AVG AntiVirus Free 2015

AVG AntiVirus Free 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 24611 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.0.5863
  • Total Downloads:
    543,826,080
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 27, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $31.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    4.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    701,572
  • 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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5 stars

"It seems to do a good job."

March 26, 2015  |  By haroldmarcum

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5856

Pros

It does not slow you down updates often.

Cons

None it does a good job.

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5 stars

"solid protection"

March 21, 2015  |  By ChoiceVoice

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5856

Pros

-the newest version of avg is very very light on boot up. and testing shows it runs very lite on system, and i can confirm that on my windows 7 64 bit. this is a considerable improvement over their product from a year ago.
-fairly solid detection and cleaning according to labs (not the best, but very good)
virusbullitin, last 11 of 12 tests avg had a vb100 award. av comparables gave avg an advanced + rating, thats the hightest. in denis labs they passed, but not hightest grade. so they had lots and lots of tests done and came out pretty high overall.
-avgs web protection is excellent, and now fairly hidden/silent unless something malicious occurs.

Cons

-i've never been very good with spam detectors, and am unsure if it helps much.
-not a fan of registry cleaners as part of av solutions. but that seems to be the trend now a days. during install, you don't need to select it if you don't want it ... just do a custom install.

Summary

still one of the best av companies around. solid protection, and lite on system. and company is respectable. product is constantly tested in labs, and the engine is their own (they didn't just shell a bitdefender engine like manhy asian avs freq. do).

Updated on Mar 21, 2015

oops, i was referring to the avg pro/paid version in my review. everything is same in free version but doesn't have spam filter.

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2 stars

"Originally loved it, until the update"

March 19, 2015  |  By Jason N

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5856

Pros

+works like advertised

Cons

-wiped files...

Summary

After installing the newest AVG update, my windows settings were wiped, my peripheral drivers were reset, and my documents all deleted. It would appear that AVG decided to delete every single thing that was not a program file, and reset my desktop and windows settings. I had multiple notepads that I used to make lists of things to do, upcoming sales, anime, movies, ect. Those are now all gone. I do realize that it is my fault for not backing up my files anytime recently, but still! I should not lose things over a simple update. The reason I am giving 2 stars is because AVG worked like a charm beforehand and I never had any issues with it in the past years. Im done with AVG now, never again.

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1 stars

"Look like AVG did not make it this time"

March 19, 2015  |  By mike53_1999

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5856

Pros

None with this version

Cons

It does funny things to my WIN7 OS so it went straight to the delete bin. AVG use to be a top shelf anti virus even the free version worked very will. But I would not recommend it to my worst friend now. Come on AVG get with the program and make something that even your mothers would have pride in.

Summary

do not use there are better free products out there

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1 stars

"Going down hill fast"

March 11, 2015

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5751

Pros

Ummmm... Cant think of anymore. Back in the day it was good, after my recent spat with it I cant even say with any certainty thats its safe

Cons

S.L O W S Y O U R S Y S T E M
Contant freaking scanning even when I say no
Pop ups/malware/more pops ups and add ons
Doesnt actually stop as much as it says
Starting to act like Vista with its constants permissions business

Summary

Ive used AVG for years but over the last 3 - 6 months its become a right pain in my backside. Rather than being a discreet security programme its now an offensive and interupting malware engine and has dragged my PC performance right down the plug hole. Back to good old Avast I think...

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2 stars

"GET OUT OF MY BROWSER"

March 10, 2015  |  By cap263

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5751

Pros

UGH Please see below

Cons

AVG, please get out of my browser! EVERYDAY AVG is popping up, forcing this malware down my throat. Leave me alone! I don't want your toolbar and search function! Worst, AVG demands this update with a misleading "85% done!" pop-up. This is the same way malware is installed, and AVG should be considered malware for t hat reason

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1 stars

"THEY ARE LIARS!"

March 07, 2015  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5751

Pros

After getting a virus while using trial,NONE!,
I WISH I could rate LESS than one star and it count.

Cons

1. Does not for the job well as I got the SUPERFISH VIRUS!!
2. The FREE version has GONE! Although this is LISTED as free, there is a BUY NOW link encouraging you to buy it for $31.99. ... THAT IS FREE?
3. Also after you install the trial it stay as bad as Norton used to do and thus my reason for abandoning Norton.

Summary

ALTHOUGH being a loyal to AVG for YEARS, I will the new top rated, free, uncrippled Comodo or Avast I am really disappointed CNET had such high rating of such a fraud :( .

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1 stars

"Now, it is just malware"

March 06, 2015  |  By stu2j

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5751

Pros

There is a free version

Cons

Bloated
Will install add ons
Will slow the system and web surfing
Slows start up and causes drive thrashing
Lots and lots of needless notifications

Summary

There was a time when I could not say enough good about this program. It was a free lean virus detecting machine.... Now, I can't say enough bad about it. Please stay away. It is the worst malware out there today and it causes so many problems. What makes it really bad is that disabling it will not help with the diagnosis. You have to actually uninstall the beast to discover that *IT* is the problem. Besides those items mentioned above, it kills the Win 7 network mapping feature, it interferes with Windows network diagnostic tools, it interferes with simple third party tools (like USB backup) it prevents media players etc from seeing the network, and the list goes on. I am quite certain someone will say there are "fixes" for all these things but unless you have hours to waste on it (and I certainly don't)... just move on to something that actually works. Good luck

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1 stars

"Blue Screen Of Death with Win7-64bit"

March 03, 2015  |  By JimNeville

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5751

Pros

I used the product for many, many years. Auto update is good. Free protection worked. I understand the need to provide extras for paid users, so I didn't mind the sales push every once in a while.

Cons

I finally recovered from a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) problem caused by AVG. Stole what little free time I had for 5 days trying to recover. I may try AVG again someday, but only after they have sufficient time to resolve their BSOD problem. Trying Avast next and crossing fingers.

Summary

I'm very sad. I gave all my faith to AVG and they let me down. Recommended to all my friends and now I have to send out warnings after I find a suitable replacement.

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1 stars

"Literally the Worst"

March 01, 2015

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5751

Pros

nothing at ALL

Cons

takes money out and doesn't give any protection

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What's new in version 2015.0.5863
  • Fixed issue with Online Shield / LinkScanner blocking print jobs on Ricoh printers.
General
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date March 27, 2015
Date Added March 27, 2015
Version 2015.0.5863
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.6MB
File Name avg_free_stb_all_5863p1_177.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 543,826,080
Downloads Last Week 701,572
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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