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The bottom line: Although AVG has flagged a little in the past few years, AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 breathes some new life into one of the most popular security programs around with a shorter install, better usability, and faster scans.

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The never-ending mantra chanted by security suite vendors sounds a lot like "faster scans, easier to use, better performance," and AVG has released a new version that it says accomplishes all three. Certainly, the scans are faster, it does install more quickly, and some tweaks to the interface have made it easier to use. However, changes to the engine that powers the detection and removal of threats has made it hard to come to a conclusion until independent labs return their efficacy results later this year.

AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011

Installation
The new AVG Free has sped up its installation process, although it's not as zippy as the minute-long installations that some of AVG's paid competitors offer. We found that the program can go from completed download to ready to use in about 5 minutes. Gains might have been made elsewhere, but a big contributing factor to that is that AVG has cut down the number of install screens users see, from 13 in the previous version to 5 in the 2011 version.

AVG's toolbar is still an opt-out feature. It also will commandeer your default search engine for Yahoo, so if you don't want it to do that, you'll want to uncheck the box that changes your search engine, too. Also unchanged is registration, which is a free process and can be completed from within the AVG interface.

Users who opt out of installing the toolbar but want it later will need to rerun the installer to get that component.

Interface
The changes to AVG's interface in the 2011 version are minor but actually improve usability quite a bit. The top and left navigation sections have been redecorated with light text on a dark background, although the main controls in the center of the window retain their standard black text on a white background. The safety status icon at the top of the interface has been simplified and made larger.

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A new one-click Fix button for automatically repairing security breaches appears at the top along with the old red X when your system safety has been compromised. It disappears when your system gets a clean bill of health.

Joining the one-click Update button on the side nav this year is a one-click Scan Now button. There's a cleaner look to the nav, as well, with bigger fonts and timestamps for the most recent scan and most recent update.

For those not familiar with the interface, AVG has placed icons for its security components in a central pane. Double-click on one to access more information and basic configuration settings for each specific tool. Advanced settings are available under Tools on the menu bar at the top of the window.

The new interface changes are small, no doubt, but they do make AVG easier to use.

Features and support
AVG Free has some new protective features this year, too. The software offers what it calls "smart scanning," which leverages AVG's behavioral detection network to scan known safe files once, and only rescan them if it detects changes. As with its competitors, AVG's network is made up of its user base anonymously contributing data up to the cloud. You can choose to opt out of contributing your data when you install, or from the options menu. AVG says opting out won't negatively affect your security.

The never-ending mantra chanted by security suite vendors sounds a lot like "faster scans, easier to use, better performance," and AVG has released a new version of AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 that it says accomplishes all three. Certainly, the scans are faster, it does install more quickly, and some tweaks to the interface have made it easier to use.

(Credit: Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

The smart scanning tech also gives you a built-in system resource manager that prioritizes scans. If a scan is scheduled to begin while the computer is in use, it will automatically restrict the scan so that it runs slower but doesn't interfere with the computer's other tasks. When it detects the computer idling, it will then allocate more power to the scan. The feature comes with a slider so you can customize how sensitive it is.

Another big improvement has been to AVG LinkScanner. LinkScanner, which comes with AVG Free but is also available as a separate download, now scans links posted on Facebook and MySpace. It adds a green check next to safe links, a red X next to unsafe ones, and adds a notice below the link stating that it's been evaluated by AVG.

Concurrent with this new release, AVG has opened a new Web site called Threat Labs. The site is designed as a click-through landing page for people who want to learn more about the LinkScanner's ratings, but it's also available directly so that non-LinkScanner users can evaluate links on the fly.

Another important new feature is the resource-managing slide at the bottom of the window. Drag it to adjust how big of a burden the scan will be on your system, including the default setting for taking more resources only when your system is idle.

(Credit: Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

There's a new desktop gadget for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users that lets them initiate scans and updates with one click, without having to open the full interface. It also contains links to AVG's Twitter and Facebook pages, which the company uses to bolster its support for the free version.

It's potentially big news that AVG Free has made the threat detection engines in the free version identical to its premium-upgrade siblings. This means that AVG Free users won't have to worry about getting a lesser standard of basic security, if it winds up improving the level of security. Independent benchmarks of last year's AVG versions were strong but mixed, scoring highly but not always consistently.

