AVG Internet Security

AVG Internet Security

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 346 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.0.87
File Size:
4.37MB
Date Added:
March 14, 2008
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $43.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
3,951,859
Downloads Last Week:
7,185
Product ranking:
#9 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' review

AVG Internet Security 8.0 has many new features including Linkscanner technology, which AVG Technologies acquired with its recent purchase of Exploit Prevention Labs. Overall, the product falls flat as an Internet security suite.

Missing from the suite is adequate antiphishing protection beyond e-mail blocking. AVG Internet Security 8.0 flags malicious Web sites, however, unlike the standalone version of Linkscanner there is no additional information provided about a threat. We also found the AVG suite to be resource heavy and produced false positives.

AVG installs Yahoo as the default search engine in up to two locations within your Internet browser, depending upon your installation choices. We were able to download and install AVG Internet Security 8.0 on a Dell XPS machine running Windows XP SP2 with no difficulty and without rebooting. If you are upgrading from a previous version of AVG, you must uninstall that version first before installing version 8.0.

AVG provides a fully functional 30-day trial. There are searchable FAQs on AVG's Web site with a handful of useful questions and answers. There is also a downloadable 172-page PDF users' manual that lacks a comprehensive index. AVG also doesn't provide telephone technical support or a free online user's forum.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 346 votes

    • 5 star: 138
    • 4 star: 65
    • 3 star: 40
    • 2 star: 23
    • 1 star: 80
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 54 votes

    • 5 star: 22
    • 4 star: 21
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 4
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    "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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