Avast for Business Software


 

Consumers are accustomed to the “freemium” antivirus model, but Avast for Business is free security software aimed squarely at the business user. A paid version adds extra layers of protection.  

With Avast for Business, all users get a cloud-based management portal, enabling an administrator to manage security from any device. Avast for Business also protects both Macs and PCs, providing malware protection, scanning, anti-phishing, regularly streamed updates and application control.   

Subscribers to the premium, paid version, meanwhile, receive additional protections such as sandboxing, a firewall, https scanner, anti-spam, a powerful data shredder and server protection. Avast’s threat detection network is based on data received from 200 million AVAST installations worldwide—ensuring a highly thorough virus signature database.

Highly scalable, Avast for Business places no limit to the number of administrators or devices—even in the free version. 

 

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Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8

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Michael from Thriveworks
Specialty: Healthcare
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Why Pay for Other Software

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Why would you pay for the other brands when you can use Avast. I'll admit, I was skeptical at first. There's got to be a catch, right? - Free initially, but then you have to pay. That's not it at all. Avast works as well as other security software that you would purchase online or in the box stores, but it's free. I've used it for about 3 years. I knew about it, but never tried it. Don't use your PC another day without Avast. It's an excellent security must-have.

Pros

Free
Thorough
Effective

Advice to Others

You might think that "Free" means low quality. Not true with Avast. It's a top notch product!

 
 

Alexandra from Lk Oconee Rehabilitation and Performance Center, LLC
Specialty: Healthcare

September 2016

September 2016

Good protection

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Likes Best

avast! is very easy to use and setup/install, works well with multiple operating platforms, scanning feature works well and can be paused if needed, updates are easy to install, doesn't slow system down and I don't complain about anything FREE

Likes Least

I don't normally open up the interface so some notifications aren't received or read as soon as I should - an email notification would be great though - but again, for free software, I'm not complaining. I've never used their customer service or had to call for anything so can't comment on that.

Recommendations

Find out what you NEED and search for a software that gives you that....don't settle for less and don't pay for anything until you've been able to try it first.

 
 

Jeremiah from Ron Blank & Associates, Inc.
Specialty: Education

June 2016

June 2016

Been using Avast for 10 years

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Likes Best

Excellent features and protection options, free basic protection. Easy licensing for multiple users.

Likes Least

Free product does not work on servers. Does not always catch all viruses immediately.

Recommendations

Lots of features and tools, very good protection. This is good for individually managed consoles. If looking for a product with a central management interface, this may not be for you.

 
 

Tommy from COVEO Solutions
Specialty: Professional Services

January 2016

January 2016

When you are not ready to may, you can't find better

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Likes Best

First, it's free! It's Cloud based! It's Simple! It's Nice!

Likes Least

This is not really "Business" level. I use it for one of the company I support (~20 computers) and I find many limitation.

Recommendations

SMB! The free version is fine, and there is a paid one if you need more features! Try it for sure!

 
 

Tapan from dunnhumby
Specialty: Software/Technology

December 2015

December 2015

Decent antivirus protection with few missing features

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The best thing I like is their centralized Enterprise management console which can handle complex workstation structures and hierarchies prevalent in MNCs from a single location. It offers an assortment of reports which can easily be customized as per the business needs and can be configured to generate at a particular frequency.
Remote deployment of updates and patches is also possible which is an efficient way to keep all of the endpoints updated automatically whenever they connect to the business network.

Likes Least

Avast Endpoint protection suite does support only Windows PC and file servers. There is no support for Mac and Linux based workstations.Also, there is no support available for securing mobile devices which have become an integral part of today's business.

Recommendations

If you are a startup and expecting to scale up in near future, this might be a good option as it comes with 2 different consoles. So, you don't need to change your basic setup when moving to a complex hierarchy setup. But if your network has Linux servers or planning to have Linux servers, then you might to reconsider your choice of Avast endpoint protection suite as you have to buy a separate protection package for your Linux based file servers or email servers.

 
 

Janta from BlackRock
Specialty: Banking & Mortgage

May 2015

May 2015

World class antivirus protection

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Likes Best

Great product with best antivirus protection at it's core. It's always updated with latest signatures. Also, minimum hassles while installing the product and the consoles

Likes Least

Installation was a little slow at the endpoints. It occupied a lot of resources which should have been highlighted.

Recommendations

Great antivirus product with not so great after sales service.

 
 

abhishek from Barclays
Specialty: High Tech

April 2015

April 2015

security at it's best!

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Likes Best

Security is a supreme factor in this AV. every aspect of the security has been taken care of in this product.

Likes Least

Speed at times goes very slow.. this is one thing that can be improved.

