Avast Ultimate Antivirus Review

Avast has been in operation for more than 30 years, and claims to protect 435 million devices across the globe with its award-winning cyber security software. The free software from the company has limited capabilities. However its premium products such as Avast Ultimate are quite comprehensive. The suite includes antivirus software, VPN services, password managers and Cleanup utilities to help users manage their passwords, keep their identity private online, and enhance their device.

Avast Ultimate offers a simple interface that clearly outlines the tools it offers. Its malware engine has performed well in independent lab testing it was able to identify numerous threats that are typically missed by other protections. Its web security is highly effective, stopping phishing websites not detected by Chrome or Firefox’s default protections.

Other tools include an app lock, RAM boost, and an internet scanner that checks for vulnerabilities. Its ransomware shield prevents third-party software from changing or deleting your files until you pay a fee. The program also provides mobile applications for Android and iOS. Apple’s restrictions have resulted in the Android version more feature-rich, however both versions have key security elements like malware scanning and web coverage.

The only issue with Avast is that it stores and sends your personal data to its analytics company, Jumpshot. This was exposed in an PCMag and Motherboard investigation in 2020. However it is possible to disable this feature through the settings menu. If you’re worried, Avast allows you to create a password you have to enter before the program can share your IP address and other information with third parties.

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