Avast is among the more intuitive antiviruses that are available and its user-friendly interface makes all of the main features accessible from a single menu. This is a great benefit to those who have little time or energy to learn about software and the concise explanations for each feature ensure that you don’t ever have to guess what something does. The search function helps you find settings you’re looking for.
You can also configure settings that impact your security and performance. For example you can disable ad blocking and webcam scanning, look for bloatware that’s slowing down your device, and block Avast from running background updates (which could impact your device’s performance throughout the duration of the update process). You can even utilize Avast Clean-up for getting rid of unnecessary applications and optimize your computer for greater performance and stability.
The Avast ransomware shield comes with two modes: smart and strict. The former checks a list of trustworthy apps to determine if they can affect your files and then lets you decide if or not to allow these modifications. The latter works much like an firewall and allows approved changes. In either case you’ll be notified and asked for your permission prior to any changes 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. Some of these features aren’t as great as the ones provided by other security software for similar prices.