Avast claims to be protecting 435 million devices with its award-winning software for over 30 years. While the company’s free programs have limited capabilities, its premium offerings include Avast Ultimate, are quite extensive. The suite includes antivirus, VPN service, password manager and Cleanup utilities that allow users to remain private online and manage their passwords. It also helps users make their devices more efficient.
Avast Ultimate is simple to use, and has an easy-to-read layout that clearly outlines the various tools it provides. Its malware engine performed well in independent lab tests and was able to detect a variety of threats that often get past other security systems. Its web security is efficient, catching a variety of websites that are phishing and slip through Chrome and Firefox’s default security features.
Other tools include an app lock, RAM boost and a network scanner that searches for weaknesses. Its ransomware protection prevents third-party software from altering the way you store, delete, or lock your data until you pay. The program has mobile apps for Android as well as iOS. Apple’s restrictions have created an Android version more feature-rich, however both versions feature essential security features, including malware scanning and web coverage.
The only major downside is the fact that Avast collects your personal data and transmits it to its analytics company, Jumpshot. In 2020, this was disclosed by an PCMag and Motherboard investigative report. However, it is possible to turn off this feature via the settings menu. If you’re still worried, Avast allows you to create a password that you have to fill in before the software can share your IP address and other details with third-party companies.