Avast Antivirus has been popular among users because even its free version is effective. The Pro version is now among the top commercial antivirus options. Avast Professional Antivirus version 6.0 improves on a previous version of the product. The primary complain against Avast had been the outdated user interface. Avast Version 5 added a new, polished, easy-to-use interface. Version 6 retains this interface and adds some great functionality and features, like Auto-Sandbox and WebRep.
Avast offers a relatively hassle-free installation. The impact on boot time and shut down is also minimal. Avast incorporates a boot-time scanner to detect any threat during start up. Independent tests on Avast rated the software high on speed and usability, and a high detection rate of threats. Avast incorporates a heuristic engine to detect new undefined threats. The software also compares favorably with similar applications in its scan speed. Though not lightning fast, it certainly is on the faster side.
Several new security features have been added to the new version. The most prominent is arguably the Sandbox feature. The Sandbox is a virtual environment that allows suspicious programs to run in isolation to prevent your system from being compromised by malicious software. There is an auto-sandbox feature which responds at once to any suspected threat by isolating it in a separate virtual machine. You can customize this feature and also turn the sandbox on manually.
Unfortunately, as with any new feature, the Sandbox has a few glitches. For instance, there is an option to run the application normally, and a checkbox to remember this setting but it does not always work. Avast will keep asking you if you want to run the application in a Sandbox even for a program that you have flagged as ok to run normally. This is one drawback and a chink in Avast?s armor.
You can stop antivirus from asking you notifications if it can open software. By just creating a white-list and adding the programs you trust, you can create a workaround for this issue. Avast?s WebRep is a unique feature. It provides a rating based on feedback from various users. These feedbacks are taken together and made into a colored rating which says a lot about the trustworthiness of a site.
One feature that comes only in the Pro version is the Safe Zone. This allows you to run any sensitive transaction in an isolated process. The difference between Sandbox and Safe Zone is Sandbox prevents threats from leaking onto the system. Safe Zone protects sensitive data during transactions like online banking, by preventing threats from breaking in.
Save your computer from any kind of threat with the help of Avast Internet security and Avast Antivirus Professional. The safety you avail when making sensitive transactions and the security you get against threats makes Avast Professional 6.0 the best choice.