Avast Business: ultimate review of Avast business products

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Avast offers an endpoint protection tool for businesses. The security package includes all the essential tools that are able to fully protect all the business devices. Avast Business Managed Antivirus features include an antivirus, a behavior monitoring tool, an email scanning tool, a suspicious URL blocking tool, a Wi-Fi inspection tool, a firewall tool, a sandbox tool, a spam filter tool, and a download scanning tool.

Along with all these basic features, Avast Business Managed Antivirus provides the user with a management portal based on a cloud, which enables the user to control the security of any of his/her devices from anywhere. Avast Business Managed Antivirus is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Windows server users.

Avast Business Managed Antivirus offers three editions: Avast Business Antivirus, Avast Business Antivirus Pro, and Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus. The three editions support Windows, Mac OS, and Windows server based devices. If these three different operating systems are running different devices of your business, you can purchase only one license compatible with all OS.

Avast Business for Windows

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#1 Avast Business Antivirus

Avast Business Antivirus provides many high-level security services that guarantee an acceptable level of protection and a safe environment to work. The modules of Avast Business are as follows.

  • Antivirus: is responsible to detect any virus or malware that takes place on the business devices.
  • Cyber Capture: is responsible to analyze any dubious file on the business devices.
  • Firewall: is responsible to secure network traffic and protect all the devices against any hacking trials.
  • Behavior Shield: is responsible to deal with any software or application on the devices. This tool disables any software that might cause any harm to the business devices.
  • Web Shield: is responsible to prevent any of the business devices from accessing any dangerous website.
  • Email Shield: is responsible to monitor the email traffic and detect any threats in the received or outgoing emails.
  • Anti-Spam: is responsible to block spam and phishing emails.
  • Smart Scan: is responsible to perform a general scanning process to detect any vulnerability in the system.
  • Sand Box: is responsible to run suspicious files or programs in a shielded environment. So, if these files are infected, it will work on the problem without harming the business devices.
  • Wi-Fi Inspector: is responsible to secure the local internet connection.
  • Real Site: is responsible to keep the user away from any hacking site which guarantees that the user will only access trusted websites.
  • Rescue Disk: is responsible to create an antivirus backup.

All these modules provide the business devices with an acceptable protection level by securing the devices against any online of offline threats.

#2 Avast Business Antivirus Pro

Avast Business Antivirus Pro provides higher level of security than what Avast Business Antivirus provides. It provides all the modules that Avast Business Antivirus has, yet with some extra modules that offer a securer work environment for business devices. The extra modules provided by Avast Business Antivirus Pro are listed below.

  • Software Defender: is responsible to regularly update the software on the business devices to guarantee up-to-date and secured software.
  • Data Shredder: is responsible to permanently delete files that you do not want to recover.

Avast needs to add more features and modules to the Pro edition of Avast Business Antivirus to make it more valuable and worthy.

#3 Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus

Among all the Avast business editions, Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus is the most powerful edition, as it includes all the modules of Avast Business Antivirus and Avast Business Antivirus Pro, as well as having 4 extra modules that provide an extra layer of security. The extra modules of Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus are listed below.

  • Browser Cleanup: is responsible to remove the browser junk files that stall the browser and degrade its performance.
  • Webcam Shield: is responsible to secure the webcam against any trials to access it by hackers.
  • SecureLine VPN: is responsible to provide the devices with virtual IP address and location, if needed.
  • Passwords: is responsible to manage all the passwords and check if any of them is weak.

These four modules provide more online protection for the business devices, and this is a good point from Avast as most of the threats to business become from online activities.

Comparison of editions

This lengthy list of the features that each Avast Business edition provides, guarantees a high level of protection for the business devices. They contain very sensitive data about work like bargains, taxes, payroll, etc. Each edition of Avast Business Antivirus has a different level of protection. The table below summarizes the differences.

