Avast Review - UPDATED Dec. 2017
Avast Antivirus Pro has a number of reliable features which help it to stand out from the pack. While providing complete antivirus protection for your PC, is also uses up very few resources and keeps your computer running as smoothly as always.
Avast Software is a Czech company based in Prague, but has offices in many other countries as well.
It was founded by Pavel Baudiš and Eduard Kučera in 1988, after they encountered the Vienna virus, and has been a private company since 2010.
Avast now has over 500 employees working in Prague, as well as offices in the USA, Germany, China, South Korea and Taiwan.
Currently, Avast holds the largest part of the antivirus software market. Among other things, Avast is well known and respected for not sharing their user’s information with anyone. The program is also highly praised for being lightweight and taking up very few resources, even while running real time security scans.
Package Information and Key Features
The latest version of Avast Pro Antivirus has a whole variety of useful features for home PC users, as well as being incredibly lightweight – the impact on your computer’s performance will be minimal. You will not even notice a change in your PC’s performance.
One very interesting feature, for example, is the Sandbox. This feature lets you test run suspicious software in an isolated environment, which means it can’t effect your PC. One of the best features is that Avast will isolate suspicious files before they do any damage, which makes it unique. The SecureDNS feature will protect you from any fake sites which might extort money from you through fraud. Furthermore, regular scans ensure that potential threats to your router and network are eliminated. Any kind of virus, malware, phishing attack or ransomware will be detected by the intelligent antivirus. The Cyber Capture feature ensures real-time protection. This version even offers browser cleanup – making it easy to get rid of all the bad stuff your browser might have picked up. Avast also offers the Internet Security and Premier packages, which are slightly more expensive.
Reliability And Performance
Avast has shown fantastic results on all reliability and performance tests. It is now known as one of the lightest, if not the lightest, antiviruses available – which means it won’t take up much of your device’s resources. Your computer will be running as smoothly as if it weren’t there, while at the same time Avast will be running real-time checks and keeping your device secure.
One of the things that sets Avast apart from other antivirus programs is that it initializes a scan before an unknown file executes, rather than waiting for it to launch.
Avast Antivirus is generally among the top few antivirus products when it comes to computer security and privacy than any other antivirus out there. The particular features vary depending on the version of the product, but even the free version can satisfy an average user. Your data will be protected, there is an option for the program to make a master password for you which you can use on all your accounts, and lastly, Avast is incredibly fast and will disable any threat before it gets the chance to do any damage to your files or accounts.
Installation and Ease of Use
Since undergoing a recent re-design, the Avast UI has become exceptionally user friendly as well as having a modern look to it.
The installation and license registration are pretty straightforward, and last only a couple of minutes. That’s how long it will take to get your computer secured! It is apparent that making the software easy to use and pleasant to look at was a priority.
Avast now offers various different products for both Windows, Mac OS, as well as Android, iPhone and iPad. The software and hardware requirements for the 2016 version are as follows:
- Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1 or higher / Vista / XP SP2 or higher (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
- Processor Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 or above
- 256 MB RAM memory or above
- 1.5 GB of free hard disk space
This version of Avast will not work on earlier versions of Windows, 95, 98, ME, 2000 or Server.
These requirements apply only for the free and pro versions. The requirements for other products may vary.
The latest version of Avast is simple, pleasing to the eye, and very simple to use. All options are made to be pretty obvious, so an average computer user will have no trouble finding what they need. Most of the complaints are from users who were used to the previous version and its shortcuts. However, navigating has actually been much simplified in the 2016 version, and all it takes is a little getting used to it. After that, it is much easier to use!
Avast offers 24/7 phone support, as well as online support. If you have any problems or questions, your issues are likely to be addressed instantly. Avast has even posted videos on their Youtube channel on how to address some of the most common issues.
Plans and Pricing
Avast offers a free version of its Antivirus, however, Avast Antivirus Pro has all the additional features an average home PC user will need: virus and malware detection, home network protection, real-time analysis of unknown files, browser protection and producing an unbreakable password to be used on all sites. However, it lacks the additional features offered by the other packages. The Internet Security offers some more advanced features as well: spotting fake sites, shopping detail protection, computer privacy protection and spam protection. In addition to all of these, the complete version, Premier, has the features of automatic software updating and protecting deleted files.
The pricing depends on which product you wish to purchase. Free 30-day trials are offered for the home products, along with a 30 day money back guarantee, in case you are not satisfied. For a single PC, a one-year license costs $49.99, while a two-year license is $59.99, and a three-year one $74.99. While these are average prices when antivirus software is concerned, the features make Avast Antivirus Pro one of the best quality home security solutions out there.