Avast Antivirus

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Avast Pro Antivirus has received strong scores from independent labs and contains a variety of useful bonus features that can help provide additional security for your device. However, the paid-only bonus features available for Avast Pro Antivirus may not justify the expense when compared to other options.

  • Minimal computer impact
  • Fairly fast antivirus scans
  • Solid scores from independent testers

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GOOD

Avast Pro Antivirus has the same strong antivirus protection that Avast Free Antivirus offers, with a few additional bells and whistles that provide strong additional protection, like the Real Site component. Real Site makes sure that your system is connecting to a reliable DNS (Domain Name System) server; this helps prevent hackers from redirecting your browser to a fake website that’s showing the domain you’re expecting. For example, Real Site can defend against someone redirecting you to a fake bank site and stealing your information.

Avast Pro Antivirus also adds a Sandbox feature to their lineup, allowing you to run programs you want to use but aren’t sure are safe.

BAD

Many of the features available for Avast Pro Antivirus can also be found with the Avast Free Antivirus option, and Avast Pro Antivirus teases you with links to even more advanced options that you can only unlock through further upgrades. While the Real Site protection and Sandbox are useful, they may not justify the cost over the free version that’s available.

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Avast Pro Antivirus receives solid scores from independent testing labs, with very strong antiphishing protection and the same suite of additional security features that Avast Free Antivirus provides. It’s easy to use, has a variety of useful - and occasionally uncommon - protections (like the WiFi Inspector, which can check your network for security issues and help you resolve them), and doesn’t take up a ton of system memory to use.

If you’re someone who may work with potentially dangerous programs or you want the extra defense against DNS attacks, Avast Pro Antivirus is a decent investment. However, Avast Free Antivirus offers many of the same benefits at no cost to you.

Test Results

Avast Pro Antivirus is tested by a variety of independent labs; we primarily reference AV-Test in our reviews. While Avast Pro Antivirus’ score for Performance is a little low, at 75%, it received perfect 100% scores in Protection and Ease of Use. Avast Pro Antivirus also received a 100% score for the available features, and has a strong value for the overall cost.

Protection & Performance Score
Protection & Performance
Software Features Score
Software Features
Ease of Use Score
Ease of Use

Cost of Owning

Avast Pro Antivirus has a fairly comparable cost to other antivirus suites with the same sets of features, costing $49.99 for 1 year for 1 PC or $59.99 for 1 year for 3 PCs. Avast does also offer mobile protection through a downloadable app, and Avast Pro Antivirus has an available 30-day trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee available.

Avast Pro Antivirus

Avast Internet Security

Avast Premier

1 Year Subscription
1 Device
$49.99
$59.99
$79.99
3 Devices
$59.99
$79.99
$99.99
5 Devices
$84.99
$104.99
$134.99
2 Years Subscription
1 Device
$89.99
$109.99
$149.99
3 Devices
$109.99
$149.99
$189.99
5 Devices
$159.99
$199.99
$254.99
3 Years Subscription
1 Device
$129.99
$159.99
$219.99
3 Devices
$159.99
$219.99
$279.99
5 Devices
$234.99
$294.99
$374.99

Software Features

Avast Pro Antivirus comes with the same strong antivirus and antimalware protection as Avast Free, as well as providing real-time analysis of unknown files to defend you from unregistered viruses. It also has a simple password protection feature that allows you to create a master password to use across the web, remembering your other passwords for you.

Avast Antivirus - Features Checklist
Anti-Banner
Firewall Protection
Scheduled Scan
Anti-Phishing
Gamer Mode
Spyware
Anti-Spam
Malware
System Booster
Antimalware
Mobile Protection
Trojans
Auto Scanning
Parental Controls
Virus Scanner
Autoscans USB
Password Manager
VPN / Safe Browsing
Bootable Rescue CD
Ransomware
Webcam Protection
Email Protection
Rootkits
Worms
File Shredder
Email Scanner

You’ll also get the Real Site protection against DNS redirecting and the Sandbox feature that allows you to test potentially dangerous programs to make sure they’re not going to cause you any problems, and a WiFi Inspector (which can also test cabled connections) to make sure that your overall internet connection is secure.

