AVG AntiVirus Free

AVG AntiVirus Free 19.7

Free
Protects PCs from malware threats while keeping the performance intact
4.1  (3,399 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.

Many free antivirus tools will detect quickly and surely any virus infecting your PC or any potential threat that may be spying on your data – AVG AntiVirus Free also removes all of those from your computer while keeping it protected in real time. It will also stop any downloads or e-mail attachments that might harm your PC when opened.

This free anti-virus utility has been around long enough to attract millions of users around the world. You will usually find it among the top 5 on the most prestigious free antivirus lists on the Web, and there are a few reasons for that. It is simple to set up, which is not always the case with other similar contenders; it provides real-time true protection for your PC; and, last but should probably go first, requires very few of your system resources, which is usually the opposite of what other free antivirus applications do to your PC’s overall performance.

It was refreshing to scan my computer with a new antivirus tool and find out that it was 100% clean from viruses or threats. Not that I wasn’t sure about it, but it is getting more and more customary to present you with some false positives and the option to buy a more powerful tool or a better version of the program to get rid of them. AVG AntiVirus Free, however, showed a level of honesty that speak volumes about this tool. That doesn’t mean it won’t try to lure you to upgrade to AVG Internet Security – the “full” version of the program – as often as it can, but at least it doesn’t scare you first. The scan process was not only satisfactory, but also fast, except for the Performance Issues section, which took ages in comparison.

The program offers a high level of customization, allowing you to define how it should behave when it detects a virus or a potentially harmful program, and how its different “shields” (File, Behavior, Web, and Email) should work for you. Also part of its “Basic Protection” are the Computer and the Web & Email protection routines, which you can activate or not. Finally, there are two extra tools that are worth mentioning, such as the File Shredder and the Do Not Disturb Mode, which will silence all or certain types of notifications while you’re working with the apps you determine.

It may not be the perfect free antivirus tool available out there, but AVG AntiVirus Free is certainly one of the best. If only for its honesty, its total lack of false positives, and its highly customizable and extensive functionality (for a free antivirus), this is a tool worth not only trying, but having installed on your PC for a costless yet effective antimalware protection.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Provides a simple set-up process
  • Not only detects existing malware but also prevents your PC from being infected
  • Informs you about PC performance issues
  • Blocks unsafe downloads

Cons

  • Slow scan for performance issues
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