Avast Free Antivirus is a good choice for those who want an easy and complete antivirus program that can protect all your devices and your online activities. Its malware detection rate is up among the top in our tests, while other features like password management along with a file shredder and tune up tools are available. However, the program does eat up memory and can cause slowdown when analyzing large files or running programs.
The paid versions of Avast are a bit more expensive, but they do include some nice features such as parental controls and an excellent browser extension that helps keep your privacy under control. Cloud storage is also part of and can be used to backup files or to create an emergency restore point. There’s a wide range of security suites on offer starting from the entry-level Antivirus Plus to the flagship Total Security. They include a dedicated ransomware security as well as a sandbox that is easy to use for testing suspicious apps.
Kaspersky’s offerings are all variations of one program. This is a distinct approach from other premium antivirus programs. The primary difference is that the larger suites have additional features, including password management and an integrated VPN. They also include support for more devices, with a basic subscription offering protection for one computer and up to five computers at the top of the spectrum.
Sophos AV-Home is a great value for money. The latest version was a success in our testing. It’s not as comprehensive as some of the competition, but its stripped-down interface is great for new users. If you’re looking to add more functionality then you can extend the home products to cover more than 10 devices.