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.

- 100.00%
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

Gary Alderson - Aldersoft - 01/05/2019

I highly recommend Avast for Android phones and tablets. Although a paid-for option, Avasts VPN is solid and works great.

S.Star - 05/04/2019

I installed the clean up version on my computer. The clean up version saw errors in my computer and corrected them. As it did it wiped out all my files.

Dave - 31/03/2019

I have used and recommended this for years. While it provides excellent protection from viruses you may need something to protect against Avast. Over the past few years it has increasingly started being a bit deceptive in its options, and the now numerous warning pop up windows that can trick you into thinking you have no other choice. It is a shame Avast has taken this route as the protection is top notch. Use but be aware.

Jason reese - 28/03/2019

I hate it when you try to delete it says Ian problem has occurred and it try’s to take over and lag your computer

erg - 26/03/2019

freaking update gave me a trojan.

Gulp Yeal - 12/03/2019

Good

Mr Doo - 09/03/2019

i've used it for years.. all the anti viruses want you to go pro etc,, but i update the search engines and it works fine....

Andy - 08/03/2019

I have used Avast for the last 15 or so years and I am finally retiring it... It has turned into a mass advertising package... It will constantly want you to buy this package, that package... before you know it you are into them for 150 or more a year... there is no way to turn off the advertisements so expect to have around 10 to 20 popups a day wanting you to purchase more... mind you I had purchased their Internet Security Suite that is supposed to have a ton of tools but they still want more... Reason I am here to find a replacement... Avoid it... its time we fight back against these companies and the BS Advertisements and hounding... especially after you PURCHASE a product they still hound you for more... see ya Avast

Chris Gillespie - 07/03/2019

Not much of a tech person but have this Antivirus myself and it has kept my PC's problem free with little interaction from myself for a few years. Ta v much Avast.

Steve R - 06/03/2019

Even when you buy the full licence, they keep harassing you with more features to buy. Protection wise, they also left a few things through... very disapointed