AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012
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Full user review
"Much Better Than Last Year's Version !!"
Light system impact, fast scans, easier to use settings, and the best detection/protection numbers of any of the free a/v programs I've seen.
Slows boot time and the feature set could be more robust. Also, the Advanced Settings are sure to intimidate novice users (I think they do this on purpose.)
As a long-time Avast user, I tried AVG for a while last year ("to see what all the fuss was about...) but didn't really care for it- it felt heavy, slowed my system down, and lacked Avast's feature-set and light system impact. I also said to myself more than a few times last year that if Avast doesn't get their numbers up, I'll have to switch. Well, after spending the last 2 weeks dealing with the payload of a trojan it let in, I'm switching to AVG. And the things I didn't like about it before (boot-time excepted) have largely been fixed: it fells lighter with little system drag and, thanks to time and experience, I went straight to the advanced settings and started tweaking. Listen, it's rare when both PC Magazine and PC World agree, but they both pick AVG as the top free A/V program. What I particularly like about it is that it's oriented for Web browsing, the source of most infections. I also like the fact that it uses the same engine for it's free version that's in the paid. Avast, on the other hand doesn't make this claim. Yes, they have a wonderful feature set and a really attractive and easy-to-use GUI, but those things don't mean much when a virus is shutting you down. AVG may be more minimal, but it takes care of business. And since I use freeware almost exclusively, I have a responsibility to use the best I can find and, at the moment, that's AVG. My thanks to it's publisher !
(for those interested, I use AVG on my Win 7 64 bit, SP 1 systems along with the Comodo Firewall (proactive mode), ThreatFire (on setting 4), SUPERAntiSpyware, and of course MalwareBytes Anti-Malware. happy surfing !)