Which AntiVirus is better?

Aviva Zacks

Aviva Zacks Writer

Zone Alarm and Avast each receive top reviews, but which one is really the best? Their security is both top-quality, both offer anti-ransomware and anti-phishing, and both use sandboxing, which launches suspicious programs in secure virtual environments. But Zone Alarm relies on a regularly-updated signature-based system while Avast focuses on identifying suspicious behaviors. However, it’s the extra features that really set them apart. Zone Alarm uses a browser extension for its anti-phishing protection, provides 5GB of online backup space, and even has a ‘Find My Laptop’ feature should your machine be physically stolen. On the other hand, Avast focuses on WiFi protection, even over public networks. They also offer a password vault and computer tune-up which identifies unnecessary CPU usage. They cover most devices and operating systems, with protection for Mac, Windows, and even voice-command tools like Alexa and Google Home. As for support, both companies offer similar options, including online documentation, live chat, and a 24/7 phone line. However, Zone Alarm prefers to deal with technical problems via the ticketed chat system. Although the antivirus suites are prices similarly, Avast offers a free version and professional upgrade, while Zone Alarm only has one option.

User Ratings

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Features 4
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Ease of Use 5
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Support 5
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Pricing 4
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Latest Positive Review

Jack Anderson
It works plain and simple
Jan. 9, 2019
I've used free avast for 11 years now with windows defender OFF. Its just outright better and I trust avast to keep me safe. On numerous occasions (wh...Show More
Vince
It works quietly and unobtrusively in the background
Dec. 18, 2018
Easy installation and handling even for older people. There are no popup self-promotion ads, and it works quietly and unobtrusively in the background.

Latest Negative Review

Ramón
It constantly advertises the paid version
Dec. 17, 2018
Not only has the program not helped me at all, it has even caused me inconvenience. It analyzes the "viruses" and junk files on your computer, but the...Show More
Sanjay
Use to be good, but not anymore
Nov. 7, 2018
I've been using this program for a very long time and have always been happy, especially since they came out with this new suite. Unfortunately, it do...Show More

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Our Verdict
Aviva Zacks

Aviva Zacks Writer

At first glance, Avast offers the most comprehensive security. It also provides a wider range of price plans, so you can find one to fit your budget. But that doesn’t mean Zone Alarm should be overlooked. Their ‘Find My Laptop’ and online backup could be invaluable if you need it.

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