Avast! is an antivirus software developed by a Czech Security company called Avast Software. The company was founded in 1988 so has been around for almost 2 decades! Within this time the software has had plenty of peaks and troughs like any normal company, but it's coming into it's own now! As of 2016, Avast! had 400 million users and around 40% of the market share (outside of china). With offices in the US, Germany, China, South Korea and Taiwan is a giant. Last month (September 2016), Avast bought AVG for $1.3 billion!

Avast Review

Compatibility

Windows
Apple Mac
iPhone/iPad
Android
Linux

Reliability and Security

Avast! has stacks of awards and certifications under its belt, so surely this must say a lot about the quality of the product? Well yes, in a way. Critic reviews and awards aren't handed out like free cheese at a supermarket, a lot of testing is involved. Awards don't say it all though, software is updated daily so awards can quickly become irrelevant, so we performed our own testing. To be fair, the software is smooth, quick and looks beautiful.

Removes Malware
Removes Malware

Detects and removes malicous software on your computer like viruses, adware or spyware.

Removes Spyware
Removes Spyware

Spyware secretly monitors what you do on your computer. Its aim is usually to capture passwords, banking credentials and credit card details.

Web Protection
Web Protection

Detect which websites are safe and can be trusted. Block malware websites and downloads.

Block Phishing Websites
Block Phishing Websites

Block 'spoof' websites designed to steal your personal information, normally after clicking a fake email.

Real-Time Protection
Real-Time Protection

Real-Time protection runs in the background and monitors your system continuously, blocking malware before it gets on your hard-drive.

Removes Adware
Removes Adware

Adware is malicous software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material such as banners or pop-ups.

VPN Internet Security
VPN Internet Security

Browse anonymously and securly online. Encrypt your connection to the Internet to block hackers from intercepting your data.

Scheduled Scans
Scheduled Scans

Set your own scheduled for system antivirus scans including what locations to scan.

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VB100 - 100.00%
AV Comparatives - 99.60%

Features

Avast!'s Pro Antivirus is packed full of useful tools, from the obvious Intelligent Antivirus to a Password manager and a Browser Cleaner. There is however one feature that stands out to us, Sandbox! This is an awesome feature which allows you to test any file(s) before actually running it, whether that file comes from a download server from the internet, torrent file or even a friends USB drive. This is the ultimate tool for safety and think this could be the start of something new, it's certainly innovative and works very well.

Firewall
Firewall

Remote managment of Windows firewall or built-in advanced firewall tools.

Browser Manager
Browser Manager

Easily allows users to clear history, cache and tracking cookies from their web browsers.

Tune-Up
Tune-Up

Includes tools which will help with the speed and optimization of your computer.

Phone Support
Phone Support

24/7 phone support for billing and technical questions.

Live Chat Support
Live Chat Support

Customer service includes live chat for a quick respsonse to any issues.

VB100
VB100

VirusBulletin VB100 Award

Value For Money

Avast concentrate massively on their free solution which is very good, but we are reviewing all paid solutions as we believe they contain a lot more features and protect you more effectively. Avast!'s Pro Antivirus comes in at $39.99 for the year but only protects 1 device which isn't normal these days, most companies offer at least 2 or 3 devices in their standard protection as so many people use multiple devices daily. A huge bonus is that you can download a full, licensed version of their software and use it like a paid user for 30 days and there is no commitment to them either, if you don't like it, uninstall the program and off you go.

Support and Customer Service

No live chat is a big negative with Avast!'s support but then again they do offer 24/7 phone support, so that almost makes up for lack of live chat. Their site is absolutely gorgeous and very easy to navigate around. We'd go as far to say that this is the nicest site out of the companies we've reviewed, with Scanguard in a close second. But what does a good site actually do? Trust us, when you're on a website trying to find support for over 10 minutes you'll appreciate a good looking and easy to navigate site. Big thumbs up for Avast here!

Customer Reviews For Avast

H - 20/08/2019

Awesome

PJ - 13/08/2019

I have used the free version for many years on my computers with no problems at all. There are a few annoyances--like continually trying to get me to buy something--but I kind of expect that of something that's free. It does the job, and that's really all that matters to me.

Jacy Lau - 28/07/2019

too slow if i run the software

sandra - 26/06/2019

I bought this at what I thought was a good price but then when it says your computers running slow you need to pay more to solve these issues. Wish I hadn't downloaded it now complete con I think as I could've paid a 1 off payment with Mcaffee and had the whole shebang

Dennis - 22/06/2019

I am a current user with many devices, 3 PCs, 1 Tablet 2 phones. I am seriously considering purchasing something else due to the annoying nag pop ups. I have used this software for many years and now they are driving me away. There is no longer such a large gap between anti-virus software offerings that I cannot get the same elsewhere without the annoyance.

David Tang - 20/06/2019

It was a good app that protect me from many phishing website.Before this I also didn't use any antivirus system but one day the website show my mac with all the virus but after i check on internet apple company said is fake and scam so if u have this same as me but after i use this antivirus system the website didn't come out anymore and it will auto update.

Ashley Ang-angan - 19/06/2019

I HAVE INSTALLED THE PROGRAM IN WINDOWS 7 IT'S FREE THANKS AVAST!!!!!

Adam - 28/05/2019

Even as a paid user of avast pro you get NAGS all the time. I have been avast pro user for over 2 decades and I finally decided to use something else and never look back. It would be good program if only avast would respect paid users and not imposed their other software on them through Nagging screens and trying to push them to upgrade..well, not only they didn't sell me anything but they lost once loyal customer

Adam - 28/05/2019

Even as a paid user of avast pro you get NAGS all the time. I have been avast pro user for over 2 decades and I finally decided to use something else and never look back. It would be good program if only avast would respect paid users and not imposed their other software on them through Nagging screens and trying to push them to upgrade..well, not only they didn't sell me anything but they lost once loyal customer

bjorn.verheijden@amv-as.no - 08/05/2019

Oh hell..... Bought the complete shabang. They keep coming up with annoying adds to buy even more stuff. The firewall worked in the end perfect though, it blocked internet access completely. To make the whole story complete, it screwed Windows so badly that I had to reinstall my PC completely. But that has the added benefit that Avast is gone.