If you’re looking for a basic full-featured antivirus program to protect all your devices and online activities, there aren’t any better options than Avast Free Antivirus. Its malware detection rate is up to par with the top in our tests, while other features like password management as well as a file shredder and tune-up tools are available. The system can be slow when scanning large files and running programs because it uses the memory of the system.
Avast’s paid versions are more expensive, but they come with some great extras like parental controls, and an excellent browser extension that helps you keep your privacy secure. Cloud storage is also a part of, which can be used to backup files or to create an emergency restore point. There’s a wide range of security suites available including the basic Antivirus Plus to the flagship Total Security. They include a dedicated ransomware security and a simple sandbox to use for testing suspicious apps.
Kaspersky’s offerings are all variations of one main program. This is a different approach from other premium antivirus programs. The major difference is that the bigger suites add extra options, like a password manager as well as an in-built VPN. They also offer support for more devices. A basic subscription offers security for one computer, and up to five on the higher level.
Sophos Home AV is a great value for money. The most recent version performed well in our tests. It’s not as comprehensive, but its stripped-down interface makes it ideal for novices. If you’re looking for more features it is possible to extend the home devices to cover up 10 devices.