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Avast is among the largest cybersecurity companies in the world. It provides a free antivirus program that’s extremely popular, as are premium products for those who are looking for more protection. Its security suites are often highly assessed in tests. However the company’s data-logging and privacy policies could cause some people to reconsider.

Avast Premier is simple to understand and comes with a great array of features, like a password manager and family security tools. It also helps you monitor all the programs that are installed on your computer. This is important since some of them could be bloatware or slowing down your system. The suite can help clean up and optimize your PC to improve its performance.

Its antiphishing technology is top of the line. It can identify websites that could be phishing without the necessity of browser extensions. This is something isn’t present in all security suites. The smart scan will detect browser extensions that are not rated well and you might not be using and suggest that you delete these.

In AV-Comparatives‘ February 2022 Real World Protection Test, Avast scored six out of six points for security and performance, putting it in the same class with some of the industry’s best products. It also protected against zero-day malware attacks and only gave one false positive.

Avast Premier is a good program for many tests but it’s not quite as effective at stopping targeted attacks as the top programs. Avast Premier’s performance can also be affected by the use of other security software simultaneously. It’s also expensive when compared to its competitors, with a current cost of $70 for a year of coverage.