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AVG Anti-Virus

CNET Editors' review

Though not as well-known as some competitors, this antivirus program offers rock-solid protection. AVG Anti-Virus provides all the necessities, including a tool for scanning your hard drive and e-mail, as well as a real-time shield to prevent infections.

You'll find a full-blown scheduling utility for automating tasks and checking for new definitions as often as you'd like. Other perks found in this Pro version include technical support and the ability to run on multiple operating systems. 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 it always proved effective in our tests. The interface can't be described as beautiful, yet it is mostly simple to navigate.

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

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 989 votes

    • 5 star: 393
    • 4 star: 228
    • 3 star: 85
    • 2 star: 69
    • 1 star: 214
  • Current version:

    2.7 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better than most"

    February 23, 2009  |   By leviathan_08

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 8.0.227

    Pros

    It's fast, works with Windows 7 without any glitches. And has caught everything that I've come across which isnt much. Read the FAQ's if
    you are having probs. It's software and everyones experience is a
    bit different and NO software is perfect.

    Cons

    Interface is a bit too busy, the link scanner can be annoying at times
    but I'd rather have it there, than not have it. Sometimes a module will
    shut off, but AVG usually has a fix for it on their site. They have been
    really helpfull every time.

    Summary

    The best I have used, and will use until it stops being the easiest, fastest, and featured program out right now, bottom line. I have
    never experienced slow downs, not even during scanning and
    that speaks volumes about this product. I have used Kaspersky
    Symantec, Mcaffee, Computer Associates, Avast and AVG is
    by far the best!.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A little bit of a pain to use, but it's free"

    February 19, 2009  |   By etbob1

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 8.0.227

    Pros

    Free free free

    Cons

    Turns on nag screen every time you update it. You have to turn them back off, which it does allow you to do. Consumes memory, like every other anti-virus I have ever used.

    Summary

    It's free. I use it and ad-aware 2008 and manually download the updates and scan about twice a month. Did I say it's free? Works for me and the price is right.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "NOT BAD....BUT AVIRA IS MUCH BETTER!!"

    February 18, 2009  |   By special magic

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 8.0.227

    Pros

    good product to be honest but in almost every way avira antivir is better, better detection rate, lighter on resources and a far better real time protection.

    Cons

    read above.

    Summary

    this thing has a HUGE following as it has been around for ages ( like spybot ) but in my view avira antivir beats the crap out of it in every way shape or form.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "better nortan or mac"

    February 10, 2009  |   By marchtospace

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 8.0.227

    Pros

    peice of mind

    Cons

    start up is slower

    Summary

    so far it has done the job

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Program Forces Itself , Installs With Virus, BeWare!!!!"

    February 5, 2009  |   By Gantho

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 8.0.227

    Pros

    Program Forces Itself , Installs With Virus, BeWare!!!!

    Cons

    Program Forces Itself , Installs With Virus, BeWare!!!!

    Summary

    Program Forces Itself , Installs With Virus, BeWare!!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "okay if you like manual update !"

    February 3, 2009  |   By Bielzebub1981

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 8.0.227

    Pros

    Installed easily. Doesn't seem to take up a ton of resources. From what I can remember It took up 3 hours to scan an 80 gig hard drive. It would even start a scan but the timer would be stuck on 0

    Cons

    auto update failed too much

    Summary

    auto-update doesn't work as much as it used to in the previous version

    Updated on Feb 3, 2009

    Oops !!! The following should be under CONS :

    From what I can remember It took up 3 hours to scan an 80 gig hard drive. It would even start a scan but the timer would be stuck on 0

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Blue Screen of Death"

    February 3, 2009  |  

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 8.0.227

    Pros

    Installs easily. Doesn't seem to take up a ton of resources.

    Cons

    Causes blue screen of death. This is definitely not good.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Install with viruses"

    February 3, 2009  |   By s1x1e5

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 8.0.227

    Pros

    i couldnt find any pro's with this version.

    Cons

    IT installed with viruses and kept shutin laptop down

    Summary

    The features are easy to use however not great

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Would not install."

    January 31, 2009  |   By malendras

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 8.0.227

    Pros

    Nothing. Didn't install.

    Cons

    Would not install because I had Ewido anti-spyware installed on my computer at some point. I deleted Ewido, did a DOD wipe, 7 times over with pseudorandom data and it still wouldn't install.

    Summary

    It would be really useful if the program could ignore the once-upon-a-time presence of another particular spyware removal program and install. Just a bit of a hint here, because I'd love to use this product but find myself physically unable to make it work.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Better Than Norton"

    January 29, 2009  |   By ScottyVenom

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 8.0.227

    Pros

    Better Than Norton

    Cons

    Not as good as Avast or Kaspersky (does not detect or remove rootkits, cannot do bootscans)

    Summary

    Good, but not great protection. I uninstalled this, installed Kaspersky and it picked up on a file that AVG said was clean

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