Avast claims to be safeguarding 435 million this post devices using its award-winning software for over 30 years. The company’s free software has limited capabilities. However, its premium products, such as Avast Ultimate are quite comprehensive. The suite includes antivirus, VPN service, password manager and Cleanup utilities that allow users to remain anonymous online as well as manage their passwords and optimize their devices.

Avast Ultimate offers a simple interface that clearly delineates the tools it provides. The malware engine scored well in lab tests conducted by independent labs, detecting many types of threats that often pass through other security measures. Its web protection is effective, catching many websites that are phishing and slip through Chrome and Firefox’s default protections.

Other tools include an app lock, RAM boost, and a network scanner that searches for possible vulnerabilities. Its ransomware guard prevents third-party software from changing the way you access, delete or lock your files until you pay a price. The program also includes mobile applications for Android and iOS. Apple’s restrictions have created an Android version more feature-rich, but both versions include essential security features, including malware scanning and web coverage.

The only issue with Avast is that it collects and sends your personal information to its analytics company, Jumpshot. In 2020, this was exposed by a PCMag and Motherboard investigative report. However, it is possible to turn off this feature through the settings menu. If you’re worried, Avast allows you to create a password you must enter before the program can share your IP address and other details with third parties.