Zone Alarm and Avast each receive top reviews, but which one is really the best? Their security is both top-quality, both offer anti-ransomware and anti-phishing, and both use sandboxing, which launches suspicious programs in secure virtual environments. But Zone Alarm relies on a regularly-updated signature-based system while Avast focuses on identifying suspicious behaviors. However, it’s the extra features that really set them apart.
Zone Alarm uses a browser extension for its anti-phishing protection, provides 5GB of online backup space, and even has a ‘Find My Laptop’ feature should your machine be physically stolen. On the other hand, Avast focuses on WiFi protection, even over public networks. They also offer a password vault and computer tune-up which identifies unnecessary CPU usage. They cover most devices and operating systems, with protection for Mac, Windows, and even voice-command tools like Alexa and Google Home.
As for support, both companies offer similar options, including online documentation, live chat, and a 24/7 phone line. However, Zone Alarm prefers to deal with technical problems via the ticketed chat system.
Although the antivirus suites are prices similarly, Avast offers a free version and professional upgrade, while Zone Alarm only has one option.