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While Windows 10, and most operating systems for that matter, have built-in antivirus and security programs, they are not all that reliable. Windows Defender, for example, performed poorly in the past. This is why the best way to protect your PC is to have a third-party antivirus installed. There are free antivirus available for download, so there’s no reason not to add an extra layer of protection on your computer.

Among the more popular antivirus is Avast. And the latest update is designed to keep up with the improvements of Windows 10. Now who doesn’t want that?

Version 11.1.2253 of this freeware comes with a new firewall driver that will address firewall problems that users of Windows 8 and Windows 10 have encountered. If your firewall failed to start, updating the driver will fix the issue. This version is available for Avast Internet Security and Avast Free Antivirus.

There are also improvements to SecureLine, such as enhanced security and new OpenVPN method. You are also given options to turn email signatures off easily. The signature that will be added automatically indicates that you are using Avast’s security app. Emails are scanned for viruses automatically.

How does Avast fare in the latest security tests?

Avast would not be one of the most effective security solutions if it doesn’t continually undergo testing. A current research conducted by the German institute AV-TEST has confirmed that Avast still scores high and remains reliable in protecting computers from virus attacks and blocking malware.

There are key areas where the test was conducted – protection, performance and usability. In all three, Avast scored 6, 5 and 6, respectively. This indicates a reliable antivirus.

The leading antiviruses – Avira, BitDefender and Kaspersky, scored 6 on all factors. This means Avast isn’t too far on the list.

Think you don’t need to install an antivirus? Don’t be too complacent. Virus developers don’t stop making malware, ransomware and other forms of the virus that can give you the worst headache. This is especially true if you rely on your computer for your livelihood. So don’t become a victim before you install an antivirus.

But even with security measures in place, it pays to recognize the telltale signs of malware or virus attack.

  • Your computer suddenly stops working as smoothly as it normally does, and there seems to be other applications running in the background.
  • Some of the maintenance programs, such as Task Manager, Windows Update and Msconfig, fail to work.
  • New toolbars suddenly appear and will not go away.
  • Your browser will not open and/or the home and search pages have changed without you doing anything to them.

If you notice any of these signs, install Avast or other antivirus programsantiviru