Avast is one of the more intuitive antiviruses and its user-friendly interface makes the majority of features accessible via a single menu. This is a huge help for anyone with limited time or resources to learn software and the brief explanations for each feature will ensure that you don’t ever have to guess what it is that something does. The search function also helps you find the features you’re looking to find.
You can also adjust settings that affect your security and performance. You can turn off the blocking of ads and scans for webcams. You can also search for bloatware which is slowing down your computer and stop Avast running background updates. Avast Cleanup can be used to delete unneeded programs and improve your computer’s performance.
The ransomware shield from Avast is available in two different modes: smart and strict. The first checks an entire list of apps to determine the apps that are trusted to access your files. You then decide if the changes are allowed. The latter works much like an firewall and allows modifications that are approved by the administrator. In either case, you’ll be notified and asked for permission before any modifications are made to your secure files.
Upgrading to an Avast premium plan will unlock a host of additional security and performance-enhancing tools, including anti-phishing protections, an advanced firewall, webcam protection, and a VPN. However, a few of these additional features do not compare favorably to other security products with similar price points.