User Experience

Avast Pro Antivirus upgraded their user interface to be clean and easy to understand. When you first launch the program, you’ll be taken to the status screen, which lets you run a “smart” scan (a shortened version of an antivirus scan) to make sure your essential files and programs are protected. Avast Pro Antivirus has 4 buttons along the left side - Status, Protection, Privacy, and Performance. Clicking on any of these opens up a new tab which shows you the options available to you.

The only place this can be confusing is the Performance tab, which allows you to click on “Cleanup” to scan your computer. However, once the scan is done, if you want to take action, you need to pay for their Cleanup feature. Overall, Avast Pro Antivirus’ user interface is simple to understand and can be used by anyone with any level of computer experience.

Customer Support

One of the great features of Avast Pro Antivirus is the ability to send a support message from directly within the user interface. Clicking on the “?” in the upper right brings up the help menu, with answers to general questions; if you cannot find what you’re looking for, clicking “send a support request” at the bottom of the help screen gives you a direct message to technical support.

For premium users, there is also a direct phone line and 24/7 support for any potential antivirus issues you run into. You simply have to log into your account on the Avast website. There’s also a support forum and an intuitively organized support center, if you want to search for your answer on your own.

Phone Support
(844) 880.9791
Phone Support Hours
24x7 for Premium Support
Support Email
helpdesk@avast.com
Knowledgebase

Technical Requirements

Software Version
2017
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 10. 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
Minimum RAM Required
256 MB RAM or above
Minimum Space Required
1.5 GB free space on the hard disk
Recommended Processor Speed
1 GHz
Software Manufacturer
Avast Software

Company History

Avast is one of the largest security companies in the world, with an immense cloud-based machine learning engine that receives data from their 400 million users worldwide. Established in 1988, Avast continues to build their team of talented, experienced security engineers, pulling in people from highly respected institutions like NASA, MIT, and Oxford. Their mission is to make the internet safe and accessible for everyone, all the time, by saving the world from cyber attacks.

With the acquisition of AVG Technologies in 2016, Avast now has the industry’s largest user base across platforms, and currently prevents 1 billion cyber attacks every month.

Our Verdict

Avast Pro Antivirus is a solid, affordable option that offers protection on par with several more expensive antivirus suites. It has received high scores from independent testing labs and plethora of awards from leaders in the security software industry, and has a variety of bonus features outside of the standard malware defense that provide a strong defense against attacks on a variety of levels.

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“Never had a problem”
by Sophia on 06/08/2017

"I am a big fan of Avast Pro Antivirus simply because it is very user-friendly and very easy to install. There is step by step guides and once you install it, Avast runs quietly in the background. You get a Wi-Fi scanner that scans your connection for security problems and you also get an awesome software update tool that looks for things like security patches and alerts you when they're found. All you have to do is click 'update' and Avast goes to work. Avast will scan links while you're browsing the internet to determine if they're safe or not to click on. I trust this product and run it on my own computers and have never had a problem nor have I ever had any computer issues while running this software. I recommend this product to family and friends and will definitely purchase it again."

“Tries to upsell other products with notifications”
by Liam on 06/08/2017

"I have been using Avast Pro Antivirus for about a year. So, I can say that this has been an excellent antivirus for two reasons. The reasons being that it does not slow down my computer and it is simple to use. In the past, I have used NOD32. NOD32 was also an antivirus that did it's job, but it was more complicated to use and would often slow down my computer. The only negative aspect Avast is that it always tries to upsell other Avast products by giving me notifications."

“It has protected my PC from multiple threats”
by Madelyn on 06/08/2017

"I have used Avast for well over a year now. I find the software to be simple to use, and very reliable. It has protected my PC from multiple threats that Norton obviously never could catch. I have found that Avast is one of the most reliable, and affordable, antivirus software available. I have seen in increase in my computers performance and speed since installing it. I know that I never have to worry about what I download thanks to it. To me, it is irreplaceable."

“They have earned my 100% trust”
by Nicholas on 06/08/2017

"I was never a big fan of fancy security packages until a friend purchased and installed it for me. I hate how bloated these internet security suites can be, so this one turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Unless I am missing something, my horrible DSL connection downloaded the entire package in less than 1 minute. It uses a cloud based system, which I guess is a fancy word for saying it doesn't store hundreds of megabytes of their crap on my computer. And I noticed that it automatically synced up with my browser and let me know when I was doing something stupid, or visiting a dangerous site. Passive mode is a godsend for my daily computer habits. I never have to touch the program or enter its settings. This was a must for me, as I couldn't care less what goes on under the hood of the program. This is the best value for the money I have ever seen in an antivirus, and I really want to pay my friend back for introducing me to it. This is the first time I have heard of Avast, and they have earned my 100% trust."

