Avast! Internet Security 7: Power,Performance and Security review

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Avast! is one of the most respected internet security firm in the world. Avast! protection is trusted by over 150 million users-and that’s what makes its security products a reliable one as its being tested regularly by millions of users worldwide.Today I’ll tell you about Avast! Internet Security 7 (here after referred as AIS 7) and how it performed in my real time system security and performance tests.

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Avast! Internet Security provides complete antivirus, anti-spyware, antispam, and firewall protection, complemented by avast! SafeZone™ and new hybrid cloud technologies, for best protection against viruses, spyware, and other types of malware in 2012.

For Avast! video tutorials and features visit: Avast! You Tube channel.

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In my test with 5600 virus sample Avast! internet security 7 managed to clear 5398 viruses with detection rate of 98% and removal rate of 96.4% (while NIS 2012 scored 98.7%) which was a good score.Moreover considering security lab test reports of AIS 7;it performed well in tests with Windows XP,Vista and 7 (Scroll down for my category-wise ratings).

During my tests what I liked about Avast! –

 

  • Boot-Time Scan  (special feature of Avast! that scans the OS right before startup, it cleans any infected files that were left during OS in use).
  • Windows 8 compatibility.
  • In-Built remote assistance(remote support from a known member who agrees to help).
  • Good malware cleanup(96.4% in my test-one of the best).
  • Simple and accurate spam filter.
  • Firewall’s auto decision capability with smart popups.
  • Sandbox feature to isolate unknown programs (it automatically blocked all doubtful applications but it may turn annoying sometimes).
  • SafeZone browser protects sensitive browsing sessions.

Features:

  • High performance antivirus engine
  • Anti-rootkit protection
  • Anti-spyware protection
  • Script shield
  • Process virtualization
  • Command line scanner
  • Anti-spam filter
  • Built-in firewall

Shop and bank online without worry

SafeZone creates a private and isolated virtual window on your desktop for safely making your sensitive financial transactions when shopping or banking online.

 

Surf and socialize without annoyance

Sandbox lets you surf the web and run programs virtually (outside your PC), and Web, IM, and P2P shields ensure your safety on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), IM chats (Skype, ICQ, etc.), or file-sharing sites.

 

Benefit from real-time protection

Hybrid cloud technology streams your virus database updates to your PC in real-time, so your avast! software has all virus definitions as soon as they are known to our Virus Lab.

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Know what’s coming before you click

AIS 7 cloud-based FileRep feature keeps reputation data on countless files, using select criteria (such as prevalence and emergence) for determining risks – so AIS 7 can warn you of a file’s reputation beforehand.

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Keep your ID yours and yours alone

Your built-in silent firewall blocks hackers and other unauthorized entry attempts to steal sensitive personal data from your PC. Phishing attacks are prevented via built-in anti-spam.

See your avast! history

Your AVAST Account portal is your personal directory for all your avast! related data. Each month, AIS 7 also prepare a Security Report that shows an overview of the most significant details (e.g. number of infected sites blocked).

Get help from a ‘Geek’ in your network

A new Remote Assistance lets you initiate remote support from a family member or friend who agrees to help. Initiated by you, it routes through AVAST’s servers, bypasses firewalls, and can be terminated by you at any time.

Although its a good feature loaded security suite;it lags in some areas like:

  • Slow browsing speed.(15-25% impact)
  • Antiphishing is not self sufficient.
  • No parental control.
  • Firewall service not protected by default.
  • Slightly more than average impact on performance.

Installation time was reasonable for AIS 7 along with its virus definitions updates. AIS 7 took only about 2-3 min for all work done. Boot time was increased from 43 seconds to 66 seconds.

With all its features and efficiency Avast! Internet Security 7 secured following ratings in my security test:
POWER: 8.5/10 (malware removal)
PROTECTION: 9/10(malware blocking)
PERFORMANCE: 7/10(system impact and slowdown)
INSTALLATION TIME: 2-3 min.

Avast! also provide an option for free users to go with Avast! free antivirus which is the sliced off version of Avast! Internet Security.

Click here for Avast! security products feature comparison and download link.

Final Verdict: Avast! Internet security 7 is a powerful security suite.AIS 7 is good for keeping your system safe with little to average performance impact. At the same time AIS 7 needs some performance and program features improvement where Norton Internet Security 2012 outperforms AIS 7. Thus,overall my first choice is Norton Internet Security 2012.

Download: Avast! Internet Security 7 (Trial version)

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