Windows Devices
Tool Antivirus Antivirus Pro Antivirus Pro Plus
Antivirus + + +
Cyber Capture + + +
Firewall + + +
Behavior Shield + + +
Web Shield + + +
Email Shield + + +
Anti-spam + + +
Smart Scan + + +
Sandbox + + +
Wi-Fi Inspector + + +
Real Site + + +
Rescue Disk + + +
Software Defender _ + +
Data Shredder _ + +
Browser Cleanup _ _ +
Webcam Shield _ _ +
Passwords _ _ +
SecureLine VPN _ _ +

Avast Business Antivirus for MacOS

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Avast Business Managed Antivirus support MacOS based devices. The three editions of Avast Business Managed Antivirus provide the MacOS devices with the same features as listed in the table below.

MacOS Devices
Tool Antivirus
Antivirus Pro Antivirus Pro Plus
Antivirus + + +
Web Shield + + +
Email Shield + + +
  • Antivirus: is responsible to detect any virus or malware that takes place on the business MacOS devices.
  • Web Shield: is responsible to prevent any of the business MacOS devices from accessing any dangerous website.
  • Email Shield: is responsible to monitor the email traffic and detect any threats in the received or outgoing emails.

Avast Business for Windows Server

Avast Business Managed Antivirus provides the same three editions, Avast Business Antivirus, Avast Business Antivirus Pro, and Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus, for Windows server based devices. Avast Business Antivirus offers 9 security features to Windows server devices, these features are:

  • Antivirus: is responsible to detect any virus or malware that takes place on the business devices.
  • Cyber Capture: is responsible to analyze any dubious file on the business devices.
  • Web Shield: is responsible to prevent any of the business devices from accessing any dangerous website.
  • Email Shield: is responsible to monitor the email traffic and detect any threats in the received or outgoing emails.
  • Anti-Spam: is responsible to block spam and phishing emails.
  • Smart Scan: is responsible to perform a general scanning process to detect any vulnerability in the system.
  • Wi-Fi Inspector:  is responsible to secure the local internet connection.
  • Real Site: is responsible to keep the user away from any hacking site which guarantees that the user will only access trusted websites.
  • Rescue Disk: It is responsible to create an antivirus backup.

Windows Server editions comparison

3 editions of Avast Business Managed Antivirus for Windows server devices provide helpful tools to secure the business devices. They focus on both online and offline protection so that to prevent any threat from any source. The table below lists the differences between the three editions (Pro and Pro Plus are identical in features).

Windows Server Devices

Tool Antivirus Antivirus Pro
Antivirus Pro Plus
Antivirus + + +
Cyber Capture + + +
Web Shield + + +
Email Shield + + +
Anti-Spam + + +
Smart Scan + + +
Wi-Fi Inspector + + +
Real Site + + +
Rescue Disk + + +
Data Shredder _ + +
Sharepoint Protection _ + +
Exchange Protection _ + +

Avast Business Pricing

Avast Business Managed Antivirus is not free software, you need to purchase its license to be able to use it. However, Avast offers a 30-day free trial to check tools and see if they cope with your business security requirements or not. You can estimate how much you will pay for product licenses by visiting Avast’s website.

Avast also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with its features and services. It is worthy to note that as the number of devices increases, the license subscription decreases. The table below shows different subscription options of Avast Business Antivirus for different numbers of devices.

Avast Business Antivirus
Number of Devices 1-Year License 2-Year License 3-Year License
1 $ 31 $ 47 $ 57
5 $ 139 $ 209 $ 251
10 $ 279 $ 419 $ 503
50 $ 1,119 $ 1,679 $ 2,015
100 $ 1,999 $ 2,999 $ 3,598

The table below shows different subscription options of Avast Business Antivirus Pro for different numbers of devices.

Avast Business Antivirus Pro
Number of Devices 1-Year License 2-Year License 3-Year License
1 $39.99  $59.99 $71.98
5 $179.95 $269.95  $323.90
10 $359.90 $539.90 $647.80
50 $1,439 $2,159 $2,591
100 $2,559 $3,839 $4,606

The table below shows different subscription options of Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus for different numbers of devices.

Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus
Number of Devices 1-Year License 2-Year License 3-Year License
1 $47.99 $71.99 $86.38
5 $215.95 $323.95 $388.70
10 $431.90 $647.90 $777.40
50 $1,759 $2,639 $3,167
100 $3,119 $4,679 $5,614

 

Avast should take into consideration to provide licenses for shorter periods like one, three or six months. As some users may need Avast Business Managed Antivirus service for limited time, but they cannot get it due to the limited subscription options.

