Avast Internet Security Review

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The Pros

Avast has a private browser that protects you against tricky and dangerous internet sites and protects your personal information online.

The Cons

With this security suite, you won't have the ability to set parental controls or create user profiles.


Avast Internet Security suite is best suited for laptops or PCs that are used by one adult since there are no tools to filter search results of block content from children.

Avast Internet Security is packed with security features that will give you peace of mind knowing that your computer is protected from spammers and identity thieves due to your internet and other computer activity. Avast is an internet security suite that's tailored to individuals who frequently visit questionable or potentially dangerous websites. These may include sites with content such as video and images from unknown sources, social media link clicking and even free game playing.

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Avast offers a load of protection for your computer and internet lifestyle. With a firewall and antivirus, antispam, antispyware and antiphishing protection to name just a few features, Avast can give you and your computer complete internet protection. Whether you simply need to run a scan on your computer to check for viruses or dig deeper to detect hidden scripts or block Trojans, Avast Internet Security is equipped to provide the hefty protection you desire.

Avast also provides protection from rootkits, keyloggers and browser hijackers. If you accidentally visit a questionable website, you won't have to worry about your computer contracting viruses and other malware that could be lethal to your system.

One feature we are really impressed with, especially with the rise in social media use, is this antivirus software's social network protection feature. This feature includes a tool that will help protect your system while you're engaging in social media activity and interactions.

Now that identity theft can happen in the blink of an eye via your internet activity, there's no better time to protect yourself from it. Avast Internet Security's tools go beyond just keeping your computer safe while you browse online. They also provide ways to protect your credit cards and personal information. The software's security tool SafeZone allows you to browse without worrying that your credit card numbers or password and login information are up for grabs.

Some additional security features the Avast Internet Security comes with include its ability to automatically scan removable media such as a USB drive, DVD or CD. This will protect your computer from the possibility of infections from other people's drives when you transfer files or media to your system. Additionally, Avast includes a rescue and safe reboot feature, and a password manager.

Avast Internet Security does not include security features such as parental controls or user profiles. You won't be able to use Avast Internet Security software to monitor your children's online activity, or the activities of individuals who use the computer. Additionally, this software doesn't feature a virtual keyboard, which would allow you to bypass keyloggers to safely enter passwords and other personal information automatically into websites.

Using Avast Internet Security is very easy. You can easily contact Avast by phone or email for any help and support you may need with the software. Avast has many additional help options available on its website. These include a user forum, a knowledgebase, tutorials, help documentation and its social media profiles. With its large and very dedicated user base, the Avast user forum can be exceptionally helpful for researching many help topics.

Unless you're looking to protect and monitor individuals or each one of your family members individually, consider using Avast Internet Security to protect your computer. It will block and remove malware and protect you from the possibility of identity theft. With its long list of protection and security features, this security software will provide solid protection for your computer.

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Software Type Security
Platforms Windows
Required Processor Pentium 3
Software Required OS: At least Windows XP (with SP2) installed. Windows 7, 8, and even 8.1 are fully supported (unless your device runs the Starter or RT edition) in both the 32- and 64-bit variant.
Required RAM 128 MB
Disk Space 500 MB
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