Pros / Avast detects when your applications are out of date and updates them for you.
Cons / It doesn’t include parental controls.
Verdict / Avast Pro Antivirus has a strong feature list with good scores for protection and usability, though it may cause your computer to run slower when performing malware scans.
Avast Pro Antivirus includes a host of useful features, good detection rates and 24/7 phone support that helps it claim a spot in our review of the best antivirus software. This antivirus software is compatible with all versions of Windows and consistently rates high for virus protection on them all.
During independent testing at several third-party laboratories, Avast Pro Antivirus consistently scored very high in its ability to detect, block and remove viruses. We noticed during our own tests that Avast could quickly detect and alert us to several less threatening programs such as adware and keyloggers. Avast is also very good at distinguishing between legitimate threats and files that look dangerous but are OK. This is represented by the false positives score and shows that 96 percent of the time, Avast can tell the difference.
Most of the independent tests showed that for Avast to detect malware so well it uses a good chunk of your computer’s resources. Independent laboratories gave mid to low range scores for the lag it caused while testers performed common tasks such as opening programs, file sharing and web surfing during the virus scan. However, when we did these same tasks, plus playing games and watching videos online, we didn’t notice any significant drag.
Avast Pro Antivirus includes a software updater that checks your computer’s applications and lets you know if any need updating. Hackers know that many users fail to maintain current software versions, so they attack with older malware attached to real-looking reminders to update your programs in hope of catching you off guard. Avast’s software searches for legitimate links to any program updates to help improve the overall security of your computer. It also scans your entire network and alerts you if you have weak Wi-Fi passwords or have the default password still on your router.
No antivirus can block every malware attack 100 percent of the time, but Avast does a good job. If a threat does sneak through, Avast lets you create a rescue disk that runs as you reboot your computer. It finds the threat, eliminates it and keeps the rest of your files and system in check. Avast is programed to recognize ransomware and tap into the most recent virus databases to ensure it has the most recent threats logged in its system, making it easier to quickly recognize and block these threats.
Secure DNS is one of Avast’s unique and best security tools. It helps prevent DNS hijackers steering you from legitimate sites to fake ones that look like the real ones. While you think you’re on your bank’s website, and eventually you will be logged in and taken to the real site, someone is stealing your credentials. Avast’s DNS redirecting helps ensure you are always taken to the true site and not a phantom one.
The gamming mode of this virus protection program recognizes when you are playing online and automatically enables this features. This tool prevents the display of pop-ups and alerts when you watch videos or play games on your PC so you can enjoy them in peace. It also suspends any scheduled virus scans so that you can use all your computer resources on your game rather sharing resources with a routine scan.
Avast Pro Antivirus gives you more protection than most basic antivirus software. It includes a password manager that saves all your login information in one secure folder. It also has mobile protection available that you can download onto your smartphone or tablet to keep those devices secure as well. This is a separate program from Avast Pro Antivirus, but you will be given the link once you’ve downloaded and installed the antivirus program. You can control and set scans for all you protected devices from a single user dashboard. The only big privacy and protection tool that Avast doesn’t include is parental controls to help kids stay safe by blocking websites and filtering dangerous content.
Avast provides 24/7 telephone support, which is especially nice when you need help with your personal computer outside regular business days and hours. The company also has email support and an online knowledgebase with common problems and solutions. You can also tap into the user forum to get help.
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Avast Pro Antivirus sometimes creates a little lag while it is running virus scans, but doesn’t have a problem detecting malware and determining whether incoming traffic is a threat or not. It extends its protection to your home network, prevents hackers from hijacking your browser and finds out-of-date applications that make you vulnerable to malware attacks. Its 24/7 telephone support is a nice addition to a good product that scores well in virus detection and removal on Windows computers.