Avast Ultimate is a security application that has an excellent detection rate and numerous additional features. Its malware scanner scored 100% in my tests and its web protection blocked a number of phishing websites that managed to get past Chrome and Firefox’s default security features. Other features include a Rescue Disk and a secure browser for online banking and shopping. Advanced tracker blocking is also available.
The user interface of the suite is intuitive. The main screen displays an array of icons that clearly describe the functions of each tool. Avast’s color scheme is orange, white, and blue. It’s easy to read and pleasing to the eye.
There are detailed control options for each tool in the Explore menu. This includes custom scans such as boot time scanning and an automatic updater. You can also save specific kinds of scans in the “Scan Center”, so you can run them again at a later time.
The advanced features of Avast can assist you to in preventing ransomware by checking your PC for suspicious activity and encrypting any files that might be targeted. It can detect trojan horses (malicious programs disguised as legitimate software that get into your computer) and prevent them from running.
Avast offers 24/7 phone, email and live chat support. The free versions of the product are backed by a vast community of knowledge and a vast knowledge base, while paid plans include advanced features such as identity protection, unlimited VPN, USB protection and patch management.