If you’re looking for an easy, comprehensive antivirus program to secure all your devices and online activities, there aren’t many better alternatives than Avast Free Antivirus. Its malware detection rate is to par with the top in our tests, while other features such as a password manager and file shredder, as well as tune-up tools are available. However, the system consumes memory and can cause slowdown when scanning large files or running programs.
The paid versions of Avast are a bit more expensive, but they provide some great extras, such as parental controls as well as a fantastic browser extension that can help protect your privacy. Additionally, you’ll get a decent amount of cloud storage which is useful for backing up files and creating an emergency restore point. There’s a range of security suites on offer starting with the basic Antivirus Plus to the flagship Total Security. These include dedicated ransomware protection and a user-friendly sandbox for testing suspicious apps.
Kaspersky has a different approach to other premium antivirus software, as its products are essentially all variations of the same software. The main difference between more extensive suites is that they include additional features like an integrated VPN and a password manager. They also offer support for more devices. A basic subscription provides protection for one device and up to five computers on the top range.
Sophos AV-Home offers good price for the money and the latest version performed well in our tests. It’s not as robust, but the minimalist interface makes it a good choice for people who aren’t experts. If you want more functionality it is possible to extend the home product to cover more than 10 devices.