Avast is one of the most well-known brands of antivirus software and its free version providing a solid foundation of protection against malware. The paid versions, including Avast Premium Security, provide many additional features to keep your device secure. This includes the use of a VPN Wi-Fi Inspector and more. In the AV Comparatives Real World Protection Test, Avast scores among the most effective products available in this class.

During our tests, we observed that Avast was able to identify a wide range of threats swiftly and efficiently. The scan was completed in 6 minutes and 50 secs, which is impressive considering that it scanned more than 2 million files.

Avast’s tendency to label certain programs harmful was a disappointment. During our tests Avast identified five legitimate applications as malicious during Windows system scans, which is two times more than the industry standard. It only happens in rare instances and you can send the file to be analyzed to make a correction should Avast flags it in error.

Avast provides a solid knowledge base that provides solutions to common problems. There are also options for direct email or phone support. A paid subscription includes parental control and password management to the program. Avast also offers a 30 day refund guarantee for its paid services, making it easy to try them out before buying.

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