avast! Antivirus

avast! Antivirus 18.5

Protect your computer from viruses, ransomware, spyware, and fake websites
4.2  (4,981 votes)
18.5.3931 (See all)

Avast! Antivirus is a lightweight and intuitive protection software against viruses and malware that threaten the safety of PCs.
The GUI is attractive and pretty modern, and the purple color scheme is a good choice. I noticed that the front page doesn't have an Update button and it has too much-unused space. Still, the program offers a lot of customization options and overall, the interface it's very well optimized.

Avast embeds a wide-range of features, having various scan modes and security tools.
One of the scan modes is Smart Scan, which is a comprehensive scan that detects viruses, vulnerable software, weak passwords or other network issues.

Another useful feature, Data Shredder, allows you to irreversibly erase your files or whole drives so that there is no way for anyone to restore and misuse your data.

Also, it has a SafeZone Browser with many privacy features, such as Bank Mode, that creates a virtual desktop that isolates your activity from possible keyloggers and allows you to perform financial transactions without fear of your personal data being stolen.

Other included features are Webcam Shield, that prevents applications and malware from accessing your PC's webcam without your consent, Anti-spam, for ensuring that the inbox in your mail management software is free from unwanted spam and junk emails, or most popular ones such as SecureLine VPN and Firewall monitor.

To sum it up, Avast! Antivirus delivers good performance for a lightweight antivirus, and though the free version offers a decent amount of features, in order to enjoy full protection with no annoying ads you need to choose one of the paid package offers.

John Saunders
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Review summary

Pros

  • Offers lots of customization options
  • Has SafeZone Browser feature
  • Offers good performance and stability

Cons

  • The free version has restrictive features
  • Has poor use of front page space
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