Avast antivirus has a complete set of features packaged in a simple package. Its malware engine scored an outstanding score during my tests, and its web protection was effective in identifying phishing sites that got past Chrome and Firefox’s default detection systems. The performance scanner did a good job of keeping its impact on speed of the system to the minimum. In fact Avast’s performance scan was more effective at decreasing CPU usage than any other program I tested.

Apart from the malware protection feature and performance scan, Avast offers a host of other tools. Avast One is the only one that offers the VPN with photo vaults, as well as a tool to monitor data breaches. The security toolkit also has the sandbox to run applications and the ability to scan routers for weaknesses.

If you ever encounter issues, the Avast support website offers a comprehensive knowledge base. The search function makes finding the answers to frequently asked questions easy. If you’re not able to find an answer you can use the Avast forum is an excellent resource for getting help from other users.

While Avast claims it no longer sells user information however, the fact that it has done this is still fresh in the minds of a lot of consumers. PCMag and Motherboard reported in January of 2020 that Avast had sold personal information and location information of its users through its Jumpshot subsidiary. Avast has halted this practice, and now is asking users to opt-in when installing its antivirus software for desktops. The privacy policy of the company says that data from consumers is “stripped and de-identified” before being shared with third-party.