Avast Antivirus Review

Avast antivirus comes with a broad array of features included in a simple package. Its malware engine earned a perfect score in my tests, and its web security was effective in identifying sites that were phishing that slipped through Chrome and Firefox’s default detection systems. Its performance scanner also did a great job at keeping its impact on system’s speed to a minimum. In fact Avast’s performance scanner proved more efficient in cutting down on the CPU usage than any other program I tested.

Avast also provides a range of other tools. Avast One is the only one that offers a VPN with an image vault, and an instrument for monitoring data breaches. The security toolkit also comes with an application sandbox and the ability to scan routers for vulnerabilities.

Avast offers a complete support site with a knowledge base for when you have issues. Its search function allows you to locate answers to frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer, Avast’s forums is a great source to get help from other users.

Avast may claim that it no longer sells data about its users, but the history of this practice is still popular in many people’s minds. In January of 2020, PCMag and Motherboard revealed that Avast sold the location and other personal information of its users to third party companies through its Jumpshot subsidiary. Avast has stopped this practice and requests users to sign up when installing its antivirus software for desktops. In its privacy policy Avast states that all personal information of customers is “stripped off and de-identified prior to being shared with a third party.”


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