If you’re looking for a simple and comprehensive antivirus program that can secure all your devices and online activities, there aren’t many better alternatives than Avast Free Antivirus. Its malware detection rate is to par with the top in our tests, and other features such as a password manager, file shredder and tune-up tools are also available. The system may be slow when scanning large files or running programs as it takes lots of memory.
The paid versions of Avast are more expensive but offer some nice features like parental controls, and an excellent browser extension to help you keep your privacy secure. Cloud storage is also included and can be used to back up files or create an emergency restore point. There are a range of security suites available, from the entry level Antivirus Plus up to the most powerful Total Security. There’s also a ransomware specific protection as well as an sandbox that can be used to test suspicious apps.
Kaspersky is different to other antivirus programs that are premium in that its products are in essence all variations of the same program. The main difference is the more powerful suites include additional features, including a password manager as well as an in-built VPN. They also provide support for more devices, with a basic subscription offering protection for one computer and up to five at the top of the spectrum.
Sophos Home AV is a great value for money. The most recent version performed well in our testing. It’s not as comprehensive, but its simplified interface makes it suitable for novices. If you need more functionality the firm’s home-based products can be expanded to 10 devices.