AVG AntiVirus Free

AVG AntiVirus Free 19.2

Free
Protects PCs from malware threats while keeping the performance intact
4.1  (3,392 votes)
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Detects, protects, and removes known malware distributed on the Internet in forms of trojans, viruses, adware and ransomware. Works based on modules for PC maintenance, PC speed up using tweaks, and error fixing.

If in search of a simple tool to protect your home PC against the most common online threats and to optimize its performance, AVG AntiVirus Free offers you a free alternative with an interesting variety of quick scans and easy-to-use optimization tools. It can detect any attempt from ransomware, spyware, and other malware programs to access your computer, and can fix a number of issues that might be slowing down your PC.

This free Avast tool is designed to help home users to keep their computers protected at a basic level. If you are looking for a higher level of protection, you’re advised to test other Avast tools with a wider range of features. Actually, you may find that even though AVG AntiVirus Free is capable of detecting a wide variety of threats, it does not count with the tools required to fix them.

The program offers you six different scan options – a computer scan, a deep (slower) scan, a USB and DVD scan, a file and folder scan, a performance scan, and a boot-time scan. Some will look for hidden threats and viruses or add-ons that may be slowing down your browsers, while others are designed to optimize your storage space and to boost up your PC performance by notifying you of all the junk files on your drives or the programs that are running in the background. The scan processes themselves are fairly quick (except for the Deep Scan, of course), and they produce reports easy-to-understand reports to help you decide on the next steps.

AVG AntiVirus Free is not a full-fledged anti-virus tool to prevent your system from all possible threats and attacks – there are other professional tools will do that for a fee. However, if your exposure to the outside world ranges from low to moderate, this free utility is probably all you need to feel safe and protected. Besides, its basic system optimization tools will help you keep your system clean of unnecessary files and running at full speed.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Protects your e-mails against online threats
  • Cleans up your browsers from unwanted add-ons
  • Removes all junk files
  • Detects privacy issues
  • Includes a scan scheduler

Cons

  • Slows down your PC performance more than other similar tools
  • Cannot fix some of issues detected
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