Avast Antivirus

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About Avast Antivirus

Avast Antivirus Software provides protection for your devices from viruses, malware and other potential internet threats. Avast is known for offering features you don’t often find in a free program, including a Wi-Fi network scanner, a password manager and a gaming mode.

Pros & Cons


  • Password manager
  • Customizable protection
  • Free product is robust


  • Previously sold user data
  • Can slow your device

Bottom Line

Avast Antivirus Software provides both free and premium protection against risks to your devices. The free version is pretty thorough, but the paid version adds many useful features.

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Wilmington, NC

I discovered Avast by accident… I'm rather glad I did though, they deliver the protection in which they claim. … I'd highly recommend all that uses today's technology on a regula...

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Stone Mountain, GA

The Avast has been very good. I have not had any problems since using it. My computer has always been online. I would recommend avast. Avast has kept my computer clean. The price ...

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What is Avast Software?

Avast is antivirus software designed to protect your devices. A subsidiary of AVG Antivirus, Avast is currently one of the most popular antivirus programs available. The company offers free and paid options for customers.

Along with antivirus and anti-malware software, Avast offers several other security services. Users can also purchase a virtual privacy network (VPN), anti-tracking software and BreachGuard.

What does Avast Software do?

The free program offers malware protection, a performance scanner and a scan scheduler. Its basic scan also finds network issues, out-of-date software, weak passwords, malicious browser add-ons and more. Features such as an email scanner, a secure browser and a URL screener are all available for free as separate tools.

As for the antivirus and malware scanning itself, independent lab tests give it a high rating. Avast detects most forms of malware before they reach your computer by quarantining and deleting the files. If it can't stop the malware before, it interrupts the downloading process.

The premium Avast software adds several features. These include:

  • A file shredder
  • Webcam protection
  • Automatic software updater
  • A firewall
  • Spam protection
  • Secure folders for important files
  • Protection from phishing sites (sites that duplicate important login screens to steal information)

Avast Cleanup Premium helps improve your computer’s performance, and its driver updater takes care of old or broken drivers. Not everyone will find these premium features necessary, but they can be helpful. If you’re looking for more basic coverage, the Avast free software will do.

Avast antivirus price

Avast has a free option and paid options. While its free coverage is thorough, there are several benefits to the premium options. A one-year subscription for a single Mac or PC device is $69.99. You can upgrade your coverage to include as many as 10 devices for $89.99 a year. This includes PC, Mac, Android and iOS devices.

There is also an Ultimate option that includes a secure-line VPN, Premium Cleanup and Passwords Premium. Ultimate costs $99.99 annually for a single device or $119.99 a year for 10 devices. You can try the single-device subscription free for 30 days without a credit card, and there is a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied.

Avast FAQ

How good is Avast Antivirus?
Avast Antivirus is generally ranked as a good program. Its free software is surprisingly robust, though its premium product isn’t always worth the upgrade for some users.
Is Avast safe for Macs?
Avast is safe for your Mac computer or laptop. It offers full protection for free.
Where is Avast located?
The Avast headquarters is in Prague, Czech Republic. There are Avast offices around the world, including two in the United States.
What is Avast behavior shield?
Avast behavior shield adds a layer of active protection to your antivirus program. It monitors for suspicious behavior in code.
Is Avast malware?
Avast is not malware and is safe to use on your computer or mobile devices. Its purpose is to detect and stop malware before it harms your system.

Is Avast safe?

Avast is a highly popular antivirus program and has been for a long time. It provides good malware protection and several features that you don’t often find in free software. Many people appreciate the password manager or Wi-Fi network scanner. If you’re looking for extra protection from internet threats, it’s worth checking out Avast Antivirus.

Avast Antivirus Reviews

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Customer ServiceStaff

Reviewed Sept. 13, 2023

It has been 4 years since I have used their products and I have cancelled all subscriptions (by speaking with their representatives over the phone) with them multiple times since. I am still receiving charges on my credit card for their software. Their product is good but their way of doing business is dishonest at best.

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Reviewed Aug. 16, 2023

Just have my phone now, since Avast Driver didn't protect my computer and hackers got in and held my computer hostage. Anyways no big deal except poor protection, but the big deal is that my contract renewed just 6 days ago, and I called to cancel it and they want $99 to do so. Shawn ** more like Hredhaan, took the then brunt of what I have to say after he quoted this one time special. I get it, let's run our business like a scam... Don't buy poor product and business model.

