Avast Premier review: An attractive antivirus suite with limited install options

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Avast is one of the more popular free, third-party antivirus programs. For anyone willing to pay for more advanced features, however, Avast’s premium products also have a lot to offer.

At the top of the company’s line-up is Avast Premier for $80, which comes filled with features. Though it only offers two additional extras compared to Avast’s $60 Internet Security product, those particular features are potentially useful for those who want them.

The first is Data Shredder, which deletes files by immediately overwriting them so they are not recoverable. The second is Software Updater, which automatically updates third-party programs, plugins, and utilities on your PC. Both are nice features, however, you can use free programs to perform the same functions—like FileHippo App Manager, which monitors and automatically updates your programs.

Note: This review is part of our best antivirus of 2017 roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.