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 big help for those who have limited time or energy to learn software and the concise explanations that accompany each feature ensure that you don’t ever have to figure out what it is that something does. Finding settings is simple with the search function.
You can also adjust settings that impact your security and performance. For example you can turn off ad-blocking and webcam scans, look for bloatware slowing down your device, or block Avast from running background updates (which can impact your device’s performance for the duration of the update). You can also make use of Avast Clean-up to get rid of unused applications and optimize your PC for better speed and stability.
The Avast ransomware protection comes with two modes namely smart and strict. The former checks an app list that is trusted to see which can touch your files, and then lets you decide whether or not to allow these modifications. The second works like a firewall, only allowing modifications that have been approved. In both cases you’ll be notified, and asked to give your consent before any modifications are made to your secured 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, some of these features are not as good to other security products at similar prices.