AVAST! INTERNET SECURITY 2014 9

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Our Verdict

Avast’s suite has some premium features and is generally easy to use, but it fell short in the crucial area of protection.

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Avast is a company perhaps best known for its miễn phí antivirus software. But paying for Avast internet Security năm trước ($40 for one year of protection on one PC) will get you such premium features as a robust firewall, online banking security, & phishing and scam e-mail protection.

Avast blocked 89 percent of zero-day (unknown) attacks in our real-world tests. That result may sound pretty good, but most of the suites in our roundup blocked 98 percent or more of such attacks. In our roundup, only Vipre internet Security 2014(at 87 percent) và Webroot SecureAnywhere mạng internet Security Complete(at 82 percent) fared worse in the real-world tests.


When it comes to known malware attacks, Avast looks better on paper, blocking 98 percent of those attacks, except that all nine other security suites in our demo group blocked 99 percent or more of them. Avast’s detection system properly ignored all of the innocuous programs, websites, & installations that AV-Test threw at it.

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Avast internet Security has plenty of advanced options for those who like to tinker.

In AV-Test’s performance evaluations, Avast scored a low-impact 2—below average (in a good way) for a security suite. You system won’t take much of a performance hit by using Avast.

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Installing Avast mạng internet Security 2014 takes you through just a couple of screens. Regrettably, one of those screens is a software push for installing Google Chrome as your mặc định browser and the Chrome Toolbar for internet Explorer. Ironically, one of the suite’s services is a browser cleanup tool that “removes annoying browser toolbars from your computer.” Avast’s installer relies heavily on the Internet, so the installation process can be time-consuming if you have a slow connection.

Avast’s interface is easy to use, but its multiple colors and font sizes say “freeware” rather than “premium security suite.” The main screen features a large banner that indicates protection level: A green checkmark is good, & a red x is bad. Under the main status are four buttons: ‘Quick scan’, ‘Browser cleanup’, ‘Mobile protection’, and an empty button that you can use to showroom a quick links to any feature (even help & support).

The rest of Avast’s options, including tools such as SafeZone (for banking và shopping protection), SecureLine (VPN), & a link to Avast’s online store, are discoverable through a thực đơn on the left. VPN service is a nice extra: If you connect to a new network, Avast prompts you khổng lồ select a protection màn chơi (private or public) khổng lồ keep you safe while you’re browsing the Web.

Average users might find Avast’s settings thực đơn intimidating. Few explanations accompany the top-level menus. The sheer quantity of advanced settings is daunting, và Avast’s explanations are geared toward fairly experienced users. Though the buttons & toggles are touchscreen-friendly, none of the menus let you tap & drag to scroll—you have lớn use the tiny, thin scrollbars instead.

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Despite its clunky interface, Avast mạng internet Security năm trước offers many features you won’t find in other security suites. It could be worth considering if you favor range of features over ease of use.