Recommendations

1. Check the price.
2. Check the after sales services.

 
 

Isha from dion global
Specialty: Software/Technology

April 2015

April 2015

Value for money

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Likes Best

All of the services come along free with this product..It Is one of the secured products and gives no space at all for virus attacks!

Likes Least

Nothing as such specific.. Just that the look and feel can still be improved.

Recommendations

Look for ease of accessing the internet versus the speed.

 
 

Sharad from dunnhumby India
Specialty: High Tech

April 2015

April 2015

A user friendly product!!

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Likes Best

The most useful part was its seamless response. This antivirus is great. It doesn't use much memory from the computer. Long scan time and the result remain accurate.

Likes Least

Initially All HTTPs sites were rendered broken and I worked for a long time working this out as I did not try any of them before installing avast. Avast should warn about this issue during install but they do not. Lots of time wasted but if this helps someone else great.

Recommendations

I think Avast is the best Antivirus software. I have tried others years back and didn't like them.

 
 

Ric from Ultimate Software
Specialty: Software/Technology

April 2015

April 2015

avast! Endpoint Protection Solution

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Likes Best

A straight forward deployment with a very minimal number of prompt screens during regular use after the initial setup. It offers a good piece of mind and great protection for your servers and your workstations. The malware removal process was effective in locating and removing the infections.

Likes Least

The removal process for an infected machine was little lengthy and required multiple reboots to clean the machine. Fortunately none of the PC's that had the software ever had to be put through this process.

Recommendations

This software scans quickly on start up and offers great protection for the price. When scanning an infected PC it found everything the first time.

 
 

Harsh from Bloomberg LP
Specialty: Software/Technology

April 2015

April 2015

Security from known and unknown threats for your business

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Likes Best

I am in love with it's AutoSandbox feature and it's integration with the File Rep cloud feature which identifies new files which could be potential threats based on feedback by other users across the globe. So, basically even if a certain file is tested and deemed as malware by Avast labs, if it's reputation is low, Avast automatically sandboxes it which means runs it in an isolated environment.

This is really a smart smart feature.

Likes Least

Customer service is not in the same league as the product. Although the product itself is state of the art but it runs into issues with updates and upgrades of OS and other softwares. And then the customer care is not good enough to support and resolve the customer issues.

Recommendations

This product does everything it claims to do except that the customer service is not good. One gets full control of what is getting implemented. So, I believe it is a choice between amazing product and not so good customer support at a competitive price.

 
 

Zerbera from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Specialty: Software/Technology

April 2015

April 2015

Administration of computer network made as simple as possible

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Likes Best

The Small Office Administration Console is a web-based console which does not require a server operating system. This is ideal for small business with limited network. Once installed , this console can be accessed from anywhere with any computer having an internet connection. It also enables receiving notification whenever any device is connected to the network.

Likes Least

Antispam and Firewall is kind of missing. Also, it only supports window based devices which is kind of a restriction if you wish to have a multi platform network.

Recommendations

I would recommend this product just for the flexibility and provides it provides. It caters to the needs of both the small and large businesses. It deploys numerous shields and updates are streamed in real time. So, if antispam and firewall protection is not a must and you have a windows only network, this product is worth every penny

 
 

Triya from Deloitte
Specialty: Other

April 2015

April 2015

Cool and Smart product with latest tech for your business protection

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Likes Best

Ideal solution for SOHO networks of up to 199 computers and no servers. So, it becomes ideal for Small and medium businesses who need to protect their workstations and don't need to pay additionally for the server protection.Also, depending on the network configuration, it offers the choice of consoles which is a very unique feature.

Further, one issue which I have always faced with antivirus solutions is that they tend to occupy a lot of resources and critically slow down the machine. Thankfully, with Avast this is not the case. It takes moderate resources and there is no noticeable slow down of the machine. Also, the ability of Enterprise Administration Console to support mobile devices is good to have.

Likes Least

It is only effective when the devices are within the network. Once the device is out of the network, It does not provide a way to protect data located on stolen/lost devices.

Recommendations

A quality product with choice of different consoles depending on the network configuration and size of the network. Except a few misses, an smart product backed by a huge Avast threat detection network .

I would definitely recommend this to any organization which does not have servers on the network and just need endpoint protection.

 
 

Mist from Google
Specialty: Software/Technology

April 2015

April 2015

Scalable business protection at a reasonable price

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Likes Best

Managing antivirus protection on networked PCs is not easy without an easy to manage centralized console. Avast understands this and has given the option of 2 consoles with this product. Smaller businesses can opt for easier to manage web based console while medium and large businesses can go for Enterprise Administration Console which is a bit complex and can take care of complex hierarchies. Understanding and catering to the requirements of the businesses for anti-malware protection makes this product different from others.

