AVG AntiVirus Free 2015

AVG AntiVirus Free 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 24597 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.0.5557
  • Total Downloads:
    534,936,264
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 23, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    4.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    658,032
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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AVG AntiVirus comes in three models: Free, Pro, and Internet Security. AntiVirus Free includes AVG's antivirus engine, Link Protection, and File Shredder. Pro adds protection like Online Shield and Data Safe. Internet Security offers Pro features as well as Anti-Spam and Enhanced Firewall. AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 has moved away from Windows 8 Modern's flat appearance to a more button-centric, streamlined interface, and the app is paired with AVG's Zen for managing scans remotely.

Pros

A basic security kit with a bonus: AVG AntiVirus Free can fulfill your everyday security needs with its powerful antivirus scanning engine, software behavior tracking tool, and link and email scanner. In addition, the suite is compatible with the new AVG Zen, which allows you to check your Windows, Mac, and Android devices. You can log in on your PC or via Android app to schedule scans, view malware reports, and troubleshoot from anywhere.

Intuitive design: Large overlay buttons separate tool categories, and quick toggle buttons are easily accessible for both touch navigation and traditional mouse and keyboard.

Commendable protection: AVG scored 96.5 percent in real-world protection for malware blocked in AV-Comparative's September 2014 report. That puts AVG well above the industry average, though not at the top of the list. The antivirus detection engine has been improved, as shown in the reduced number of false positives in AV-Comparative's tests.

Cons

Busy menu: AVG placed large submenu icons over the more functional buttons -- Antivirus Scans, Performance Fix, and Definition Update. Removing extraneous icons for tools that require a license upgrade would improve the UI.

Aggressive selling model: In our tests, we were turned off by aggressive advertising to upgrade to the paid version. Also, with many features and tools displayed but grayed out, AntiVirus Free felt like it was missing pieces, even with so many tools available.

Bottom Line

AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 has improved upon a well-designed security tool kit. While the busy layout takes some getting used to, the underlying antivirus engine continues to show improvement, outperforming previous years' results and many competitors, and AVG's Zen is a great boon if you're managing multiple devices.

 
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1 stars

"seriously? wth happened to avg?"

December 28, 2014  |  By bevykona

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

it's free that is the only pro. chicken pox are free, too, but who wants them?

Cons

oh em gee. it used to be the one we all used and i always told all my friends, use avg, it's awesome. it's the opposite of awesome. it slows down everything, including my brand new computer that i removed mcafee from and a scan takes for freakin' ever. also the pop up ads trying to sell you something else. really? popup blockers don't even work at their constant nagging you to upgrade, buy this, etc. it's crap. (i don't think crap is profanity, but if i get scolded, i'll change that word) eye roll

Summary

don't do it. and whatever you do, do NOT load the 30 day free trial of the version with all the bells and whistles. it will never leave you alone. ever. the free version isn't worth the hassle.

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1 stars

"Horrible!!!! Shockingly horrible!!!!!! BAD NEWS!!!!!!"

December 18, 2014  |  By foxlikesrox

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

Terrible... I uninstalled it after a few days.

Cons

Made my computer unable to function.

Summary

HOLY AWFUL!!! I am shocked that this program has such a great rating. I decided to try it on account of the great rating and reviews, but that was a HUGE MISTAKE. Immediately after installing, I found that it had slowed down my computer to the point of making it entirely not-functional. Webpages were opening soooo slowly. Same with programs. Startup took FOREVER and my computer continued making noises for like an hour after startup, which had never happened previous to installing Avast. Also, it was draining my battery at least 4-5x faster than normal. Previous to installing this program my computer was new, fast, totally functional, no problems with streaming videos, etc. After installing, I could no longer open multiple webpages, could not stream videos, could not even open programs on my computer without significant delay to the point of thinking my computer was not working at all, battery drained in less than an hour of use. Absolutely terrible. I'm so confused as to why this program has such great ratings on CNET - I uninstalled it after a few days as I could no longer use my computer as normal - a brand new computer absolutely not functional anymore on account of Avast. I uninstalled it (which took like 20 minutes to uninstall) and now my computer is back to normal - confirmation that the problem was due to Avast, not some other issue. I'm really baffled as to why everyone is rating this as a great program. The way it affected my computer was as if I had downloaded a virus, not an anti-virus program. I still can't believe the rating for this program.... Is CNET getting paid by Avast for the good rating? Is this program actually spyware that's logging all my activity and sending it to someone? I have no idea why this was killing my computer so bad... I'm totally confused about the rating, except to believe that it's falsified in some way. I'm questioning the integrity of CNET after this experience. Bottom line: Download this if you don't want to use your computer anymore.

