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Avast’s free application provides the best protection against malware. Avast Premium Security and other paid versions offer a variety of additional features that help keep your device safe. This includes a VPN Wi-Fi Inspector and more. In the AV-Comparatives Real World Security Test, Avast scores among the best products on the market in this particular category.

During our tests, it was clear that we discovered that Avast was able to detect many different threats swiftly and efficiently. The scan was completed in just 6 minutes and 50 seconds, which is impressive considering that it was able to scan more than 2 million files.

In terms of false positives, we were slightly disappointed to learn that Avast was frequently flagging certain applications as infected. In our tests Avast identified five legitimate applications as malicious during Windows system scans which is a whopping two times higher than the industry-standard. This is only a few instances and you are able to send the file for analysis for a corrective action when Avast flags it as a mistake.

Avast offers a good knowledge base that provides assistance with common issues There are direct phone and email support options available. For those who want to add an extra level of security can opt for a paid subscription, which provides parental and password management controls to the program. Avast also offers a 30 day refund guarantee for its paid services, making it simple to test them out before buying.