AVG AntiVirus Free 2013

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Switched to Avast!"

    April 20, 2013  |   By kydna

    Pros

    Doesn't seem to slow down computer or use up much resources. Rated as one of the better freebie antivirus software offerings.

    Cons

    Glaring bug that many share. No easy fix from AVG site. Gave it two star rating for gross software problem that AVG doesn't address - at least on their free version. Otherwise, I'd give it five stars.

    Summary

    I've used AVG Free for many years, and have been quite satisfied with it until an alert from the software that stated, "Resident Shield component not active." This means that the program is not updating itself as it should, leaving one vulnerable to potential threats. Every time I booted up my system, AVG would hang on updating itself, chugging and churning for at least 4-5 minutes, only to shut down and restart without a current update.

    After checking several forums (including Cnet), it was revealed that many others also have the same problem. I realize that this the free version and that support is virtually nonexistent, but, if a problem such as this is apparently so widespread, how hard is it to post a fix on the AVG site to keep the AVG name from flopping face down in the dirt?

    I tried several suggested fixes, but none of them worked. Others that have tried them also failed to fix their machines.

    As for addressing this issue, the AVG site when searched comes up with "0 results were found". Even their own forums has a section totally devoted to this specific issue.

    I got fed up and uninstalled AVG, installed Avast, and am very pleased with Avast's antivirus protection. Highly recommended for a freebie from various onsite review sources, and I concur. Haven't looked back since. Bye-bye AVG.

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