"Simple and effective free antivirus for Windows"
- Softonic rating:
- Very good
Nº 6 of 50
AVG Anti-Virus has gone through many changes over the years but is still one of the handiest free antivirus programs available for personal users.
Despite being a free security tool, AVG Anti-Virus is as good as any paid anti-virus app. It features a bunch of dedicated modules to protect you from antivirus, spyware and rootkits and spam, and also includes the so called LinkScanner – an extra layer of protection that checks search results and web links to make sure they’re safe. In recent years, the developers have added more intrusive features that try to intefere with browser settings such as your preferred search engine but overall, it still remains a good anti-virus option.
One of the best things about AVG Anti-Virus is that it offers neat, effective protection while staying silently minimized in your system tray without guzzling system resources and of course, without constantly bothering you with warning windows or update messages. Since it's the free version of a complete program, AVG Anti-Virus does show the odd nag screen encouraging you to buy AVG Professional, something which may annoy some users.
AVG Anti-Virus features a nicely designed, more user-friendly interface, which mimics the Windows Modern UI, and supports touch in Windows 8. Of course, you still have the same three types of scan: full system, selected files and folders and anti-rootkit. AVG Anti-Virus also lets you schedule scans for a certain day and time.
New in 2013 is an enhanced and simplified firewall. Previous versions of AVG didn't include any firewall at all so it's a nice addition. Settings for the firewall are easy to use and understand, making personalization network access for specific apps a breeze. The firewall will also help scan links, fight spam, and protect against wi-fi hacking.
The whole AVG Anti-Virus package should be enough to ensure you're not infected with any virus. The program also integrates seamlessly with Windows Explorer, allowing you to scan files from their context menus. AVG Anti-Virus's database is automatically updated on a daily basis, so you're always protected from even the most recently discovered threats. Although AVG Anti-Virus still remains a very powerful packages, there are other anti virus tools - such as Avast! - that do as good a job if not better.
Performance of AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition has increased as well. Startup times are now 26% quicker, scanning times are 36% faster, and interface loads over 200% faster
AVG Antivirus remains a perfect security solution for the average computer user, providing a powerful weapon against viruses.
- Works silently in the background
- Frequent automatic updates
- Includes anti-spyware tool, email protection and web browsing filter
- Provides social network protection
- Modern UI and touch interface
- Nagging registration window
- Tries to modify browser settings during installation
- English, German, French, Italian
- File size:
- 4.3 MB
- May 21, 2013
- AVG | More programs (8)
- Win2000/XP/ Vista/7/8
- Anti-virus > Generic
- AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is only available for single computer use for home and non commercial use. This version offers basic protection, without technical support or server protection.