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In tests conducted by Austrian lab AV-Comparatives on Windows 7, Avast Free Antivirus was slightly less effective.

Opting for a clean interface with a well-organized structure, ESET Smart Security shouldn't be difficult to navigate, regardless of the user's previous experience with av tools.

Its rich and advanced customization set is another matter, however.

Avast Free Antivirus may not cost anything, but it bridges the gap between freemium and premium products with a password manager, a stand-alone hardened web browser and a network scanner, called Wi-Fi Inspector, that looks for vulnerabilities on other devices.

Most of the competition require a premium upgrade to get such features.

Avast's Windows 7 protection was about the same, with perfect scores against zero-day malware in January and February 2017.

It also detected 100 percent of widespread malware in January, but the effectiveness dropped a bit to 99.9 percent in February.

To stop unknown malware, Avast's Behavior Shield heuristic monitoring watches how each new piece of software acts.

Anything suspect gets uploaded to Avast's cloud servers for analysis and a possible addition to the malware-signature database.

Smart Security includes a personal firewall to replace Windows Firewall and it can be set to automatic, interactive, policy-based or learning mode.

Users may password-protect the configuration settings in the case the computer is shared with others.

We wish Avast offered slightly quicker scans, but overall, it's our Editor's Choice. Starting at per year, Avast Internet Security adds a ransomware shield, a personal firewall and stronger protection against phishing attempts and malicious websites and a personal firewall.

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