Avast has been in operation for 30 years and claims to safeguard 435 million devices worldwide with its award-winning security software for cyberspace. While the free versions of the software are limited in functionality but its premium offerings which include Avast Ultimate, are quite complete. The suite includes antivirus software, VPN services, password managers, and Cleanup utilities to help users manage their passwords, keep their identity private online, and improve their devices.
Avast Ultimate is a basic interface that clearly outlines the tools it offers. Its malware engine scored very well in lab tests conducted by independent labs, detecting many types of threats that often get past other security systems. The web protection feature is effective, catching many sites that phish, and get past Chrome and Firefox’s default security features.
Other tools include a RAM boost, an app lock and a network scan that looks for weaknesses. The program’s ransomware security prevents third-party programs from changing or deleting your data until you pay. The program provides mobile applications for Android as well as iOS. The Android application is more feature-rich because of 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 information and transmits it to its analytics division, Jumpshot. In 2020, this was revealed by an PCMag and Motherboard investigative report. This feature is able to be disabled through the settings menu. If you’re still worried, Avast allows you to set a password that you must fill in before the software can share your IP address and other details with third-party companies.