Its antivirus engine and database is top notch, and it works well. Well, the free one does everything this one does. Worst of all, once installed, it blocked access to my employer's secured network the only time I've every had that happen. . Some malware can operate above the permission levels of antivirus software in the operating system kernel think Trojan rootkits and is therefore impervious to detection by antivirus software, so preventing the malware from taking up stealthy residence in an operating system file on your machine is the best prevention and that is where the Firewall in Avast Internet Security upgrade comes in as well as the sandbox. Lesson: stick to Microsoft's native anti-virus or buy decent software like McAfee or Norton.
We have lots of different computers and Windows operating systems versions. If you go browsing through the software, it'll give you lots of other options to upgrade to. Which is to say, put it in game silent mode so you're not getting regular annoying popups, set it up to do regular scans, and then forget about it. That's about it, I think. Don't waste your money as I did on Avast. I've been using Avast the free version for about a decade now.
And I'll never use that. That said, you have to know how to use it. While some of them sound helpful, this 'Pro' version of the software includes none of that. One thing that we like about Avast Pro is the sandbox feature. It took me a while to figure out what this version offered over the basic free version, and the answer is: not much. Don't pay for this product.
I uninstalled and now everything works as it should. Even if you pay for it, you get incessant pop-ups to upgrade and buy other modules. Everything listed is either free, Internet Security, or Premium. Pro doesn't even show up unless you search, and only then for the United Arab Emirates? Basically, a 'sandbox' allowing you to run apps virtually to slightly reduce risk to your machine. You're getting this for antivirus purposes, right? I hate to leave such a negative rating, but here goes. If you find Avast Pro too intrusive by presenting upgrade announcements, etc.
Avast clearly isn't pushing this 'Pro' version of their software. You can always disable this feature but it is inadvisable to do so. Most malware is delivered via email or websites through your browser that are not secure. You just don't need any more than the free version of the product offers. .
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