Avast Antivirus

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Avast Antivirus
Avast Software white logo.png
Avast Internet Security running on Windows 10
Avast Internet Security running on Windows 10
Developer(s)Avast
Stable release
20.1.2397 [1] / 25 February 2020; 3 days ago (2020-02-25) (Windows version)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
Available in45 languages
TypeSecurity software, antivirus software, Spyware
LicenseFreeware, proprietary software
Websitewww.avast.com

Avast Antivirus is a family of cross-platform internet security applications developed by Avast for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. The Avast Antivirus products include gratis and paid versions that provide computer security, browser security, antivirus software, firewall, anti-phishing, antispyware, and anti-spam among other services.[2]

As of 2017, Avast is the most popular antivirus vendor on the market,[3] and it had the largest share of the market for antivirus applications.[4]

Products[edit]

Avast programs are only available to internet-connected devices, and are available in 45 languages. The Avast product range includes the following:[5]

Microsoft Windows products[edit]

  • Avast Free Antivirus – Free for non-commercial and home usage. This product's features include antivirus, WiFi security scanner and a password manager. Requires 1-year registration and includes advertisements for other Avast products.
  • Avast Pro Antivirus – For home use. Includes all features of the Free version, with the addition of SafeZone Browser, Secure DNS, and Sandbox. Does not require registration, but does require a license or activation code.
  • Avast Internet Security – Includes all the features of Pro, with the addition of a silent firewall and antispam. Does not need registration, but does require a license or activation code.
  • Avast Premier – Includes all the features of Internet Security, with the addition of a data shredder, an "AccessAnywhere" service, and automatic software updater (for programs such as Google Chrome). Does not require registration, but does require a license or activation code.
  • Avast Ultimate - Includes Avast Premier, SecurelineVPN, Cleanup Premium and Password Premium in one yearly cost

macOS products[edit]

  • Avast Free Mac Security – An antivirus solution for Apple Macintosh machines running macOS based on a central virus-scanning daemon; offers three shields, on-demand scanning and WebRep clients which are automatically (optionally) installed to UC Browser, Safari, Chrome and Firefox browsers.

Business products[edit]

  • Avast for Business – Free for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). It is a cross-platform solution that includes antivirus protection, Web threat scanning and integrated browser protection, and a cloud management console.[6]
  • Endpoint Protection/Protection Plus/Protection Suite/Protection Suite Plus
  • Email Server Security
  • File Server Security
  • Backup and Disaster Recovery
  • Content Filtering
  • Secure Web Gateway
  • Security Suite for Linux[7]

Mobile products for Android[edit]

Antivirus and Anti-Theft (part of Avast mobile Premium)[edit]

  • Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus – Free app for use on Android devices. Includes a virus scanner, virus removal, protector, network meter, app manager, app lock, backup, and a firewall on rooted phones.
  • Avast Mobile Premium – Premium app for use on Android devices. Includes the features found in the free app plus app locking, geo-fencing, remote SMS, data recovery, Anti Theft and identification, and extended backup.

Tests and reviews[edit]

In a February 2018 test of various antimalware products by AV-TEST, Avast Free Antivirus has earned 6 out of 6 points in "Protection" category, detecting 100% of malware samples used in this test and earning an "AV-TEST Certified" seal.[8] Avast's Mobile Security & Antivirus app has also performed well and detected 100% of malware samples in January 2018 test of Android malware by AV-Comparatives.[9]

Controversies[edit]

In January of 2020, multiple news sources reported that Avast Antivirus, through a subsidiary, was selling the browsing history of Avast product users. Though the company claimed all data was "de-identified", it was reported that the sold data could linked back to people's real identities, exposing every click and search they've made.[10][11][12]In response, Avast announced that it would close the subsidiary over the data privacy backlash.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Release history with notes (2020)".
  2. ^ "AVAST Software s.r.o.: Private Company Information". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ OPSWAT. "Antivirus and Compromised Device Report: May 2017".
  4. ^ "Avast worth 'upwards of $2 billion'; no IPO before 2017" Reuters. Published on October 29, 2015
  5. ^ "Avast antivirus Downloads".
  6. ^ Kovacs, Eduard. "Avast Launches Free Security Solution for Businesses", Security Week 24 February 2015. Retrieved on 23 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Linux business antivirus protection". AV-TEST. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  8. ^ "The best antivirus software for Windows Home User". AV-TEST. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Android test 2018" (PDF). AV-Comparatives. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  10. ^ "The Cost of Avast's Free Antivirus: Companies Can Spy on Your Clicks". PCMAG. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  11. ^ Cox, Joseph (2020-01-27). "Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data". Vice. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  12. ^ "Avast packaged detailed user data to be sold for millions of dollars". Engadget. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  13. ^ "Avast to Commence Wind Down of Subsidiary Jumpshot". Avast. Retrieved 30 January 2020.