I`am interesting what do You thinking about Avast paid versions? Offers good protection or maybe avoid this products?
Very well pointout@shmu26If you use Avast free, then after registering your account, block outgoing firewall for AvastUI. That will save you from the advertising.
Avast paid has a good firewall, but if you don't need that, just use Avast free.
With all editions of Avast, you can set it at hardened/aggressive, and then you are already halfway to a default/deny setup. Hard_Configurator has a special setting to integrate Avast hardened/aggressive, and then you are very well protected.
Have hardener mode'Avast is a good Av(good Exe protection, unique rootkit protection GMER, and cool sandbox)however the telemetry, ads and GUI bugs make this Av unusable.
it seems Avast removed this feature in 2019 version!