Avast Internet Security is an excellent and powerful internet.
Avast an acronym for “anti-virus advanced set” was first designed and developed by Czech researchers.
It’s close to perfect core protection is solid and its intelligent virtualization processes are great features.
They envisioned a company called ALWIL software which was recently transformed into Avast Software.
It introduces the new WebRep website reputation get better.
Keep your email inbox safe and clean
Internet Security’s antispam feature blocks both spam and sophisticated “phishing” attempts, to keep you from clicking “harmless” links that really can cause damage.
Operating Systems Supported
- Windows 7 (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
- Windows Vista (any Edition excl. Starter Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
- Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher (any Edition, 32-bit or 64-bit)
Minimum Hardware Requirements:
- Pentium 3 Processor
- 256 MB RAM
- 380 MB of free hard disk space
Please note that avast! Internet Security runs only on PCs with Windows XP and newer. Older Windows operating systems (Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000) are not supported.
Avast has improved its installation process so it’s faster than before. It’s not the fastest on the market, not by a longshot, but a standard installation took us about three minutes.
Some items of note during the installation that will come up later in the review: to avoid the new Windows 7 and Vista desktop gadget, or the new WebRep browser add-on, you must choose the Custom install option and uncheck those here.
Automatic installation of these features is frowned upon, although Avast does provide a clear method for uninstalling them. It’s just not as simple as a check box that gets its own installation window, since you have to go through the Customize menu, which makes the auto-install sort of surreptitious.
The current versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer both block forced add-on installation. When you run one of those browsers for the first time after installing Avast, they’ll ask you if you want to allow the new add-on.
On the plus side, installing Avast doesn’t require a reboot, and using its uninstall tool we detected no remnants in the Registry or on the desktop. Avast has said that the installer has shrunk for all three versions by about 20 percent, although it’s still a large download at around 70MB for the free version.
A new Avast installation option, available only from the custom install menu, lets you sideload Avast as a secondary security program to supplement your main one. We’re not big fans of this option from a security point-of-view, because it can bog down your system resources without actually making you safer. However, for seeing if you like Avast, it’s not a bad thing as long as you remember to choose one security suite to go with.
The Avast internet security suite has all the tools you need to protect your identity and your computer. However, it is not intended to protect a family. It does not have parental controls for monitoring what children do online and it will not block their access to restricted websites. Nevertheless, if you don’t have children to monitor, Avast is suitable for unrestricted adult usage. It has powerful tools for protecting credit card numbers, personal information and browsing history.
You can run custom scans with this application as well as schedule scans. It has a game mode and fullscreen mode for reducing interruptions and system usage during game playing or video viewing. It does not have a virtual keyboard for bypassing keyloggers, but when you are browsing using the SafeZone it will protect your login information and card numbers.
Avast has a firewall solution for your present location. It will ask you to specify the zone for your network – Home, Work or Public. With the Home network, the firewall will allow all activity without any restrictions. In the Work zone, it will control the precise level of network and internet access to the program. Public zone is the most secure and will block all incoming communication and network access to programs that don’t already have application rules defined.
Avast Internet security 2012 has an impressive suite of tools and we are confident many users will find it sufficient for their online protection needs.
Major Improvements In Latest Version
Improved Silent Firewall:Avast has improved its silent firewall for latest version. The firewall is more robust in denying un-authorized communication for your PC and has excelled in terms of its execution too. Our test this time is far better as compared to its previous release.
Fully Integrated Anti Spam:Smart anti-spam module takes care of shielding against all malware communicated through incoming emails. Avast anti-spam flags emails based on certain criteria such as suspicious URL, big attachments and then maintains two queues: blacklist and whitelist containing email address of senders. It constantly updates these lists and matches all incoming emails against them to analyze and reject any spam emails. This module works in conjunction with all popular mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook, outlook Express. Though it would not work against web based email accounts such as yahoo, gmail or hotmail, they have their own anti-spam filtration process.
Anti-Phishing Protection: the combination of the avast! Antispam and the integrated URL blocking feature in avast! Internet Security provides sufficient anti-phishing protection.
It can also be used to run any other applications which you think may be suspect – you can run the program inside the sandbox to determine whether or not it is safe while remaining completely protected against any malicious actions that it may try to carry out.
Help & Support
Avast Internet Security is easy to use, but there are also several support resources available for extra help.The product is backed up by professional help & support documentation, as well as specialized staff ready to offer remote assistance at any time of the day. Online you can find support through a searchable knowledgebase, tutorial videos and help documentation. Avast technical support provides good turn around time of 1.5 days (on average) to solve any issues.
Another great support outlet is the user forum, especially since Avast has a huge dedicated user base. For English-speaking phone support, Avast has partnered with iYogi to provide help with installation, configuration and troubleshooting. They do not yet provide instant chat support. For timely update and threat information, you can follow Avast on Facebook and Twitter.
When it comes to your security, Avast 2012 gets a lot right. It’s got a usable, uncluttered interface, solid although not stellar benchmarks, and a set of features that keeps it at the forefront of Windows security. Avast has created an excellent, constantly improving security product for individual or adult users. Few people want security that makes a good machine run like an old one, and on that count, Avast has your back. However, if you need a product to protect your entire family, you will want to look to one of our higher-ranked products that include parental controls and the ability to manage unique user profiles.