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AVG AntiVirus Free

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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 24687 votes out of 46 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2016.0.7163
  • Total Downloads:
    560,600,862
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 15, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available; $31.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    2.76MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    62,375
  • Platform:
    Windows
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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

    2.5

    out of 46 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 23
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 24687 votes

    • 5 star 11647
    • 4 star 7516
    • 3 star 1860
    • 2 star 1007
    • 1 star 2657
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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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3 stars

"Works but pop up ads are super annoying"

March 31, 2016  |  By bhavinpatel47

2016-03-31 09:13:21  |  By bhavinpatel47

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

Works as advertised. Regular Updates. Used to work in background without you even knowing.

Cons

Ads. Popup Ads that will automatically switch the active window to the ad. They are super annoying and intrusive.

Summary

It works but I'd rather have control over what my PC is doing and what is on my screen. Plus windows defender gives me decent protection without the hassle. Why would I want to install AVG now?

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1 stars

"WHAT HAPPENED AVG"

March 28, 2016

2016-03-28 20:19:48

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

None, I couldn't get it to run.

Cons

I had an older version of AVG. There was a popup saying there is a newer version. I upgraded to the newer version. Then when I tried to run it I kept getting a popup saying the license number is out of date. I uninstalled it.

Summary

I noticed on the older version there were more 5 stars than 1 stars. At the time of this review there are only 11 five stars but 19 one stars. Mine will make number 20 one stars.

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1 stars

"Always has popups, randomly installs things"

March 22, 2016  |  By theasianpianist

2016-03-22 17:08:19  |  By theasianpianist

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

I didn't get a virus (but didn't get any with any other AV either)

Cons

Constant popups to restart my computer, or install some new crap by AVG. Automatically installed the Chrome extension without my approval, without me asking for it, which is unacceptable. This above all makes me irrationally angry. Trying to uninstall now and it's not even doing that correctly.

Summary

An absolute piece of **** software filled with adware and popups. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

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1 stars

"What has AVG done?"

March 17, 2016  |  By P Savoie

2016-03-17 13:51:56  |  By P Savoie

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

AVG doesn't have any pros anymore.
I would have given 0 stars but the lowest it will let me is .5.

Cons

Most importantly, AVG doesn't work with Windows 10. After switching to 10 and installing AVG my whole system crashed and could not boot back up. I had to reset my system and start over. I tried installing AVG before anything to see if it was the problem or if it was something else. It promptly crashed and I had to reset all over again. I have not bothered to try again since I dont feel like resetting everything all over again. Everything else seems irrelevant in lieu of the crashing problem but:
Like everyone else said, AVG is a total resource hog and makes a noticeable and substantial impact on performance. AVG in the past took a decent amount of power to run but did not cause much of a difference in performance. This "Zen" garbage they include now is completely useless. It takes up extra drive space and resources to do nothing. It is just an extra step on the way to the normal update and scan window.

Summary

I was extremely disappointed that after using, relying, and trusting AVG for over 10 years that I can no longer use the program. AVG has destroyed what was once one of the best free and paid anti-virus out there. I feel kind of naked not having the familiar square icon in my task-bar protecting my rig anymore. I hope they make some major changes again but instead of adding garbage, they strip away all the useless bloatware and give us the bare-bones protection AVG used to be.

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4 stars

"Good choice, but a resource hog."

March 17, 2016  |  By Gabe1972

2016-03-17 06:35:51  |  By Gabe1972

 |  Version: AVG AntiVirus Free 2016.0.7163

Pros

Detects well. Fairly quick whole computer scan. It's free.

Cons

Resource hog.

Summary

For a free antivirus program, this is pretty darn good. It detects baddies with the best of them. The only problem is that it is a resource hog. If you have a fairly decent computer, it should be fine, but if you have a computer with a fairly weak processor, like a run of the mill netbook, be prepared for things to slow down. I put it on an Acer Aspire V5-122P-0889, which has only a 1Ghz processor ( I didn't pay for this notebook and never would for something so weak, but got it as a freebie from the eMachines class action suit involving floppy drives), and the computer didn't like it, to be blunt. When it was running a scan it was using 92% of the CPU. When only monitoring, it didn't use nearly that much, but it still slowed the system down as a whole, and enough to make me uninstall it and use the Windows defender that came with Windows 10 (it's a seldom used computer, and only for fun when I do, NEVER using it for something involving personal information, so I don't need great protection).
Overall, AVG is great, but again, a resource hog when used with a weak computer.

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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 560,600,862
Downloads Last Week 62,375
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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