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AVG's most popular product is its free antivirus, but the company also makes two enhanced security suites that are geared for users who don't mind paying for additional protection--as long as it's worthwhile. AVG Anti-Virus 9 introduces a few new features, claiming faster scan times, faster boot times, and other under-the-hood improvements.

Users who've used AVG 8 will find the interface nearly identical, 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, firewall protection, or updating. We'd like to see this streamlined, since there's no reason to click on any of them without wanting more details; it is a spare interface, otherwise. You'll find a full-blown scheduling utility for automating tasks and checking for new definitions as often as you'd like. Other perks 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 obviously tax your system when scanning or when running in the background. There's also a new identity-theft assistance service, available for free and provided by a third party.

AVG Anti-Virus lacks the firewall, identity protection, antispam, and system tools that come in AVG Internet Security, although it's definitely more robust than AVG Free. In empirical testing, scan times were slower than expected, and the new firewall database proved to have autoapproval problems with some well-known programs. It 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 available security option, but it still gets the job done and you're better off with it.

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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:

    2.9 stars

    out of 47 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 18
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolutely Terrible"

    June 25, 2010  |   By FreeDownloaderLYE

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0.704

    Pros

    Its free...that is the only pro.

    Cons

    Slowed down my PC alot, impossible to remove threats detected, uninstalling takes forever. STAY AWAY FROM THIS ONE!

    Summary

    Worst anti-virus software I have tried yet.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's solid. There are better but not by much."

    June 23, 2010  |   By Ceadderman

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0.704

    Pros

    User interface is of the point and click variety. Almost all of the features can be accessed and used by novice system owners without hassle.

    Cons

    The only thing I don't like is that it's not point and click for specification of which pages you wish to add to the system. But that's not a big deal.

    Summary

    AVG is a reliable caviar type AV program for systems dependent on a hamburger budget. I always recommend AVG whenever someone complains about that certain AV program that hijacks your system when the license expires. If I want something else I can add it w/o fear as AVG hasn't a spiderweb of code written into every last folder. I don't need a uninstallation program and when my license expires it will still find and update it's files to the latest version prior to expiration. and will revert to AVG Free for any version thereafter. Unlike many other AV programs who I refuse to bad mouth.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Makes my computer use always safe."

    June 21, 2010  |   By connieftan

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0.704

    Pros

    Free but effective.

    Cons

    Nothing to say at the moment.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Good potential with bad flaws"

    June 3, 2010  |   By gslv

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0.704

    Pros

    The usual virus and spyware protection, plus an important feature protecting you from websites that can infect you just by visiting them.

    Cons

    It hit me with all kinds of malfunctions. The 1 month trial period was fine. Then I paid for it, and as soon as the 30 days passed, the malfunctions started.
    It tells you to uninstall ZoneAlarm firewall when installing, but AVG has no firewall.

    Summary

    Many of these reviews seem to be for the free version. What happens when you install this Pro version. This one is not with the firewall, but expects me to eliminate my ZoneAlarm basic firewall. I did not uninstall ZA. Everything fine during trial month.
    After the 30 days,malfunctions started. Email scanner started failing. When I couldn't open Firefox I decided to uninstall AVG9 before my system disintegrated.
    Now Firefox starts. Using AVG8 free now. What do I have for my $30? Access to Support for a year I guess.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "VERY BAD software"

    May 29, 2010  |   By jr46b

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0.704

    Pros

    easy to load

    Cons

    Since I have has this AVG 9.0 my system has been infected twice. I warn you against installing AVG 9.0 software. It has cost me a lot of money in trying to recover from the infections it let into my computer

    Summary

    I wasted my money on this software. PLUS it has cost me $200 the first time my system went down this time it is going to cost me MUCH MUCH MORE.
    PLEASE DON'T INSTALL THIS AVG 9.0

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best ANTI VIRUS EVER"

    May 26, 2010  |   By haku1990

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0.704

    Pros

    Its Easy and it keeps out most virus it and it scans Links you all ways know if a website is safe

    Cons

    Its not free

    Summary

    Yea it great but it not free even though it dos what you want it to do it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worse than the viruses. Badgers you to death."

    May 18, 2010  |   By jamessteed

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0.704

    Pros

    Good virus catcher.

    Cons

    Keeps forcing me to use Baidu as my search engine even though I have checked 'no' a 1000 times. Then, it tries to do it again a month or two later. It just does not go away. It keeps popping up. Hard to get rid of.

    Summary

    Use it if you are prepared to be badgered to death in return for protection.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Free Anti-Virus EVER!!!"

    May 15, 2010  |   By Mini121

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0.704

    Pros

    It Gives The Protection Your Computer Needs

    Cons

    Nothing Really

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to setup and use"

    May 10, 2010  |   By Krautnribs

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0.704

    Pros

    I get the necessary protection for the type of internet usage I need.

    Cons

    I haven't found any thing I really dislike

    Summary

    With the limited income I have, this protection is my best choice. It's easy to understand, setup and I trust it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "JUST HORRIBLE!"

    May 7, 2010  |   By Moneykidz1

    Version: AVG Anti-Virus 9.0.704

    Pros

    It's free.

    Cons

    No rootkit protection
    Virus detection is only 90%
    There are better alternatives like Avast! and Antivir
    AVG is a CPU hog

    Summary

    JUST HORRIBLE. Only kiddies use free AVG. Use something better like Avast! or Microsoft Security Essentials. Avoid AVG.

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