Avast Free Antivirus is a good choice for those who want an easy and complete antivirus program that protects all your devices and your online activities. Its malware detection rate is up there with the best in our tests, while other features such as a password manager as well as a file shredder and tune-up tools are also available. However, the program consumes memory and cause slowdowns when scanning large files or running programs.
The paid versions of Avast are expensive, but they offer some great extras like parental controls, as well as an excellent browser extension that lets you protect your privacy. Cloud storage is also part of, which can be used to backup files or create an emergency restore point. There’s a range of security suites available starting with the basic Antivirus Plus to the flagship Total Security. This includes a dedicated ransomware defense and a simple sandbox to use for testing suspicious apps.
Kaspersky has a different approach to other antivirus programs that are premium because its products are in essence all variations of the same software. The primary difference between the more extensive versions is that they have extra features such as a built-in VPN and a password manager. They also offer support for more devices. A basic subscription gives protection for one device and up to five computers on the higher level.
Sophos AV-Home is a good value for money, and the latest version performed well in our testing. It’s not as feature-rich, but the simple interface is ideal for novices. If you need more functionality the firm’s home-based products can be expanded to 10 devices.