Avast! is currently one of the larger players in the personal and professional digital security marketplace. The company was founded in 1991 as AVAST Software in the newly liberated market of the Czech Republic. Their current headquarters are in Prague, but they have global offices in Munich, Hong Kong, Beijing, Austin, and Redwood City (CA). They currently hold about 17.5% of global security vendor market share. Currently they have more than 200 million devices using at least one of their services.
Avast! offers solutions both in the paid and free space.They tend to offer free products with a basic effective core security solution, while offering the paid upgrade version with additional features and functionality. They offer solutions for the Windows, Mac, and Android markets. They have been tested by the reputable independent testing organization AV-Comparatives and have consistently scored the highest “A+” rating for “On Demand Detection” from 2010-12.
They currently offer four (4) different core product offerings. They are Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus, Internet Security, and Premier. You can see the table below for a brief overview of what each product gets you:
|Free Antivirus||Pro Antivirus||Internet Security||Premier|
|Automatic Software Updater||No||No||No||Yes|
You can find specific product reviews of Avast products below:
Avast Antivirus Review: You can check out our comprehensive review, including pros/cons of Avast’s antivirus (Free and Pro) service by reading our full review here. In our scoring, we gave it a 7.9/10.
We also do head-to-head comparisons of different comparable products in the market. See below for our listing of comparisons:
Avast vs Avira Antivirus: In this comparison we contrast the main features of competitors Avira and Avast to see which has the advantage this year. In general, we like Avast’s detection rate a bit better, but there are some missing features from Avast’s antivirus that we liked in Avira. You can read the full comparison to get the details.
Avast vs AVG Antivirus: We’ve also compared the popular AVG antivirus offering to Avast. We liked Avast more because of it’s superior detection rates and more robust free versions, but depending on your needs AVG might be useful. Read more here.
Internet Security Comparisons
Avast vs Kasperskey Internet Security: On the internet security front, Avast also has a strong core offering. However, there are plenty of competitors in this space as well. After getting our hands on both Kaspersky and Avast, we compared them head-to-head. It’s a close fight, but we liked Kaspersky more based on the core features of a good internet security software. However, Avast had a number of useful “add-on” features that could tip the balance, depending on the users needs. For the full details, see here.
Stay tuned as we update, add, and re-evaluate our reviews!