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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 24,498 votes

    • 5 star: 11576
    • 4 star: 7496
    • 3 star: 1849
    • 2 star: 993
    • 1 star: 2584
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 145 votes

    • 5 star: 63
    • 4 star: 49
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 18
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Program de-activates every couple of months-no warning."

    July 20, 2009  |   By Kentley

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5.339

    Pros

    Greatly expanded abilities. I like the email check system most. Also the website warnings.

    Cons

    I have clicked on the AVG icon and found three times that it had "deactivated" all features several days before without any kind of notice. I end up removing the old AVG and downloading a new version and it is good for a couple of months.

    Summary

    It is ok when it works... I now must check it routinely to find out if it has deactivated.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A very good anti-virus I think everyone should have AVG"

    June 22, 2009  |   By Servius7033

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5.339

    Pros

    This program finds most viruses and spyware that other anti-virus software doesn't find. If you don't have an anti-virus software, AVG is a good one to start with. I have used it for years. And it is also free, so you can't beat that.

    Cons

    This software isn't perfect, but what anti-virus is. But AVG-FREE is good enough to get four stars from me, and I have used it for years. If you want the perfect anti-virus then you can keep dreaming. There is no anti-virus out there that is perfect.

    Summary

    Because no anti-virus is perfect I use more than one anti-virus software. Although AVG-FREE is a good one, you need to have all the virus protection you can have. I use three anti-virus programs and an anti-spyware program. And I suggest that everyone should do this. The anti-virus programs I use are all good to very good. I use AVG-FREE which has a four star rating, Norton Anti-Virus which has a three star rating, and Avast Anti-virus which has a four star rating. With the three combined I get the best anti-virus protection I can have. What one anti-virus doesn't detect, the others will. It is very important that you keep your virus definitions updated DAILY. The Anti-spyware that I use is Spybot. With all these programs I am perfectly protected. I have never had a problem with any of my computers. I know I am suppose to be doing a summary on AVG-Free, but I felt I needed to tell everyone my way of protection. But AVG-FREE is a very good anti-virus and everyone should have it, plus its free. I guarantee you will be satisfied with this anti-virus.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It had found things others missed! And its free!"

    June 10, 2009  |   By kcarr007

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5.339

    Pros

    Very simple to operate, better than ESET NOD, BitDefender and others that I have tried. It found things ESET NOD32 business didn't even detect! And this is the free version!

    Cons

    No complaints. The cons? There are none....

    Summary

    Just like one of the other reviews stated, I wish I could get the full version for free. :-)
    I know I know, they need to make that money like the rest of us......

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love it!"

    June 9, 2009  |   By alexhadland1

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5.339

    Pros

    Avg i have used for a while and it just keeps getting better and better helping these viruses to stop gettinp in my computer

    Cons

    I dont think there is anything i dont like, but i wish i could get the full version for free:)

    Summary

    its very good for online gaming, surfing the web and just everything i do

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good, but update is a bit bad"

    June 9, 2009  |   By stupid3700

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5.339

    Pros

    Works easily, offers excellent protection, it keeps your emails safe, stops viruses before they start getting into your computer and causing havok.

    Cons

    Updates aren't always working and resident shield doesn't always detect everything.

    Summary

    Good anti-virus, but anyone who makes avg needs to ready the cons and fix them!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "no backing by company"

    June 9, 2009  |   By DRIS33

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5.339

    Pros

    easy to install

    Cons

    would not back their product. did not allow my computer to contact the server. could not resolve the problem. paid for a year but after a month quit allowing access to server.

    Summary

    product did not perform required tasks . would not update even though I paid for the premiere edition. could not get any help in solving my problem . the system told me it was unable to access the server. when I asked for help , and I did what was required it still did not work so for a month I had no updates . finally I uninstalled product and asked for a refund of the 10 months that were still paid for and instead received a message as for me to continue doing what had been earlier suggested. which did not work. I used this website as a recommendation for this product and am disappointed as to the results of this recommendation.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Can't beat it"

    June 9, 2009  |   By terryjk58

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5.339

    Pros

    For free, you can't ask for more

    Cons

    I can't think of one thing I don't like about it. I've tried others, and this one's the best.

    Summary

    The Best!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "If a product works I'll say 5 star and if it doesn't"

    June 8, 2009  |   By rwink95642

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5.339

    Pros

    Easy operation with no extra burdens.

    Cons

    None that I have experienced.

    Summary

    Should be on most computers in the U.S.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "AVG not so free"

    June 8, 2009  |   By petefs7

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5.339

    Pros

    ITS FREE???

    Cons

    it enters computer and never leaves. can't remove it. when you email or call for support you can't get them. they re-route to paying site. phone they sell you.tried numerous times, speaking up is the right thing to do.
    AVG, suck..

    Summary

    again, they sucked you into downloading a product that has a lot of repercusions, kind of like the free 30 day trial, they know must people forget then they just charged them.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "AVG makes excellent product."

    June 8, 2009  |   By Sir_John1

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5.339

    Pros

    Installed easily, easy configuration. As in the past, I find AVG an excellent product. Added firewall to complete my protection.

    Cons

    None so far.

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