Avast ultimate is a security application that has a high detection rate as well as fantastic extra features. Its malware scanner received 100% in my tests and its web security blocked a number of phishing websites which slipped through Chrome and Firefox’s default security features. Other features include a Rescue Disk and a secure browser that can be used for online shopping and banking. Advanced tracker blocking is also included.
The interface for users of the suite is easy to navigate. The main screen shows a list with icons that clearly explain the features of each tool. Avast’s color scheme is a combination of orange, white, and blue. It’s easy to read and pleasing to the eye.
In the Explore menu, you can discover more in-depth control options for each tool including custom scans, boot-time scanning as well as an automatic updater. You can also save specific kinds of scans in the “Scan Center”, so you can run them at a later time.
Among the more advanced features, Avast’s antivirus can prevent ransomware attacks by monitoring your system for suspicious activity, and then encrypting any files that could be targeted. It can identify trojan horses (malicious software that disguises itself as legitimate software and get into your computer) and prevent them from running.
Avast provides 24/7 phone, email and live chat support. The free versions of Avast are backed by a large community of experts and a knowledge base. Paid plans are loaded with advanced features such as identity protection, USB protection, patch management, and an unlimited VPN.