AVG Anti-Spyware

AVG Anti-Spyware

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 347 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.5.0.50
  • Total Downloads:
    3,976,561
  • Date Added:
    November 28, 2006
  • File Size:
    4.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,611
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/NT/2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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AVG Anti-Spyware offers a high protection level, bolstered by useful features, for a reasonable cost. After 30 days, some of the features get disabled, but you're still able to search for and remove malware, and update definitions manually.

The tools performed well but aren't for the casual enthusiast. Besides the Scanner, which offers four levels of scanning plus a fully customizable fifth, the Resident Shield blocked all malicious components we tried to install, and we were impressed with the overall level of security the app provides: there's even a shredder that offers Fast, Secure, and Paranoid levels of deletion.

The diagnostic tools are spread through different tabs, so options clutter isn't an issue. Still, there's a lot to manage, from running processes to start-up entries to connections--but the program provides little information as to which items are potentially dangerous. In some cases, the program seemed to hog an inordinate amount of memory when its real-time shield was active.

The interface is mundane, with icons floating in a horizontal top-nav bar. The main Status window had quick link jumps to control the resident shield and automatic updates. Update contained proxy connection options, Analysis offered in-depth essential information not only on system processes but Internet connections, programs running from startup, browser plug-ins, and LSPs.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.8

    out of 106 votes

    • 5 star 35
    • 4 star 38
    • 3 star 16
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 8
  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 347 votes

    • 5 star 138
    • 4 star 65
    • 3 star 40
    • 2 star 23
    • 1 star 81
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1 stars

"Tried to delete my system32"

October 11, 2014  |  By CanHandletheTruth

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

The old version was good.

Cons

Intrusive, now it blocks all your programs from responding. Had to launch task manager to disable startup and restart to remove.

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1 stars

"NOT FOR ANYONE TECH SAVVY ENOUGH TO WANT BACKUPS!"

September 23, 2014  |  By E-71

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

Light-weight in comparison to to many alternatives.

Cons

Since version 2013, they removed the import/export feature meaning we can no longer backup firewall/antivirus rules/settings. AVG installer clears all settings without warning!!

Summary

AVG staff claim they're now going for a fully automated firewall -- in other words they're now targeting novice users with very low expectations.
If you want to create detailed firewall rules or specify which applications can/cannot access the internet, you'll have to painstakingly re-enter each and every rule every time you update the software (eg. from an earlier 2014 release to the latest 2014 release or from version 2014 to 2015).
No import/export feature plus the flushing of your settings on update -- I'm tempted to label their software as malicious.
I've been using AVG since the Grisoft days (v6.0) and my honest recommendation is for you to stay away from them unless you're not going to change (m)any settings.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date November 28, 2006
Date Added November 28, 2006
Version 7.5.0.50
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 98/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 4.42MB
File Name avg_isct_stb_all_2015_5557_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,976,561
Downloads Last Week 5,611
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Some features disabled after 30 days
Price $39.95

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