Avast Ultimate Antivirus Review
Avast has been around for more than 30 years, and claims to secure 435 million devices around the world with its award-winning cyber security software. While the free offerings of the company are limited in capabilities, its premium offerings which include Avast Ultimate, are quite comprehensive. The suite includes antivirus, VPN service, password manager and Cleanup utilities which help users remain secure online manage their passwords, and improve their devices.
Avast Ultimate is easy to use, with an easy-to-read layout which clearly delineates the various tools it offers. Its malware engine scored very well in lab tests conducted by independent labs and was able to detect a variety of threats that often slip past other protections. Its web security features are very effective, catching phishing websites that are not detected by Chrome or Firefox’s default protections.
Other tools include the ability to boost your RAM, an app lock, and a scan that identifies vulnerabilities. Its ransomware protection prevents third-party software from altering the way you store, delete, or lock your data until you pay. The program is available as mobile applications for Android as well as iOS. Apple’s restrictions have resulted in the Android version more feature-rich, but both versions include essential security elements like malware scanning and web coverage.
The biggest disadvantage is that Avast collects your personal data and forwards it to its analytics division, Jumpshot. This was exposed in a PCMag and Motherboard investigation in 2020. This feature can be disabled via the settings menu. If you’re still concerned, Avast allows you to create a password you have to enter before the program can share your IP address or other information with third parties.