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AVG AntiVirus Free

Free
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 24692 votes out of 51 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2016.0.7163
  • Total Downloads:
    561,769,760
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 15, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $39.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    2.76MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    54,941
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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Editors' Review

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AVG Antivirus free is one of the most popular antivirus programs on the market. The company is moving from annual releases to rolling releases: as long as you have a subscription, you'll have the latest version of their software.

Pros

Rolling releases: In the past, buying a copy of AVG would get you regular antivirus updates, but features would not change until you bought the following year's version. Now you can always have the newest version of AVG.

It's free: Although it's release method has changed, you can still get a version that costs no money -- though there are a few strings attached (more on that in the Cons section below).

Modular installation: AVG has separate components that can monitor your desktop email client and your Web browser for threats, and you can choose to not install both of these, if you have other software that covers these bases already.

Cons

Installer gotchas: If you don't intervene by using a "custom" installation, the installer will put you on a 30-day trial of one of the company's paid products instead of installing AVG Antivirus Free. And it will change your Web browser's homepage and default search engine to Bing.com.

PC Analyzer has issues: AVG Antivirus features a PC Analyzer, which checks for registry errors, junk files and broken shortcuts that can be deleted, and disk defragmentation. The problem is, you're not supposed to defrag a solid-state drive, but PC Analyzer did not appear to notice what type of drive it was. The analyzer is also all-or-nothing; you can't skip the defrag or the registry cleaner and just delete junk files and shortcuts, for example.

Bottom Line

According to independent testing labs such as AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, AVG uses a solid antivirus engine. But the hoops you have to jump through in the installer and the technical error in the PC Analyzer have an impact on trust and confidence in the product.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.4

    out of 51 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 27
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 24692 votes

    • 5 star 11647
    • 4 star 7516
    • 3 star 1860
    • 2 star 1008
    • 1 star 2661
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2 stars

"Seems nice, but didn't fix my issue"

September 23, 2016  |  By Taylorminaj1

2016-09-23 08:37:38  |  By Taylorminaj1

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

Uninstalled because of intrusive popup ads

Cons

THIS IS THE WORST ANTIVIRUS EVER....!!

Summary

THIS IS THE PRODUCT THAT YOU CANT RELY ON!!! It gave me a virus, and it is supposed to be a virus remover?? btw i am using a another Antivirus which name is Akick Antivirus that i can trust It "helped" me to find all computer viruses without any showing popup ads.

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1 stars

"WARNING: HAD TO UNINSTALL"

September 10, 2016  |  By conniebmobile

2016-09-10 09:09:15  |  By conniebmobile

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

I've been a loyal customer of AVG Free Antivirus for many years. I've just uninstalled it.

Cons

Freezes computer. Don't install

Summary

It wanted to delete a "threat" I wanted to keep. I clicked on the button to ignore the "threat" and it froze my computer. I tried this 5 times. So I finally had it remove the "threat" and then uninstalled AVG Antivirus Free.

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1 stars

"used to be a really good program"

June 24, 2016  |  By alskn3

2016-06-24 10:28:14  |  By alskn3

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

It has never slowed down any of my computers and it is free and I have never gotten a virus while I have had it on my computers

Cons

It started these annoying pop ups and you can not turn them off I understand they want to sell you a subscription to the full version but I don't see why it has to be these stupid pop ups and email with offers would be the wiser alternative now I see why they dropped from #1 on the download list if they don't do something about this really soon I will be uninstalling it

Summary

Was always happy to recomend AVG to a friend but I will no longer be doing that untill they stop all the stupid popups

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1 stars

"This is adware"

June 22, 2016  |  By katorisu

2016-06-22 19:20:51  |  By katorisu

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

Can scan your computer.

Cons

Constant, annoying pop-ups with no way to disable them, not even by purchasing the paid version. If you're a gamer, this will force your full screen to minimize.

Summary

After an update was causing my computer to freeze, I uninstalled/reinstalled and was instantly bombarded with multiple pop-ups at the same time. Their customer service doesn't care about your dissatisfaction. Uninstalling.

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1 stars

"Used to be great. Now full of intrusive pop-up ads."

June 07, 2016  |  By tamtoes

2016-06-07 11:17:58  |  By tamtoes

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

Completes basic anti-virus functions like comparable programs.

Cons

Repetitive pop-up ads (PC Tune-up! Your protection is incomplete! Upgrade to PRO! Save 66%!) many times per day, for which there is absolutely no way of disabling despite even hacking the AVG program itself. These ads interrupt processes including games. This has been an issue on the AVG support forums since spring of 2015, so over a year now. Apparently also an issue in the paid version. I uninstalled AVG and will try Panda.

Summary

Incessant pop-up ads with no way to disable. AVG Marketing team should be fired.

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1 stars

"Pop-ups every day"

May 22, 2016  |  By Omer Collins

2016-05-22 06:58:37  |  By Omer Collins

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

It does function as an anti-virus

Cons

Annoying pop-ups All The Time asking you to buy their product. I asked AVG, they won't disable it or help in any way to minimize it.

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1 stars

"No longer FREE, but ADWARE :("

April 21, 2016  |  By ganerd

2016-04-21 02:17:34  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

NOT A SINGLE PRO LEFT :(

Cons

CONSTANT interruptions ... like every HOUR or TWO :(
Sometimes MULTIPLE Interruptions at ONCE!
Even after REINSTALLING the "FREE" version got even MORE Interruptions!

Summary

This product has REALLY gone down hill after its new owners :(
Removed and replaced with higher rated, FREE Avast, with the compatible Malwarebytes, with Wise scanner to replace its Tuneup.

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1 stars

"Freezes my computer every time"

April 15, 2016  |  By WinginSue

2016-04-15 20:13:39  |  By WinginSue

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

None that I can see

Cons

I've tried installing this three times now. When I install and the program starts to update, I am unable to do anything else on my computer.. and I have a gaming machine. As soon as I take AVG off, everything works well. I guess I'll stick with Trend Micro.

Summary

This was suggested by my husband because he uses a free version. It appears that there is no free version any longer. I'm not sure why it seems to be so slow but I don't have issues with anything else slowing down my system.

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3 stars

"Works OK, except for the daily, pop-up nags to upgrade"

April 08, 2016  |  By Himself

2016-04-08 02:36:51  |  By Himself

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

During the free trial, it works quietly.

Cons

No evidence it ever really did anything, and after a 3-month free trial, it opens a pop-up window every day telling me my protection is limited and that I should upgrade.

Summary

Plenty other antivirus apps abound with at least similar features and no annoying pup-ups. I uninstalled it, and cannot recommend it.

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2 stars

"Uninstalled because of intrusive popup ads"

March 31, 2016  |  By sahd0w

2016-03-31 20:02:17  |  By sahd0w

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

I already wrote a review but Cnet wouldn't load the Post Review page, so I lost it. Anyway, the program is good for getting rid of ads and malware, in general.

Cons

Popup ads that hijack any window you are watching or typing in. Even if you're playing a game, AVG ads will force minimize your game to look at the stupid ad. I got tired of it and uninstalled it just now.

Summary

Didn't used to be like this. Way too many, intrusive ads now.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2016.0.7163
  • Better protection against even the newest malware thanks to cloud-based Real-Time Outbreak Detection and proactive AI Detection
  • Automatic push updates
  • Windows 10 compatibility
General
Publisher AVG Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date October 15, 2015
Date Added October 15, 2015
Version 2016.0.7163
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.76MB
File Name AVG_Protection_Free_1115.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 561,769,760
Downloads Last Week 54,941
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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