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14 Sep 2023

Avast claims to have been protecting 435 million devices through its award-winning software for more than 30 years. The free version of the software is limited functionality. However, its premium products, like Avast Ultimate are quite comprehensive. The suite includes antivirus software, VPN services, password managers and Cleanup tools to help users manage their passwords, stay anonymous online, and improve their device.

Avast Ultimate is simple to use, and has an easy-to-read layout that clearly outlines the various tools it offers. Its malware engine scored extremely well in independent lab tests, detecting many types of threats that usually get past other security systems. Its web security is also highly effective, it detects phishing websites that are not detected by Chrome or Firefox’s default security features.

Other tools include the ability to boost your RAM, an app lock and a network scan that identifies weaknesses. The program’s ransomware security prevents third-party software from altering, deleting, or locking your data until you pay. The program also provides mobile applications for Android and iOS. The Android application is more feature-rich because of Apple’s restrictions, however both versions have security elements such as malware scanning and protection for websites.

The only downside is the fact that Avast collects your personal information and sends it to its analytics division, Jumpshot. In 2020, this was exposed by an PCMag and Motherboard investigative report. This feature is able to be disabled through the settings menu. If you’re still worried, Avast allows you to create a password that you have to enter before the software is able to share your IP address or other information with third-party companies.