Avast has been around for over 30 years and claims to secure 435 million devices around the world with its award-winning security software for board management software cyberspace. The free software from the company has limited functionality. However the premium versions, like Avast Ultimate are quite comprehensive. The suite includes antivirus software, VPN services, password managers and Cleanup utilities to assist users in managing their passwords, keep their identity private online, and tune up their devices.

Avast Ultimate is simple to use, and has simple interface that clearly defines the different tools it offers. Its malware engine was able to perform well in independent lab tests and detected numerous threats that are typically overlooked by other protections. Its web security features are very effective, finding phishing sites that are not caught by Chrome or Firefox’s default security settings.

Other tools include a RAM boost, an app lock and a network scan that identifies vulnerabilities. Its ransomware protection prevents third-party software from altering or deleting your data until you pay. The program offers mobile applications for Android as well as iOS. Apple’s restrictions have made the Android version more feature-rich, but both versions include essential security features such as malware scanning and web coverage.

The only issue with Avast is that it stores and sends your personal information to its analytics firm, Jumpshot. This was discovered in an PCMag and Motherboard investigation in 2020. However, it is possible to turn off this feature via the settings menu. If you’re still concerned, Avast allows you to create a password you have to enter before the program can share your IP address as well as other details with third parties.