App Review Avast Free 2023 - Test

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Test - Avast Free 2023

Test performed on : 08/11/2023

Avast Software (formerly Alwil Software) is a Czech cybersecurity company headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, which researches and develops computer security software, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Avast has over 435 million active users per month and the second-largest market share among anti-malware application providers worldwide as of April 2020. (Wikipedia)

The company Avast Software has been offering us the famous free antivirus that everyone knows for years.

Today, we are testing the free range of its flagship antivirus, which has evolved significantly by acquiring AVG and its technologies.

We have configured Avast Free! with settings where the machine will be best protected, with agents in high sensitivity mode.

We have not activated the enhanced mode simply because we wanted to see how Avast Free! performs without this enhanced mode, which is not enabled by default.

It's a very pleasant surprise! Avast Free! has blocked all malicious URLs and has also blocked all 3 malware packs! An old malware pack and 2 zero-day malware packs! That's more than 1,000 malware samples!

We can only applaud Avast for the great progress of this free antivirus, which now provides excellent protection for novice users.

However, please be aware that Avast Free! is not infallible, and our first line of defense against malware is our caution and attention to what we open and download.

Performance : In terms of resource consumption, Avast Free! remains relatively light in terms of RAM and CPU usage, which is important to emphasize. A significant effort has been made in this regard.

Verdict and conclusion : Avast Free! is highly recommended, but it's important to keep in mind that an antivirus alone cannot guarantee 100% protection against malware, and there is no absolute zero risk in the world of computing. We can also see that the acquisition of AVG has clearly been beneficial to Avast by incorporating AVG's engines into Avast products to strengthen its free range.

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