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AVG AntiVirus FREE features, pros & cons

Key features

  • Browser extensions
  • PC optimization
  • Web protection

Pros

  • Good usability and lots of settings
  • PC and web protection, good rate of detection
  • Extra tools included

Cons

  • No scan pause option
  • No search and no export for reports
  • Only 1 language
Pricing

AVG AntiVirus FREE pricing

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$ 59 99
per Year
  • Scan PC performance
  • Secure personal folders
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$ 0 00
  • Stop viruses / malware
  • Block unsafe links
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Review

AVG Antivirus Free review and testing (April 2019)

AVG AntiVirus FREE is a popular antivirus software getting better with every update. As of April 2019, it detects both malware and productivity issues, intercepts threats before they reach a PC. It has fresher design and the app does not slow down a computer. A powerful antivirus scanner blocks and deletes viruses, thus protecting from newest threats with “Virus Stalker” engine, certified by independent test laboratories. Developed by AVG Technologies, that is now a subsidiary of Avast Software.

Antivirus is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Android. Many people are curious whether AVG antivirus is really free… well, it offers two plans. AVG Antivirus Free, which is really free, yes; and AVG Antivirus Internet Security - with $80 annual subscription. 26 interface languages to choose from.

System requirements (recommended for optimal work): Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 processor or above (must support SSE2 instructions), 1GB RAM, 2GB free disk space, Windows 7/8/10, 1024x768 pixels or above screen resolution, Internet connection. For Mac computers - at least OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) version, 2GB RAM and 2GB of HD space. For Android devices - 2.2 OS version or higher.

Features AVG AntiVirus FREE AVG Internet Security
Free protection + -
Stop viruses, ransomware, malware + +
Block unsafe links, downloads + +
Protection for multiple devices - +
Scan for PC performance problems + +
Fixing of performance problems - +
Real time-security updates + +
Secure folders (anti-ransomware) - +
Webcam protection - +
Enhanced firewall - +
Free $79.99 / year

For online and overall protection, the program offers features like antivirus (against viruses, spyware, ransomware, malware), web and email protection, PC performance scanner (detects junk files, registry issues, etc.), file shredder, do-not-disturb mode, browser extension for payments.

How to install AVG antivirus

To download AVG antivirus, visit the official website, and click “FREE Download” to begin. After the file called “avg_antivirus_free_setup.exe” is downloaded, run it, wait for the program’s full launch, choose the interface language and click “Install”. Use advanced install settings by pressing “Customize” - to specify elements to install manually, e.g. AVG Secure Browser or AVG SafePrice. Everything quite typical. Next, you’ll receive a message about PC issues, which is actually AVG prompting to acquire PC TuneUp tool as 1 or 2 year subscription, or try it for 60 days free. If you want it, enter personal data and payment method, if not - skip it.

Interface

The interface, in general, is quite pleasant, yet it can be both easy and hard to comprehend, as it all just works, but there are lots of functions and settings crammed in. For example, Secure VPN with 60-days trial but you have to input credit card or PayPal number first anyway. Similarly, the Password Protection, if you choose to perform a scan, to fix issues afterwards, you have to pay. There’s also Driver Updater tool (that can also be installed separately) and it is free.

Settings

Let’s take a look at settings in AVG Antivirus Free menu. General section includes:

  1. Enable reputation services (compares threats to samples in the database)
  2. Enable CyberCapture (analyses unrecognized files with 2 options - block/allow)
  3. Scan for PUP (potentially unwanted programs)
  4. Do not show notifications
  5. Enable email protection
  6. Set up pop up window
  7. Protect antivirus settings by a password
  8. Maintenance (delete old scan logs, clear history, maximum quarantine size, etc.)
  9. Exceptions (indicate file path or URL)
  10. Special scans
  11. Privacy settings

Components section contains:

  1. File Shield - checks all files on PC, blocks suspicious ones.
  2. Behaviour Shield - identifies apps/programs/processes with suspicious activity.
  3. Email Shield - protects email from receiving dangerous files, and also prevents sending out such files.
  4. Web Shield - protects a PC during online browsing, blocks unreliable websites and pop-ups, prevents downloading ransomware.
  5. SafePrice browser extension - finds best prices on trusted online web stores.
  6. Do Not Disturb mode - turns off 3rd-party notifications, pauses Windows updates.

