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AVG Anti-Virus Free review
AVG Antivirus Free finds and fights all kinds of computer infections quickly and accurately. It has excellent malware-detection scores and extracts only a moderate performance penalty while scanning.
This application allows you to tune and adjust the program’s protection and performance. It comes with a front-end utility for a whole lot of monitoring and optimization tools. AVG can be linked to an online account which will allow you to view the status of multiple devices with the application installed.Read More
AVG Antivirus Free Edition is a feature-rich application that provides a reliable protection and stable performance. The program’s Identity Protection tracks software behavior for theft of personal data, and its Email Scanner keeps an eye on every attachment.
Another feature, called Link Scanner, checks Web, Facebook and Twitter links for known malicious content. However, if you need files to be scanned as they are downloading, you will need to pay for AVG Internet Security at the cost of $69,99 per year.
Also, you can install the company’s Web TuneUp, the browser plugin that screens URLs for malicious activity and informs you which sites track you online. But we have to forewarn you — if you don’t unclick certain checkboxes during installation, this plugin will change your homepage and search engine.
AVG Antivirus also has a rescue disk, which cleans a PC if it’s overloaded with malware. You will need to download it and put on a CD or USB drive.
When you run AVG Antivirus, you’ll see two icons pop up in the taskbar: alongside the AV software, there will be a management tool, AVG Zen. It monitors all the AVG software you have running on computers and mobile devices. The feature is handy, though it’s unclear why it has to be a separate program for this.
AVG Antivirus Free and AVG Zen both have jet-black interfaces, with touches of green and orange colors. The main screen has the white check mark in a green circle, along with green “You are fully protected” in bold type. The green color turns red if something requires your attention.
Large icons with their own check marks are divided into Basic Protection and Full Protection and indicate the main functions. Basic Protection includes Computer and Web & Email, while Full Protection features icons such as Hacker Attacks, Private Data, and Payments. Each of them yields configuration choice when clicked.
Overall, the interface looks quite appealing, and all the key functions are laid out on the main screen which is always helpful.
The Computer Protection feature updates your security automatically and keeps your computer free of viruses, Trojans, spyware, and other nasty malware. It stops the threats using advanced artificial intelligence and real-time analysis. Web & Email Protection blocks unsafe links and email attachments.
The Advanced Settings section offers several customization options, such as whether to scan SD cards, and whether you want to scan incoming and outgoing mail. You can also schedule scans here.
Cross-platform use 5/5
AVG Antivirus is compatible with Windows XP SP3 or later, and OS X Mountain Lion or later.
If you need more functions, you can purchase AVG Internet Security for $69,99/year or AVG Ultimate for $99,99/year.
AVG Antivirus is fast and effective protection from malware that doesn’t slow a system down much and offers a multitude customization options. However, the unceasing suggestions to upgrade to the premium version might be bothersome. Ads keep popping up every time you open the application.
Nevertheless, installing AVG Antivirus is a step in the right direction versus not using any security program at all.Collapse
AVG AntiVirus Free is swift, efficient and customizable, but be ready for a slew of ads asking you to upgrade to premium services.
Pros : Reliable malware protection;
Lots of configuration options;
Minimal impact on system performance;
Cons : Constant reminders to upgrade to paid versions.
Cross-platform use 5.0