Avast Ultimate is a security tool with an impressive detection rate and numerous additional features. Its malware scanner earned a perfect score in my tests and its web security stopped a lot of phishing sites which slipped through Chrome and Firefox’s default security features. Other features include a Rescue Disk and a secure browser that can be used for online shopping and banking. Advanced tracker blocking is also available.
The user interface of the suite is user-friendly. Its main screen displays a list of the most essential tools with clear icons to explain their purpose. The color scheme for Avast is orange, white, and blue. It’s easy to read and pleasing to the eyes.
There are specific controls for each tool in the Explore menu. These include custom scans such as boot time scanning and an automatic updater. You can also save specific types of scans in the “Scan Center”, so you can run them again at a future date.
As one of the more advanced features, Avast’s anti-virus can stop ransomware attacks by securing your system for suspicious activity and encrypting any files that could be targeted. It can identify trojan horses (malicious programs that are disguised as legitimate software that get into your computer) and block them from running.
Avast offers 24/7 phone, email and live chat support. Its free versions are backed by a vast community of experts and knowledge, while paid plans include advanced features such as identity protection Unlimited VPN, USB protection and patch management.