Troubleshooting section offers tools such as rootkit scan at startup, anti-rootkit monitoring, anti-exploit-module, AVG self protection module, limit guest account access, passive mode, restore default settings. In the Quarantine section, where all the infected files after scanning are stored temporarily. To delete files completely, without ability to restore, use File Shredder.

Let’s check the Do not disturb mode. As we see, there are 2 programs automatically added - Chrome and MPC player - it means when any of them is running, no other notifications will be displayed. We can turn this mode off, surely, as well as add more programs.

Now, the main functionality of AVG or any other antivirus out there: scanning. In Computer tab we press Scan Computer button, wait and check the scan results. This process will rummage through user’s PC to find potential viruses and threats, but also will check for performance and online privacy issues.

If you press a gear sign next to Scan Computer button, you have a selection of different scan types: full scan, deep scan (intensive searche for malware), USB/DVD scan, file/folder scan, performance scan (PC TuneUp), boot-time scan, and there’s also a scheduler. To run a boot-time scan you have to restart a PC.

EICAR & AMTSO testing

For testing, first we visit eicar.org and download the following test files:

eicar.com eicar.com.txt eicar_com.zip eicarcom2.zip
68 Bytes 68 Bytes 184 Bytes 308 Bytes

Then we’ve tried to do the same via AVG Secure Browser: we were able to visit the link but couldn’t load a file, immediately receiving a warning notification. In result, all 4 out of 4 threats were successfully detected and blocked by AVG Antivirus Free.

Then, we visited amtso.org and conducted testing for desktop solutions in few stages. First, to test protection against manual download of malware is enabled. Result - it is, access blocked. Second, protection against a drive-by download - successful too. Third, protection against download of compressed malware - works, we were not able to load a ZIP file with malware. Similarly, AVG stopped the download of infected ZIPX, 7-ZIP, WinRAR, TARGZ, ACE, CAB, JAR, LZH, RAR-SFX, ZIP-SFX files. All in all, out of 16 loaded files 15 were identified and blocked by AVG antivirus active mode, and 1 was stopped in passive mode.

Antivirus scanning test

Finally, we ran all 4 types of scan available in AVG antivirus. During the first one (full PC scan), AVG found several cryptocurrency miner files, that were loaded into our PC previous to the antivirus. Scanning times were, of course, different and pretty efficient overall:

  1. Full scan: 3 minutes
  2. Deep scan: 90 minutes
  3. Selective scan (local 200GB drive, 55GB free): 2 minutes
  4. Boot-time scan: 34 minutes

AVG antivirus Android mobile version

AVG AntiVirus Free 2019 for Android with antivirus/anti-malware, anti-theft, app lock, camera protection tools is quite popular among users - over 100,000 installs, according to Google Play. It works silently in the background, and has interesting mobile-tailored options. For example, in case a phone or tablet is lost or stolen, open Anti-Theft website via AVG user account and you’ll be able to locate a device on Google Maps. Then, you can remotely lock it and turn on alarm signal at full volume, and moreover, you can remotely delete all the data from your phone.

Other cool features are only available in paid Pro version of AVG mobile app. Like App Lock to block apps, gallery, messages on a phone by a PIN-code. Or Camera Trap alerting a phone owner about attempts to gain access to the device by taking a picture of the intruder and sending it in a message.

Features AVG Free for Android AVG PRO for Android
Antivirus + +
Anti-theft + +
App lock - +
Camera trap - +
Device lock - +

Verdict

AVG AntiVirus FREE worked well as an antivirus in our case, it intercepted threats and blocked the download of harmful files. It also offers plenty of additional tools and options, though all of them aren’t free. All in all, a fine decent product for those who look for a free antivirus today.

  • easy-to-use and nice interface
  • positive performance, real threat detection
  • insignificant impact on PC resources
  • 26 interface languages

  • not completely free, as Pro version costs $80 annually
  • no button for expanding the main window, only scroll
  • longer startup time with antivirus running
  • many additional tools ads and offers, e.g. driver updater

So, despite mixed views on AVG Antivirus Free, we can recommend it, no doubt. And if you’re not buying it, read further.

AVG antivirus alternatives

Avast! Free Antivirus - it has a striking advantage, being completely free. It doesn't slow down the system and uses little resources.

Avira Free Antivirus combines artificial intelligence (AI), cloud technologies, and a virus scanner. It will protect personal data from ransomware, trojans, and spyware.

