering the way you store, delete, or lock your data until you pay. The program also comes with mobile applications for Android and iOS. Apple’s restrictions have created an Android version more feature-rich, however both versions have key security features such as malware scanning and web coverage.

Avast’s only major downside is that it gathers and transfers your personal information to its analytics company, Jumpshot. This was exposed in an PCMag and Motherboard investigation in 2020. This feature can be disabled via the settings menu. If you’re worried, Avast allows you to set a password that you have to enter before the program can share your IP address as well as other details with third parties.


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