AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

AVG AntiVirus Free 2014

CNET Editors' note: The Download Now link will download an installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual download.
To learn more about AVG products and to ask questions and receive answers from AVG company representatives, please visit CNET's dedicated AVG Forum.

CNET 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.

Once AVG adapts to your machine, scan times are reduced tremendously.

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.

Data Safe is your lockbox to prevent unwanted tampering or snooping if you save files on a public machine.

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.

AVG Antivirus Free-Protect your PC from viruses and malware.-Download Video Previews:

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

  • AVG AntiVirus 2014
    Download and exchange files safely, enjoy games and Web surfing...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • AVG Internet Securi...
    Protect your PC from all kinds of Internet threats.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Avast Free Antiviru...
    Protect your PC against the latest viruses and spyware.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Malwarebytes Anti-M...
    Detect and quickly remove malicious threats to your computer.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Kaspersky Anti-Viru...
    Protect your PC against viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, rootk...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Spybot - Search & D...
    Search your hard disk and Registry for threats to your security...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • IObit Malware Fight...
    Scan and remove the deepest malware that your antivirus/antispy...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • SuperAntiSpyware Fr...
    Detect and remove spyware, malware, rootkits, trojans, hijacker...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Avira Free Antiviru...
    Detect and eliminate viruses, get free protection for home user...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Ad-Aware Free Antiv...
    Protect your personal computer against virus and spyware attack...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Hotspot Shield
    Provide secure, anonymous, and private browsing on Wi-Fi hotspo...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • RoboForm
    Login everywhere automatically, so you'll never need to remembe...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Webroot SecureAnywh...
    Remove and block all types of spyware and viruses on your compu...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Comodo Internet Sec...
    Protect PC from viruses, Trojans, worms, buffer overflows, zero...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Quick Heal Internet...
    Provide complete protection against Internet threats.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Comodo Firewall
    Guard your Windows PC from malware and Internet based attacks.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Quick Heal Total Se...
    Protect your PC from various Internet or network-based threats.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • 7Smoker Pro
    Speed up Windows 7 by changing various settings in the Windows ...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Ainvo Duplicate Fil...
    Help you to find duplicate files.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Hotspot Shield Elit...
    Secure your connection to public Wi-Fi networks with premium VP...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • AVG LinkScanner Fre...
    Get protected against poisoned Web pages.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Avast Internet Secu...
    Protect your Windows PC from online threats.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Dr.Web Security Spa...
    Protect your system and all removable media against all types o...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • AVG Secure Search
    Protect yourself from infected sites.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 24,498 votes

    • 5 star: 11576
    • 4 star: 7496
    • 3 star: 1849
    • 2 star: 993
    • 1 star: 2584
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
  • My rating:

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1-10 of 16

Results 1-10 of 16

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4355
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

See more CNET content tagged:

Previous Versions:

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel

Submit a problem report for AVG AntiVirus Free 2014

close

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The CNET Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The software contains malware

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Problem Report submitted

close

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK

Installed

Smart Install
AVG AntiVirus Free 2014