Avast Ultimate is a security software with high detection rates and many extra features. Its malware scanner got 100% in my tests and its web security blocked many phishing sites which slipped through Chrome and Firefox’s default protections. Other features include a Rescue Disk, a secure browser for online shopping and banking, as well as advanced tracker blockers and an VPN.

The interface for users of the suite is simple. The main screen displays icons that clearly describe the purpose of each tool. Avast uses an orange, blue and white color scheme that is appealing to the eye and easy to read.

You will find the precise controls for each tool in the Explore menu. These include custom scans and boot time scanning and an automatic updater. You can also save a particular kind of scan in the “Scan Center” so that you can run it at a later date.

One of the most advanced features, Avast’s antivirus can prevent ransomware attacks by securing your system for suspicious activity and encrypting any files that may be targeted. It can also detect trojan horses (a malicious program that is able to sneak into your computer disguised as legitimate software) and stop it from running on your system.

Avast’s security services are supported by 24/7 live chat, email and telephone support. The free versions of Avast are supported by a huge knowledge base and community. Paid plans include advanced features, such as identity protection, USB protection, patch management, and unlimited VPN.