On September 16, 2021, Avast released Avast One, which has both free and premium antivirus software and VPNs for individuals and families.
Aside from being a headache, viruses can lead to financial losses as hackers use malware to obtain users’ login credentials and web history. But although antivirus software exists, we typically don’t want to spend a ton on it every month. On this page, we’re covering everything you need to know about Avast Antivirus’ costs, and how their free service differs from their premium service. Let’s go into it!
How Much Avast Antivirus for Home Costs
Avast’s website is super confusing when it comes to prices, so we broke down their antivirus pricing below. We downloaded their Mac app for $39.99, although this number is only for the first year; prices will increase the second year on, they didn’t make it clear exactly how much.
We wish that Avast offered term lengths of shorter than a year, but most antivirus software subscriptions start at a year, as well. In terms of pricing compared to competitors, Avast falls a bit on the expensive side, breaking down to about $3.33 a month minimum while some antivirus software starts at around $2.50 per month, again, billed yearly. However, if these prices seem a bit steep to you, Avast does offer a version of their antivirus software for free, but how does it differ from the paid subscriptions? We’ve got the 411.
|Number of Devices Covered||Mac||Windows||Android||iOS|
|First Year Cost||1||$39.99||$39.99||$0.00||$0.00|
|First Year Cost||10||$49.99||$49.99||$49.99||$49.99|
Free vs. Premium
Basically, the free service has detection for viruses and spyware, but it doesn’t monitor for ransomware, for vulnerabilities or intruders on our Wi-Fi network, or for phishing, which is involved in over one in five business security breaches.1 If you want basic protection, the free subscription is a decent option for one device. However, if you want more coverage and coverage for up to 10 devices, go with the Premium plan, which was our choice as you can see in our Avast Antivirus review.
|Blocks viruses, spyware, and more||Yes||Yes|
|Detects WiFi vulnerabilities and intruders||No||Yes|
|Annual Price||$0.00||$39.99- $49.99|
How Much Avast Antivirus for Business Costs
Aside from personal use, Avast also offers antivirus protection for businesses for different sizes. Now, we didn’t test these out personally, so take this section with a grain of salt, as we’re depending on Avast’s website for our information.
Small Office Protection
Rather than buying a Premium subscription of antivirus software for everyone in your office, it will probably make more financial sense to get a business subscription. Avast offers a license that covers up to 10 devices for one, two or three years.
|Term Length||Total Cost||Cost Per Year||Total Savings|
Like the Premium subscription we bought, Small Office Protection blocks spyware, ransomware, malware, and viruses for up to 10 devices. There’s also a Web Shield that lets you check if URLs are safe, a Wi-Fi inspector, and a firewall to block unsafe connections.
Some businesses need a new level of protection, especially doctor’s offices and banks that handle particularly sensitive customer information. If that’s the case for you, you might want to consider All-In-One Protection. While it’s not entirely clear how it differs from their other antivirus software, as all of them include behavior-based detection, Avast claims that this service has six layers of protection as opposed to one. Now, the website doesn’t make it clear exactly what this means, so we recommend talking to a sales rep before buying.
But one clear advantage is the fact that you can use the antivirus software on an entire server as opposed to on individual devices. Also, Linux devices are covered, which is not the case for the regular antivirus software. So if you handle sensitive customer information or if you want a server or Linux device covered, you might want to consider Avast’s All-In-One Protection as your antivirus software.
|Coverage of One Device by Brand||Annual Cost||Two Year Cost||Three Year Cost|
Pro Tip: Know you’re in it for the long-haul? Choose a two or three-year Avast antivirus subscription to save money.
Advanced All-In-One Protection
Avast’s final antivirus option for businesses is what they call CloudCare, which lets business owners manage a few different networks from one easy to use platform. While Avast doesn’t list prices for CloudCare, you can see a demo before buying to make the right decision (and we always recommend seeing the demo before purchasing!).
Other Avast Services Pricing
Antivirus protection aside, Avast offers a few digital security solutions to boot, everything from VPNs to secure browsers. Now, many of these services seem to overlap each other, so make sure you’re not paying for the same services twice!
- Avast Omni: If you have a ton of smart home devices in your home, then Avast Omni can protect them, with parental controls to monitor your kids’ Internet usage for $49.99.
- SecureLineVPN: We tested out the Avast SecureLine VPN in our Avast SecureLine VPN review, and, as our Avast VPN pricing page states, their annual plan for this Virtual Private Network is $59.88 for protection of five devices or $47.88 for one device.
- AntiTrack: AntiTrack is a way to avoid trackers and cookies that follow us around online and help targeted ads target us even more. However, if you already have a VPN installed, AntiTrack is not necessary, as VPNs encrypt your web traffic and private IP address.
- Secure Browser: If neither VPNs nor AntiTrack sounds good to you, another way to browse the web privately is through the Avast Secure Browser, which Avast claims is four times faster due to its lack of ads. Much to our surprise, we downloaded, installed and used this browser without paying a penny, so this is certainly a good option; however, note that it won’t protect all of your web activity, just the activity on your browsers. Apps won’t be covered, so this solution isn’t exactly comprehensive.
- BreachGuard: BreachGuard will scan the web for data breaches for your personal information, a feature normally part of the best identity theft protection services. The cost is $19.99 a year for the first year, but that only covers one device, which seems pricey for such a minimal service.
