AVG AntiVirus Free 2015

AVG AntiVirus Free 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 24582 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.0.5315
  • Total Downloads:
    527,880,007
  • Date Added:
    September 09, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    717,747
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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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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1 stars

"Avoid at all cost"

October 04, 2014

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

none, nothing is good

Cons

It's NOT an antivirus. AVG is a virus. Freezings and crashes started right after I downloaded a free trial version.

Summary

Avoid, run away, never use it if you don't want lose your data

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1 stars

"MS Word, Excel errors since installation of AVG"

October 02, 2014  |  By ccatron_rn

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

I don't see any

Cons

Every time I try to open an excel or word document since AVG antivirus and Tune-up were installed, I get the following error: "There was a problem sending the command to the program". My computer is slower since installation and I've had a problem networking my computers since installation. I've asked for support to resolve the issue but have gotten none. I can't find the issue in their FAQs. I've asked for a full refund and been refused (over 30 days). Wish I'd paid attention to the posted negative reviews and never bought it!

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5 stars

"Very Good and Free Anti-Virus"

October 01, 2014  |  By richrichmv

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

Effective in blocking malware sites.

Cons

Be careful not to install options that are not free.

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4 stars

"pretty cool stuff"

September 30, 2014  |  By alice.glading

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

can't live without it

Cons

nothing to declare

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5 stars

"Best free utility"

September 25, 2014  |  By DrakeThelin11

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

For me, it is very suitable

Cons

Haven't found any cause i'm just a beginner.

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5 stars

"Simple and efficient"

September 24, 2014  |  By MoraisBudden

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

Simple and efficient

Cons

Nothing. just download and use it

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5 stars

"It's a really good to download"

September 23, 2014  |  By HeisterDoolan

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

Simple to use and setup. Effective.

Cons

I do not have any problem with it

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5 stars

"It's a pretty good product"

September 22, 2014  |  By VisorSeebach

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

Really happy with this program.

Cons

None that I found

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5 stars

"Excellent, very classic!"

September 21, 2014  |  By TroutmanKuba

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

Best security program available.

Cons

I havn't found yet :)

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3 stars

"Not Getting Enough Courage To Continue With It..."

September 19, 2014  |  By saif_msn

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

Used The 2009 Version Which Provided Average Protection, No System Conflicts, However Used To Make My System Slow...

Cons

Apparently AVG Dev Team Has A View Of Providing Low Protection In Their Free Version... But I'm Not Convinced That I Should Consider At All With Anything That Compromises My PC Security... Installed It & It Let Passed Some Malwares... Switching Back To MSE...

Summary

AVG Has Come A Long Way... Its Time They Should Change Their Policy...

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.0.5315
  • New Interface: With this release, we've put a greater emphasis on design to make protecting yourself as easy as possible. We've perfected our interface to give you full-featured anti-virus protection in a beautifully simple design. Simple circles give you an overview of your level of protection, and their color alerts you to potential problems. A partial circle means that certain protection features are not activated or installed, while a full one means that you are fully covered.
  • Outbreak Detection: Normally, when we find a new threat, we build malware definition packages that include several detection and removal methods, test them internally and finally distribute them to our users. This represented a short window during which you could have potentially been infected with an emerging 0-day threat before the detection methods are up to date on your computer. Outbreak Detection fills that gap. Now, when we discover a 0-day threat, we immediately upload our earliest detection methods into the back end of our cloud-based threat database. Whenever a user comes across that threat and is in a position to activate it, our behavioral detection kicks in and does a reputation check. If the application is linked to this new threat-it will be blocked and quarantined. This new method helps keep you safe the moment we know a threat is out there, and helps to stop its spread while we develop the regular definitions packages which contain a broader and more thorough protection.
General
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date September 09, 2014
Date Added September 09, 2014
Version 2015.0.5315
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.37MB
File Name avg_free_stb_all_2015_5315_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 527,880,007
Downloads Last Week 717,747
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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