Avast Ultimate is a security tool with a high detection ratio and many extra features. Its malware scanner scored 100% in my tests and its web protection blocked websites that posed as phishing sites that were able to bypass Chrome’s and Firefox’s default security. Other features include a Rescue Disk and a secure browser to use for online banking and shopping. Advanced tracking blockers are also included.
The user interface of the suite is easy to navigate. The main screen displays a list of the most essential tools with clear icons that explain their purpose. The color scheme of Avast is orange white, blue, and. It’s easy to read and pleasing to the eyes.
There are detailed controls for each tool within the Explore menu. These include custom scans such as boot time scanning and an automatic updater. You can also save certain kinds of scans in the “Scan Center”, so you can run them at a later time.
Among the more advanced features, Avast’s anti-virus can protect against ransomware by securing your system for suspicious activity and encryption of all files that could have been targeted. It can detect trojan horses (malicious programs that are disguised as legitimate software and get into your computer) and block them from running.
Avast offers 24/7 phone, email and live chat support. The free versions of Avast are backed by a huge knowledge base and community. Paid plans are loaded with advanced features like identity protection, USB protection, patch management, and unlimited VPN.