- Cleanup Premium: We’ve all let our computers’ hard drives get filled up with old pictures, gifs, and documents you haven’t looked at in years. While you could just bite the bullet and clean it up yourself, if you’re feeling particularly uninspired, then Cleanup Premium will scan your Mac, PC or Android device for junk and duplicate files for $44.99 a year, or for 10 devices, $49.99. Again, we think these prices are pretty high, especially for something you could do yourself. But hey, we understand a lack of motivation!
- Driver Updater: Again, we haven’t tested this out for ourselves, but Avast claims that Driver Updater can improve your PC’s performance for $39.99 a year, creating faster speeds, better audio and overall, fewer bumps with your device. We recommend reading online reviews before buying this product in particular to see if it’s worth its fairly high price. Noticing a theme?
- Battery Saver: There are many things on PCs that could drain your battery, from a file that never fully downloaded to a password manager that’s always on. For PCs, Avast offers a Battery Saver for $29.99 a year. Again, we think this is a high price for something you could easily DIY, like delete files in your downloads or turn your password manager off, but again, whatever floats your boat.
- Family Space: Finally, Avast has iOS and Android apps of Family Space, which lets parents control what their kids do online and track their locations. Now, if you have a family plan, you might already have location tracking and parental controls, but this app is free, so even if you already have these features, there’s no financial risk in downloading Family Space.
Antivirus Bundles: The Ultimate Plan
If multiple of Avast’s services sound appealing to you, you can save money by purchasing what Avast calls the Ultimate Plan, which starts at $49.99 for one device or $59.99 for up to 10 devices. Specifically, Avast Ultimate combines Premium Security, the SecureLineVPN and CleanUp Premium into one subscription for Windows or Macs, with iOS and Android devices included.
|Cost, number of devices covered||Avast Ultimate Plan|
|First-year cost for 1 Mac device||$49.99|
|First-year cost for 1 Windows device||$49.99|
|First-year cost for 10 devices||$59.99|
|Multi-device plan supported devices||Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS|
|Avast Premium antivirus||Yes|
|Avast SecureLine VPN||Yes|
|Avast Cleanup Premium||Yes|
Just as buying bagels is cheaper by the dozen, buying multiple services from Avast at once is cheaper than buying them all separately. When we did the math for covering one Mac for a year with separate subscriptions for antivirus, VPN and CleanUp, the cost came out to $132.86 total, with the Ultimate Plan saving us $82.87 or more than 50 percent. Again, we don’t think the CleanUp service is necessary for most people, but even if you don’t use the CleanUp service at all, you’re still saving about $40 versus buying the antivirus software and VPN separately so overall, this is a pretty good deal.
Getting A Refund
Did you know that about one in three products or services purchased online is returned?2 It’s good to know that if you end up disliking or not needing something, you can easily get your money back. Luckily for us, Avast offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on all of its products. If you want to get a refund, just request one within 30 days of purchase. As long as you bought the service directly from Avast and not from a third-party seller or an app store, you’ll be able to get your money back.
FYI: If you’re past that 30 day window, it’s unlikely that you’ll get your money back from Avast.
Avast was first founded in 1988 in the Czech Republic, making them one of the oldest antivirus companies around, and in terms of market share, they’re number two in the anti-malware worldwide market.3 But it wasn’t until 2018 that Avast had its IPO, two years after it had purchased AVG Technologies for over $1 billion. Clearly, this is a software that people trust around the world, but what’s popular isn’t always right (for example, low-rise jeans in the nineties). What we’re trying to say is, we found some information about Avast that was more than a little troubling.
On a more positive note, we think that Avast’s Premium Security package was worth the money. Of course, it wasn’t all good, but here were our favorite things about the software after testing it out:
- On-demand and on-access malware scans
- Firewall available
- Behavior-based detection as opposed to signature-based
- Scans for spoofing, malware, ransomware, spyware, viruses, Wi-Fi network weaknesses, phishing, etc.
- Detected 98.6 percent of all malware
- Free version available
- Highly-rated Android and iOS apps.
Again, we recommend reading our review to learn more about Avast’s antivirus software, but if it doesn’t seem worth it to you, we recommend reading about more of the best antivirus software available on the market today.
There goes it for Avast’s pricing! Since these prices are subject to change over time, we’ll be sure to keep this page updated so that you can stay informed on the costs associated with Avast.
We got even more questions about Avast’s antivirus service, so we’ve decided to answer them here.
Is Avast a good antivirus software?
In general, Avast is a good antivirus software. In lab tests, it detected 98.6 percent of malware, and during our testing, it detected three out of five viruses. The software also scans for phishing, ransomware, and more with the Premium subscription.
Is Avast completely free?
There is a version of Avast Antivirus that is completely free for one device. However, it only covers spyware and viruses, not ransomware or phishing.
Is Avast harmful?
Avast is not harmful. Rather, it protects devices from malware, ransomware, and other cyber threats.
Is McAfee better than Avast?
We think that McAfee is slightly better than Avast because it detected 99.9 percent of all malware compared to 98.6 percent with Avast. McAfee also has lower pricing options as well as browser extensions for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Edge, which Avast lacks.
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Czech DPA. (2020). Statement on Avast case.