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AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

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This antivirus program offers rock-solid protection. AVG Free provides the bare necessities, including a real-time shield to prevent infections, anti-virus and anti-malware wrapped up in one engine, and a link scanner for Web surfing with care.

By default, the application is set to search for new virus definitions daily, but you always can use the scheduling tool to change this. Should a virus create serious system problems, AVG creates a rescue disk to scan your computer in MS-DOS mode. The program doesn't tax your system when scanning or when running in the background and always proved effective in our tests. The new interface is much easier to navigate than in previous version, with tabbed navigation on the left assisting users in drilling down to the tools they need.

Though the free version of this program will suffice for average folks, those who demand more control should certainly consider AVG Anti-Virus Professional.

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  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 24,502 votes

    • 5 star: 11577
    • 4 star: 7497
    • 3 star: 1850
    • 2 star: 993
    • 1 star: 2585
  • Current version:

    3.2 stars

    out of 214 votes

    • 5 star: 78
    • 4 star: 24
    • 3 star: 35
    • 2 star: 22
    • 1 star: 55
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  • 4.0 stars

    "i need AVG for my beloved PC !"

    February 8, 2009  |   By irma_nurlita

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0.176

    Pros

    love it because it's free ,easy ,and able to keep my PC clean .

    Cons

    is there any annoying action using AVG ?

    Summary

    this is my first time using AVG as protector of my PC .but i see my daddy as long as he uses AVG , his PCs kept clean ,i guess i need to try this also .

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product"

    February 5, 2009  |   By rene samways

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0.176

    Pros

    It's free and it keeps my PC clean

    Cons

    What is there to dislike

    Summary

    As a pensioner on min; money,it is welcome to get a great product free and mesns I do not have to woory about getting a virus, Thank you AVG.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I wouldn't start my computer without it!"

    January 31, 2009  |   By Ladyeagle37

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0.176

    Pros

    It does it's job totally.
    It continually tells you when an update is ready, for your computers protection.
    I have not had a problem ever with it and it's been consistent, on my computer for nearly a year now.
    Another pro is it is free!

    Cons

    N/A as none known*

    Summary

    I highly recommend it to all my friends and to you too.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Pretty Good"

    January 28, 2009  |   By gamevirus01

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0.176

    Pros

    Free version
    1. Contains features that are neccessary the the paid version also have
    2. Doesn't lag/slow down the system
    3. Won't really conflict with other anti virus that you might also use

    Cons

    Paid version
    1. "Over secure" and therefore contains too much features that are not neccessary
    2. Conflict with other anti virus that you might use
    3. Hence Point 1, Slow down and lags the system

    Summary

    The free version of 8.0 is pretty good for people that are going to use more than 1 anti virus on their system but the paid version will be ideal for people that are going to be using only one anti virus for their system

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  • 5.0 stars

    "goodddddddddddddddd"

    January 28, 2009  |   By toeynatthinee

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0.176

    Pros

    wellllllllllllllllllll

    Cons

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  • 3.0 stars

    "When it's free we shouldn't complain but....."

    January 28, 2009  |   By italiaal

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0.176

    Pros

    The fact that this software has link-scan is a bonus - i wish i had that feature about six hours ago when i picked uo a nasty infection from a suspect site and It doesn't "drag" the system startup as much as other anti virus i've used.

    Cons

    AVG Blocks some windows updates which is more than annoying.

    Summary

    This is what i call plug and play software, just load and off you go. I like this product for three main reasons, firstly because it's free, secondly because i'm able to get on-line quicker than i've been able to before due to quicker OS startup, and thirdly, because it gives you a heads-up on the more suspect web sites, the only drawback is the blocking of some security updates which means you have to disable AVG to instal the updates(which for me means removing it completely and then re-installing). Maybe i'm being slightly critical in giving it three stars - but after a long slog of re-installing all my software the last thing i want to do is repeat something i've already done - so remember update first and AVG second. So the score: a three-one win, and i'll take that any day of the week!

    Updated on Jan 28, 2009

    If anyone thinks that AVG is slowing the system down - try Glary Utilities Reg cleaner and defrag, (also freeware) and i'm going to state the obvious here - but make sure you've removed all fragments of your old anti-virus, just because you've clicked uninstall doesn't always mean you've uninstalled it. (If that baw hud went intae the back of the net - it wud ave been a goal!!! - i know, i know but some don't.)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I think its really nicde"

    January 28, 2009  |   By azizms52

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0.176

    Pros

    One of the best in the market

    Cons

    nothing specific

    Summary



    Updated on Jan 28, 2009

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Get free over Buying"

    January 26, 2009  |   By Reprotected

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0.176

    Pros

    1. Free
    2. Has AntiVirus and AntiSpyware
    3. It's decent, and doesn't screw up your computer
    4. Passes many VB100% tests

    Cons

    1. Buying the Internet Security version, then using System Restore will destroy the Firewall and AntiSpam
    2. Contains Linkscanner which currently is not useful anymore
    3. Database going down the line
    4. HUGE and slow

    Summary

    Well, it's a decent antivirus if you add SpywareBlaster to it, but it's a heavy load and avast! makes a more friendly and faster companion on security speed, don't buy AVG because you may regret buying security that free has.

    Overall, it's OK for the first time, try avast!, maybe AntiVir if your computer can handle it, Kaspersky if you want to pay for it or Norton if you risk the bad comments.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Can't understand complaint - it's brilliant."

    January 26, 2009  |   By two_bellies

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0.176

    Pros

    Haven't suffered a virus attack since I installed it.

    Cons

    Absolutley nothing.

    Summary

    Easy to configure, use and it's so efficient.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "love it except!!"

    January 26, 2009  |   By tc28376

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0.176

    Pros

    its great,the best freeware there is.

    Cons

    only problem the e-mail scanner has a ! on it most of the time.

    Summary

    i love it,just the e-mail scanner keeps not working,other than that its great. i have it on my pc and my sisters.

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