by February 11, 2014 0 comments

Avast is another internet security suite which has a popular free version available. But if you compare it with the paid version, you will find a lot of difference in the features. Like any other internet security suite, Avast IS has antivirus, antispam, antimalware, antiphishing, firewall, game mode, safe browsing, privacy protection, social network protection and file sharing protection. This security suite has a tool called SafeZone, which can provide safe, secure web interactions in a zone separate from your computer. It also has a sandbox for running suspicious applications.

Secure line is there to provide VPN service in order to secure your internet connection. But some important features like parental control, cloud backup and system maintenance tools are missing from the list.

Installation is fast. There are four large tiles in the middle of the home screen. Three of these launch a quick scan, but check your browser for sketchy toolbars, and a link to an offer for Avast Mobile Security (for Android). As far as tests are concerned, Avast displayed below-average performance. For one, it completed scanning our 250 MB test folder containing 27,000 files in just 2 minutes flat and only consumed 10 MB of memory in the process. This may appear fast, but we had no way of knowing whether it managed to scan all the files or not because it didn’t show any scan report when it was done. That’s something most other products did. Four out of 8 EICAR files were completely blocked and remaining four were downloaded. But those were disinfected when scanned separately. In the zero day malicious website blockage test, Avast was able to block 12 out of 25 websites which is not a satisfying number.

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