Avast Pro Antivirus 18.8.2356 The other major Avast highlight
The other major Avast highlight is. it’s extreme configuration. Just about every aspect of the program can be tweaked. customized .adjusted to suit your needs. Whether you’re looking to troubleshoot problems, minimize conflicts or just improve operations, there’s something for you here.
A Separate Rescue Disk feature creates
a bootable environment for cleaning badly infected systems.
Avast can write this directly to a USB key.
or save it as an ISO image for burning to CDs or DVDs, or for use with your preferred tools.
Network-related features include the Wi-Fi Inspector.
an interesting tool which scans your current network.
lists all connected devices and recommends solutions to any issues it finds.
(close open ports, replace a weak password with something more secure, and so on).
It’s a rare antivirus extra which, if it wasn’t bundled with the program, we’d suggest you download anyway.
There’s Further Network Bonus In Real Site
There’s a further network bonus in Real Site.
(formerly known as Secure DNS), which configures your system to use Avast’s secure encrypted DNS system. This prevents attackers from snooping on your DNS traffic or redirecting it to a malicious site which tries to fool you into thinking it’s the original.
Elsewhere. Avast’s Sandbox enables running dubious files. in a secure virtual space where .they can’t harm your real PC. Most users .would be better off not running dubious files at all.but this can be a handy feature for those who know what they’re doing.
A basic password manager uses Chrome and Firefox add-ons to .automatically collect new passwords as they’re entered. then syncs these across your devices, and can fill in login forms for you later. It can’t match the functionality of market leaders like Dash-lane. but that’s no great surprise.and it works well enough for a bundled extra.
uses much the same interface as its free version, and indeed other commercial products. An opening screen displays your security status, there’s a Smart Scan button to check your system, and a left-hand sidebar organizes the program’s other functions into well-chosen categories (Protection, Privacy, Performance).
Tap Smart Scan and the program goes to work. There’s a lot of work, too, as it scans for viruses, missing software updates, bad browser add-ons, network security issues, weak passwords, performance problems and more.
If an antivirus product is going to tell us to remove a browser extension, we would like to have more supporting evidence.
(indeed any evidence at all would be a start).
Avast Pro Antivirus The Performance Issues page is even more annoying. This lists all the usual items you’d expect from a PC cleanup tool – junk files. There’s more upselling at the end of the Smart Scan when the package offers to check your internet privacy and then recommends you sign up for Avast’s SecureLine VPN.
Some of this works well.
Avast Pro Antivirus The virus scan is relatively speedy and found our malware samples without difficulty. The network check-up is intelligent, too, and can identify a range of low-level but important issues with your setup (a router with ports which are unexpectedly open to the internet, for instance). The software updater noticed we weren’t using the latest CCleaner, Firefox and WinZip versions, and offered to update them for us.
Other elements aren’t as useful.
Avast Pro Antivirus We were surprised to see Avast suggest we remove the Private Internet Access add-on because it had a ‘bad reputation’. PIA is a legitimate VPN provider, and at the time of writing the extension has a 4.1 rating on its Firefox Add-ons page.
leftover registry items, programs slowing down your computer – but to do anything about them.
you must install and pay for the separate Avast Cleanup Premium (or at least take the free 60-day trial).