However, in the real world, many of the most widespread free antivirus tools actually pack a ton of extra features.

Avast Free Antivirus 2017 in particular gives you more than many competing commercial products.

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Fans of both tools can rest easy; there's no plan to merge them into a single product.

Both have many thousands of users worldwide, but each is strong in geographical areas where the other isn't.

Products that achieve the necessary minimum scores receive a Standard rating, while those that show advanced features and capabilities can rate Advanced or Advanced .

Out of the four tests, Avast received two Advanced and two Advanced ratings.

On top of excellent antivirus protection, it adds a network security scanner, a password manager, a secure browser, and more.

You may have heard that Avast acquired rival free antivirus company AVG last year.

Neil Rubenking served as vice president and president of the San Francisco PC User Group for three years when the IBM PC was brand new.

He was present at the formation of the Association of Shareware Professionals, and served on its board of directors.

Products that don't manage perfect or near-perfect protection simply fail.