avast! Free Antivirus
has been becoming more of a disappointment for the past several years and I no longer recommend it.
Further, since Avast acquired AVG
and Piriform (CCleaner)
, avast made a marketing decision to bundle CCleaner and other unnecessary software...Avast Cleanup
is promoted as the "Next generation tuneup and cleanup for your PC
Bleeping Computer DOES NOT
recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons...read Why you should not use Registry Cleaners and Optimization Tools
. The use of cleaning and tuneup utilities installs numerous files, folders and registry entries throughout the operating system making removal of the anti-virus software more difficult.
And finally there have been many user complaints about avast pushing a support package for $180 offered by a third party which prefers to take remote control of your computer in order to fix problems.
If folks are looking for a free alternative I generally recommend recommend Kaspersky Free Antivirus
, Sophos Home Free Antivirus
or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition
if they prefer not to use Windows 10 Defender
or Microsoft Security Essentials
, the free solution for Windows 7 and Vista SP1/SP2 that combines the features of an anti-virus and anti-malware scanner to provide real-time protection.
For those who do not mind a paid for product, I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus
or Emsisoft Anti-Malware
as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive
and do not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-virus
is also a good choice for the same reason.
For more suggestions see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program
which includes more details why Windows Defender Antivirus
with Exploit Guard
designed protect against ransomware attacks is a very good choice.
Keep in mind that all free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free, Sophos Home, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Windows 8/10 Defender