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AVG Free

CNET Editors' review

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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  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 24,502 votes

    • 5 star: 11577
    • 4 star: 7497
    • 3 star: 1850
    • 2 star: 993
    • 1 star: 2585
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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