Avast claims to be safeguarding 435 million devices with its award-winning software for more than 30 years. Although the company’s free software have limited functionality the premium versions such as Avast Ultimate, are quite complete. The suite includes antivirus software, VPN services, password managers and Cleanup tools to help users manage their passwords, remain anonymous online, and improve their device.
Avast Ultimate is simple to use, and has a simple layout that clearly defines the different tools it provides. The malware engine scored well in independent lab tests, detecting many types of malware that are often able to get past other security systems. Its web security is highly effective, it detects phishing websites that are not caught by Chrome or Firefox’s default protections.
Other tools include an app lock, RAM boost and an online scanner that scans for any vulnerabilities. Its ransomware guard prevents third-party software from altering or deleting your files until you pay a fee. The program also offers mobile applications for Android and iOS. The Android application is more feature-rich because of Apple’s restrictions, but both versions offer essential security elements, such as malware scanning and protection for websites.
The main downside is the fact that Avast collects your personal data and forwards it to its analytics division, Jumpshot. This was discovered in a PCMag and Motherboard investigation in 2020. However it is possible to disable this feature by navigating www.nathan-collier.com/review-about-avg-cleaner-for-android to the settings menu. If you’re still concerned, Avast allows you to create a password that you must enter before the software is able to share your IP address and other details with third-party companies.