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AVG Antivirus Software
 
4.5

(based on 44 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfectly adequate, Perfectly Free

I've been using Grisoft's AVG Free Edition for eight years. Throughout the years the software has become a bit "bloaty" (computer resources hoggy), and takes an awful lot of...Read complete review

I've been using Grisoft's AVG Free Edition for eight years. Throughout the years the software has become a bit "bloaty" (computer resources hoggy), and takes an awful lot of time to load at start up on the laptop I most often use.

That said, this is a free product, after all, and has spared me a good deal of grief over the years in terms of virus-flavor-of-the-month. Scares the daylights out of me when it does spot a bugged file and pops up *out of nowhere* a dire virus ALERT! That's a configurable feature (thankfully) alongside many other configurables in this very nice, reliable, free software.

Probably my biggest high 5 for Grisoft is that it offers one of the least intrusive softwares of **all** antivirus products on the market. And I think I have actually, at one time or another, tried them all.

Absolutely recommend it!

 

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Proof that a good thing may not always last forever

There was a time in recent history when I recommended AVG to all who would listen because I used it, liked the program and trusted the performance based on what I had personally witnessed....Read complete review

There was a time in recent history when I recommended AVG to all who would listen because I used it, liked the program and trusted the performance based on what I had personally witnessed. As a computer technician, the primary niche that I fit into revolved around desktop computer builds and rebuilds from scratch as well as repairs and upgrades and this included virus removal and/or attempting to salvage those damaged through viruses. I routinely installed the free version of AVG on systems where I was the administrator by proxy on these jobs and unless the customer specified, the software installation included AVG. My faith in the product was that strong but things have changed. This once mighty anti virus application that understood it's job of protection against malicious threats as it's main function has now become as intrusive as Norton. The requirement of having a dozen background processes which divert necessary system resources and continual recognition for every aspect of online use, is a fairly new phenomena with AVG but now ranks it as another frustrating program to use and it gets worse.

Anyone who understands the fact that Toolbars are not only annoying and take up far too much screen space but they also open port holes to your system from outside entities that may become corrupt. In other words, having a tool bar provides it's administrators easy access onto your computer for things like updates ... etc and this can become a security breach should the toolbar become corrupt or infected and this was never a problem when using AVG in the past.

Sadly, AVG has jumped into the toolbar market with both feet even with the prospect of potential threats. So much so that nearly every installed application via the internet will have an AVG Toolbar attached. The most distressing aspect of this type behavior, for me is the fact that it is always hidden in the same manner as a hackers virus intrusion. As you agree to the terms of the installation; especially if you don't read the EULA's closely, you will inadvertently approve the installation of yet another toolbar.

Shame on you AVG, you sold out like the rest and I can no longer trust your integrity.

Detection Rate
The fact that AVG has increased their intrusive mannerism as well as requiring far too many back ground processes, makes it's annoyances more than I can handle. In my opinion, this would be far worse on those with limited patience which leads me to believe that any warnings would go unnoticed in the same fashion as the story of the boy who cried wolf.

Ease of Use
AVG has never been too difficult to use and the fact that it is also simple to start the app. to scan a system is beneficial because of the ease but there are also others with similar features with less hassle. I will say that users of AVG will find the same difficulty in getting support in the same manner that companies like Dell and HP have made it totally impossible to get help. Barriers with ever increasing height levels, hoops that are never ending that must be jumped through and a series of Maze's that are maddening and it matters not if it is a small issue or a major malfunction. The bottom line is they want the customer to pay and pay some more because it is greed that fills their sails and not customer satisfaction.

Scan Speed
Their scans are thorough and usually quite effective for recognizing a threat. Ideally, for me, that is what I expect. Protection that is quick, easy to use and effective protection. The focus of an anti virus program should be on that alone and should remain on call whenever, "I" call it to service and not the other way around. I should never be required to become a slave to my system nor my antivirus. Having to ask for permission or explain my reasoning for decisions sort oi defeats that purpose.

Availability of Updates
In like terms on all aspects, there is no reason whatever for me to always stand vigil while an application and especially my anti virus dictates when and how I do things with regards to my computer. Any updates that become necessary for the safety of my system should be available at all times and should be current but the decision to install or update should remain with me and not a situation where I am forced to follow a decision from another.

