AVG Internet Security 2015

AVG Internet Security 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 347 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015.0.5557
  • Total Downloads:
    3,976,561
  • Date Added:
    October 23, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,611
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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Editors' Review

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AVG's Anti-Virus and Internet Security line follows on the heel of last year's highly-ranked security suite by not merely incorporating some minor but key tweaks to both its front-end and back-end, but a stronger push toward personal data management and privacy utilities that help prevent uninvited access to your files. Though many threats still exist, security programs as they stand now start to encompass areas of privacy utilities. Whereas the majority of threats were once external viruses trying to force their way into your machines, nowadays malware focus more on tricking users to inadvertently open doors for hijacking.

Version 2013 was AVG's first push toward adopting and remixing the Modern UI movement. Not just a response to competitors, the Modern UI movement represents an overall push toward creating a more streamlined security experience. For the average consumer, what your anti-virus and anti-malware programs do to protect your computer have followed a set it and forget it mentality.

Balancing along the fine line of being both approachable yet empowering is a key goal of not just AVG but also just about any utility software developer: Modern UI has the visual appeal, but does it evoke control and the sense of security over all the software's power features?

In our last review, we commended AVG's decision to reduce the installation steps. It still contains a toolbar offer, and despite the universal hatred toward being fooled into installing yet another browser helper object, AVG's toolbar actually does include useful security options like Do Not Track. Again it's a tradeoff but if you really wanted DNT's features, then there's a standalone version available for free on Firefox and Chrome in their respective extension stores.

By now, almost every major security software maker has more or less adopted the flat, Modern UI look and AVG has kept its own visuals mostly intact. The main screen is decorated with AVG's primary areas of protection that include your computer, browsing the Web, Identity protection features, e-mail protection, and extras that populate the second row if you opt to purchase the premium or Internet Security suites. It's the same as last year's design, but still a radical departure from the old AVG that's appreciated, yet still may take some getting used to for the more hands-on user. Thankfully, all it's older scan settings are still neatly tucked under the options, though they aren't nearly as touch-friendly.

All visual and organizational improvements aside, AVG 2014 (along with many other security suites we've seen) have more or less been continuing to dress a Windows 7 application without completely assimilating into the actual Modern UI environment, wholeheartedly. I can understand this context under the stance that there are still many who don't face a real urgency to upgrade to Windows 8. But if you're moving toward minimal input and maintenance for running a security program in the background, then perhaps Modern UI might be better suited in the long run.

For example, the options menu is still very much geared toward the mouse user, so having a meet-halfway kind of design slightly disrupts the overall experience of maintaining and protecting your machine with the touch of your fingers.

Two notable additions to AVG Internet Security are File Shredder and Data Safe. File Shredder is a more permanent solution to deleting files and reducing any potential digital trails for recovery. By default, Windows doesn't actually delete files, even after clearing the Recycle Bin, with the exception of overly-large file sizes. For the average user, this might not seem like much but in the era of privacy concerns, it's a welcome feature that will slowly start to become more relevant to the average consumer.

Even Data Safe, AVG's own folder encryption, helps you create what is essentially a secured pseudo-partition in a native location that can only be unlocked with a password. It's a practical precaution for those who share their computers with others and wish to avoid having to create separate profiles.

AV-Test results for 2014 are currently not published, but the 2013 marks for Internet Security showed a slight drop in protection, going down from a 5.5 rating out of 6 to 5.0. Performance remained standard at 3.5 but usability shot up significantly from 4.5 to 5.5 out of 6. AV-Comparatives gave 2013 a 1.1 percent compromise rate in their real-world protection test in their July report. Overall, AVG has maintained a relatively consistent level of security, which is above average, but the gains in usability combined with reduced system load, makes this version one of the most lightweight protection solutions for your PC.

To call this version the best AVG yet is a no-brainer; AVG's security efficacy, though not the best, still remains consistently high scoring among AV evaluations across the board. And though detection rates have improved, the biggest strides for this year's version have been made in the areas of privacy tools that are genuinely useful. As for whether it's the "best" security program around, that may depend on your current needs. AVG's emphasis on privacy tools and reputation ranking attempts to combat malware through educating and empowering users, at least slightly, with tools that remain easy to use yet encourage users to actively manage their PC files. We especially recommend this year's suite for those who actively share their machine with other users.

 
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1 stars

"Tried to delete my system32"

October 11, 2014  |  By CanHandletheTruth

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

The old version was good.

Cons

Intrusive, now it blocks all your programs from responding. Had to launch task manager to disable startup and restart to remove.

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1 stars

"NOT FOR ANYONE TECH SAVVY ENOUGH TO WANT BACKUPS!"

September 23, 2014  |  By E-71

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2015 2015.0.5315

Pros

Light-weight in comparison to to many alternatives.

Cons

Since version 2013, they removed the import/export feature meaning we can no longer backup firewall/antivirus rules/settings. AVG installer clears all settings without warning!!

Summary

AVG staff claim they're now going for a fully automated firewall -- in other words they're now targeting novice users with very low expectations.
If you want to create detailed firewall rules or specify which applications can/cannot access the internet, you'll have to painstakingly re-enter each and every rule every time you update the software (eg. from an earlier 2014 release to the latest 2014 release or from version 2014 to 2015).
No import/export feature plus the flushing of your settings on update -- I'm tempted to label their software as malicious.
I've been using AVG since the Grisoft days (v6.0) and my honest recommendation is for you to stay away from them unless you're not going to change (m)any settings.

