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  • 1.0 stars

    "huge drain on resources"

    May 24, 2012  |   By kkjb0879

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 2012.0.2126

    Pros

    Its free?
    At one time in the distant past it used to be good?

    Cons

    I've had viruses that slowed down my system less than this. Finally had enough and uninstalled it from the three laptops and two desktops in my household after using this for the last 5 years. Recently the laptops have been getting warning messages regarding the high use of resources (approx 350Mb). Fine if you have a quick system with excess resources but on a typical laptop its not worth the hassle. I'm a doctor and have to use imaging software to look at various scans and since I got rid of this rubbish I have noticed that I can move images around much quicker. I have to much to do with the rest of my life than to be messing around with computer settings - I just want to use it.

    Summary

    We have to question who exactly would be so passionate about an antivirus program to write such ecstatic reviews and it criticise those who write negative reviews about this product. No doubt these people will press the thumbs down button on this one. As our American friends say: "knock yourself out".

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Fairly good, doesnt protect against everything"

    April 11, 2012  |   By zidfrekle

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 2012.0.2126

    Pros

    Easy to use, Free version includes most features.
    Protects against most problems
    Doesnt nag the user, has many user-sensitive preference options

    Cons

    Did not protect my computer against a trojan-horse virus
    Scans are slow
    Free version requires manual updating

    Summary

    Overall AVG has protected my computer against most problems. I have used it for several years and have only had one serious problem. I never questioned their products until I had a trojan horse infection that was not blocked, and AVG never detected or eliminated/quarantined it once infected. After that infection, I no longer trust AVG as well as I used to.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It Killed My Outlook!!!"

    April 10, 2012  |   By bcolon

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 2012.0.2126

    Pros

    AVG got "hungup" whiled downloading and was never able to complete. Rebooted my system but could force stop it. Somehow I have never been able to open my outlook ever since. Don't kno what happend to AVG. I've used the free version for many years and no problem. Tried uninstalling it an dno luck it stuck....

    Cons

    AVG got "hungup" while downloading and was never able to complete. Rebooted my system but it was still "hungup". I tried to force stop it, but to no avail. I had to remove it after calling for support for help. Somehow I have never been able to open my outlook after that download. Don't know what happend to AVG! I've used the free version for many years and no problem. Tried uninstalling it and no luck it's stuck.... and I still have no outlook.

    Summary

    If was a great for years but I can't explain what happened. I would recommend but tech support would not help because I didn't have the "paid version". If they would have resolved the problem, they would have won me over and I would have been a happy loyal paying subscriber today.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "For a FREE anti-virus it does the job......."

    April 10, 2012  |   By posh69--2008

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 2012.0.2126

    Pros

    I used Panda,Micro Trend,Bit what you call it? Plus a few more anti-viruses BUT none matches AVG in performance; without slowing down your computer! AVG even tells you how much memory your browser takes up. For a free version it protects my kind of computer usage plus I can use it without any limits in time. Whether I use for a month a year or till the license on this software changes.But for now it's a basic free anti-virus version.

    Cons

    AVG basic free version has its limits? But for a free version what do you expect the sun & the moon?

    Summary

    The bottom line is for anyone who needs a free basic no limits how long you can use it Anti- Virus program AVG is fantastic! I can't write it unless it's a fact now it's up to the consumer afer all a 100 million people can't be wrong or you lose nothing because it's FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AVG BASIC FREE EDITION 2012 is here to stay so try it I dare you!?? posh69-2008

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  • 1.0 stars

    "May be a good Antivirus, But bad and jealous community."

    April 10, 2012  |   By hotspot11

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 2012.0.2126

    Pros

    One of the good free antivirus.. Nice! But that doesn't mean it rules...

    Cons

    Good antivirus may be, but bad community and jealousy of others..

    Summary

    To put it simply AVG Sucks.. their community..! They may have a good antivirus, but they are still jealous of others like Avast!..
    Why the **** when people say good things about avast which is true and rate avast 4 or 5 stars, they get negative points/votes for their reviews....! And when they rate AVG 5 stars, they always get good points/votes for their reviews.. damn looks like most people here are AVG freaks.. they simply cant admit that avast is a good one too and is jealous..

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great protection"

    April 10, 2012  |   By marley123123123

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 2012.0.2126

    Pros

    Everything

    Cons

    I have no cons

    Summary

    I think this is a better product than most pay for anti virius.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Still the best"

    April 10, 2012  |   By tiptopcpa

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 2012.0.2126

    Pros

    Fast, easy to use and now installs better. Excellent at picking out hostile things that other programs miss.

    Cons

    Sometimes annoying pop up message by default.
    Doesn't automatically update (get paid version for this)

    Summary

    I trust this free anti-virus program more than many of the commercial paid ones I've used. I decided to upgrade and support them for their fine pc-saving app - thanks!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Much improved installation"

    April 10, 2012  |   By Nithin_1989

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 2012.0.2126

    Pros

    avg new interface look so attractive & installation process was much improved than previous versions

    Cons

    frequent AVG updates that makes my internet speed slower .....

    Summary

    I'll always recommend avg free antivirus software

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Major problem with 2012 edition"

    April 9, 2012  |   By dizzyqueen

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 2012.0.2126

    Pros

    It used to be an excellent unobtrusive anti-virus program. I've used AVG for several years with no major problems until AVG 2012.

    Cons

    Running latest free version on Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit. The scheduled scans do not run at the time programmed. Instead, they automatically start during my busiest computer time in the afternoon and cannot be shut down, even with Windows Task Manager and Sysinternals Process Explorer. It also won't allow me to lower the priority of the scan. It hogs all of my system resources while it's scanning (for over an hour), crashing my system sometimes. I've tried several fixes suggested by AVG and various tech support sites on the web - to no avail. I'm going to switch to Avast and find out why most people prefer that program.

    Summary

    Used to be good.
    Sucks now.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent anti-virus with nice look"

    April 6, 2012  |   By willydevisser

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 2012.0.2126

    Pros

    Very effective, nice look

    Cons

    Can't see anyone

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