Which AntiVirus is better?

Aviva Zacks

Aviva Zacks Writer

Avast and Trend Micro are both top-rated antivirus solutions. Although the latter is slightly less well-known, it currently has 250 million customers. Both antivirus providers offer premium features, including innovative heuristic scanning, anti-phishing, and anti-ransomware protection. Another useful factor is the digital file shredder, which permanently deletes unwanted files from your hard drive. While much of their security suites are the same, there are some notable differences. Trend Micro offers customizable parental controls; Avast only includes a ‘Site Blocking’ feature that’s not as targeted to keeping kids safe. Trend Micro provides a valuable social media defense system to optimize your privacy settings, as well as a PC optimization feature which deletes out-of-date firewalls and software. Avast excels at protecting gamers with its a dedicated ‘Game Mode’ to stop pop-ups when you’re playing. The passive mode is also useful as it reduces all heavy processing when activated. The webcam shield feature prevents hackers from hijacking your webcam and their security suite includes a password vault. Both companies offer a range of customer support. Trend Micro includes a lot of documentation, including FAQs and guides, and phone support (available 5am-8pm on the standard price plan, 24/7 with premium). Finally, their unique ‘Ask Vanessa’ support bot is available for all customers. While Avast doesn’t have an automated chat, their phone line is available around the clock for everyone. Otherwise, they offer similar support channels.

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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

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Our Verdict
Aviva Zacks

Aviva Zacks Writer

As both companies offer a similar range of price plans, your decision should be based on which features you want. Due to the parental controls and social media safety elements, Trend Micro is ideal if you have children. On the other hand, Avast is definitely the best if you’re a gamer. If you only want the antivirus protection, Avast offers a free version with all the core features.

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