Avast is one of the most well-known brands in antivirus software, with its free program providing a solid foundation of security against malware. Avast Premium Security and other paid versions include a range of additional features to keep your device secure. This includes a VPN service, WiFi inspector and more. Avast is considered to be among the top products in this category by AV-Comparatives Real World Protection Test.
In our tests, we observed that Avast could detect a wide range of threats quickly and efficiently. The scan was completed in just 6 minutes and 50 seconds, which is impressive considering that it was able to scan more than 2 million files.
In terms of false positives, we were disappointed to learn that Avast was frequently flagging certain applications as malicious. In our tests, the program identified five legitimate applications as such during Windows system scans, which is two times higher than the industry standard. It only happens in rare instances and you are able to send the file to be reviewed to make a correction in the event that Avast flags it in error.
Avast offers a good knowledge base offering assistance for the most common issues and also direct phone and email support options available. A paid subscription provides parental control and password management to the program. Avast also offers a 30 day money-back guarantee on its paid services, which makes it simple to test the program before purchasing.