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2 stars

"Great Product but Lousy Customer Support"

July 12, 2014  |  By reachtom

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2014 2014.0.4716

Pros

Great and user friendly product.

Cons

If you try to call for customer service there is only live help for sales, not for assisting with product or account issues.

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5 stars

"more serial avast 2014 download full updated"

June 08, 2014  |  By victorball

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2014 2014.0.4577

Pros

installation + crack download http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdPQU2K0LCI

Cons

more serial avast 2014 download full updated
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1 stars

"Used to be good - now it ruins your machine."

March 30, 2014  |  By Sue Geek

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2014 2014.0.4354

Pros

None any more.

Cons

It doesn't work.

Summary

I installed this junk on 3 very different machines: one was a laptop running Windows 7, another was a touchpad/laptop running Windows 8, and the third was a PC running Windows XP. Interestingly enough, all 3 machines had the same problem after the install of AVG 2013: it was impossible to get on the internet by any means - we tried dialup, high speed DSL, and wireless: none of them worked! - AVG 2013 is SO good at protecting your machine it won't even allow you online. Unfortunately for AVG that doesn't work for most people.
Don't get us wrong, we're not some of those people who are working for AVG's competitors who are going around and slamming AVG for whatever reason. We used to be AVG's biggest fans. Nevertheless, a problem so big and vexing that AVG 2013 destroys 3 machines across 3 very different platforms (all 3 machines had to have their operating systems wiped and reinstalled in order to work normally again) is just too much even for AVG's biggest fans!
Try Microsoft Security Essentials. We were very skeptical about MSE because it is made by Microsoft but it beats AVG 2013 in 2 major categories: it works and its install doesn't require you to wipe and reinstall your operating system - a major hassle!
Go with MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials). I had my doubts about MSE and I was using it as a stand-in for AVG until they cleaned up their big steaming mess which never happened. Although it's from Microsoft it's free (bloat ware free too!) and it WORKS!

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5 stars

"good software"

December 26, 2013  |  By mastiloaded

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

Good. But full version can give more updated features. Trial and Full version avg internet security can also be downloaded from http://www.blogshlog.com

Cons

great protection

Summary

One of best

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4 stars

"it works and can't beat the price"

December 09, 2013  |  By mamajeanw

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

Free and/or cheap
Scans my emails automatically
Simple to use

Cons

none I can think of

Summary

Anything that is cheap or almost free that actually works gets my thumbs up. Seems to do its job and I can't think of anything bad to say about AVG. I also used AVG Tuneup on one of my PCs.

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1 stars

"Can not be installed"

November 29, 2013  |  By cozdemire

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2014 2014.0.4259

Pros

if i could install this, i may tell about pros.

Cons

don't install if you want to 30 day free trial. becouse installing is not continue without a liscence key.

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4 stars

"So Far, So Good."

November 24, 2013  |  By BearPuppy

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2014 2014.0.4117

Pros

The download is a rather large file, but once downloaded, installation is easy to undertake even in Custom mode. Activating the product was automatic and quick. The first computer scan (which the user is prompted to undertake) was also not overly slow.

Cons

The biggest drawback is the lack of any good explanation as to what each optional item translates to. I am an experienced software user and customizer, and know that each company defines things differently. Not having common definitions makes this task more difficult than it needs to be.

Summary

I have been an Avast user for many, many years. I reluctantly gave up on them when they pushed a faulty Emergency Update onto users and then refused to answer any questions when the Update proved defective. At last count there were 6 pages of comments from people since yesterday, demanding an explanation.

I only hope that AVG's protection is at least as good as Avast's has been. So I reserve judgment for now, noting the ease of installation, quick first scan, and the plethora of options (even if they aren't well explained).

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3 stars

"Excellent protection but acts as an 'Adware'"

November 11, 2013  |  By fall124a

 |  Version: AVG Internet Security 2014 2014.0.4117

Pros

I've been using AVG Internet Security for 4 years now, it has never failed in the task of defending my PC from malwares and exploits of all kind.

Cons

AVG Internet Security comes with, Driver Update,Reputation.com, AVG Nation Toolbar from Infospace,more often useless.

The more interesting one concerns the Quick Tune component integrated in the suite. AVG integrated it in 2013 version Service Pack 2. After scanning your PC for errors,when you click on 'Fix Now' it directs you to a link to download AVG Tune Up Utilities 2104(Fixes your PC 1 time or buy a license for 12 months). So they removed the quick tune component, without saying nothing about that, and not even giving information about it on there website.

Summary

How a SECURITY company, which talk a lot about PRIVACY on their websites and youtube videos promote so much things that are often in contradiction with security and privacy. Its important to understand that business is important for any enterprise, but here you get too much focus on money and AVG neglects the security aspect. And also it is a PAID product. You even get advertisement for Tune Up Utilities in OpenCandy supported installers. I'll just let my license expire in less than 3 months and move on to another brand offering more protection than intrusive advertising.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015.0.5557
  • New graphic design of selected user interface dialogs.
  • Online Shield inspects also SSL/TLS encrypted traffic (https).
  • Improved distribution of updates due to unified HTTP communication protocol between application and update server.
  • BlackBerry BBLink devices now supported using Firewall settings/Advanced settings/Allow VPN traffic. No user created rules needed.
  • Descriptive texts added to some unlabeled icon-only buttons.
  • Fixed security vulnerability issue in TDI driver (credit to Parvez Anwar).
General
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date October 23, 2014
Date Added October 23, 2014
Version 2015.0.5557
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.42MB
File Name avg_isct_stb_all_2015_5557_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,976,561
Downloads Last Week 5,611
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $54.99

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