Avast is among the most well-known brands in antivirus software with its free software providing a solid foundation of security against malware. The paid versions, especially Avast Premium Security, provide several additional features to keep your device secure. This includes the use of a VPN as well as Wi-Fi Inspector and many more. Avast is rated as one of the top choices in this category by AV Comparatives Real World Test of Protection.
Avast detected a wide range threats quickly and efficiently during our tests. The scan was completed in just 6 minutes and 50 secs, which is impressive considering that it scanned close to 2 million files.
In terms of false positives, we were surprised to discover that Avast was prone to flagging certain programs as infected. During our tests Avast identified five legitimate programs as such during Windows system scans that are 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 if Avast flags it in error.
Avast provides a comprehensive knowledge base, with solutions to common issues. There are also options for direct phone or email support. A paid subscription includes parental controls and password management to the program. Avast provides a 30-day return guarantee on paid services.