Avast claims to have been protecting 435 million devices through its award-winning software for more than 30 years. The free software from the company has limited functionality. However the premium versions, such as Avast Ultimate are quite comprehensive. The suite includes antivirus software, VPN services, password managers and Cleanup utilities to help users manage their passwords, keep their identity private online, and optimize their devices.

Avast Ultimate is easy to use, with a simple layout that clearly demarcates the different tools it provides. Its malware engine was able to perform well in independent lab testing and detected many threats that are often missed by other protections. Its web protection is effective, catching a lot of phishing sites that slip past Chrome and Firefox’s default protections.

Other tools include the ability to boost your RAM, an app lock, and a network scan that looks for weaknesses. Its ransomware protection shield blocks third-party software from altering the way you access, delete or lock your files until you pay a fee. The program has mobile apps for Android as well as iOS. The Android application is more feature-rich due to Apple’s restrictions, but both versions have security elements such as malware scanning and web protection.

The only major downside is the fact that Avast collects your personal data and forwards it to its analytics division, Jumpshot. In 2020, this information was revealed by an PCMag and Motherboard investigative report. However, it is possible to turn off this feature using the settings menu. If you’re still concerned, Avast allows you to choose a password which you must enter before the software can share your IP address as well as other details with third-party companies.

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