Avast is one of the most well-known brands in antivirus software, with its free program offering a solid base of protection against malware. The paid versions, including Avast Premium Security, provide a number of extra features to keep your device safe. This includes a VPN Wi-Fi Inspector and more. In the AV Comparatives Real World Protection Test, Avast scores among the top products available in this category.
During our tests, we noticed Avast was able to detect numerous threats quickly and efficiently. The scan was completed in 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 slightly dissatisfied to learn that Avast was frequently flagging certain applications as malicious. In our tests, the program identified five legitimate applications as malicious during Windows system scans, which is two times more than the industry-standard. The positive side is that this only happens in rare cases and you can send a file to an analysis to rectify the issue should Avast is mistakenly flagging it.
Avast provides a comprehensive knowledge base that provides solutions to common issues. There are also options for direct phone or email support. Anyone looking for a higher level of security can choose the paid subscription option, which adds password management and parental controls to the program. Avast also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on its paid-for services, making it simple to test them before purchasing.