Avast has been around for 30 years and claims to protect 435 million devices around the world with its award-winning cyber security software. While the free versions of the software are limited in capabilities but its premium offerings which include Avast Ultimate, are quite extensive. The suite includes antivirus, VPN service, password manager and Cleanup tools that allow users to remain anonymous online manage their passwords, and tune up their devices.
Avast Ultimate offers a simple interface that clearly shows the tools it provides. Its malware engine performed well during independent lab tests it was able to identify many threats that are often overlooked by other protections. Its web protection is also effective, catching a lot of phishing sites that slip past Chrome and Firefox’s default protections.
Other tools include RAM boosters, an app lock and a network scan that checks for vulnerabilities. The program’s ransomware security prevents third-party software from altering, deleting, or locking your data until you pay. The program is available as mobile applications for Android as well as iOS. Apple’s restrictions have resulted you could try this out in the Android version more feature-rich, but both versions feature essential security features such as malware scanning and web coverage.
The only negative is that Avast collects your personal information and forwards it to its analytics division, Jumpshot. This was exposed in a PCMag and Motherboard investigation in 2020. However, it is possible to turn off this feature via the settings menu. If you are still concerned, Avast lets you set a password you must enter to prevent the software from sharing your IP address or other information with third-party organizations.