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Avast Antivirus Review

Avast antivirus offers a fantastic range of features within an easy-to-use package. Its malware engine earned an outstanding score in my tests and its web protection was effective at catching websites that were phishing and able to bypass Chrome and Firefox’s default detection systems. Its performance scanner did a great job of keeping its impact on the speed of your system to minimal. In fact, Avast’s performance scanning proved more efficient in cutting down on the use of CPU than any other program I tried.

Apart from the malware protection and performance scan, Avast offers a host of other tools. These include a password manager as well as an VPN (exclusive to Avast One), a photo vault as well as a breach monitoring feature. The security toolkit also comes with the sandbox to run applications and an internet scanner to look for vulnerabilities.

Avast offers a complete support site with a knowledge base for when you encounter problems. The search function makes finding answers to frequently asked questions a breeze. If you can’t find the answer, Avast’s forum is a great resource to seek help from other users.

Although Avast claims that it no-longer sells user data however its history of doing this is still fresh in the minds of many users. PCMag and Motherboard reported in January of 2020 that Avast had sold personal information as well as location data of its users via its Jumpshot subsidiary. Avast has since stopped this practice, and now requests users to sign up when installing its antivirus software for desktops. The privacy policy of the company says that data from consumers is “stripped and removed from the database” before being shared with third parties.

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