AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 24592 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.819
  • Total Downloads:
    529,638,935
  • Date Added:
    November 11, 2009
  • File Size:
    4.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    814,801
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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Editors' Review

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AVG Free provides the bare necessities when it comes to security, but that should be enough for savvy Windows users. You'll get a combined antivirus and antimalware engine, LinkScanner, and e-mail scanning. AVG Free 9 introduces a few new features, with improvements focused on performance, including claims of faster scan and boot times. One new feature is the Identity Theft Recovery Unit. Only for users in the United States, ITRU is a business partnership with Identity Guard which provides "consumer identity theft solutions," accessible only from the AVG toolbar in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

The interface is nearly unchanged from the last version, and generally it's easy to use. From the main window, though, you must double-click to get further information on any feature, whether virus scanning, LinkScanner settings, or updating. Streamlining this to one click would be helpful. A scheduling utility automates both scans and updates, while the upgrade ad at the screen's bottom can be easily hidden using the Hide Notification button. When starting a scan, a slider makes it easy to jump between Slow, Automatic, and Fast scans: the faster the scan, the less comprehensive it is, so users should take advantage of the scan optimization that is recommended during installation to speed up that first scan. A progress meter for regular scans would've been useful, though. Should a virus create serious problems, AVG creates a rescue disk to scan your computer in MS-DOS mode.

The LinkScanner feature protects you from third-party code exploits before they load in your browser and for ranking search results. Annoyingly, when you install its optional toolbar, it commandeers your new-tab page, decidedly inappropriate behavior. The program doesn't obviously tax your system when scanning or when running in the background, although CNET Labs determined that it will significantly slow down your system's boot time, and slightly delay shutting down. AVG also detected some image files as threats, when two other scans decided they weren't--we decided these were false positives. AVG might not be the fastest or the most effective free security option, but it still gets the job done and you're better off with it.

 
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  • Current Version

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5 stars

"Still think this is a great product!"

March 16, 2011  |  By jonnysoft

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.819

Pros

Still think this is a great product!

Cons

Still think this is a great product!

Summary

Still think this is a great product!

Updated on Mar 16, 2011

Actually i hate it now. Hate it Actually i hate it now. Hate it Actually i hate it now. Hate it Actually i hate it now. Hate it

Updated on Mar 16, 2011

ok, actually i can't make my mind up. sorry for the confusion.

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5 stars

"IT INTERESTING GADGET"

August 21, 2010  |  By dadskie

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.819

Pros

AVG worked OK; lots of settings and seemed to do a good scan. But some scanner areas did not seem to work and some kept reverting back to the default

Cons

I was unable to use my Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 email client. AVG would not let me log in. Took long to scan and no auto update feature. I tried AVIRA, but gave up on nag screen. About a year ago I switched to AVAST Home Edition and am very happy

Summary

I highly recommend AVAST Home Edition. AVG had too many issues which I could not work around or get to work; it became too frustrating. At the time it did not even have an auto update feature

Updated on Aug 21, 2010

I highly recommend AVAST Home Edition. AVG had too many issues which I could not work around or get to work; it became too frustrating. At the time it did not even have an auto update feature

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4 stars

"it helps me decide"

July 31, 2010  |  By ReyTacks

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.819

Pros

I like its effectiveness

Cons

Sometimes it slows down the system

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3 stars

"have not used the product yet"

July 11, 2010  |  By judtay

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.819

Pros

i do not know how it works

Cons

please let me down load to fined out

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5 stars

"always on line"

July 05, 2010  |  By REJ202

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.819

Pros

this is the first time i used this product but as i heard it was good.

Cons

i do not have any idea.

Summary



Updated on Jul 5, 2010

i do not know

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4 stars

"I like this program."

July 04, 2010  |  By hjmaez734

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.819

Pros

It worked fine for me and cleaned my computer.

Cons

I don't have any problems with this program.

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1 stars

"I have not downladed AVG, nor do I want to do so"

July 02, 2010  |  By lautay7

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.819

Pros

I do not think there is anything I like about this product.

Cons

After reading reviews, I will not be downloading AVG. I have Windows Live OneCare (free). It works very well.

Summary

N/A

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4 stars

"site looks great- but i only use Macs"

July 01, 2010  |  By tallady10

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.819

Pros

you can't beat free software

Cons

not available for Macs

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5 stars

"Great virus protection"

July 01, 2010  |  By jonnydock

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.819

Pros

Auto updates itself nicely; smarter scanning than previous versions

Cons

Takes forever to install

Summary

I use this along with Ad-Aware on all my computers

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4 stars

"A good product"

July 01, 2010  |  By sit_hole

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.819

Pros

Cleans up viruses

Cons

Difficult to get updates

Summary

It should be easy to download

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.0.819
Version 9.0 runs and installs faster, delivers new anti-phishing detection techniques and introduces the AVG LinkScanner to proactively screen the Web pages you haven't even visited yet. For added peace of mind, you also get safety ratings for your Google, Yahoo! and Bing/MSN search results.
General
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date November 11, 2009
Date Added November 11, 2009
Version 9.0.819
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.42MB
File Name avg_free_stb_all_2015_5557_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 529,638,935
Downloads Last Week 814,801
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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