Norton Security Deluxe is a powerful antivirus to protect sensitive data on local drives, but it isn’t free - it costs $49.99 annually, with a free 30-day trial.

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is one the best choices if you want something simple and with impeccable protection.

Malwarebytes Free is rather an addition to antivirus, as alternative. It provides protection from malware, spyware and ransomware and is very popular among users. The annual subscription costs $40 and there is a free 30-day trial.

FAQ

Is AVG antivirus really free?
AVG antivirus is completely free. Yet some additional features are to be purchased.

Is AVG Antivirus Free safe?
For most part, yes, AVG antivirus is safe, although some software may react to ads inside AVG and indicate it as a threat.

How to download AVG Antivirus Free for Windows 7?
Go to the official website of AVG Antivirus Free and download it.

Is there AVG Antivirus Free Android app?
Yes, there is a mobile app called AVG Antivirus 2019 Free at Google Play.

Is there AVG Antivirus Free for iPad?
There is no AVG version for iPad. Actually, there is no antivirus software for such devices because they are designed to use programs by Apple only, or apps from the App store.

Is there AVG Antivirus Free for Mac?
Yes, there is a AVG antivirus for Mac version (OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion or above).

How to get AVG Antivirus Free offline installer?
Go to the official website and download a setup.exe file.

How to disable AVG Antivirus?
Open the drop-down menu in the main app, click ‘Advanced option’ and select ‘Temporarily Disable AVG protection’. Choose the time limit for disabling your protection, then click OK.

How to uninstall AVG Antivirus Free?
A common way is clicking Add/Remove program in Control Panel, and restarting the system afterwards.

How to add exceptions in AVG Antivirus Free?
Click Menu > Settings > General > expand Exceptions > click Browse > select a folder/a file to exclude from scanning. Click Add to save changes.

How to delete a virus with AVG Antivirus?
Run AVG scan. Detected viruses will be moved to the Quarantine section, there select files you want to remove and press “Delete”.

AVG Antivirus Free trial vs full version
You can use AVG Antivirus free not only without a time limitation, while AVG Antivirus Internet Security, which costs $79.99 has many additional features. Purchasing it will also help get rid of ads.

Avast free vs AVG free
Since Avast Software has bought out AVG Technologies, and technically owns both products, it might be confusing to see 2 separate products. Both use the same engine and technology, have many similar features and a gaming mode. In terms of differences, unlike AVG, Avast provides wi-fi inspection tool, unwanted browser plugins cleanup, and outdated software scanner. On the other hand, AVG offers antispyware protection, file shredder, and it is also free. With AVG, Windows boot time is a bit longer.

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I can't complain, it's a good product.

I have used AVG for over six years now. I bought a new two year license as my old two year license was expiring in five days. After installing it, the old AVG did not uninstall and reminders kept coming up on the old license telling me it was expiring and then expired after

Pros:

  • Highly configurable

CONS:

  • License issues
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M. Farris, 2019-04-30 20:07:18

Only one complaint on new version - not recommended for old PC

I have to agree avg is a good antivirus..My complaint is the newer versions keep getting bigger and bigger. This goes for Avast as well. I did a custom install of the new AVG only installing the File and Behavior shields and it installed at 338MB.

Pros:

  • Respectable protection and fast performanc

CONS:

  • Very similar to Avast
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3.75
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4
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4
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3.75
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Desertjon, 2019-04-11 07:44:35

Great antivirus, good as any on the market

I use AVG anti virus because I KNOW it works. It's better than others, and in fact has done me a lot of good in finding viruses which high-end antivirus software didn't. As purely anti-virus software, it's a bit cheaper and certainly more efficient than most.

Pros:

  • Lots of features

CONS:

  • Engine lacks features
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4.25
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4.25
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Paul, 2019-04-06 06:34:58

It's an antivirus product with a name that used to mean something positive.

I used to use AVG free several years back and it was honestly pretty good. Lightweight, un-intrusive, everything you could want out of a civilian level antivirus product. Then they spammed popups for upgrading to the full version and it got pretty annoying so I went a

Pros:

  • Free, that's about it

CONS:

  • Popups
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2
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2
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3
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2
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1
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2
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2.0
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3.0
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2.0
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1.0
RDWARNER, 2019-04-03 13:05:51

Nice tool, but requires constant updating, and the newest version 9 is more for faster CPU and more RAM

I have used AVG Free the past two years. It has worked fine (great?) and there have been no virus incidents. On trying to upgrade from 7.5 to new 8.0, I have one XP machine that can't make the upgrade-on install, keep getting message that there is "another" av or security package

Pros:

  • Has Real Time Protection

CONS:

  • Causes lag in older systems
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3.25
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4
Ease of Use
4
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3
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2
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3.25
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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2.0
Mragjr, 2019-04-01 04:09:53

AVG Antivirus Free will protect your machine against ransomware, which is very valuable since the majority of competitors provide such protection with paid plans only.

