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AVG AntiVirus Free

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2016.0.7163
  • Total Downloads:
    558,141,224
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 15, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $31.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    2.76MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    113,572
  • 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

    2.8

    out of 32 votes

    • 5 star 10
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 14
  • All Versions

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    out of 24670 votes

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    • 3 star 1857
    • 2 star 1006
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1 stars

"A virus itself"

February 04, 2016  |  By Nooksterlib

2016-02-04 22:05:49  |  By Nooksterlib

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

It stays on your computer

Cons

It never leaves

Summary

It took a third party program to remove every last trace of this from my computer after dozens of attempts to remove it from the uninstall feature. They even tell you to download ANOTHER program of theirs in order to remove it/troubleshoot uninstalling and THAT doesn't work either. Its a notorious problem with this antivirus. It is basically a virus itself that hides in every crevice and you CANNOT remove it. I do not recommend.... run away.

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4 stars

"This is a great app!"

January 25, 2016  |  By cbsitestuser

2016-01-25 09:16:11  |  By cbsitestuser

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

There is nothing I can complain about this program

Cons

This software does everything I want it to do

Summary

This is great!

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2 stars

"Did not install on XP"

January 22, 2016  |  By specstuffer

2016-01-22 06:36:32  |  By specstuffer

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

I have always been loyal to AVG. It worked in the past.

Cons

AVG 2016 would not install into Windows XP.

Summary

I will try again with the next version.

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5 stars

"works great as said"

January 20, 2016  |  By Orland Feather

2016-01-20 03:10:41  |  By Orland Feather

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

works great great

Cons

no cons that I found

Summary

works great as said

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5 stars

"Works as advertised."

January 20, 2016  |  By EmmerSchurman

2016-01-20 01:20:01  |  By EmmerSchurman

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

It was very easy to use. Quickly and easy to install.

Cons

Nothing. just download and use it.

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5 stars

"Small & Efficient"

January 18, 2016  |  By ArthursBahn

2016-01-18 23:32:01  |  By ArthursBahn

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

The program works very well. Easy to use for you!

Cons

Nothing. just download and use it.

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5 stars

"Good a product."

January 12, 2016  |  By KatiePela

2016-01-12 22:38:49  |  By KatiePela

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

Well, this is an exceptionally good program. Fast, stable and accurate

Cons

Not too many words to say.

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4 stars

"One of the best, n free use possible"

January 08, 2016  |  By Ibrahim Fiskiran

2016-01-08 06:25:25  |  By Ibrahim Fiskiran

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

A comprehensive antivirus, protector, defender, privacy, usable on all devices.. Free to try for a month, but as I get a 3 months usage of pro version of AVG pro antivirus, I would be able to use it 4 3 months.. So outstanding to have a try..

Cons

Almost none..

Summary

Great, affordable, reasonable price
Free use
Trial of pro version for a month
Fast
Comprehensive
Optimizer
Support
Might be used on all devices
Auto sync
Easy to use

Updated on Jan 13, 2016

Now better and professional, a real protection from all the attacks from the internet.. Great
Thank you AVG Technologies USA
It's a perfect protection software

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4 stars

"i have downloaded only cons,see cons"

December 20, 2015  |  By reesrlong11

2015-12-20 04:10:27  |  By reesrlong11

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

no pros at all

Cons

i will not use it again

Summary

i have downloaded only cons,see cons

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4 stars

"i'm to loyal"

December 16, 2015  |  By janruel

2015-12-16 22:12:39  |  By janruel

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

AVG is senior in antivirus the more Experience the more quality they give..for 1 decade it improves their software and add some additional feature

Cons

only problem on boot..it ad 1 minute of your time..but slowing is a natural part of security..because example if you are going to the mall..there is a SECURITY #weeeee checking your things =P. the malware virus that you have because of AVG is the advertisement you click..so if you can buy antivirus..buy also some advertisement blocker..you will also help another software product.

Summary

i don't have money so this free antivirus help me for about a decade just don't click advertisement so no virus malware spyware or some ****..support avg =)

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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 USA
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 558,141,224
Downloads Last Week 113,572
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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