AVG AntiVirus 2015

AVG AntiVirus 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
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Average User Rating:
3.5
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.0.6086
  • Total Downloads:
    11,964,433
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 14, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $39.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    4.79MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    11,002
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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AVG's Anti-Virus and Internet Security line follows on the heel of last year's highly-ranked security suite by not merely incorporating some minor but key tweaks to both its front-end and back-end, but a stronger push toward personal data management and privacy utilities that help prevent uninvited access to your files. Though many threats still exist, security programs as they stand now start to encompass areas of privacy utilities. Whereas the majority of threats were once external viruses trying to force their way into your machines, nowadays malware focus more on tricking users to inadvertently open doors for hijacking.

Version 2013 was AVG's first push toward adopting and remixing the Modern UI movement. Not just a response to competitors, the Modern UI movement represents an overall push toward creating a more streamlined security experience. For the average consumer, what your anti-virus and anti-malware programs do to protect your computer have followed a set it and forget it mentality.

Balancing along the fine line of being both approachable yet empowering is a key goal of not just AVG but also just about any utility software developer: Modern UI has the visual appeal, but does it evoke control and the sense of security over all the software's power features?

In our last review, we commended AVG's decision to reduce the installation steps. It still contains a toolbar offer, and despite the universal hatred toward being fooled into installing yet another browser helper object, AVG's toolbar actually does include useful security options like Do Not Track. Again it's a tradeoff but if you really wanted DNT's features, then there's a standalone version available for free on Firefox and Chrome in their respective extension stores.

By now, almost every major security software maker has more or less adopted the flat, Modern UI look and AVG has kept its own visuals mostly intact. The main screen is decorated with AVG's primary areas of protection that include your computer, browsing the Web, Identity protection features, e-mail protection, and extras that populate the second row if you opt to purchase the premium or Internet Security suites. It's the same as last year's design, but still a radical departure from the old AVG that's appreciated, yet still may take some getting used to for the more hands-on user. Thankfully, all it's older scan settings are still neatly tucked under the options, though they aren't nearly as touch-friendly.

All visual and organizational improvements aside, AVG 2014 (along with many other security suites we've seen) have more or less been continuing to dress a Windows 7 application without completely assimilating into the actual Modern UI environment, wholeheartedly. I can understand this context under the stance that there are still many who don't face a real urgency to upgrade to Windows 8. But if you're moving toward minimal input and maintenance for running a security program in the background, then perhaps Modern UI might be better suited in the long run.

For example, the options menu is still very much geared toward the mouse user, so having a meet-halfway kind of design slightly disrupts the overall experience of maintaining and protecting your machine with the touch of your fingers.

Two notable additions to AVG Internet Security are File Shredder and Data Safe. File Shredder is a more permanent solution to deleting files and reducing any potential digital trails for recovery. By default, Windows doesn't actually delete files, even after clearing the Recycle Bin, with the exception of overly-large file sizes. For the average user, this might not seem like much but in the era of privacy concerns, it's a welcome feature that will slowly start to become more relevant to the average consumer.

Even Data Safe, AVG's own folder encryption, helps you create what is essentially a secured pseudo-partition in a native location that can only be unlocked with a password. It's a practical precaution for those who share their computers with others and wish to avoid having to create separate profiles.

AV-Test results for 2014 are currently not published, but the 2013 marks for Internet Security showed a slight drop in protection, going down from a 5.5 rating out of 6 to 5.0. Performance remained standard at 3.5 but usability shot up significantly from 4.5 to 5.5 out of 6. AV-Comparatives gave 2013 a 1.1 percent compromise rate in their real-world protection test in their July report. Overall, AVG has maintained a relatively consistent level of security, which is above average, but the gains in usability combined with reduced system load, makes this version one of the most lightweight protection solutions for your PC.

To call this version the best AVG yet is a no-brainer; AVG's security efficacy, though not the best, still remains consistently high scoring among AV evaluations across the board. And though detection rates have improved, the biggest strides for this year's version have been made in the areas of privacy tools that are genuinely useful. As for whether it's the "best" security program around, that may depend on your current needs. AVG's emphasis on privacy tools and reputation ranking attempts to combat malware through educating and empowering users, at least slightly, with tools that remain easy to use yet encourage users to actively manage their PC files. We especially recommend this year's suite for those who actively share their machine with other users.