Used to be a very good product. Years back, AVG was a good product. It had a high detection rate and a small system footprint. Those two characteristics, along with being free, made it a popular choice for computer security.

Pros:

  • It is fast and lightweight

CONS:

  • Free version does not have a firewall, password protector or VPN
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3.25
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3.25
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Anonymous, 2019-03-31 22:35:50

Exceptional anti-virus protection

Easy to use and activate. Worth the price, just in ease of useability. Once I started playing with it, I found I can "locate" myself where I want, within their list. It definitely makes me feel safer when connected online. Only negative is that when connected, I can't talk to other devices, even on same network (home).

Pros:

  • Fast and offers tons of tools

CONS:

  • Resource hog
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3.75
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4
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5
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3
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3
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3.75
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4.0
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5.0
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3.0
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3.0
Brad Parker, 2019-03-30 10:51:07

Excellent malware protection

I have tried AVG anti-virus software a few times over the last several years. While it may not be my top favorite it is right up there. I think that a huge factor as to why I like AVG is that they do offer a free version.

Pros:

  • The interface is very simple

CONS:

  • No parental controls
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4
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5
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4
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4
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3
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4
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
Lily, 2019-03-27 21:11:09

AVG Antivirus does a decent job of protecting your computer from internet attacks

I use AVG for my laptop, cellphone and tablet. It successfully detects all the treats (had no infection issues for 3 years since I started using it), and it would not overuse resources. It can have it for free, which is great, and looks like it`s doing its job properly.

Pros:

  • It has full-fledged free versions for Windows, Mac, and Android

CONS:

  • Few extras, if compared to most rivals
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4
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4
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4
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5
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3
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4
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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3.0
Bethany, 2019-03-26 20:56:13

Offers nice core protection and even more features/

I've been a paid subscriber to AVG for about 4 years and have only had good experience. The product is easy to use and does a good job (so far...fingers crossed!). I have added the VPN service recently in addition to the PC cleanup utility.

Pros:

  • Strong lab results

CONS:

  • Pointless performance scan
OVERALL
3.75
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
3
Ability
4
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3.75
Quality
4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
David A, 2019-03-24 18:37:11

It is an excellent virus protection

Not only the antivirus but the maintenance program for both desktop, laptop and iPhone for $40 per year makes it all very affordable. All my electronics are getting old and I still have no desire to replace with AVG watching over them. The anti virus is the free version and to my knowledge I haven't had an issue since using AVG AntiVirus.

Pros:

  • Easy to install & run

CONS:

  • Initial scan slower than average
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3.5
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4
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3
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3
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3.5
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4.0
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3.0
Dave, 2019-03-15 05:47:58

One of the better free utilities which also doesn't crash your computer.

For a free antivirus program, this is pretty darn good. It detects baddies with the best of them. The only problem is that it is a resource hog. If you have a fairly decent computer, it should be fine, but if you have a computer with a fairly weak processor, like a run of

Pros:

  • Modular components installation

CONS:

  • Some technical errors
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4
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4
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5
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4
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3
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4
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
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3.0
GABE1972, 2019-02-28 08:26:57

Has about all the features you'll need in an anti-virus.

Finally, an antivirus that does not hog system resources. It also runs virus checks in the background daily and it automatically downloads updates. I'm in the computer repair business and will use AVG to locate and to remove viruses from clients' computers.

Pros:

  • Fairly quick whole computer scan

CONS:

  • Doesn't have a firewall
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
5
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4.5
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
RICK47591, 2019-02-27 13:01:04

I have been using avg for a long time this product is good

I've had the 2015 version for 2 years and its a fairly good Anti-virus software product. Its kept me virus free for the past 2 years so I can't complain. However sometimes the Firewall component fails once every few days, but a restart fixes it and gets it up and running. I should uninstall and reinstall but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

Pros:

  • Monthly plan

CONS:

  • Bad customer support
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3.75
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4
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4
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4
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3
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3.75
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
Someone, 2019-02-24 18:38:27

Very complicated program instalation

AVG Ultimate is the first bad experience antiviral software I've ever experienced in over 25 years of desktop computers. It's a money pit which needs costly technical support when something go wrong with it.