Likes Least

Too sensitive AutoSandbox mode. Also, support for Linux based and Mac OS X based devices missing.

Recommendations

Consoles have been designed considering users in mind. For me, it was a major plus point as the organization was small and we need basic anti- malware protection. Features like firewall and file server protection are missing but it again depends on business' requirements and budget.

 
 

Yash from Tata Consultancy Services
Specialty: Software/Technology

April 2015

April 2015

Decent protection for Windows devices but pathetic customer service

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Likes Best

Simple and user-friendly management consoles is what makes this product worth. Also, the option of different consoles - web based for small businesses and app based for large businesses.The web based console has been designed keeping in mind that it can be operated by less experienced IT staff which is the case in small companies.

Likes Least

Customer Service is worst I have seen. It keeps on causing problems whenever there is an OS upgrade or update or some feature stop working. And on the top of these issues, the worst you can expect is virtually non existent customer service.

Recommendations

Product is decent with claims of world's leading antivirus protection technologies. But I have had pathetic experience with customer service. So chose at your own risk.

 
 

Raman from Bloomberg LP
Specialty: Software/Technology

April 2015

April 2015

Smart product which provides multiple layers of business protection

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Likes Best

The number of technologies it deploys to keep the network safe and functional is outstanding. Sandbox and Filerep are few among those.Also, it's vast user community network helps build one of the world's most advanced threat detection network.

Likes Least

Large companies need to allocate separate resources during it's deployment to remove the previously installed AV software from the network devices. It does not provide built in functionality for the same.Also, there is no support for Linux based devices.

Recommendations

Though it lacks on certain features and has a few downsides, it's worth mentioning that it's a value for money package at the price point at which comes. Small or big business who are looking just for highest level of network protection without additional feature like firewall and anti spam filter can certainly consider this as an option.

 
 

Yamini from NIIT technologies Limited
Specialty: Software/Technology

April 2015

April 2015

Powerful and cost-effective way to secure your workstations

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Likes Best

The feature of remote management helps save effort on individual deployment at all end points. Also, the ability to schedule PC scans and updating virus definitions when the workstations are not in use. This helps minimizing the productivity loss. Also, scans are fast as Avast makes use of Intelli-scans.

Likes Least

File system shield falters at times. It detects the virus but it fails to delete it or move to chest.Also, it is not very effective if the organization wants to strictly control data sharing.

Recommendations

It is certainly not the best Antivirus available in the market but it does serve the basic purpose especially when money is a criteria. If money is not a constraint, go for other better options (may be within Avast itself)

 
 

Priya from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Specialty: Software/Technology

April 2015

April 2015

Comprehensive protection package for your business

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Likes Best

Easy installation and deployment with remote management with high performing workstation protection. Also, virus database gets continuously updated with latest definitions in real time so that the business network also has new zero-day threat signature as soon as Avast server has them.

Likes Least

The product works like charm until you encounter an issue. Customer service is pretty bad if you have run into an issue and need an immediate support. Also, at times, the issues have been faced that mirrored VPS was up to date but the clients were not updating.

Recommendations

The most basic business protection which doesn't force you to pay for the feature you don't require. It deploys lot of cutting edge technologies to keep your network secure but at the same time if you need other features like Antispam and Firewall, you need to go for other options.

 
 

Santosh from Accenture
Specialty: Software/Technology

March 2015

March 2015

One stop security solution for all types of organizations

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Likes Best

Fulfills the security needs of small, medium or big organizations. It has also provided option of a simple web based console for smaller organizations so that it can be managed even by less-skilled IT people.Also, an option for desktop application based console is there for larger organizations with more complex networks.

Likes Least

It lacks the ability to secure and wipe out the data from lost or stolen devices which are out of network. Also, there is limited provision to monitor data going out from the network.

Recommendations

If security is your only concern, this is the product you can definitely consider. It deploys multiple advanced techniques to keep the network secure and puts minimum load on network resources.

 
 

Rahul from MarketRx
Specialty: Software/Technology

March 2015

March 2015

Simple endpoint protection with satisfactory network security

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Likes Best

It does not slow down your systems by consuming a lot of resources. Also,reporting is highly customizable and can be generated at any frequency

Likes Least

The customer service. It is pathetic as at times only email support is available with turn around times of around 36 hours.

Recommendations

Decent no frills basic end point protection.Deploys lot of advanced technologies like Sandbox, File Reputation System, Behavior Shield, etc to keep you protected.The caveat is that it supports only Windows based devices.

 
 
 
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