You’ve undoubtedly heard this advice before – every Windows PC needs a virus checker.
How else can you safeguard your computer (and your important personal data) against the threats posed by hackers and dangerous malware? However careful you are when you browse the Internet or install new files, a virus checker is always the best way to protect your system.
Of course, the cost of a McAfee or Norton subscription often puts people off from using a full-blown virus checker. Until that is, you come to the realisation that there are capable alternatives available that will do the job for free.
And among those free options, avast! is one of the best there is. Having safeguarded over 200 million PCs, Macs and mobiles, and with 25 years of virus protection experience, you can be sure you're getting a product that knows exactly what it's doing.
It may lack a premium price tag, but avast! has no shortage of premium quality features. There is, of course, the powerful virus scanner, which is just as good as the paid-for version and is constantly updated, keeping you abreast of – and protected from – the latest threats.
The real-time protection includes a few modules that prevents infections: monitoring of emails, protection for sharing tools, messenger scanner and alerts service.
Then there's the new Home Network Security feature, which works to secure your home router to prevent worms, trojans and other malicious files from accessing every computer on the network. It can also protect any devices connected to the network from being hijacked by remote hackers.
And for anyone who's ever been irritated by browser toolbars and addons that won't remove themselves, avast! Free comes with a browser cleanup tool to get your internet experience back to the way it should be.
Should you want more, the paid versions of avast! come with extras like a Silent Firewall, anti-spam safeguarding and ecommerce protection.
Verdict: A super sturdy antivirus solution that will leave your computer safe and sound and running smoothly.