AVG AntiVirus Free 2014

AVG AntiVirus Free 2014

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 24562 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2014.0.4745
File Size:
4.54MB
Date Added:
August 19, 2014
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
521,554,181
Downloads Last Week:
723,910
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

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Editors' review

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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  • 5 stars

    "It's a really good to download"

    August 20, 2014   |   By TourvilleCotton

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4745

    Pros

    Easy install, easy update, easy to adjust options

    Cons

    I do not have any problem with it

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  • 5 stars

    "I've been using AVG for few months and system works OK"

    August 18, 2014   |   By salesalex

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4744

    Pros

    excellent detection rate , fast scan , no viruses , no adds .

    Cons

    slower system boot for a few seconds

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  • 5 stars

    "It's a really good to download"

    August 17, 2014   |   By ShirerJoiner

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4744

    Pros

    It's a really good to download

    Cons

    Did not find one!

    Summary

    For me,it is very suitable

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  • 5 stars

    "performs all functions i need."

    August 13, 2014   |   By LampmanTosh

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4744

    Pros

    Very beautiful for me

    Cons

    I can't think of one bad thing.

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  • 2 stars

    "Downloads 30 day free trail version, NOT free version"

    August 13, 2014   |   By smfollen

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4744

    Pros

    The 30 day free trail version can be "downgraded" to the free edition.
    AVG does provide a strong antivirus program.

    Cons

    I found this download of "AVG Antivirus Free 2014" misleading. You have to find and download a separate tool from AVG to convert the 30 day free trial edition to the true free edition. This feature is not at all obvious.

    Summary

    I've used past editions of AVG free and been very happy with them. I wouldn't mind paying for a full version if there were no free edition, but I do mind the misleading download and the fact that access to the actual free edition is hard to find. I downloaded from here and got a free trial that expires in 30 days and tried to get me to purchase a license. The fact that you can separately download a tool from AVG to "downgrade" to the free edition is well hidden by AVG and not mentioned at all in CNET's review. I certainly can't blame AVG for wanting to sell their software. I would assume that most companies offering free editions do so in the hope of it leading to future purchases. There is however a difference between a free edition and a free trial. There's nothing wrong with offering either, or both, of those but it would be nice if they were offered in a clear manner.

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  • 4 stars

    "overall good protection - some viruses got in"

    August 10, 2014   |   By katherinegeorge

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4744

    Pros

    Easy installation
    User friendly
    Updating regularly

    Cons

    Not providing full protection such as the PRO edition

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  • 4 stars

    "test review1"

    August 03, 2014

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4570

    Pros

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  • 5 stars

    "Does An Excellent Job Safely"

    August 02, 2014   |   By BearPuppy

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4744

    Pros

    Having gotten fed-up with Avast, I was looking for a different product and tried several. BitDefender caused problems on my machine, Ad-Aware let stuff through, but AVG is just right.

    Besides all the 'official' testing that it consistently passes with excellent results, my own informal testing results were impressive. Of the four products I tried, only AVG warned me at attempts to visit sites I already knew were risky. And so far, I've had no known false positives, no slowdown in system responsiveness, and scans are done efficiently.

    Cons

    The one setting that I changed from the default was in the advance settings for email. If you don't otherwise tell it not to, the program puts little adverts in both incoming and outgoing messages. I find this intrusive, unwarranted, and if they need my help that badly, let them pay for the advert (i.e., pay me!).

    Summary

    This is the one to go with.

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  • 5 stars

    "wonderful piece of software"

    July 31, 2014   |   By BucklinHomburg

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4744

    Pros

    pretty good freeware!!

    Cons

    Thanks a lot. it is good.

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  • 3 stars

    "Bloatware makes PC sluggish"

    July 28, 2014   |   By ORLEYBISON

    Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4744

    Pros

    Good detection, not as good as Malwarebytes apparently but still good

    Cons

    Has anyone else noticed how badly their system chugs after installing this? Dang, goodbye AVG

    Summary

    Too slow for my liking

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