Pros:

  • No-strings free

CONS:

  • Install complications or setup issues
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2.5
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3
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2
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3
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2
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2.5
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3.0
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2.0
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3.0
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2.0
DHNNEN43, 2019-02-21 08:29:56

An accurate antivirus and strong all-round performer

AVG with Spybot & Disconnect Me has never failed. AVG with Spybot and Disconnect Me have been 100% effective on 10 computers for over a decade. Other than getting a message I need to delete old and download new version every 2 years, it auto updates, runs in background. Best combo is AVG, Spybot and Disconnect Me. The pkg has never failed.

Pros:

  • Powerful interface

CONS:

  • Confusing knowledgebase
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4
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4
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3
Functionality
5
Ability
4
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4
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4.0
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3.0
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5.0
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4.0
Lar, 2019-02-20 05:01:06

AVG is very easy to use. Thus, it is one of the best options for users who have never tried any antivirus.

Good, a solid 4 out of 5. I am amazed that such an amazing product is available for free, thank you AVG makers! However, in my experience, AVG Free Download sometimes does not detect email viruses which my Norton easily pick up.

Pros:

  • Easy to operate even for non-specialists

CONS:

  • The free version offers only basic protection
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4
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4
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5
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4
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3
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4
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
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3.0
Anonymous, 2019-02-19 20:36:23

It`s a good free option that protects your computer from ransomware and other internet threats.

AVG Antivirus does its job, but not without a lot of hassle.. Once the go-to free antivirus, AVG's quality has dropped dramatically as QA and customer support and appreciation have seemingly dwindled. Plagued with issues like errant trial timer messages, false positives,

Pros:

  • It scored very high in independent tests as a tool for malware protection

CONS:

  • Average anti-phishing performance
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3.75
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4
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5
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3
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3
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3.75
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4.0
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3.0
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Anonymous, 2019-02-05 17:25:44

Horrible antivirus program

It seemed to scan everything. came up with some 'warnings' every now and then (i knew my laptop had SOMETHING off about it) but .. it didnt seem to be able to fix anything. now after seeing the other reviews im wondering if it was the cause for my computer crashing repetitively

Pros:

  • Low system usage

CONS:

  • Crashed my laptop
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1.5
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1
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2
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2
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1
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1.5
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1.0
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2.0
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2.0
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1.0
RAYRAYBUNNY89, 2019-01-30 17:23:42

Very good free antivirus

I have not had to use customer support very often. But I had some confusion over new certification numbers when renewing my service, and it took several calls to straighten information out. We have more than one computer and had various 'firewalls' for comparison.

Pros:

  • Easy to use

CONS:

  • No longer offers web protection browser extension
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4
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
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4
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4
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Rosanne, 2019-01-27 22:12:27

t is the best of all the anti-virus programs. Plus it is free,which is a bonus.

I've been using various generations of AVG free off and on for some years now and while it's a very good anti virus I have issues with the update system. For cost reasons the updates for the free versions are hosted on cheaper servers than the paid for variant, which is fair

Pros:

  • Great software for the price

CONS:

  • Big update files
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3.25
Quality
4
Ease of Use
3
Functionality
3
Ability
3
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3.25
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4.0
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3.0
Functionality
3.0
Ability
3.0
Belatucadrus, 2019-01-13 04:47:25

It's more accurate and reliable than most of the competition

Hey, thank you for this AVG antivirus program! A great one. I wanted to add that this is one of the fastest antiviruses that I have ever used in my life. Other programs slow down the whole system and some even have memory leaks.

Pros:

  • Perfect score for blocking malware threats

CONS:

  • The vulnerability scanner must be installed separately
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4
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
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4
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4
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4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Francis Ross, 2018-12-29 14:27:45

User-friendly interface

AVG was not my first choice for an anti-virus software, however I have found it to be the best I have used. The interface is excellent and very accessible. It is easy to navigate between the different services provided (i.

Pros:

  • Fast and reliable

CONS:

  • Not available on iOS
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4.25
Quality
4
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
4
Ability
4
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4.25
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
4.0
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4.0
Olivia, 2018-12-24 08:08:59

Minimal impact to computer speeds

AVG has been around for quite some time. I have seen different versions of this antivirus but I must say it gets scarier to use every time they upgrade the software. The reason I say this is when you run the scan, you really can't tell what it is really doing.