Compatibility
AVG is a universal program that seems to fit in nicely with any system and on all operating systems ...as it should be but it must be just as most viruses are and that brings us full circle. An antivirus Must be flexible enough and have a current enough database that recognizes all threats and provides full spectrum support but not at the expense of the user.

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5.0

The Gladiator of all Viruses

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from USA

Comments about AVG Antivirus Software:

I have been using AVG for well over thirteen years and it has saved numerous computers I have owned, purchased or was gifted. I wouldn't trust any other program than this. All my computers originally started with Norton and they kept getting viruses and glitching but as soon as I got AVG that fixed everything and they've been working like a champ. I make it a habit to have it scan at least two times a week, it used to be multiple times a day which I may change back, and I haven't had to worry about a thing.... knock on wood of course.

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2.0

Proof that a good thing may not always last forever

By 

from San Pedro, CA

Comments about AVG Antivirus Software:

There was a time in recent history when I recommended AVG to all who would listen because I used it, liked the program and trusted the performance based on what I had personally witnessed. As a computer technician, the primary niche that I fit into revolved around desktop computer builds and rebuilds from scratch as well as repairs and upgrades and this included virus removal and/or attempting to salvage those damaged through viruses. I routinely installed the free version of AVG on systems where I was the administrator by proxy on these jobs and unless the customer specified, the software installation included AVG. My faith in the product was that strong but things have changed. This once mighty anti virus application that understood it's job of protection against malicious threats as it's main function has now become as intrusive as Norton. The requirement of having a dozen background processes which divert necessary system resources and continual recognition for every aspect of online use, is a fairly new phenomena with AVG but now ranks it as another frustrating program to use and it gets worse.

Anyone who understands the fact that Toolbars are not only annoying and take up far too much screen space but they also open port holes to your system from outside entities that may become corrupt. In other words, having a tool bar provides it's administrators easy access onto your computer for things like updates ... etc and this can become a security breach should the toolbar become corrupt or infected and this was never a problem when using AVG in the past.

Sadly, AVG has jumped into the toolbar market with both feet even with the prospect of potential threats. So much so that nearly every installed application via the internet will have an AVG Toolbar attached. The most distressing aspect of this type behavior, for me is the fact that it is always hidden in the same manner as a hackers virus intrusion. As you agree to the terms of the installation; especially if you don't read the EULA's closely, you will inadvertently approve the installation of yet another toolbar.

Shame on you AVG, you sold out like the rest and I can no longer trust your integrity.

Detection Rate
The fact that AVG has increased their intrusive mannerism as well as requiring far too many back ground processes, makes it's annoyances more than I can handle. In my opinion, this would be far worse on those with limited patience which leads me to believe that any warnings would go unnoticed in the same fashion as the story of the boy who cried wolf.

Ease of Use
AVG has never been too difficult to use and the fact that it is also simple to start the app. to scan a system is beneficial because of the ease but there are also others with similar features with less hassle. I will say that users of AVG will find the same difficulty in getting support in the same manner that companies like Dell and HP have made it totally impossible to get help. Barriers with ever increasing height levels, hoops that are never ending that must be jumped through and a series of Maze's that are maddening and it matters not if it is a small issue or a major malfunction. The bottom line is they want the customer to pay and pay some more because it is greed that fills their sails and not customer satisfaction.

Scan Speed
Their scans are thorough and usually quite effective for recognizing a threat. Ideally, for me, that is what I expect. Protection that is quick, easy to use and effective protection. The focus of an anti virus program should be on that alone and should remain on call whenever, "I" call it to service and not the other way around. I should never be required to become a slave to my system nor my antivirus. Having to ask for permission or explain my reasoning for decisions sort oi defeats that purpose.

Availability of Updates
In like terms on all aspects, there is no reason whatever for me to always stand vigil while an application and especially my anti virus dictates when and how I do things with regards to my computer. Any updates that become necessary for the safety of my system should be available at all times and should be current but the decision to install or update should remain with me and not a situation where I am forced to follow a decision from another.

