Sophos vs Avast: If you hate yourself enough to install antivirus software, which should you pick?
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First of all, if your PC is updated and you don’t download everything from the internet without thinking, there’s little need for an antivirus. Still, people use antivirus to feel safer, or for business purposes. In that case, let’s see which one is better for you, Sophos or Avast.
There are many parameters on which we can compare these two. We’ll take into account many factors from user experience to customer satisfaction.
Note that Avast is not available on Linux distributions, only on Mac and Windows (and additionally Android and iPhone) unlike Sophos, which is present on Linux as well as provides web-based antivirus functionality.
Sophos vs Avast
Antivirus, According to Me
According to me, Avast is a better option. It comes with a lot of trust. It’s good for people with all levels of computer skill. It offers a simple and easy user interface. It also provides a number of very insightful functions. And after all that, it sure comes equipped with all kinds of features that a modern antivirus should come with.
Sophos has a greater enterprise presence. It also allows you to run a free copy and use the antivirus without any account creation, just like Avast. It further allows you to run a full scan on your machine using the Sophos website.
Any modern antivirus is pretty much packed with the latest features that a computer will need to run healthily. So, it’s more about the personal preference rather than being about what’s actually better.
Avast and Sophos both come as free software. Sophos HitmanPro and HitmanPro Alert are the premium versions priced at $24.95 and $34.95 respectively (1 PC, 1 year). Avast is known so much because a lot of people are looking for a free antivirus that doesn’t lack in anything. Avast also has paid plans. The Internet Security comes at $59.99 per year. Premier comes at $79.99 per year. Ultimate comes at $119.99 per year. Avast also has a number of other paid products like the Cleanup Premium, Driver Updater, AntiTrack and Android apps.
Capabilities of the free and premium versions
The free version stops malware, viruses, malicious apps, ransomware, and protects you from phishing attacks while blocking unwanted and risky web content. It allows you to manage your system from any location as long as you have access to the internet.
The free version of Avast comes with CyberCapture. It has a behavior shield, a game mode, a smart scan, browser cleanup functionality, passwords, and a WiFi inspector.
The HitmanPro comes with support for removing viruses, Trojans, spyware, rootkits, and advanced malware.
The Avast Internet Security comes with additional features like anti-spam, passive mode, real site, ransomware shield, firewall, and Sandbox. The Premier version comes with the Automatic Software Updater, a data shredder, and a webcam shield. The Ultimate version comes with Cleanup Premium, SecureLine VPN, and Passwords Premium. These three can also be purchased separately. See below:
AntiTrack from Avast comes for $39.99 per year.
The Driver Updater comes for $49.99 per year.
Passwords comes for $19.99 per year.
The SecureLine VPN Multi-device comes for $79.99 per year (the Android one comes for $19.99 per year).
Cleanup Premium comes for $49.99 per year.
Sophos: more details if you still need to make a decision
Malware, malicious apps, ransomware, and viruses – everything is under control with the free version. It further helps you by blocking unwanted web content, stopping you or warning you when you try to visit risky websites. It also blocks phishing attacks, although how accurate and effective that particular feature is something I’m not too sure of.
One of the best things about Sophos is, as is already mentioned above too, that you can manage (like run a full scan) on your system from anywhere anytime. No matter where your system is or where you are – all you need is access to the website of Sophos and an account.
Sophos support is really 24*7. You’ll get a native English-speaking person answer your calls whenever you need support on any paid product. It is also considered one of the finest antivirus programs out there when you are supposed to handle networks and larger infrastructure.
Avast: More Details
Avast is mainly known as a free antivirus. It sure comes with a number of paid variations, but it’s most known for the Avast Free Antivirus component. That provides basic functionality and the premium ones are not for the average user in my opinion. But if you have genuine security concerns, then, of course, the free version is not going to cut it for you.
The premium versions are very easy to use. So, if it’s about a business wanting to adopt cross-network security using paid Avast antivirus, then even simple users will find it easy to use. A lot of computer knowledge won’t help you discover something new. It’s that simple.
Business can utilize advanced features such as cross-platform availability, more advanced firewall features, data virtualization and insights, and protection for servers and remote clients.
For the general user, the characteristics of Avast match up with many paid antivirus software that don’t ship a free version. But sure, it lacks somewhere as well.
The verdict: which one should you go for?
If your purpose is home-based or individual, then I think Avast is the better option. The free version is something you can start with and if you feel like it, you can purchase the paid packages. It works as it should and doesn’t give you any problem, except the part where it's an antivirus software.
On the other hand, if you want to go for an antivirus for a company, enterprise, small network, school, etc., then Sophos might be the better alternative. It can sure be a little bit tricky to configure if you are not technically skilled but once set up, it will give you the best service. Also, customer support is always just a call away so there’s nothing you should worry about.
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