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1 stars

"don't like"

December 17, 2014  |  By jonpooris

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

there are no pros

Cons

It took over everything. It questioned every other cleaning programs I use. I took it off immediately.

Summary

I dislike it, after several years off bragging on AVG to friends, having them install it.

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5 stars

"Best Anti-Virus I have found"

December 15, 2014

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

Light Weight, Easy to Use, Simple to install, Runs effectively with no need to even keep an eye on it

Cons

Nothing Bad

Summary

AVG is really light weight as far as Anti-viruses go, if you have a RAM issue with running it, then the least of your problems is viruses (with a 126mb RAM as previously commented, you may aswell have bought a calculator by 2014) Nagware is something that comes with virtually all free software, and the only one with AVG is a daily popup asking to upgrade (ignore it for 5 seconds and its gone) simply settings to adjust can load on the computer, I have used AVG since discovering and have never had to change once and never had a single error or virus in the life of my computers, (I am an IT professional and on the hundreds of computers I have handled, not one has been effected by viruses) To avoid the change of browsers and installed of unwanted programs when installing AVG, READ THE CHECK-BOXES CAREFULLY

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1 stars

"Very Disappointing"

December 12, 2014  |  By The Old Hippie

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

Could not install, so there can be none

Cons

As a very satisfied multi-year user of AVG Anti-Virus products, I looked forward to AVG 2015. However, after downloading all versions of AVG2015 I could find and trying to get any to install, I have thrown in the towel. I've tried on a HP tower and Acer laptop. And on neither would AVG install. I keep seeing the ad for AVG help, with a fee, for installation so evidently they got tired of people using their free products.

Summary

They've lost not only a long time user and advocate but the benefit of my many reccomendations to the customers whose computers I maintain.

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1 stars

"Bad Mistake"

December 10, 2014  |  By fredg06

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

None; did not leave it installed more than a half day.

Cons

Too many annoying pop-ups, telling me my Opera version 12 was using too much memory and to restart my computer! Would not install Identity protection, cause I did not have enough RAM.

Summary

I have a 2000 Dell tower computer, XP/SP3, with 126 meg RAM, IE8, and using Opera version 12.
AVG 2015 kept showing pop-ups, telling me the above. ,,,very annoying.
I use Avast, and wanted to see if AVG would let my computer run any faster. I set a setpoint, using System Restore before uninstalling Avast. After installing AVG, I decided it wasn't worth it, so set it to reture to before I uninstalled Avast.
It would NOT let me use System Restore!!! AVG had done something to it, causing it to tell me System Restore could not restore my computer!!
I then used Wise Uninstaller to remove all the AVG 2015, when it did successfully. I then re-installed Avast 2015, which I like very much.
I had used AVG since about 2002, but it's changed wayyyyyyy tooooo much!!!!

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4 stars

"Good, i recommed it"

December 09, 2014  |  By userya

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

The anti virus is useful

Cons

Great tool, easy to use

Summary



Updated on Dec 9, 2014

Has improved over previous version: is much lighter.

Updated on Dec 9, 2014

I do not have any problem with it

Updated on Dec 9, 2014

One of the best, solid free protection

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5 stars

"test for download"

December 09, 2014  |  By cbsitestuser

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

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Cons

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Updated on Dec 9, 2014

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Updated on Dec 9, 2014

This is an awesome app however like all apps this one is special because it is my app

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5 stars

"pretty good"

December 09, 2014  |  By Ion_cel_Ionescu

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

pretty good, and free

Cons

no problems so far

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2 stars

"test for download"

December 04, 2014  |  By userdownloadgnou

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

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Cons

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Excellent program, i recommed it

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.0.5557
  • New graphic design of selected user interface dialogs.
  • Improved distribution of updates due to unified HTTP communication protocol between application and update server.
  • Descriptive texts added to some unlabeled icon-only buttons.
  • Fixed security vulnerability issue in TDI driver (credit to Parvez Anwar).
General
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date October 23, 2014
Date Added October 23, 2014
Version 2015.0.5557
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.42MB
File Name avg_free_stb_all_2015_5557_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 534,936,264
Downloads Last Week 658,032
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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