I was a big fan of AVG Antivirus until I decided to give Avast! Free Antivirus 2020 (Download) a try. The reason for the switch is the annoying pop-up ad asking me to upgrade to the pro version. I have to admit, I am impressed by the overall performance.
It is lightweight and intuitive protection powered by a community over 400 million strong, this is next-gen cybersecurity for all. The main reason for installing avast is my reluctance in purchasing a full fledged internet security for an old computer that I seldom use.
The latest version comes with Webcam Shield that protects your built-in camera from hidden spies, and Ransomware Shield ensures your files cannot be encrypted without your permission, so you don’t get held to ransom.
Avira vs Avast vs AVG vs Panda vs Bitdefender vs Microsoft Security Essential Comparison
Feature wise, Avast comes packed with many features not found in other free antivirus. The Web and Network Shield are important features which I find essential, as for those into Gaming, the only free antivirus with Game Mode are Avast and BitDefender. The problem with BitDefender is exactly like AVG, it comes with nagware – Nagging you to purchase the paid version.
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Performance wise, the detection rate for Avast Free Antivirus is good, we still believe the best antivirus is the behavior of the end user. Do not click on suspicious links or download files from unknown sources!
Avast Pro uses several layers of protection, keeping your PC and resources safe from several angles.
Long story short, we tried avast! for a month and discovered that it is quiet a reliable antivirus, it managed to block a number of attacks. Just like most antivirus, avast! is compatible with Microsoft Windows.