Avast are constantly updating their database of virus definitions, meaning your computer will be protected against the latest spyware, viruses and potentially hazardous websites. The application has a large and active community following that quickly alerts the development team of new security threats which are swiftly countered and added to Avast’s significant database.
Key features include:
- Ransomware Shield.
- Smart scan.
- Real-time protection.
- Anti virus, anti-spyware, and anti rootkit tools.
- System optimization.
- Friendly user interface.
Avast Premier Antivirus also includes some new technologies such as secure dns, scan https, and home security network to add to your protection. The browser add-on further improves your PC’s security with features like cookie and social tracking blocking.
Another stand out feature of Avast Premier Antivirus is the Webcam Shield. This handy tool allows you to totally configure access to your webcam, to prevent peeping Toms from watching you via your webcam. Webcam Shield lets you control what uses your camera. You can even force all apps to require permission before they can access your webcam.
Ransomware Shield, protects your most precious files from being altered or modified without your permission. Ransomware Shield gives premium users an added layer of protection by “walling off” their Pictures, Documents, and any other designated folders from any unwanted changes.
Any untrusted application trying to change or delete any files in these protected folders will be stopped, as would any encryption attempts by ransomware attacks. However, to avoid slowing down the system, Ransomware Shield only protects specific, designated folders.
Overall, Avast Premier Antivirus is a great product although it is heavy on resources*. The application has an easily accessible and friendly user interface coupled with lots of configurable tools and settings. Avast Premier Antivirus has an excellent detection of threats and the smart scan function is very useful.
*If your system is low performance (GPU/RAM) then this security suite may not be best suited to your needs.