Pros:

  • Cheaper than alternatives

CONS:

  • Not Mac-friendly
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4.5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
4
Ability
4
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4.5
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
Caleb, 2018-12-23 08:21:51

Very good - to a point!

Working in IT, I had the responsibility for evaluating and implementing several Anti Virus / Anti Spyware products. Having previously used one of the major, Enterprise level products both at work and home, I thought I would compare one of the freeware offerings - specifically

Pros:

  • One of the best free virus detection on the market

CONS:

  • Customer service
OVERALL
4
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
Cheeky_Pete, 2018-12-20 02:09:50

AVG Antivirus performs well against known malware.

Fairly accurate, but a resource hog. I've recently tried a newer version of AVG, and seeing the new interface it was given has made it look a lot more professional than it has in the past (has always been one of the minus points).

Pros:

  • You can customize AVG Antivirus to their liking

CONS:

  • The performance scans are pretty pointless
OVERALL
3.5
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
3
Ability
3
OVERALL
3.5
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
3.0
Ability
3.0
Anonymous, 2018-12-17 07:42:35

It does an excellent job protecting against Mac and Windows malware

The AVG company never disappoints. I am their loyal customer for five or so years. I won`t lie. I did try other programs from time to time, but when I had a problem with malware, only AVG worked for me.

Pros:

  • AVG Antivirus is free

CONS:

  • The software slows your computer more than other antivirus software
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
4
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
Henry C. Elrod, 2018-12-07 23:24:04

AVG is a great antivirus for picky and demanding users since each product has a different mix of features and services capable of satisfying every consumer.

Works great and detection now among the best. The new version works really well for me, very fast scan - much faster than any other AV that I tested. After the latest Avast version which caused lots of problems to me and slowed down the whole system, I went back to AVG and

Pros:

  • Additional tools are really great

CONS:

  • Not compatible with iPhone
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
5
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
Anonymous, 2018-12-07 10:39:39

It's great free antivirus program

I had a hard time figuring out all it did in the beginning and the folks at customer support were patient, very clear and concise and extremely respectful and helpful. There is a disk cleaner, there is a web protector, there is an email protector, there are several items

Pros:

  • Unlimited devices

CONS:

  • Complex support system
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
5
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
5.0
Deana, 2018-11-26 02:52:51

Absolutely worth the price

I operate a computer with an antiquated system for a few online needs. I have experienced viruses like ransomware twice with antivirus protection that I've had to buy. Since I've used the AVG, I haven't had one virus.

Pros:

  • Flawless protection

CONS:

  • Can slow your computer
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
5
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
4.0
GABRIEL, 2018-11-17 02:35:26

I would recommend AVG AntiVirus to a friend

I find the benefits of the occasional free tune-up trial run one of the most beneficial things about AVG. The computer always eventually gets junk that needs clearing out and it seems to do a good job.

Pros:

  • Regular antivirus updates

CONS:

  • PC Analyzer has issues
OVERALL
3.75
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
3
Ability
4
OVERALL
3.75
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
3.0
Ability
4.0
GMCDave, 2018-10-31 23:18:13

AVG is nothing more than malware, and one step away from being ransomware.

I uninstalled Avast and tried AVG. I used it years ago, and don't remember why I stopped. I just don't care for the intrusive attitude of the software, though you have to deal with a certain amount with all freeware.

Pros:

  • It does work fairly well

CONS:

  • Imposible to uninstall
OVERALL
2.75
Quality
2
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
3
Ability
2
OVERALL
2.75
Quality
2.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
3.0
Ability
2.0
EKERTIN, 2018-10-22 04:05:13

Formerly good software gone bad...

I've used AVG Free for probably a decade and I always used to recommend and install it for people. I've even sold a couple of paid versions to businesses based on my experiences with their free product. But at some point not too long ago, I started noticing that this software

Pros:

  • Blocks 99% of malware

CONS:

  • Large, intrusive pop-ups
OVERALL
2.25
Quality
2
Ease of Use
3
Functionality
3
Ability
1
OVERALL
2.25
Quality
2.0
Ease of Use
3.0
Functionality
3.0
Ability
1.0
Gottleib1885, 2018-10-21 18:28:07

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