AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

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Average User Rating:
4.0
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.851
  • Total Downloads:
    533,072,363
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 24, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    695,903
  • Platform:
    Windows
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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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4 stars

"So far I really like the program."

October 22, 2010  |  By susanphelps

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.851

Pros

It is efficient, doesn't shutdown my computer when it runs & noted a couple viruses that other programs missed.

Cons

At this time after 3 months I have no complaints.

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1 stars

"Ridiculously slow!"

September 27, 2010  |  By mschwartztech

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.851

Pros

Frequent definition updates

Cons

I USED to love AVG, but since version 9.x was released I can no longer recommend it. it uses absurd amounts of system resources, slows machines WAY down and does NO better a job than Microsoft Security Essentials which is MUCH faster.

Summary

As a computer consultant I recommend anti-virus and anti-malware programs to my clients all the time. AVG used to be on the top of my list and on my flash drives for installation on customers' computers. I no longer use or recommend this software as it has become bloated and SLOW. I now use and recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. MUCH faster and very thorough. I hope AVG gets their act together and makes the code more efficient in future releases.

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5 stars

"Best No Cost Protection You Can Get"

September 26, 2010  |  By JEPConner

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.851

Pros

Keeps Majority Of Trouble Out Of Average Consumers Hair.

Cons

Nothing So Far I have Had AVG Ever Since The First Release I Love It

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4 stars

"USEFUL!RECOMMEND"

September 26, 2010  |  By malikasadi

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.851

Pros

It protects my computer against all threats. Feel easy with its help.

Cons

now nothing

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4 stars

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 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.851

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4 stars

"Works as well or better than my other product."

September 25, 2010  |  By nanyaya

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.851

Pros

It doesn't interfere with the use of my computer the way the expensive one did.

Cons

So far, nothing.

Summary

The product protects my computer without interfering with my daily use. The expensive product would interfere with my usage every day when it updated. I reallylike the product and I feel very secure with it.

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2 stars

"Annoying and Bad Detection"

September 24, 2010  |  By Alinync

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.851

Pros

It offers a nice link scanner, and decent protection. This version is also free.

Cons

It's annoying, and slows down my computer. It detects even the safest of items, and keeps bothering me to upgrade my version to professional.

Summary

I was very disappointed with AVG about their new Anti-virus.
Sure, it includes the link scanner, and other decent features. But I skipped this version for Avast. Bottom-line, I hate it.

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4 stars

"Glad to have AVG operating for me"

September 24, 2010  |  By richmichaelis

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.851

Pros

AVG has been helping my PC for several years. I have been most thankdul.

Cons

There is a little uncertainity as to this application being accepted and valid.

Summary

My previous usaage of AVG has been sufficient for my use. I am looking forward to having this service on my new Dell computer.

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1 stars

"Seemed on the surface to work well for a freeware"

September 24, 2010  |  By 12996

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.851

Pros

Yes its free but as they say you get what you pay for. This program can clean out cookies and thats about it.

Cons

Bib Con. Picked up Adware Virus two weeks ago that went around AVG like it wasn't even there. Was totally useless and did absolutely nothing to protect my computer.

Summary

I DO NOT recommend this protection. Yes it can find simple cookies and such but it will NOT protect your computer from a virus. The new Adware Virus' take over your computer and basically nothing works.

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5 stars

"dun trust other fake 1-star comments"

September 23, 2010  |  By henrycykCN

 |  Version: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.851

Pros

- Best In Class protection w/ free daily updates
- Complete Protection: real-time Link Scanner (not slow down browser), Email Scanner (works great w/ Outlook), strong Anti-Malware & Anti-Virus.
- Great Winning History of Professional protection

Cons

- Hard-sell.... I don't like the fact that the installation would lure you to buy the ID theft protection. However, I understand even freeware could us any chance to advertise and bundle w/ other software during installation process.

Summary

Don't you see a marketing trend setup by Avira ir Avast antivirus... First of all, those two companies creates product that speels like AVG. They are trying hard to flood different download sites with 1-star feedbacks, thinking to bring down AVG's long term #1 best rated and most download status.

Every little 1-star comments here is to promote those two, while trashing AVG. Only time will tell. Those other imitator won't last long. I'll leave it up to you to decide.

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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 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.42MB
File Name avg_free_stb_all_2015_5557_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 533,072,363
Downloads Last Week 695,903
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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