I’ve used Avast for a couple of years now and it does seem that it has the least [functional] difference between Free and Pro of all (pace CIS, but that’s not yet mature).
I’ve tried Pro and , quite (dis)honestly (given my method), it’s not worth bothering with unless the convenience outweighs the chance of users borking the security. Avast has the most important aspect of useability: automatic updates (cf SAS Free).
Because it doesn’t have one. Script Blocker is one thing, script malware is another…
There are also other features like pushed updates, option to define actions when malware is detected (for on-access and on-demand), option for on-access scanning of archives and many many more settings in enhanced GUI.
In my opinion Kaspersky is over the top, and NOD32 is overhyped :-\ If you prefer a paid solution Antivir is better than those 2 :-TU If you prefer free I would choose Avast! because Antivir lacks spyware/adware protection here
I haw used NOD32 about 4 years, before that I used Kaspersky. ESET Internet Security is kind of useless because its firewall sucks and Kaspersky engine is getting old. But they are still good AVs.
Right now AntiVir is one of the best anti viruses out there. But I would never really use Avast I haw experience with it and I haw cleaned many PC with Avast installed on it. Don’t get me wrong it’s not bad but it’s not that good either. I can’t really complain too because it’s free. But buying Avast Pro version is just well … not the best move.
I haw high hopes for CIS! Thats why i help Comodo.
I would be more comfortable with AVG than avast! Purely because AVG is simple and efficient with a decent detection - if I had to go that way. But I seriously think that AV’s in general are overhyped. HIPS and other methods like virtualisation/sandboxing are the step forward.
But I like one thing about Avast it has “Boot-time scan” feature and that should haw every antivirus!
Avast has too many pointless shields and GUI looks like an outdated media player, I know that you can select no theme.