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AVG AntiVirus 2019 for Android Security Free

Editors' Review

by   / November 29, 2016

AVG AntiVirus scans your Android device for malicious software and offers a wealth of related security tools if you buy an annual subscription. The free version, however, is weighed down by intrusive ads and notifications.

Pros

Free or paid malware protection: AVG AntiVirus is available in an ad-supported free edition or through an annual Pro subscription that costs about $7.50. The free version provides antivirus and antitheft tools. With a subscription, you lose the ads and gain device and app locking, app backup, and -- if your Android phone gets lost or stolen -- the ability to take an image of whoever may have swiped it.

Quick scanning: The app opens on the scanning screen. Tap scan, and the app displays scan progress and the results. You can schedule scans to occur daily or weekly, or you can manually activate one. A related security tool watches for malicious Web links as you surf. The app checks for security updates every 24 to 48 hours, according to AVG.

Middling malware detection scores: AVG received passable scores on the suite of tests run by AV-Test, a security and antivirus research firm. On both malware detection and usability, AVG's app scored in the bottom half of the 27 mobile security apps tested.

Cons

Unwanted notifications: The free edition displays unwelcome icons in the status bar, notifying you of other AVG apps or telling you "You forgot something" with a link to get a "limited-time gift."

Misleading ads: After a virus scan, the free version displays misleading ads. One ad in our tests, for example, mimicked a system alert and warned that our device was unsafe and needed cleaning.

Bottom Line

The paid version of AVG offers a broad range of security tools. The app, however, is held back by low to middling scores in malware detection and usability, as well as by the intrusive, misleading notifications and ads that litter the free version.

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Editors' Review

by   / November 29, 2016

AVG AntiVirus scans your Android device for malicious software and offers a wealth of related security tools if you buy an annual subscription. The free version, however, is weighed down by intrusive ads and notifications.

Pros

Free or paid malware protection: AVG AntiVirus is available in an ad-supported free edition or through an annual Pro subscription that costs about $7.50. The free version provides antivirus and antitheft tools. With a subscription, you lose the ads and gain device and app locking, app backup, and -- if your Android phone gets lost or stolen -- the ability to take an image of whoever may have swiped it.

Quick scanning: The app opens on the scanning screen. Tap scan, and the app displays scan progress and the results. You can schedule scans to occur daily or weekly, or you can manually activate one. A related security tool watches for malicious Web links as you surf. The app checks for security updates every 24 to 48 hours, according to AVG.

Middling malware detection scores: AVG received passable scores on the suite of tests run by AV-Test, a security and antivirus research firm. On both malware detection and usability, AVG's app scored in the bottom half of the 27 mobile security apps tested.

Cons

Unwanted notifications: The free edition displays unwelcome icons in the status bar, notifying you of other AVG apps or telling you "You forgot something" with a link to get a "limited-time gift."

Misleading ads: After a virus scan, the free version displays misleading ads. One ad in our tests, for example, mimicked a system alert and warned that our device was unsafe and needed cleaning.

Bottom Line

The paid version of AVG offers a broad range of security tools. The app, however, is held back by low to middling scores in malware detection and usability, as well as by the intrusive, misleading notifications and ads that litter the free version.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.18.1

* Introducing VPN! Keep your online activities private, secure your online transactions, and change your location to access content from anywhere.

* The new "Ultimate" package includes unlimited VPN access, AVG Cleaner, and AVG Secure VPN! Find your activation code on Subscription Settings and enter it in the voucher form on the purchase screen of our other apps.

General

Publisher AVG Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date April 09, 2019
Date Added April 09, 2019
Version 6.18.1

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Other

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

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File Name External File

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Total Downloads 37,189
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License Model Free
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Price Free
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