The PC Analyzer option is new this year, and scans your system for Registry and disk errors. It includes a disk defragmenter and a broken-shortcut cleaner, as well. Although the feature is restricted in full to paid users, if you have the free version, the PC Analyzer comes with a one-time offer to clean all errors it finds. It provides a link to download the separate PC Analyzer tool, once the scan is completed. This is an interesting twist on the idea of letting users detect but not repair errors, and it provides more functionality while not affecting the basic security of your computer. However, it's likely that some users will shy away from the extra download.

Although toolbars have long since fallen out of favor with the browser cognoscenti because they decrease stability and slow down browser performance, AVG has said that the toolbar remains a popular feature. Along with the standard option of adding buttons to the toolbar that access your most visited sites, such as Facebook or your banking site, this year's AVG toolbar introduces a button that ties directly into the LinkScanner tech. It lets you know if the page you're on is safe, unsafe, potentially unsafe, or unknown using LinkScanner's color-coded scheme of green, red, yellow, and gray, respectively. Fortunately, the toolbar is not required to get access to the benefits of LinkScanner.

Although toolbars have long since fallen out of favor with the browser cognoscenti because they decrease stability and slow down browser performance, AVG has said that the toolbar remains a popular feature. Along with the standard option of adding buttons to the toolbar that access your most visited sites, such as Facebook or your banking site, this year's AVG toolbar introduces a button that ties directly into the LinkScanner tech. It lets you know if the page you're on is safe, unsafe, potentially unsafe, or unknown using LinkScanner's color-coded scheme of green, red, yellow, and gray, respectively. Fortunately, the toolbar is not required to get access to the benefits of LinkScanner.

(Credit: Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

Other features are restricted to users of AVG's paid upgrades. The paid upgrade version of AVG Anti-Virus 2011 distinguishes itself by offering chat link shield, a download scan for files sent via instant message that looks at all ports, not just port 80, and telephone support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The PC Analyzer option mentioned earlier is also included, and comes without restrictions. AVG Internet Security 2011 includes all that AVG Anti-Virus 2011 offers, and adds in a firewall and antispam protections.

Performance
AVG claims the scans in the new version of AVG Free are three times faster than last year's, and its system performance impact turned out to be about average, once the computer had finished booting. CNET Labs' benchmarks found that AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 had the greatest impact on computer boot time of any security suite we've looked at so far this year, slowing our test computer's start-up by more than 13 seconds. However, it also had the smallest impact on computer shutdown time, adding barely one-third of a second. AVG Free has one of the fastest scan times we've seen yet for 2011 suites, completing its first scan in 548 seconds.

Security Program Boot time Shutdown time Scan time MS Office performance iTunes decoding Media multitasking Cinebench
Unprotected system 42.5 11.28 n/a 917 180 780 4795
AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 55.24 11.59 548 1039 200 870 4709
AVG Internet Security 2011 56.21 16.3 480 1043 198 820 4759

*All tests measures in seconds, except for Cinebench. On the Cinebench test, the higher number is better.

In our other tests, it was a bit slower than the median. MS Office performance, Cinebench, and media multitasking were slightly below average, whereas iTunes decoding was right at the average speed. Overall, you're looking at a much slower start-up, fast scans, a minimal impact on shutdown, and a midrange hit to general system performance with AVG Free.

It's harder to judge the efficacy of AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 because independent tests are only available for the previous years' editions, and the security engine has substantially changed to pull it in line with the engine in the paid upgrades, according to the company. Looking at benchmarks only for the 2010 versions of AVG's paid suites, we can see that they scored higher depending on the test.

In the AV-Test.org test on Windows 7 from the second quarter of 2010, AVG Internet Security 9 (version 2010) scored 14.5 out of 18 overall. Other competitors scored higher, although AVG did earn a 5.5 rating out of 6 in Protection. (It scored a 4 in Repair and a 5 in Usability.) Norton, G-Data Internet Security 2010, and Panda Internet Security 2010 were the only suites to score that high in the Protection category.

With AVG Anti-Virus 9 (version 2010), AV-Comparatives.org found that it could have performed better. In the August 2010 On-demand Detection of Malicious Software test, AVG only earned the rank of Advanced, not Advanced+, with many false positives found, an average scanning speed, and a detection rate of 98.3 percent. The same test from February 2010 saw AVG earn the same rank, with few false positives, an average scanning speed, and a detection rate of 94.2 percent.

For what it's worth, Dennis Technology Labs, a member of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organisation (AMTSO), found in August 2010 that AVG Anti-Virus Free 9 (version 2010) earned an overall protection score of 45 (PDF), below average.