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    Customer ServiceStaff

    Reviewed July 25, 2023

    Terrible and unprofessional customer support. I had to politely beg for a refund for a charge that was automatically renewed without my authorization. The entire request lasted 30 minutes while the customer support agent named Kennedy, attempted to exhaust me with alternatives and delayed responding for nearly 5 minutes. The agent tried to exhaust me by asking several times why I wanted a refund and tried to only offer a 75% partial refund.. It was quite obvious their intentions were to frustrate me and delay the entire process.

    This agent also made underlying taunting & mocking comments of my Asian heritage last name -- which was quite obvious and extremely unprofessional. It was difficult to maintain my composure but I continued to say thank you and please to my requests despite the constant disrespect that I had received. I was really happy with Avast programs and features but I will never ever do business with Avast ever again because of this. I have never written a ConsumerAffairs review either or a 1-star review. Ever. So I hope this can speak volumes to my experience.

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    Reviewed March 30, 2023

    I downloaded this Antivirus that was supposed to be a FREE trial, so when running program, it would show error BUT IN ORDER correcting the problem, I was continually asked to pay more and more. ARE YOU ALL A BUNCH OF THIEVES. You lie to the people to get them to download your antivirus free then you sock it to us. SHAME ON YOU.

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    Reviewed March 2, 2023

    Avast makes a good product with lots of extras. The anti-virus program works very well, slows your computer very little (assuming that the computer is fairly new). I love the product and it has a lot of add-on tools - too many! Avast Premium Internet Security is just fine for most people. Avast is broken down into too many components, each of which you have have to pay for. To get the total package is very expensive. Watch your install as Avast often includes bloatware that, if you're not careful, is easy to miss.

    Avast, like many companies today, always puts auto-renew on every purchase. Auto-renew CAN be turned off but it's tricky to find. Just one ploy of modern sales, turn on auto-renew and hope people don't notice or don't complain. For myself, if the company does not allow you to turn off auto-renew, watch out! I've run into this with a number of software programs and, if they don't allow it to be turned off, I cancel my subscription and take it off my computer but I usually do tell them why they're losing customers.

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    Reviewed Jan. 15, 2023

    I've been using the paid app for years. It worked well though there were annoying pop-ups all the time. Today I opened my computer and the screen showed that Avast was updated overnight. But my computer would not boot up and a white screen kept flashing. I was on the phone with customer support for 2 hours and finally at the end they told me I needed to pay for additional support to resolve the problem. After I complained and demanded that they fix what they broke they fixed the issue in 2 minutes. Beware the upsell. I'm past the 30 day period since my last renewal so I cannot get refunded I will not be renewing again.

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    Reviewed Dec. 5, 2022

    Invasive! Can't uninstall it. Been trying for half an hour. Computer keeps crashing. Even downloading their uninstall.exe doesn't work. Great. Counting their browser, which I didn't ask for and also can't uninstall, I now have THREE UNWANTED AVAST PROGRAMS ON MY COMPUTER. And the popups won't stop coming. Avoid them.

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    Reviewed Sept. 21, 2022

    I bought Avast antivirus software and recently added their Cleanup software and their Driver updater. After buying the Driver updater I was not able to use my scanner, which is connected via WIFI. Avast's solution is to have me buy another $200 package to fix their flawed software. Scammers!

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    Reviewed June 30, 2022

    BE CAREFUL OF AUTO RENEWAL SCAMS BY AVAST! I purchased the 3-1 bundle which included Avast Cleanup Premium fro $119.99 on June 15. On June 30 Avast still initiated the auto renewal for the Avast Premium Cleanup product for $63.99 on June 30. I knew there was an auto renewal but thought since I purchased the product in the bundle, their sophisticated system would recognize this and AUTO CANCEL THE RENEWAL SINCE I JUST ORDERED IT! Their support, Poojitha, said I should be managing my subscriptions online and it is not their fault I WAS CHARGED TWICE FOR THE SAME PRODUCT! I cancelled the $119.99 order! BE VERY AWARE OF HOW THEY MAKE DUPLICATE CHARGES AND CHEAT YOU. MY SYSTEM IS STILL VERY SLOW!

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    Reviewed April 15, 2022

    Well, I have bought Avast Premium Security from the partner avast-tn.com. I really appreciate all the features starting from the efficient firewall, the wifi inspector, the remote access shield, but what is impressed me is that I can prevent access to apps and block my webcam when I need. And also the password protection is also feature I really like. Good job!

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    Avast Antivirus Company Information

    Company Name:
    Avast Antivirus
    Year Founded:
    1700 S Amphlett Blvd.
    San Mateo
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    United States