Compatibility
AVG is a universal program that seems to fit in nicely with any system and on all operating systems ...as it should be but it must be just as most viruses are and that brings us full circle. An antivirus Must be flexible enough and have a current enough database that recognizes all threats and provides full spectrum support but not at the expense of the user.

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5.0

I feel safe with AVG softwear installed in my PC.

By 

from Lawrenceburg, TN

Comments about AVG Antivirus Software:

With AVG antivirus I have been problem free. I like the way it detects any virus or adware and stops it before it can even enter my system. Since I installed this software I have been alerted every time a Trojan or a dangerous tracking system is trying to enter my PC. The virus vault catches the problem and keeps it there until you have the time to empty your vault, the less dangerous is confined and deleted without any problems.



This is one of the best investments that I have made. I have to have my PC in good working order as it is necessary for my employment. So far this antivirus has made it possible for me to complete my projects without having to go and borrow someone's computer, which in the past I have had to do. I feel that this would benefit anyone that owns a laptop or desktop and make you feel safe when opening things that could turn around and bite you.

 
5.0

AVG anti-virus is the best I've ever used!

By 

from Chicago, IL

Comments about AVG Antivirus Software:

It is easy to download and use. It can be set to update itself so you don't even need to maintain it. It also can be set to scan in your "off" time so you'll never be bothered. I have used it for over two years, and with three kids....it has saved a LOT of headaches! Kids click on all kinds of things and I have had to reformat my hard drives before i downloaded this antivirus. Now my kids can click thier hearts out, my computer is safe.

 
5.0

Execellent Free Antivirus

By 

from Saint Johns, FL

Comments about AVG Antivirus Software:

The latest Version of AVG free antivirus is a excellent value.  It does real time scanning, email scanning, ahd gives you automatic updates.  It does all this with a much smaller drain on the system Resouces the Norton or Macfee.  I definitly suggest it if you are running an old computer as the other two Antiviruses can bring older computers to a crawl.  I believe a n antivirus is a program that should protect a Computer without draining all the resources while doing it and AVG free fits the bill.

 
5.0

AVG is a must have.

By 

from Selinsgrove, PA

Comments about AVG Antivirus Software:

Avg is the best virus protection you can get for free. I know it works because it caught a Trojan Horse back door virus and eliminated it. I would recommend everyone to get this free download. AVG automatically updates and scans email. It works wonders with the computer and the best thing of all IT'S FREE.

 
5.0

Best anti virus program

By 

from Jamestown, KY

Comments about AVG Antivirus Software:

AVG's free anti-virus program is just simply the best.  It works in the background without being obtrusive and using up my computer's resources.  The control panel is easy to use and informative.  I have bought and used other anti-virus software in the past. Most  were adequate but they eventually became costly and charged for updates.  AVG has free updates and is the one I would recomend to anyone.  The best thing about it...it's Free!

 
5.0

Everyone needs AVG

By 

from Portland, TN

Comments about AVG Antivirus Software:

I have had AVG for about 2 and 1/2 years. I have not had a virus since (knock on wood). I have put it on my friends and my in-laws computers as well. The free version does not have a firewall or spyware but I've installed other free versions of those to. My computer is virus free and I recommend AVF free edition to everyone.

 
5.0

I've been using it for years.

By 

from Brevard, NC

Comments about AVG Antivirus Software:

A friend of mine, who is a computer "geek", told me about this and downloaded it into my computer.  I had Norton Anti-virus before and every time it was time to re-new the price would go up.  I have had AVG on my computer for several years now and have never had any type of virus.  My son recently bought a laptop and the first thing I did for him was download AVG.  I also subscribe to a computer newsletter written by a lady who builds and repairs computers.  She highly recommends AVG also.

 
5.0

Good antivirus that is effective

By 

from Beverly Hills, CA

Comments about AVG Antivirus Software:

I have had AVG Antivirus for awhile now and can honestly say it delivers.  I don't understand while anybody would pay for antivirus software when theres AVG, an effective easy to use antivirus program.  If your looking for an antivirus program that will work and prevent malicious activity on your computer, go with AVG.  Dont spend money on norton.  Norton will slow your computer WAY done and McAfee just blows period.  McAfee seemed ineffective when i used it.

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