It is AVG's hope that changes to the detection engine in AVG Free will improve its scores, but for right now it's hard to give it the highest rating possible. Still, the efficacy scores are similar to AVG Free's benchmarks: strong in some tests, weaker in others, but with indications that there have been big gains made this year.

Conclusion
Besides the feature limitations of AVG Anti-Virus Free when compared with AVG's paid upgrades, the suite continues to offer an excellent if not perfect level of security as it faces more intense competition from other free and paid security suite makers. Fans of AVG will definitely want to upgrade, and new users should consider it if they're looking for an effective freeware solution with solid link-evaluating features.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "easy o download"

    February 1, 2011  |   By lordsussex

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 10.0.1191

    Pros

    auto update of info

    Cons

    none that i have found

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  • 3.0 stars

    "but needs a way to completely disable"

    January 30, 2011  |  

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 10.0.1191

    Pros

    easy to install

    Cons

    not so easy to use, with a streamlined but still somewhat convoluted interface. Biggest problem is that while it told me to uninstall avast! anti-virus due to conflicts, itself cannot be disabled. These days, you need two or more programs.

    Summary

    do as you preach!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very Solid, Very Reliable, Very Fast!"

    January 30, 2011  |   By Troxup

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 10.0.1191

    Pros

    Does just what it says it will!
    Works Quickly!
    Very Efficient!

    Cons

    Hard to Remove Warnings sometimes, Difficult to determine the Location of Damaged or Corrupted Files Sometimes:

    Summary

    Terrific Product!
    Very Reliable!
    Works Seamlessly!
    Could use some Brighter Different Colors Maybe?
    Most Impressed with this Product!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "AVG is easy to install, free and it's working for me."

    January 30, 2011  |   By Roguemd

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 10.0.1191

    Pros

    Install was simple
    Has a search toolbar that catergorizes safety of the search results by color codes.

    Cons

    Pop-ups to buy upgrade edition

    Summary

    I used Panda Cloud for the last 3 yrs and though it worked well, it did not provide interactive individual features like the safe search feature and other modules lthat is available on AVG. AVG is much better so far. Need to figure out how to keep the pop-ups from AVG for upgrading to the AVG pay addition,.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does a very good job."

    January 29, 2011  |   By hro1628

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 10.0.1191

    Pros

    Works fast and is efficient.

    Cons

    In conflict with Windows Security.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "easy to download and set up."

    January 29, 2011  |   By mrmike73

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 10.0.1191

    Pros

    quick to get updates

    Cons

    only lasts 30 days

    Summary

    great for a free anti-virus thats

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  • 4.0 stars

    "works for me"

    January 29, 2011  |   By jerryk6960

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 10.0.1191

    Pros

    price is right

    Cons

    none, zilch

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Oh AVG... What happened to thee?"

    January 29, 2011  |   By jakemccoy

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 10.0.1191

    Pros

    The colors and theme remind me a time long ago when AVG was almost too good to be true. The amazing free app that discovered where every bit of evil was hiding in our 4TB media server. Sadly, those days of our love AVG are long gone.

    Cons

    I dare you to try and uninstall it
    The modules have on/off buttons that do nothing
    Virus vault hinders progress
    Slows your machine
    It 'phones home' constantly

    instant di It will enslave your machine. The module on/off buttons are useless-- AVG

    Summary

    I'm a pro-troubleshooter, and even I could not get AVG off of my **#*%
    Just try to uninstall it from your computer. then you'll see why it's been called ".... much more difficult to remove than any virus".
    If you try to remove AVG
    It will kick & scream, it won't let Revo remove it.
    - It's a pest, pops up for no reason asking permissions to go online. Click 'no' and it sneaks in anyway. Want proof? Check it with What's Running'
    Two months later I'm still finding chunks of it all over my registry. Honest to God, I have NEVER seen any program that roots itself to the very bones of your computer.
    STAY AWAY!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well in the back ground"

    January 28, 2011  |   By nottone

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 10.0.1191

    Pros

    Alerts you,blocks and Quarantines virises

    Cons

    I have purchased the product and can only use the product on only onof my three computers that is a bummer to have to pay for this three times in the same house hold

    Summary

    Very good product

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  • 2.0 stars

    "slow down my computer too much"

    January 28, 2011  |   By Pchuprun

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 10.0.1191

    Pros

    Have received good products in past

    Cons

    slows down my computer too much

    Summary

    slows down my computer too much
    If computer. has 1g of ram or less computer is really slow

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