AVG Free

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 24596 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.5.329
  • Total Downloads:
    533,072,363
  • Date Added:
    May 12, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    695,903
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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This antivirus program offers rock-solid protection. AVG Free provides the bare necessities, including a real-time shield to prevent infections, anti-virus and anti-malware wrapped up in one engine, and a link scanner for Web surfing with care.

By default, the application is set to search for new virus definitions daily, but you always can use the scheduling tool to change this. Should a virus create serious system problems, AVG creates a rescue disk to scan your computer in MS-DOS mode. The program doesn't tax your system when scanning or when running in the background and always proved effective in our tests. The new interface is much easier to navigate than in previous version, with tabbed navigation on the left assisting users in drilling down to the tools they need.

Though the free version of this program will suffice for average folks, those who demand more control should certainly consider AVG Anti-Virus Professional.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.5

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 9
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 6
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 24596 votes

    • 5 star 11630
    • 4 star 7507
    • 3 star 1853
    • 2 star 999
    • 1 star 2607
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5 stars

"great basic security for 99% of all users"

May 29, 2009  |  By rogierx

 |  Version: AVG Free 8.5.329

Pros

install and start your computer safely with this basic package. Only very sophisticated users need more. Very useful, thanks for giving this for free: it solved many problems

Cons

no cons after one month of intense usage

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5 stars

"one of the best out there"

May 24, 2009  |  By amitarya69

 |  Version: AVG Free 8.5.329

Pros

one of the best out there

Cons

one of the best out there

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4 stars

"logical layout, stable software"

May 18, 2009  |  By jamesathomson

 |  Version: AVG Free 8.5.329

Pros

reliable and free

Cons

I am not sure how to report unsolicitated emails nor how to stop them without bouncing them back to sender- who then has a verification of my email address.

Summary

Easy to use, fast and reliable.

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1 stars

"File is corrupt"

May 17, 2009  |  By mike8472

 |  Version: AVG Free 8.5.329

Pros

I tried 8.5 for a little while and it was much better than last year but I uninstalled since it locked out my ability to shut it completely off in system services. So I tried avast for a bit that had same problem. I really miss version 7.5.

Cons

Tried downloading with IE8 and FF3. No luck, says file is corrupt.

Summary

This is my 3rd time trying 8.5. The first time I tried 8.5 I uninstalled it since it was an absolutely awful resource hog. So I went back to 7.5 up until recently when they stopped providing 7.5 updates. Version 7.5 was fantastic. The latest version 8.5 seems slightly faster so I figure maybe I can tolerate the performance degredation compared to 7.5

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4 stars

"very useful."

May 15, 2009  |  By paulchua2

 |  Version: AVG Free 8.5.329

Pros

easy to configure and use. does not take up too much system memory.

Cons

no problems detected yet.

Summary

a useful addition to a Windows-based computer system.

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1 stars

"File is corrupt. It won't install."

May 15, 2009  |  By mmatrull

 |  Version: AVG Free 8.5.329

Pros

Unknown - I cannot install this app.

Cons

File is corrupt. It won't install.

Summary

File is corrupt. It won't install.

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1 stars

"Customer Service does not match program advertised"

May 15, 2009  |  By aswanjaguars

 |  Version: AVG Free 8.5.329

Pros

Downloaded and tried to install this program. Installation failed and is corrupted. It will not complete the installation and it will not remove from the computer.

Cons

Downloaded and tried to install, Installation failed and is corrupted. It will not complete the installation and it will not remove from the computer.

Summary

Customer service and assistance email address will not respond to attempt to help with this problem. This program continues to try to finish the installation by asking for a reboot. When it ask for the reboot it will terminate whatever program I am using at that time, kicking me out of that program or website. I have forwarded a total of 15 emails to support@avg.com asking for information on how to remove this program so I can attempt a reinstall. Service only says that there is no support for the program and provides no other answers. I attempted to contact sales and they also say there is no support and keep trying to sell me an upgrade. They do not read the fact that I have attempted to upgrade and it will not work because it identifies a version of the program half installed.
I do not know if this program is any good, but if you get a corrupted download or corrupted installation it will remain on your computer and you will have no assistance removing it. I have attempted to use the uninstall provided by Microsoft and the uninstall portion of the AVG program as well, neither works. What I ended up with was something simular to Malware that is creating a large problem for me in the operation of my computer.

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5 stars

"Excellent Choice for Home Users"

May 15, 2009  |  By spmullen

 |  Version: AVG Free 8.5.329

Pros

very low use of system resources, reliably detects "in the wild" viruses, FREE

Cons

occassionally may not download updates, but this may be your local network

Summary

Best "bang for the buck". In years of using this on multiple computers, I have never had a virus on any of my computers.
On friends computers, I have replaced several well known virus suites that were consuming high system resources with AVG with a huge drop in cpu utilization, amazing my friends on how well their older system really worked.
All in all, AVG Free has to be considered for anyone looking for low/no cost ways to protect their system.

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5 stars

"The BEST free Anti-Virus solution to date!!"

May 15, 2009  |  By mdahlqu

 |  Version: AVG Free 8.5.329

Pros

I love version 8.5 and have been a user of AVG since version 7...this is simply the best Anti-Virus solution I've ever used and prefer it over Norton, McAfee and Zone Alarm!

Cons

It loads up 5 processes, but I've seen as many as 15 from Norton (the biggest RAM hog ever).

Summary

I was impressed when AVG terminated and quarantined a virus in real time as it was spreading (I was able to monitor the whole process). I've been installing AVG onto all the computers I work on for customers - it's about as easy and as good as they come.

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5 stars

"been using AVG for 4yrs and have had no problem with it"

May 15, 2009  |  By hagga

 |  Version: AVG Free 8.5.329

Pros

it is free and easy for an old age pensioner like me to use

Cons

can not think of any

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.5.329
Program Update
General
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date May 12, 2009
Date Added May 12, 2009
Version 8.5.329
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.42MB
File Name avg_free_stb_all_2015_5557_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 533,072,363
Downloads Last Week 695,903
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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