Avast ultimate is a security tool with a high detection rate as well as fantastic extra features. Its malware scanner earned a perfect score in my tests and its web protection blocked a variety of phishing websites which slipped through Chrome and Firefox’s default protections. Other features include the Rescue Disk and a secure browser that can be used for online banking and shopping. Advanced tracker blocking is also included.

The interface for users of the suite is easy to navigate. Its main screen displays the list of its most important tools, and includes clear icons that describe their functions. Avast employs an orange, blue and white color scheme that’s pleasing to the eye and easy to read.

You will find the precise control options for each tool in the see post Explore menu. This includes custom scans as well as boot time scanning and an automatic updater. You can also save certain types of scans within the „Scan Center“, so you can run them in the future.

In addition to the more advanced features, Avast’s anti-virus can prevent ransomware attacks by securing your system for suspicious activity and encrypting all files that could have been targeted. It can even identify a trojan horse (a malicious program that is able to sneak into your computer disguised as genuine software) and stop it from running on your system.

Avast’s security solutions are backed by 24 hours of email, live chat and telephone support. The free versions are backed by a comprehensive community and knowledge base, while paid plans include advanced features like identity protection Unlimited VPN, USB protection and patch management.