“An Antivirus Program That You Don't Need to Babysit”
by Grace on 06/08/2017

"I've been using Avast antivirus for about two years now. There's good reason why I've stuck with it so long at this point. I don't have to constantly work to accommodate it on my system. A lot of antivirus programs almost insist that you micromanage everything it does. Avast doesn't causes any huge performance spikes on my computer when it's running. It's smart enough to download updates in the background. And in general it just gets out of my way when it's running. The only time it really makes itself known is when the automated scans turn up a problem. And lack of false positives means that shouldn't happen very often. Additionally, Avast has been around long enough to have built up a solidly positive reputation. The price is right as well, given that I've just been using the free version. I've never felt that they're dangling a carrot of withheld features in order to try up-selling the Premier version. All of this put together creates an antivirus platform that I trust."

“A user friendly product!!”
by Greg M. on April 2015

"While most antivirus software packages tend to be either overly aggressive or have more holes than swiss cheese, Avast has struck the sweet spot: a very high detection rate but with very few false positives. Avast has developed a number of "shields" to add additional protection on top of the usual file system shield, such as network, browser, P2P, email, script, etc. It also has some great features like sandboxing (if it detects an app that it thinks might be suspicious, it sandboxes the app when running it), a silent/gaming mode, and easy access to controls that disable the shields for a set period of time (allowing you to quickly get Avast out of the way if it's being overly intrusive without permanently disabling it). You can't beat the price - free - for personal use; central management console with remote deployment capabilities available for businesses, but a cost similar to the industry behemoths."

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“You can't beat this...”
by Antiik on April 2017

"Avast, the most trustworthy antivirus software there is. Not to mention the AWESOME and user-friendly UI, it comes packed with award-winning antivirus engine and offers some of the best protection out there. This is the BEST free antivirus out there... it truly is amazing. It truly is still surprising how such a user-friendly UI has such a powerful engine, I would recommend Avast to anyone. The Premier version offers even more! With protected transactions, 2 way Firewall protection, anti=spam technology and even more... you'll never need to worry about keeping your PC safe again. Avast got you!"

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“Works great and is free!”
by Barbara B. on April 2017

"Works great and is free!"

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“They protect my computer well and to me ”
by Carol R. on April 2017

"They protect my computer well and to me that is all that is so important."

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“Solid without getting in the way...”
by Josh H. on May 2017

"The admin interface is simple to navigate through, and it makes managing several machines pretty simple. You can set rules for even easier management. It's pretty unobtrusive when running. The first time I set it up I wasn't even sure if it was running, but when the install completed everything was there and ready to roll. The flexibility of the licensing has been great too. As one machine dies and you replace it simply uninstall, and use your license on the new machine."

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“Avast Endpoint Protection in Call Center Operations”
by Ismael C. on January 2017

"The avast sandbox allow me to run my applications in a safe virtual environment. The application once installed is easy to use and very intuitive for the user. Memory usage is adequate and does not interfere with other applications."

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“Decent protection for a decent price.”
by Christin W. on January 2017

"I love that there is a free version of this program. It is also easy to use, easy to find online and download, and easy to perform self maintenance. Everything is simply laid out and as easy to use as the click of your mouse. It also lets me know as soon as an update is available for any of my software (i.e.: Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer...). They have also made it fairly easy to stop their pop-ups, as long as you know how."

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“Great product to increase your security”
by Miguel U. on January 2015

"I like how it's easy to install, configurate and use. If you wanna have a great tool to increase your protection and security, without spending too much time on the configuration or technical stuff, use Avast Endpoint Protection."

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“Avast is an incredible piece of software, i've been using it since 2005”
by Joiner L. on January 2016

"The user interface is totally friendly, offers you a bunch of posibilities to control your system like fast scan, web browser cleaning or statistics"

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“Excellence for software security”
by Daniel C. on January 2015

"The best of this product is how simply to manage the tools of software's security, overall the internet security, that improves to avoid malwares and virus. The awesome compatibility of the many tools that it offers make the perfect ally to be reforced to avoid any threat. You can personalize the product by your own account and make your license adecuate to your place of work or your personal device."

