Avast claims to have been protecting 435 million devices with its award-winning software for over 30 years. While the free versions of the software have limited capabilities the premium versions such as Avast Ultimate, are quite extensive. The suite includes antivirus software, VPN services, password managers, and Cleanup utilities to assist users in managing their passwords, remain secure online, and enhance their devices.

Avast Ultimate has a simple interface that clearly defines the tools it provides. Its malware engine scored very well in independent lab tests it was able to identify a variety of malware that can get past other security systems. Its web protection is also effective, catching many websites that are phishing and slip through Chrome and Firefox’s default protections.

Other tools include an app lock, RAM boost and an internet scanner that checks for any security holes. Its ransomware guard prevents third-party software from altering or deleting your files until you pay a price. The program offers mobile applications for Android as well as iOS. Apple’s restrictions have created an Android version more feature-rich, but both versions contain key security features such as malware scanning and web coverage.

The main disadvantage is that Avast collects your personal data and sends it to its analytics company, Jumpshot. In 2020, this was disclosed by an PCMag and Motherboard investigative report. However it is possible to turn off this feature by navigating to the settings menu. If you are still concerned, Avast lets you set a password that you must enter to stop the software from sharing your IP address or other details with third-party providers.

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