Avast’s free review windows
The new interface for Avast is well laid out, with a clear demarcation between its various elements and simple blue icons (with orange accents from the logo of the company) to identify the suite’s features. The homepage lets you run a scan and turn on the VPN, while shortcuts to a few less-than-utilized tools for system optimization are also available. The fact that Avast’s most useful features are hidden within the “Explore tab” is quite frustrating.
Installation is simple, and you’re not pushed into opting for the free version, although the full scan may reveal “advanced issues” that can only be resolved by paying for premium security. It’s a bit shady and especially when the Resolve button leads you to a web page asking you to sign for Avast’s Premium security plan. Avast also sells user data, which was uncovered in a 2020 article from Which? magazine.