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Editors' Review

by   / October 09, 2015

AVG Antivirus free is one of the most popular antivirus programs on the market. The company is moving from annual releases to rolling releases: as long as you have a subscription, you'll have the latest version of their software.


Rolling releases: In the past, buying a copy of AVG would get you regular antivirus updates, but features would not change until you bought the following year's version. Now you can always have the newest version of AVG.

It's free: Although it's release method has changed, you can still get a version that costs no money -- though there are a few strings attached (more on that in the Cons section below).

Modular installation: AVG has separate components that can monitor your desktop email client and your Web browser for threats, and you can choose to not install both of these, if you have other software that covers these bases already.


Installer gotchas: If you don't intervene by using a "custom" installation, the installer will put you on a 30-day trial of one of the company's paid products instead of installing AVG Antivirus Free. And it will change your Web browser's homepage and default search engine to

PC Analyzer has issues: AVG Antivirus features a PC Analyzer, which checks for registry errors, junk files and broken shortcuts that can be deleted, and disk defragmentation. The problem is, you're not supposed to defrag a solid-state drive, but PC Analyzer did not appear to notice what type of drive it was. The analyzer is also all-or-nothing; you can't skip the defrag or the registry cleaner and just delete junk files and shortcuts, for example.

Bottom Line

According to independent testing labs such as AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, AVG uses a solid antivirus engine. But the hoops you have to jump through in the installer and the technical error in the PC Analyzer have an impact on trust and confidence in the product.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 19.6.3098

  • Improved performance - We've reduced the amount of disk and CPU usage our antivirus needs during installation
  • Improved stability - We've unified some headers across the app for greater stability
  • A cleaner goodbye - If you ever uninstall us (gasp!), we now do a better job of removing all our files
  • Bug stomping - Sensitive Data Shield scans no longer finish prematurely, Mail Shield no longer blocks connections if it can’t connect to an IPv6 address, and uninstalling AVG AntiVirus FREE no longer deletes Avast Passwords’ desktop/start menu icon (if you use that app)


Publisher AVG Technologies
Publisher web site
Release Date June 28, 2019
Date Added June 28, 2019
Version 19.6.3098


Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 262.33KB
File Name avg_antivirus_free_setup.exe


Total Downloads 566,676,048
Downloads Last Week 13,071


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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