Avast’s free program offers a solid foundation of security against malware. Avast Premium Security and other paid versions offer a variety of additional features that keep your device safe. This includes the VPN service, WiFi inspector and much more. In the AV-Comparatives Real World Security Test, Avast scores among the most effective products available in this class.
Avast detected a wide range threats quickly and effectively during our tests. The scan was completed in 6 minutes and 50 seconds, which is impressive considering it was able to scan close to 2 million files.
In terms of false positives, we were dissatisfied to learn that Avast was prone to flagging certain programs as dangerous. In our tests, the program identified five legitimate applications as such during Windows system scans which is a whopping two times higher than the industry-standard. This happens only in rare instances, and you can easily send the file to be examined for a corrective action when Avast flags it in error.
Avast has a decent knowledge base that offers help for common problems, and there are also direct support via email and phone options available. A paid subscription comes with parental control and password management to the program. Avast also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for its paid services, which makes it easy to try the program before purchasing.