Management of Avast Business

Avast Business Antivirus gives the user two options for installing and controlling the packages on the business devices. The user can choose:

  • Stand Alone Antivirus:
    • Recommended for less than 5 devices.
    • Gives the user full control over the data.
    • Device can be adjusted according to the user’s preferences.
  • Antivirus Connected to Cloud Management Console
    • Recommended for more than 4 devices.
    • The user can access any device from anywhere.
    • Full and detailed reports about the performance of the devices are regularly released.
    • Seamless installation process.
    • Provides maintenance.

Interface and Configuration

At first sight, the graphical user interface (GUI) of Avast Business seems to be user-friendly with everything well-organized showing four main icons: Status, Protection, Scans and Core shields.

Status: This shows the device status and whether it is protected or not giving you the option to run a smart scan to detect any issues.

Protection: This includes many 3 sub-icons, scans, core shields, and virus chest.

Scans: It provides many types of scans like:

  • Smart Scan: To detect any virus, malware, or PC issue.
  • Full Virus Scan: To scan the whole computer directories.
  • Targeted Scan: To scan specific files, folders, or external drivers.
  • Boot-Time Scan: To detect threats while operating system is booting.
  • Custom Scan: Enables you to choose your own customized scans.

Core Shields: It provides:

  • File Shield: To scan any files opened on or added to your device.
  • Behavior Shield: To warn you if any program or application is behaving in a dubious way.
  • Web Shield: To prevent you from accessing dangerous websites or downloading infected files.
  • Mail Shield: To block spams and phishing emails.

Settings: The setting icon is rich, you can change whatever you want. For example, in the General section you can control sounds, pop-ups, smart scan, maintenance, exclusion, special scans, alerts, privacy, passwords, cyber capture, silent mode, email signature.

In the Components section of the settings you can control the installed modules of AvastMoreover, settings have other sections like Update, Subscriptions, Troubleshooting, and About Avast.

Avast Business CloudCare

Avast also provides Avast CloudCare to MSPs. Avast CloudCare is an endpoint security tool which is linked to a cloud. Its primary role is to ease and to speed up the process of providing protection layers though efficient threat detection and monitoring system performance.

Avast CloudCare offers one platfrom through which MSPs can secure their clients remotely using various tools such as antivirus, content filter, antispam and more. Avast CloudCare features are listed below.

  • Premium Remote Control: To provide remote connection to clients’ devices to do security checks.
  • Easy-to-read Dashboard: To ease the monitoring process through only one dashboard.
  • Keyless Licensing: To save time by eliminating license keys.
  • Go-Branded Reporting: To enhance the clients’ provided values by releasing detailed reports.
  • Conflicting Software Removal: To automatically remove any antivirus programs conflicting with each other.
  • Group Updates and Scans: To perform needed updates and scanning to multiple devices at the same time.
  • Drag and Drop Devices: To save time by giving the ability to drag and drop devices between different policy groups.
  • One-Click Deployment: To get the clients on-board with just one click on an activation and installation email.
  • Backup: To schedule regular backups of folder, servers and files with the ability to restore them with a single click.

Avast Business Support

Avast dedicates special support for business products. It provides 5 different support channels on its website:

  • Business Support: you can submit a ticket to Avast’s support team to ask for help.
  • Ask the community: you can access Avast forum through this option. In the forum, you may find different answers to your question, and if you didn’t find, you can simply ask, and you will get a reply.
  • Browse your knowledge: It is a platform containing various articles about Avast, products, download, installation, pricing, errors, uninstallation, and many more articles.
  • Reseller Help: To provide help for resellers.
  • Business Sales: To contact Avast’s sales team.

Conclusion: Pros and Cons

Avast Business editions are helpful tools in securing business devices. They provide end-point security tools whether a cloud or a stand-alone based console. The package has many powerful features which provide high security levels. Let’s summarize main pros and cons.

Pros Cons
Multiple modules Limited subscription options specially for short periods
User-friendly interface Does not support mobile phones
Controllability over settings Many Pop-ups
Easily configurable
High levels of security
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