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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 24700 votes out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    17.1.3008
  • Total Downloads:
    563,304,380
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 12, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $39.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    3.29MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    57,683
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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Editors' Review

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AVG Antivirus Free is an antimalware security suite that includes an active file and email scanner, plus Web browsing protection. Avast Software (AVG's main competitor) bought AVG Technologies in October 2016, but the two brands and product lines remain separate.

Pros

Highly customizable behavior: It doesn't look like it at first glance, but AVG Antivirus Free offers a variety of sliders and checkboxes to let you tweak its scanning behavior. Click the Menu button and select Settings to see all your options. They are categorized and nested intuitively, and you can create backups of your settings (it would also be nice to have an option to reset everything to defaults).

Helpful explanations of jargon: A lot of settings have an "i" icon you can put your mouse pointer on to display a small pop-up window with more information. If that's not enough, there's a context-sensitive ? button in the upper right that will take you to an AVG webpage with more detailed information about what the setting does. Ideally, this extra layer of info would be available offline, but such a feature is unfortunately rare among antivirus apps.

Historically above-average malware detection: According to the tests performed in the past by independent labs such as AV-Test and AV Comparatives, AVG has performed moderately better than one would expect from a free malware scanner.

Cons

Upsell-oriented interface: Antivirus companies prefer paying customers, and they are sometimes more aggressive about converting free users than we'd like. When you double-click the AVG icon in the Windows system tray, it doesn't take you to the antivirus interface. Instead, it displays AVG Zen, which advertises three tools not included in the AVG Antivirus Free package: PC Tuneup, HMA Pro VPN, and Web Tuneup. There's a button on the far left to access your antivirus, but the following window divides your tools into Basic Protection and Full Protection, the latter of which is not included. Then there's a section below with more product offers.

Full Protection includes a software firewall, file encryption, and a mechanism to detect when an imposter website is trying to trick you into giving it your credit card info; that package costs $70 per year. It does not include the VPN (virtual private network) or the tuneup tools; those are bundled with AVG Ultimate, which costs $100 per year. Alternatively, you can get the PC Tuneup tool separately for $50 per year, the VPN for $100 per year, and the Web Tuneup tool for free.

These are all substantially higher prices than you'll see for Norton, McAfee, and other competing security suites, which makes the upsells that much more disagreeable. Not to mention that PC Tuneup's functionality is largely replicated by CCleaner (Windows, Mac), which you can get for free.

Bottom Line

AVG offers a fine degree of control and competently explains its various functions, but user appeal is diminished by a sales-driven interface.

[Correction: A previous version of this review stated that Avast's malware scanner produced a false positive, which turned out to be incorrect upon further investigation. This changes the review score from 3 stars to 3.5 stars.]

 
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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 17.1.3008
  • 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 17.1.3008
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 563,304,380
Downloads Last Week 57,683
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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