Avast is one of the most well-known antivirus programs for PCs. It provides a broad range of protection against ransomware, Trojans, bots, and spyware while also providing a number of useful tools such as a password manager and VPN. The program also includes a feature called Device Lock that will help you locate lost devices while keeping your data safe from any unauthorized access. It utilizes a behavioral analyzer to spot new threats and can run an entire system scan in just one click.
However the program's malware protection isn't perfect, and it takes a long time to complete the system scans, which is not the best choice for busy users. Its heuristic analysis tool isn't like those in top software, and it can be vulnerable to false positives. Its sandboxing technology is not like other alternatives', but it works well enough to keep the majority of malware from your system.
Despite these limitations, it offers solid protection for your files, Wi-Fi, and ransomware. You can adjust settings and include exceptions to scanning rules. The Scan Central and Online Security extensions of the application make it easy to manage and access all the security features you need.
Upgrade to Avast's paid plan and you get a lot of extra features. These include an algorithmic scan that runs your files on an isolated environment to catch more sophisticated malware and a privacy adviser that helps you change your settings for Facebook, Reddit and Twitter to protect your privacy. You also get a password manager as well as a secure browser, and PC speedup that improves the performance of your computer.