The final report on antivirus products sees me looking at Avast.
As per most antivirus packages these days, Avast offers the standard array of protections.
These include protection from Trojan horses, worms, spyware and spam.
Like AVG, there is also a free personal use version of Avast antivirus.
Installation is easy – simply download from their site and run the installation wizard which will give you a simple, yet functional, array of protections from the word go.
The installation process is automatic.
When it completes, you can register your product in order to receive free updates for a period of one year.
If for any reason you choose not to register Avast you can still benefit from free use for a period of 60 days.
Avast’s interface is quite deceptive – it looks simple and lightweight and yet it is still quite functional.
With the ability to customise, or ‘skin’, the interface I found myself wondering why other antivirus manufacturers can’t offer something similar?
Avast can deal with 7 tasks at a time, such as Instant Messaging, Mail, Web Shield, Standard Shield and Outlook too.
These various shields provide protection from viruses and spyware etc, especially the Web Shield.
Speed-wise, I found Avast to be incredibly slow the first time I booted my computer after installation.
However, after that it appeared to be just as smooth as any other alternative I had tried.
As this post is now a couple of years old you are probably looking for something more up to date – check out the best antivirus software for 2010.