 
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1 stars

"I Used to Love AVG Free"

June 24, 2015  |  By trihumanish

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus 2015 2015.0.5961

Pros

It is free and it runs in the background.....

Cons

Things kept being deleted without my knowledge. I would turn on my laptop and would see a message "Deleting...." and about 2 weeks ago all my photos were gone. Many of my files were gone and I finally had to remove AVG and restore my laptop to an earlier date. After uninstalling AVG all my photos suddenly reappeared.

Summary

I am looking for a program that does not do things to my computer that I do not ask it to do. I prefer one that does not make my computer slow as molasses and remove important files that I need (like family photos). I am sad that AVG has come to this. I would not recommend it now. :(

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2 stars

"Not very impressed with 2015 Free"

February 07, 2015

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

Great protection. As a user for almost 20 years, I never really had a virus issue while using AVG Free. Straight forward, easy to use, just wait for update to finish or it will slow down the PC.

Cons

2015 Free is not compatibly with Windows 8.1 and does not mention that anywhere.
Hijacked settings on IE 11, and no matter what, it would change what I set until I removed all AVG files.

Summary

I do not think a product should be released, even a free or beta version, unless it has been tested. I personally feel that the version released in January was not quite up to the quality of product I have been using for almost twenty years.

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1 stars

"Waning to all potential trial users and buyers. Don't."

January 25, 2015  |  By mrmxltplk

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

1) easy to uninstall
2) I'm glad I was using the trial version because I would have demanded a refund if I had bought it.

Cons

I'll give you the condensed version because if I didn't I would need several hours to list all.
1) Slowed down my computer.
2) messed my keyboard up
3) I couldn't download several other programs I needed.
4) I couldn't use Windows Media Player. I had it checked for Auto-play and it wouldn't work. I couldn't even get the DVD's to play by using the right click to play because it had been removed. There also was no option to play at the top of the video window, it had been removed.
5) I tried to delete some programs I didn't need anymore and I couldn't do that because it said I needed administrator privileges. I clicked on administrator on the pop up box, it accepted the click on but then a box popped up and said try again. I clicked on that and it still didn't work.
I couldn't even leave a comment when it asked me when I installed it. Even that didn't work. Yes, I'm an experienced computer user.

Summary

Will I ever use the antivirus program again. NO WAY!!!!

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1 stars

"Pop ups are getting as bad as Norton"

January 21, 2015  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

Protects fairly well.

Cons

When the trial is expired, the annoying pop-ups start. It is getting almost as bad as Norton, which I hate.

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5 stars

"My Old and Faithful (^_^)"

November 17, 2014  |  By eraserwtex

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

Works great but could be a little more user friendly.

Cons

I have no cons on this program

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5 stars

"performs all functions i need."

October 12, 2014  |  By GuidryFarrer

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

Excellent product , even dummies like me can use it.

Cons

Well done. no cons

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5 stars

"Good software, plays everything!"

October 10, 2014  |  By BrandonValentin

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

Works smoothly, works well, works without exception

Cons

Thanks a lot. it is good.

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5 stars

"Its not to bad for being free."

August 13, 2014  |  By Jacquelyn1965

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus 2014 2014.0.4744

Pros

Its simple to use and did I mention its free. I only need basic protection so I did not install all the bells and whistles.

Cons

Not the full version I guess.

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5 stars

"Powerful anti-virus"

August 06, 2014  |  By PacManKills

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus 2014 2014.0.4744

Pros

Doesn't let a single virus in

Cons

Price could be lower, however, a free version is enough.

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5 stars

"Started using as free edition some . Prompt alarming."

July 07, 2014  |  By fotobarje

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus 2014 2014.0.4716

Pros

It is necessary to update manually now and then, as only the virus list updates automatically.

Cons

Seems that it detects false malware some keygen or similar. In this case there is a tool for cleaning, which seems to work perfect.

Summary

Free version sufficient for home use. Recommended.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.0.6086
Improved driver update process for Windows 10.
General
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date July 14, 2015
Date Added July 14, 2015
Version 2015.0.6086
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.79MB
File Name avg_avc_stb_all_6086p1_199.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 11,964,433
Downloads Last Week 11,002
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $39.99

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