AVG AntiVirus Free 2014

AVG AntiVirus Free 2014

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 24601 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2014.0.4259
  • Total Downloads:
    533,072,363
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 25, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    4.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    695,903
  • 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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  • Current Version

    3.7

    out of 63 votes

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    • 1 star 15
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4 stars

"pros..everybody seems to rate it high"

February 11, 2014  |  By nsaretards

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

pros..everybody seems to rate it high

Cons

It must be noisy or this is coincidence .. I bought an Acer desktop in dec 2013 and it came with a Mcafee trial 30 day .. but before it expired, I downloaded the AVG FILE/UNINSTALLED MCAFEE and installed the AVG.. since that time.. it sounds like I hear something like tiny click data beats or whatever ..actually is annoying so if it isn't the AVG ..I sincerely hope someone can tell me what this running noise is.. also notice faint flickering horizontal random lines on occasion too..I have a one year warranty with Acer purchase.. not sure if it is a hardware or software issue or if this is normal. tia, John

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5 stars

"Great free antivirus"

February 09, 2014  |  By grey_phillip

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

Never had any problems or viruses always warns me when things are wrong

Cons

none that I can find

Summary

Have tried a few but this is the best.

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5 stars

"Works great, used it for years."

February 08, 2014  |  By S1lent Echoes

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

Has been my anti-virus for years now, no problems.

Cons

None that I have ever encountered.

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3 stars

"Your review is misleading!"

February 05, 2014  |  By helge999

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

AVG Free does not include the Safe

Cons

None///////////////

Summary

AVG is very expensive!! They are asking 29 Euro for the paid version!!!

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5 stars

"Great product, have used it for several years."

February 01, 2014  |  By hlhowell

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

Everything about AVG is exactly what I need. Never had any problems from outside sources from the WEB or Email.

Cons

I have used the AVG product for several years on 2 computers with no problems.

Summary

Great product, will continue to use.

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3 stars

"Once upon a time . . . Not anymore . ."

January 31, 2014  |  By 80sBach

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

* Popular world over
* Claims to have increased malware/virus detection rate.

Cons

* The definition is huge.
* Slows down system.
* Missed viruses, whereas Kingsoft[a free AV] detected it easily.

Summary

Move over these old relics. Its time for change. Ad-Aware and Kingsoft antivirus are much better.

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4 stars

"Very Good Program"

January 25, 2014  |  By MarkinTO

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

Easy install with little fuss

Cons

Had the problem of it opening up an explorer window at start-up. Repaired with Autoruns.exe Works well now

Summary

A good, reliable program.

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5 stars

"easy to use"

January 24, 2014  |  By maxwellneedham34

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

I've been very cautious about clicking on strange links and sites that may lead to another crash of my PC.

Cons

nothing significant

Summary

After Installing AVG free it has found 3 viruses and one at start-up load, that avast couldn't, i think avast slowed my PC and gaming experience Ping..FPS..etc my pc runs smoother and faster now

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5 stars

"work's fine windows 7 and android htc"

January 22, 2014  |  By pasilindqvist

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

work's fine both windows 7 64 bit and android htc desire S 2.3

Cons

not found yet.

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1 stars

"Mafia Protection Racket"

January 21, 2014  |  By Papa_vudu

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

NONE even with a mandatory 4 characters

Cons

So in order to protect myself from Viruses, Bloatware, and Adware I have to download AVG's Virus, Bloatware, and Adware garbage program? CNET should be ashamed for promoting this product. Almost impossible to uninstall completely. Even when I gave up and just disabled it within Firefox it still is the largest memory using process with no programs open!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2014.0.4259
  • Minor rearrangements in the Identity Protection component's dialog.
  • FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

  • E-mail scanner certification is now correctly updated after virus database update.
  • E-mail scanner certification text appears in the language you opt for during installation.
  • E-mail scanner issue with rare report of 'NOT FULLY FUNCTIONAL' was fixed.
  • The "Fix it" button is now available if E-mail scanner is not fully functional.
  • Fixed problem with accidental BSOD caused by avgwfp driver.
  • Fixed incorrect file restoring from Virus Vault with specific infections.
  • Fixed issue with wrong message being displayed when editing scanning exceptions.
  • Fixed issue with wrong message being displayed when editing scanning exceptions.
  • Fixed issue with possible false positive detection(sysenter hook).
  • General
    Publisher AVG Technologies USA
    Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
    Release Date November 25, 2013
    Date Added November 25, 2013
    Version 2014.0.4259
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Antivirus Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 4.42MB
    File Name avg_free_stb_all_2015_5557_cnet.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 533,072,363
    Downloads Last Week 695,903
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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