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“Great, really good product”
by Daniel B. on January 2016

"I think that avast is actually one of the best antivirus software right now, it's very good, also works on mobile, isn't a heavy load for your pc (works on a pc with minimals specifications, that's a plus here), also made web traffic inspection (i always get adware by opening some links here). I think that if somebody need a giant but easy-to-use protection software we should think on use Avast as first choice. another advantage is that our account can handle several devices on an easy manner, and that's something that most users care plus a quiet marketing policy, isn't overloaded there with tons of ad's, they just recommend their products and period."

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“Avast on all!”
by Jose L. on January 2016

"Avast is amazing anti-virus, I used avast from lots years. From Desktop to Mobile is very great, Thanks to this antivirus has helped me solve problems in my computer and smartphone as malware and viruses. Avast will always report any problems, any device into your computer with viruses or malware, I like its user interface is very simple and robust for both desktop and mobile. Keep my computer protected, your alerts and notifications are very efficient. Other great features of avast is the "Intelligent Analysis" looking at all the computer or device to find the virus very effectively."

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“Good to secure your computer”
by Enmaunuel D. on January 2016

"I used Avast Endpoint Protection Suite a while ago to protect my computer, I was looking for a good Antivirus, and I found it, I saw the offer a 30 day trial and I decided to give it a shot to see if the trial version was fine. As a trial user my experience didn't go that far, but I realized a couple of things, Avast is on point in threat responses and malware detection, with other antivirus I had to scan my computer to find threats, Avast just found it for me before anything went inside my computer, the live response in the other hand is something I really appreciate on antivirus."

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“User Of Avast”
by Arvind K. on January 2016

"Avast Anti-virus code encompasses a free downloadable version for home use. It protects PCs and laptops from a spread of viruses and malicious code that several home users square measure exposed to. They conjointly supply code with a broader vary of capabilities for workplace and alternative skilled uses."

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“Protect your workstation without going bankrupt”
by Antonio R. on February 2016

"Avast Sandbox is a great feature, it encapsulates your applications in an isolated environment that wont allow it to do any harm to other applications or the system itself. It's great for running suspicious applications without compromising your workstation."

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“Avast is an incredible piece of software, i've been using it since 2005”
by Joiner L. on January 2016

"i've been using avast endpoint protection for home since 2005. Its easy to install and use, i really lke the fact that i dont need to constantly worry about updates, goes beyond other antivirus software and his Avasts Behavior Shield function is like a piece of heaven, analyzing processes that are running on systems for unusual behavior."

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“Great software forma protec my datas”
by Software User on January 2016

"Because avast is an great protection for virus like Troyan"

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“They got it right”
by Software User on April 2015

"Security is a supreme factor in this AV. every aspect of the security has been taken care of in this product."

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“Value for money”
by Software User on April 2015

"All of the services come along free with this product..It Is one of the secured products and gives no space at all for virus attacks!"

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“A user friendly product!!”
by Greg M. on April 2015

"While most antivirus software packages tend to be either overly aggressive or have more holes than swiss cheese, Avast has struck the sweet spot: a very high detection rate but with very few false positives. Avast has developed a number of "shields" to add additional protection on top of the usual file system shield, such as network, browser, P2P, email, script, etc. It also has some great features like sandboxing (if it detects an app that it thinks might be suspicious, it sandboxes the app when running it), a silent/gaming mode, and easy access to controls that disable the shields for a set period of time (allowing you to quickly get Avast out of the way if it's being overly intrusive without permanently disabling it). You can't beat the price - free - for personal use; central management console with remote deployment capabilities available for businesses, but a cost similar to the industry behemoths."

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“Better Light Weight Virus Security for Small-Medium Business”
by Sudhakar D. on April 2016

"Admin Console with Avast is one of the best features as it gives central location from which we can monitor all activities. There is remote assistance which very useful feature as it helps our support team to take remote connection of the user. It saves lot of time support team. Avast comes with sandbox which is virtual environment where we can install any unknown applications before actually installing on OS. Its a isolated space which protects the system files from any possible threats."

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