AVG AntiVirus Free 2015

AVG AntiVirus Free 2015

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4
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Average User Rating:
4.0
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.0.5557
  • Total Downloads:
    531,512,328
  • Date Added:
    October 23, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    795,685
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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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

"Trouble fromthe beginniing"

November 16, 2014  |  By DakotaSpirit

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

None that I can think of

Cons

A Mess, why bother

Summary

If you want a slow computer and a real mess, use this, it will happen to you in time. Especially if your using windows 8

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5 stars

"Excellent program, i recommed it!"

November 13, 2014  |  By nettingier

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

I do not have any problem with it

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2 stars

"It used to be way better."

November 07, 2014  |  By Darren Dheilly

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

It keeps you safe on line and that is essential today. I still use the free one and I was happy until AVG told me one day after an update, that I did not have the resources to use it effectivly..." No biggie as I was planning to increase my Ram anyway and went to 2 GB on my old Dell laptop and all was good. I still use the old 2013 AVG one and I am happy with it,

Cons

But I tried the new free one here on my shinny HP desktop and I tried the on line,
or the On Demand scan. It ran slow - OK, but what made me really mad was it removed my "rundll" and each time I start my system it Beeps twice telling me that rundll is gone. AVG free removed it and did not even reinstall it when I tried to roll it back - AVG It thought it was a Virus... Now my rundll is gone into "Zen" space - The "Zen" What ? and My stem is really slow now...

Summary

It was too Bloating and I do not like the Nagware telling me to update it. So use the 2014 free one, Run an on demand scan and maybe you too will just sit and wonder : "What Now ?" My system has to go to the shop. I do not want to reinstall my OS. for one file, as the "Extract" command did not work. and with no rundll the Windows repair option did not work, and the system restore did not help either.

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2 stars

"Made Firefox unusable"

November 07, 2014  |  By Dogen183

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

- Worked great until I upgraded

Cons

- The SafeSearch and whatever else it added to Firefox caused the browser to balloon, such that if I reboot my computer and then open Firefox I immediately get a warning that I'm low on memory.

Summary

I had to uninstall both AVG and Firefox to claw back my RAM. Firefox I reinstalled.

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5 stars

"one of the best"

November 06, 2014  |  By ChoiceVoice

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

-has improved over previous version: is much lighter.
-does a thorough job at protecting your surfing habits (the additional software many are so concerned with, linkscanner, is very useful and effective at protecting your internet usage. in the past it was buggy, but seems to be working good now. nice to see they have ironed out the problems. i have tried several and only mcafee siteadvisor and bitdefender's trafficlight are in the same league. all the others are definitively inferior).
-avg proxy and search protection is excellent.
-solid scores in private labs.
-respectable company.
-repaired a installation bug a previous version had.
-honest reporting (hacked programs are identified as hacked, not as trojans to scare user)

Cons

solid free protection ... what's not to like? has some reg scanners and performance stuff or something (not sure if they are paid upgrade or what ... i don't use them, just pretend they're not there and you'll stay happy:) also, turn off notifications is the settings.

Summary

avg had taken a bit of a bump in the last several years. this new version seems to have set it back on track, and placed it near the front of the pack once again. good to see this software giant has come out swinging again.

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2 stars

"WARNING - ADVANCED USERS ONLY"

November 05, 2014  |  By rodrupp

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

The anti virus itself is useful and easy to use

Cons

REPEATEDLY tries to install other AVG products which are nothing but MALWARE and BLOATWARE!
Uses sneaky tactics to get you to accidentally install other AVG products!
During instalation, DO NOT click "Automatic Install (recommended)". Select CUSTOM INSTALL and remove all items (unless there is one you really want).

Summary

Unfortunately AVG is one of the few free, good antivirus programs. Use it only if you are willing to deal with annoying requests to install useless AVG products. Do not install this for your mom / grandfather / friend who is bad with technology / etc.

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5 stars

"I love it!!!"

October 28, 2014  |  By pbike908

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

Free, and doesn't bother me with pop ups to buy the full version! I also recommend free version of Malwarebytes and TDSS killer. Granted, I probably don't have stout real time protection, but manually running Malwarebytes and TDSS killer periodically makes me feel secure.

Cons

Not the full version, but good enough for me!

Summary



Updated on Oct 28, 2014

I was a user of free Avast, however, I switched due to Avast annoying me with pop ups to buy the full version.

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5 stars

"AVG Free The silent protector."

October 26, 2014  |  By paulnvfc

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

I have tried AVG Free in the past and it has slowed my browsing down,but not this version.There are hardly any popups trying to get me to buy the paid versions unlike Avast free which nags you every day.This is great for free keep up the good work AVG.

Cons

Not really a con but I wish there was a quick scan feature.

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1 stars

"Used to be good"

October 24, 2014  |  By Mr.Mega

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5557

Pros

Might stop viruses; not really sure now since the focus seems to be only on creating pop-ups

Cons

Pop-ups. Just upgraded to version 2015, even though it is currently 2014, I guess they can't read a calendar correctly or think they are a car manufacturer now.
Upon returning to computer I had FOUR AVG pop ups for 1st scan, for restarting, protecting from threats (really?? just ran a scan and no threats were found last night.. so are you saying YOU installed them?) and then a panel and naturally, another replaced icon on the desktop to be deleted... again.
Also, if you have auto-scan set for middle of the night so as not to slow down system when needing it, it can randomly set of loud noise/alarm when done for some asinine, idiotic, full-on retard reason so it can wake up the entire house at 4 or 5am for no reason.

Summary

Used to be great.. the best (I've been working on computers since `98). Now, it seems more interested in making harassing noises and causing pop-ups for this and that and scan this and shove that.
I've installed AVG on A LOT of people's computer, many of which have wound up buying the full version (for some reason). No longer installing it. Too many full updates that seem designed just to try and get people to overlook the fact it is default-checked to trial setting... THEN I get a call about it, "Why does it say expired?!"
Removing items from a computer without authorization is also what I would consider VIRUS behavior.... so, it really should detect itself. A simple program to open a game faster, skipping/doing steps for you is not a virus - says it is a 'Possible Hack Tool" POSSIBLE. Same with an auto-clicker which is great if you play FB games to send/receive gifts and don't enjoy sitting there for well over a minute clicking over and over returning gifts; set to 1 second intervals and 100 clicks, then GO (and, go grab coffee)... but, that too, is a "Possible Hack Tool" and even though added to exemption list 100 times, it still gets deleted, over and over. Why is the mouse itself not a hack tool since it, too, can click? Or, the monitor, since it shows WHERE to click?
I have many computers to test on; going to start in trying out other Anti-V programs from now on. Good riddance to spammy rubbish.

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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 7, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.42MB
File Name avg_free_stb_all_2015_5557_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 531,512,328
Downloads Last Week 795,685
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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