AVG Free Antivirus Gets A Smart New Look


AVG Free AntivirusIt's been a while since I looked at the free antivirus suite from AVG, so I have recently been taking a fresh look. And the software continues to get better as the years progress.

As always, there's a free version and a paid-for one. Both are accessible via the same installer which you can download from https://www.avg.com/en-ww/free-antivirus-download. When you run the installer you simply remember to select the free version, and your PC is protected for life.

While the paid-for version describes itself as a complete security suite, the free version has pretty much everything that is really essential. It scans your computer, emails and web pages for viruses and malware, and quarantines any infections if it finds them. Plus, updates get installed regularly so the system is always looking for the latest known malware.

If your existing paid-for AV software is about to expire, or if you got a new PC for Christmas and it was supplied with a 3-month trial of a paid-for security suite, you're going to need something else soon. And while the built-in Windows Defender is OK, something like AVG is even better.

The download file is only 3 MB or so, but be aware that it will download additional files when you run the installer.

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Thanks rob,
It's been a few years since I last used AVG as my default anti virus.
For the past few years, I've been using Qihoo 360 and although it's quite good, I do get the odd false positive which is frustrating.
After reading your views on AVG rob,
I'm going to divorce Qihoo 360 and hop into bed with AVG for a fling..... yep, it's time for a change.
As for AVG being flagged as a nasty...... you don't get to stay in business for more than ten years as they have, if it's not good.

I am shocked - but bot surprised. How so?

Three to five AVG modules are recognized as PuPs and removed by every better clean-up program I know and regularly use. Just yesterday I delivered an originally badly messed up computer back to a customer and showed the log files of above mentioned clean-up programs to the lady. AVG were numerically among the most numerous things that showed up. And that machine is no exception.

And to name names here: The clean-up programs I refer to are JRT, Adw-Cleaner and Malwarebytes Free.

I really take issue with even still writing about AVG - and then in a place like Gizmo's Freeware that so many people have over years learned to trust.

Anybody else sensing the slippery (down-)slope ahead?

I'll say what Rob and MC are too busy or too polite to say. YOU are wrong --loudly and undeservedly offensively wrong.

First, "Potentially Unwanted Programs" MAY BE just that, "potentially unwanted". Some 'security' programs flag other programs -- security-related and otherwise-- that THEY have unilaterally determined to be "potentially unwanted" only to alert the user who, then, can make his/her own decision whether the subject is "wanted" or not. For example, the Chrome browser extension offered with Avast!'s and AVG's installers IS WANTED by many users while NOT WANTED by others and, in any event, is prominently identified as "optional" by those installers. The user can choose for him/herSELF.

Second, One of your so-called "better clean-up program[s]", namely Malwarebytes (MWB), recently, itself, has become a "potentially unwanted program" that flags so very many useful, legitimate programs as PUPs or, even as malware, that I no longer treat its findings as reliable on-their-face. It appears that MWB intentionally flags competitors' products as PUPs or malware in an insidious marketing ploy to disadvantage them. And, to add insult to injury, since going commercial, MWB has gotten so much heavier-and-heavier on system resources that I, a life-time multiple-licensee, disable it except for the periodic scan whose results I have to go through with a fine-toothed comb.

In short, no one security program is better than all others in every instance and, therefore, should not be used as THE benchmark in always assessing all others.

Finally, to answer your polemical question: No, I do not sense any slippery, downward slope here at GIZMO's Place. I suspect almost no other fair-minded, well-informed and truly experienced computer user who finds his/her way here does either. Your assertion otherwise is just another one of those Probably Unwarranted Opinions littering the Internet.

Happy New Year, anyway.

This applies to much of the other software listed here which either `offers` potentially unwanted programs during the install process directly, or via the third party download hosting site. Whenever we are aware of this an installer warning is included in the product details of full reviews. MC - Site Manager.

FYI - the offline "Avast! Free" installer can be found here: https://support.avast.com/en-ww/article/Install-Free-Antivirus

It would be good to note the comments at tomsguide.com on antivirus about the merger of AVG and Avast and the differences now between the two. It appears that Avast might be the better choice given recent developments. Please correct me if I am in error.