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Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    17.1.3006
  • Total Downloads:
    562,651,428
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 12, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $39.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    3.29MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    56,699
  • 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 17.1.3006
  • New interface makes it easier than ever to monitor all your layers of protection
  • "Scan Computer" now quickly scans for malware, unwanted toolbars and browser extensions, and PC performance problems in a single click.
  • New "Deep Scan" option lets you specifically target hidden threats with a longer, more intensive scan of your entire computer.
  • Improved identification of never-before-seen threats by sending potential malware to our servers for deeper analysis.
  • Now blocks unsafe downloads before they reach your PC (previously a paid feature).
  • Now security updates are automatically pushed to your PC in real-time (previously a paid feature).
General
Publisher AVG Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date January 12, 2017
Date Added January 12, 2017
Version 17.1.3006
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.29MB
File Name Antivirus_Free_1856.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 562,651,428
Downloads Last Week 56,699
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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