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A Comparison of Avast vs ZoneAlarm by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of Avast vs ZoneAlarm by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of December 21, 2014).


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Versions:

Avast! 2014 Free - There is a limited free version of Avast available for download at the Avast website. It has basic antivirus and spyware detection functionality.

Avast! Pro Antivirus 2014 - Pro Antivirus adds functionality like the SafeZone which is an enhanced security environment for shopping and banking. The key feature is the sandbox which you get in the Pro version.

Avast! Internet Security 2014 - The Internet Security version includes the sandbox like the Pro version but it also includes a sophisticated firewall, a spam filter and advanced phishing prevention methods.

Avast! Endpoint Protection - Avast Endpoint Protection is a separate business product with more than five PCs. With Avast! Endpoint Protection you will find antivirus for systems such as file servers, email servers, and sharepoint servers.
Versions:

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus 2013 - ZoneAlarm has gone to a free edition as their entry level product. The free version does have a lot of functionality though. It includes standard antivirus scans but also has a firewall, an anti-phishing toolbar, and file scanning on downloads.

ZoneAlarm Internet Security 2013 - Internet Security edition includes the same features of the Free Antivirus but with additional features including parental controls, a live chat support option and an increase in antivirus dictionary update speed (from 24 hours to 1 hour).

ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2013 - Extreme Security includes the same features of Internet Security but also comes with a virtual browsing sandbox and a PC Tuneup option.
Strengths:

The Avast! 2014 sandbox is the real deal. With a single click of the mouse you can completely isolate the browser from the rest of the system. That means even if you download a virus in the sandbox your system stays clean.
FileRep lets you know whether a file is safe before you open it. The safety is determined by how many people already downloaded the file and how new the file is.
It runs extremely fast and does not slow down your machine. In fact Avast! ranks 2nd out of 21 different antivirus suites in an independent speed test study at AV Comparatives.
Strengths:

Most free versions of antivirus do not come with a firewall and anti-phishing technologies. Those are both nice options to have.
ZoneAlarm Extreme Security has a virtual browsing sandbox which is a personal favorite of ours. We like antivirus solutions that provide a browsing experience where you can't mess up your system if you accidentally visit a malicious website. For this reason it's worth the upgrade.
Perhaps the most creative antivirus feature in the space, ZoneAlarm will monitor your credit score and alert you if there are changes to your credit files.
Virtual Sandbox:

Yes. Avast! Pro Antivirus has a lot of sandbox options. It has a virtual sandbox for opening suspicious files. It also has a AutoSandbox for files Avast! detects as suspicious.
Virtual Sandbox:

Yes. There is a Browser Virtualization feature with ZoneAlarm.
PC Optimization:

No. We don't see anything in Avast! Pro Antivirus that is built to optimize PC performance specifically.
PC Optimization:

Yes. ZoneAlarm cleans and organizes the data on the PC. Some of the features include Registry repair and defrag and a local disk defrag.
Backups / Online Storage:

No. We don't see any kind of backup functionality.
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes. ZoneAlarm has online backup functionality.
Parental Control:

No. Avast! is not the software you need if you are looking for parental controls.
Parental Control:

Yes. Adult websites can be filtered out. There is an ability to create a custom list of websites to block. Internet usage can be controlled for kids. ZoneAlarm can even block games that are rated too mature for children.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. Avast! Pro Antivirus has an Instant Message Shield.
Chat / IM Protection:

No. We don't see chat monitoring protection with ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2013.
Customer Support:

You can contact Avast! via phone or online form if you have an issue.
Customer Support:

Support includes online troubleshooting, forums and online live chat 24 / 7.
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