Avast has been around for a while as a company and offers solutions that rival what we can accomplish at iolo. While many people end up spending less using System Mechanic Ultimate Defense, we also have a slightly more user-friendly interface. This is especially helpful for those who might not be computer savvy and do not want to go through all of the more specific details.
As far as free options are concerned, Avast Antivirus is a good one. A user does not miss out on too much with the free version, and that is a good and bad thing. The good is that those who want to try it out can without spending a dime, but the bad is that those who upgrade feel like they did not get their money’s worth.
It is hard to overlook the fact that Avast Pro Antivirus becomes expensive. The initial cost is $39.99 per year which goes up when deciding to upgrade some of the few options available.
On top of the high price, it only comes with a single license. This makes it extremely challenging for families to purchase for all of the computers in their home. At iolo, we offer unlimited, whole home licensing for System Mechanic, which makes us an undeniably more affordable option.
Avast Antivirus provides well-rounded features that even we can get behind. They do not skimp on the number of options so that users can see a boost in how their computer operates. Most are pleased to see commonly overlooked solutions for Wi-Fi troubles, password management, and other smaller issues all in one place.
Another feature is that it does cater to those who know a decent amount about computers overall. They can dig through the numbers and details in the Pro version, allowing them to run exactly what they might think they need. It offers the ability to look over all of the results and troubleshoot from those detailed reports.
Online security for Chrome and Firefox is available. These features automatically install once Avast is downloaded to their computer.
Although it might not seem like it is doing much, the online security feature is helping to fight against anything dangerous or fraudulent and will keep your personal information from being compromised. System Mechanic offers similar assistance but goes further. The new Network Scanner feature scans for devices on your network using bandwidth that could be causing congestion. If you are experiencing significant slowdown, it may indicate that router ports are open and vulnerable to inviting spoofed DNS and other malicious queries.
Hackers use automated scanners to check for open router ports and label them susceptible to attack. Open ports will eventually attract attacks that try and guess your router login credentials, but threats go far beyond this.
Security cameras, thermostats, gaming consoles, smart TVs, phones, speakers and many other connected devices can be exposed to hacks. You could even be recruited as part of a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack, which saps bandwidth you’ve paid for. Network Scanner finds and lists active and potentially vulnerable devices, helping you avoid unnecessary slowdown and protect your home from malicious threats.
Avast Antivirus is a very effective option for those who need results. Although the interface is a bit clunkier compared to iolo System Mechanic, it operates at similar speeds and runs a lot of similar programs as well. It is most effective with results people can actually experience, which is a major reason why they are so highly regarded. The numbers might not stack up as well to iolo System Mechanic directly, but speed times are pretty similar.
Having an opportunity to target specific areas can allow for a boost in performance as well. Troubleshooting the Wi-Fi is a feature very few companies offer other than Avast and iolo. With people more reliant on the internet than ever before, it just makes sense to have something to rely on.