AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 24582 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.851
  • Total Downloads:
    527,123,928
  • Date Added:
    June 24, 2010
  • File Size:
    4.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    690,260
  • 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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  • 1 stars

    "Avoid at all cost"

    October 04, 2014

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

    Pros

    none, nothing is good

    Cons

    It's NOT an antivirus. AVG is a virus. Freezings and crashes started right after I downloaded a free trial version.

    Summary

    Avoid, run away, never use it if you don't want lose your data

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  • 1 stars

    "MS Word, Excel errors since installation of AVG"

    October 02, 2014   |   By ccatron_rn

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

    Pros

    I don't see any

    Cons

    Every time I try to open an excel or word document since AVG antivirus and Tune-up were installed, I get the following error: "There was a problem sending the command to the program". My computer is slower since installation and I've had a problem networking my computers since installation. I've asked for support to resolve the issue but have gotten none. I can't find the issue in their FAQs. I've asked for a full refund and been refused (over 30 days). Wish I'd paid attention to the posted negative reviews and never bought it!

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  • 5 stars

    "Very Good and Free Anti-Virus"

    October 01, 2014   |   By richrichmv

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

    Pros

    Effective in blocking malware sites.

    Cons

    Be careful not to install options that are not free.

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  • 4 stars

    "pretty cool stuff"

    September 30, 2014   |   By alice.glading

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

    Pros

    can't live without it

    Cons

    nothing to declare

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  • 5 stars

    "Best free utility"

    September 25, 2014   |   By DrakeThelin11

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

    Pros

    For me, it is very suitable

    Cons

    Haven't found any cause i'm just a beginner.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple and efficient"

    September 24, 2014   |   By MoraisBudden

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

    Pros

    Simple and efficient

    Cons

    Nothing. just download and use it

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  • 5 stars

    "It's a really good to download"

    September 23, 2014   |   By HeisterDoolan

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

    Pros

    Simple to use and setup. Effective.

    Cons

    I do not have any problem with it

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  • 5 stars

    "It's a pretty good product"

    September 22, 2014   |   By VisorSeebach

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

    Pros

    Really happy with this program.

    Cons

    None that I found

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent, very classic!"

    September 21, 2014   |   By TroutmanKuba

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

    Pros

    Best security program available.

    Cons

    I havn't found yet :)

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  • 3 stars

    "Not Getting Enough Courage To Continue With It..."

    September 19, 2014   |   By saif_msn

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

    Pros

    Used The 2009 Version Which Provided Average Protection, No System Conflicts, However Used To Make My System Slow...

    Cons

    Apparently AVG Dev Team Has A View Of Providing Low Protection In Their Free Version... But I'm Not Convinced That I Should Consider At All With Anything That Compromises My PC Security... Installed It & It Let Passed Some Malwares... Switching Back To MSE...

    Summary

    AVG Has Come A Long Way... Its Time They Should Change Their Policy...

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 9.0.851
    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 June 24, 2010
    Date Added June 24, 2010
    Version 9.0.851
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Antivirus Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 4.37MB
    File Name avg_free_stb_all_2015_5315_cnet.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 527,123,928
    Downloads Last Week 690,260
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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