Every utility must perform the basic tasks of keeping malware from getting a foothold on your computer, and cleaning up any infestation that already exists. SecureLine is a separate purchase, even in the Pro antivirus. Avast Pro Antivirus 2017 got good scores from the independent labs, better scores in my hands-on tests, and an excellent score in my antiphishing test. In my hands-on test, Avast detected 97 percent of the samples and earned 9. Its detection rate was just 2 percent below that of antiphishing champ , and it scored significantly better than the protection built into Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
And unlike many vendors, Avast doesn't prohibit use of the free edition in a commercial setting. There's even a , albeit a simple one. Its Software Updater looks for browsers and other software targets that are missing important security patches. Cleanup is also a premium feature in , but with a difference. But when you ask it to resolve those problems, once again you get a price list, just as in the free antivirus. Shared Bonus Features It's quite amazing how much security goodness Avast packs into its free antivirus.
Ormandy has been busy of late discovering holes and bugs in security software. The SafeZone service is specific to geographical areas that have been defined by your organization. Real Site isn't a very sexy feature, though. The window comes up but no browser opens. After the reboot, re-try the Safe Zone to make sure your problem has been solved. Security Upsell On the Privacy page, you'll find a button to invoke the SecureLine. Rather than repeat myself, I'll direct you to read that review, so I can focus here on what's special about pro.
Among many other impressive bonus features, it includes a basic password manager and an unusual tool that checks the security of your entire network. Numerous useful, security-related bonus features. Several antivirus and security vendors have come under scrutiny in the last few weeks for flaws in their software. But really, how often do you need to run sketchy programs? Selecting Cleanup from the Performance page gets you a similar experience. Most people will be fine with the free edition. Sounds strange, but it works.
You can't see the threat it protects against, and you can't see that it protected you. Share on Facebook Tweet this Share Dangerous flaws have been discovered in the Avast SafeZone browser by antivirus provider Avast, making it the next in a long line of security companies recently that have had vulnerabilities found in their products. After the reboot, re-try the Safe Zone to make sure your problem has been solved. When I 'switch back' there is a Microsoft error window saying they encountered a problem and do I want to send the report the Microsoft. According to Ormandy, a user can fall prey to someone accessing their browser if they click on a malicious website set up by the attacker.
In addition, the sandbox's privacy settings can occasionally interfere with the operation of a sandboxed program. Once the installation has been repaired, reboot your system. By default, Avast identifies sandboxed programs by attaching a flag above the title bar, but you can set it to use a colored border instead. Disclaimer:This application uses location services while in the background. Pro-only Sandbox and Real Site features. Avast has done some tuning of the message, but the for-pay features remain on the techie side. Once the installation has been repaired, reboot your system.
Each of these has its merits, and each is an Editors' Choice for commercial antivirus. When you click Protection in the menu, though, you'll notice a couple of items freed from the padlock icons they displayed in the free edition. When it terminates, all of those changes vanish. Some products go way beyond the basics; Avast Pro Antivirus 2017 is one such. All five of the independent antivirus labs that I follow include Avast in their testing. Shared Antivirus Features As mention, this product includes all of the features found in , and that's saying a lot. First, though, I'll review the shared features.
The Wi-Fi Inspector component performs the unusual task of scanning your network wired or wireless for security problems. Four of my Editors' Choice antivirus products come in at this level: , Kaspersky, Norton, and Webroot. The hardened SafeZone browser kicks into Bank Mode when you visit a financial site. . Just about everything else requires serious tech chops. Clicking that button gets you…pricing information.
This is a separate desktop that's isolated from malware, keyloggers, and other unwanted hangers-on. I would characterize its results as good, but not quite great. It has the same slate-gray background and left-rail menu, with a few buttons and panels in green and purple. It's an excellent product, but for most people the free version will suffice. My aggregate lab score calculation assigns Avast 8. So, just what do you get when you spring for the paid edition? That's about the extent of the Sandbox settings accessible to ordinary users. Other bonus features show up when you install the Online Security browser extension.
However, the vast majority of this product's advanced features also come with the free edition. You can create a bootable rescue disk in case aggressive malware makes the system unbootable. SafeZone will operate at any location, however if you press and Alert button when you are outside one of the defined areas, your app will tell you you're outside the SafeZone area and offer you a single-tap call to the local emergency services number. Avast virtualized all file and Registry changes made by the program. Make sure you Sign Up with your organization after installing!!! Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus get great scores from the testing labs.