Is Avast Free Better Than Windows Defender in 2020?

In case you want to install free antivirus protection, this review will be very helpful. Let’s compare Avast Free vs Windows Defender. Today we’ll review some key aspects users often pay attention to when making their choices.

We won’t compare the price tags since Windows Defender doesn’t have a paid upgrade and comes as a built-in part of the OS. Avast Free, on the other hand, is a free edition that doesn’t require financial investments either. We’ll take a look at the interface, features, protection levels, system impact.

Interface and design

Avast is an obvious winner here. The interface is user-friendly and straightforward. One can intuitively reach the needed feature in a couple of clicks. The main screen has four modules that lead to the wanted features.

Windows Defender has a bit confusing interface. A user can’t schedule scans or adjust numerous settings. It’s a minimalistic approach when the software is more in control than a user is.

Since tastes differ, you should give both of them a test run and define which one is more convenient for you.

Main features

Another category where Avast got a leading place. While Windows Defender offers only the essentials, Avast has a selection of features and tools to keep your device safe from threats and viruses. Even the free edition has a lot.

Windows Defender is a built-in program on all Windows OS. It automatically shuts down as soon as you add any third-party antivirus. In case you prefer to use this software, you’ll get a firewall, a scanner, Find My Device features, and some parental control tools.

Avast Free has a Secure browser, a password manager, and some basic protection tools. In case you find it to be insufficient, you may always upgrade to a premium plan and get more features in the bundle. 

Protection levels

In terms of protection, it would probably be a tie. Both software options deliver an average protection level. You can see this reflected in the independent tests by different labs like AV-Test or AV-Comparatives.

Based on the recent results, Windows Defender got 6 out of 6. This is a high mark stating the software can stop all kinds of malware. Avast got 5.5 in this test.

System impact

Windows Defender is a part of the system. So, it’s safe to assume the developers minimized the impact on performance. Yet, the system failed one key performance test. That’s why AV-Test gave it 5.5 out of 6.

On the other hand, Avast participated in independent tests. It turned out that the software is exceptional offering an even smaller impact on system performance. The software got the maximum 6 points and ADVANCED+ grade from AV-Comparatives.

The verdict

All in all, Avast is a better choice since it wins in more categories. The software has more advanced and sophisticated protection. A user gets more control over the software including scanning options and security tools. Windows Defender, on the other hand, operates on its own which can come in handy for beginners. 

However, it greatly depends on your expectations. Perhaps, it’s better to pick something more reliable and configurable.

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