AVG versus Avast: Who Keeps Your Computer Safer?
Nowadays, we store important data on our devices from banking details, payment information, sensitive documents, photos we wouldn’t want our parents to see, private files and conversations, and many more. Regardless of how safe our online activity is, our devices are ever vulnerable to a deluge of malware which can compromise our privacy, or corrupt our data.
Installing an antivirus like AVG or Avast on PC’s, mac, and smartphones protect us and those we connect to from online threats and malware. AVG and Avast are the most recommended and downloaded antivirus software globally simply because they are free and effective.
But between the two which one better?
Avast’s Best Features.
Avast Free Antivirus has a rich feature that includes features such as:
Wi-Fi Inspector – Scans and checks your network for any issues or vulnerabilities.
Software Updater – Checks your system and monitors outdated software that needs an update.
Browser Cleanup and password vault extension – The first helps you to get rid of unwanted browser add-ons and annoying toolbars. The vault keeps your passwords safe while you’re browsing the web.
And Now AVG’s Standout Features:
AVG has a data shredder feature that is useful for deleting safety information permanently. It also has spying and data theft protection that controls the type of information applications have access to. These features are only available in Avast premier, which gives AVG a plus for included them in their free features.
Another big plus for AVG is that it’s easy to install and does not require registration and filling information and product activations like Avast.
AVG comes in 22 languages while avast is available in 46 languages. Again Avast wins in terms of product availability according to a region.
Impact on System Performance:
The normal system performance without a preinstalled antivirus is 2,150 points. But when tested, both antivirus recorded almost the same result. AVG had a 2,115 point and 2,150 point impact showing that they are lightweight and have minimal impact on system performance.
Avast has a clean user interface compared to AVG. It’s Run Smart Scan (pictured, right) button combines all the seven scans included in the Avast program.
When everything is working properly, the green color represents it and when there’s a problem the red color alerts you. Its settings button is in the bottom left, with four main vertical menus on the left. When clicked, all open elegantly into subsequent sub-menu items.
However, the AVG user interface may seem overwhelming at first with the horizontal menus. But when you get used to it, you can enjoy it when all the menus are ticked green. It is also easy to fix specific shield protection if it is disabled or unprotected.
This is a determinant factor for most people regardless of how good a software is. For windows users Avast has four products namely; Avast Free Antivirus, Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, and Avast Premier. Out of the four, only Avast Free Antivirus is free. Avast Security and Avast Security Pro are the free and paid versions respectively for Mac Users. AVG offers AVG Internet Security as a free version and AVG Ultimate as a paid version compatible with both Mac and Windows users.
It goes without saying that AVG is much cheaper compared to Avast.
Product popularity and Followers:
AVG and Avast belong to the same company. However, Avast claims to have over 400 million users and is also ranked number one antivirus product by OPSWAT. According to CNET which is the world’s most popular software download portal, AVG has 566 million downloads with a 4-star rating while Avast has 419 million downloads with a 4.5-star rating. This clearly shows that avast has better user rating compared to AVG. Avast has 1 million more followers on Facebook than AVG, while AVG has more twitter followers than avast.
Both AVG and Avast are powerful antivirus tools that you may need to protect you and keep your data and devices safe. They provide solid protection against malware, a silent feature on smart gaming mode, safe browsing on the web, and email protection. In as much as Avast has cooler features than AVG, it is worthwhile checking out the free versions of both and see which among the two will suit you better.