Avast Premier 2016
Avast has fast become a well-known name in internet security software due to its free product Avast Free Antivirus. The Avast line-up consists of four versions: Avast Premier, Internet Security, Pro Antivirus and of course, their free antivirus.
All products in Avast's 2016 line, from the free antivirus all the way up to the top of the range Avast Premier 2016, use the same basic user interface. A button menu down the left side of the main window lets you access all features, while four separate oversize buttons can be programmed to launch your four most-used security actions. As with many security products, a color-coded banner on the main window reflects security status. If it isn't green, you can click a button to fix any configuration problems.
Downloading and installation
To start either your free trial of Avast Premier 2016, or to purchase a copy you can visit the Avast website here. If you are not sure we advise that you try for free first. Downloading and installing the software is straightforward. A little warning, Avast have a "potentially unwanted program" (PUP) in the software before installation starts, if you do not want Google Chrome installed on your system untick the boxes before you proceed.
Avast Premier 2016
Avast Premier 2016 has roughly the same user interface (UI) as last years product with a few tweaks and additions. The most significant addition to Avast Premier 2016 is the new password manager, available in all four versions, including the free edition. The password manager is like that offered by Sticky Password or LastPass. Avast's password manager encrypts your passwords and stores them on its servers.
Avast Premier 2016 offer the highest levels of security and include the Automatic Software Updater and Data Shredder on top of the usual internet security suite features. Avast's Software Updater scans your browsers and other important applications for missing security patches. After a scan, Avast Premier 2016 presents you with a list of the programs it checked, identifying both the up-to-date ones and the ones that need patching. You can configure the Software Updater for automatic updates, freeing you from the necessity of clicking that button.
The other bonus feature in Avast Premier is a powerful and flexible secure deletion shredder. You can permanently delete any file or folder by right-clicking it and choosing Shred. If you open the Data Shredder component in the Tools menu, you'll find it can do more. Avast can shred all the free space on disk, which makes files you deleted previously unrecoverable. And it can completely shred any drive or partition except the boot partition.
The Home Network Security feature, which comes as standard on all versions, which when run will seek out any security holes or potential problems within your home router connection, be they Wi-Fi or wired. From there, you can then take action to correct any problems.
Another feature in Avast Premier 2016 is the Secure DNS feature that's designed to protect users by making sure they aren`t maliciously directed to a hijacked website that's designed to ape a trusted site. With an improved SecureLine VPN service also included you can make yourself invisible to hackers.
Other features at a glance are SafeZone for online banking which has been improved, and a stronger DeepScan. SafeZone helps you Pay and bank safely, without anyone seeing your details. SafeZone creates a protective space that hackers - and anyone else - can't access.
Avast Premier 2016 is a solid performer with quite a few features, and the antivirus engine is solid giving good protection. Usability is great with the performance of the product just under that of the top products from Kaspersky and Bitdefender.
The software's ability to detect and block real-world virus samples rated it pretty highly in Av-Comparatives.org's tests, where it blocked about 98 percent or so of the malware samples.
A nice and easy to understand user interface. Avast Premier 2016 performed well in tests performed by AV-Comparatives. It works well and has some great features. A good solid performer for those wanting a good all-in-one security suite.
Operating System Covered: Windows XP, Vista,7, 8, 8.1 and 10
Price: Trial Download/Paid versions
ISP Mark: 8.5/10