Which AntiVirus is better?

Maggie Lawrance

Maggie Lawrance Cybersecurity expert

While Avast is known for near-100% protection, Total AV has had varied success. A quick scan only found two-thirds of the test malware, but all were identified when using the deep scan option. Similarly, the web shield extension which protects users from infection-prone websites was 90% accurate. Despite this variety, Total AV offers loads of great features that will protect you from various security threats. There’s a full VPN, remote firewall, adblocker, and password manager. You also get a PC clean up tool which will remove duplicate, out-of-date, and junk files. On the other hand, Avast places considerable focus on anti-malware. Its core security is so strong that even the free version is highly rated by our test labs. It offers protection from viruses, spyware, malware, and phishing attacks, and it uses a secure sandbox environment to launch suspicious programs in order to identify infections. Avast also offers a webcam shield, password vault, and secure WiFi scanner. Best of all, it’s ideal for gamers as the ‘Game Mode’ and ‘Passive Mode’ won’t disrupt gameplay. One downside is Avast is only available for Mac and PC (and the Apple version is considerably lacking) while Total AV works on most major devices and operating systems. The companies offer comparable customer service options, which includes online documentation, live chat, email, and phone support. The only difference is that TotalAV’s 24/7 phone support is only available on the ‘Ultimate’ plan, while all Avast customers get round-the-clock service.

User Ratings

Security 5
Features 4
Ease of Use 5
Support 5
Pricing 4

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

Latest Negative Review

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
Grant Nevison
Basic Protection on Windows; No IOS; Disappointing!
Jan. 3, 2019
I had a one year subscription to TotalAV thru 2018 along with their VPN service. I discovered their AV system is very simplistic and offers only a bas...Show More

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Our Verdict
Maggie Lawrance

Maggie Lawrance Cybersecurity expert

If your main focus is antivirus protection, opt for Avast. However, if you’re looking for a full security suite that will target all cyber attacks, Total AV may be the better choice.

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