AVG AntiVirus Free

AVG AntiVirus Free 17.9.3040

Computer protection made easy

AVG AntiVirus Free is a zero-cost option for both PC and Mac users who want to protect themselves from a range of threats that are possible to be exposed to when using a computer that is connected to the internet. The program is constantly updated to keep one step ahead of the potential pitfalls users may face. View full description

PROS

  • Ideal for inexpert users
  • Simple to navigate
  • Great level of protection

CONS

  • No webcam protection
  • Payments protection not included for free
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AVG AntiVirus Free is a zero-cost option for both PC and Mac users who want to protect themselves from a range of threats that are possible to be exposed to when using a computer that is connected to the internet. The program is constantly updated to keep one step ahead of the potential pitfalls users may face.

Total malware protection?

Although the security&privacy packages on offer from suppliers around the world will often claim to offer complete protection from viruses and other forms of malware, no single system can ever guarantee protection. Nevertheless, good virus protection software will be regularly refreshed so all of the latest threat developments are effectively countered. AVG Antivirus Free operates in just this way. All that you need to do is to install it onto your computer and select the free version to get protection from nasty programs that you might run into when looking through emails or browsing the internet. AVG provides protection against viruses, spyware, ransomware, Trojan horses and other things that can compromise your personal security. However, if you are already running an antivirus program by another maker, then you may need to uninstall it before this version is able to work fully. Once downloaded, simply ask it to update for the latest viral threats and run a scan. Anything that is detected as inappropriate will be instantly quarantined by the software so that you can remove it, if needed. What is particularly helpful with the program is that it will scan all user accounts on your computer in one go, so you don't need to repeat the process multiple times. Furthermore, when browsing the internet, the software will advise you if you are about to land on a web page which is known to cause viral infections, helping users to steer clear of issues before they cause a problem!

A user-friendly utility

Unlike other security&privacy programs on the market, you don't need to be an expert user or adept with the ins and outs of antivirus protection to get the best out of AVG Antivirus Free. The program opens with a helpfully laid-out dashboard which makes all of its functions accessible. With the free version, your emails are scanned to look for dodgy links and attachments as well as providing the ability to scan for anything that might have worked its way onto your computer already. In addition, real-time security updates are available for you. Lastly, the program offers a handy performance tune-up option which will help to remove unwanted files that might be slowing your computing down. What is not on offer, however, is the makers' personal folder protection which provides additional ransomware protection. You will also have to subscribe to obtain access to the program's webcam protection module as well as its online shopping protection system. That said, the freeware version of the program provides a great deal of protection that can be considered much more than basic, or entry-level security.

Adequate protection for general users?

For anyone without an antiviral system on their computer or who is considering renewing their subscription to an alternative service, this program is well worth checking out. It is child's play to uninstall if you don't like it but the service is excellent considering what you get for free. However, it will continue to prompt you to upgrade from time-to-time.

Changelog:

New:


Now you can send feedback and bug reports from Menu > About

More detailed status reporting to Windows Security Center in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Nested virtualization support for AMD CPUs

Better proxy detection by setup and update from Windows settings

AVG Dashboard has been removed


Fixed:


Fixed a problem with white UI (you might see more processes AVGUI.exe now, but that's OK)

Anti-Phishing Protection in Web Protection now works with Windows XP

Fixed issue where Behavior Shield sometimes cut off a user’s Internet connection

False positives can now be reported directly from threat detection warnings (File Shield)

Fixed boot issue on Windows XP when Virtual PC driver is installed

Fixed BSOD caused by conflict between DELL percsas3 and AVG Self-Protection drivers

Fixed BSOD caused by avgVmm when running AVG in Vmware Fusion on MAC

AVG signature added to emails sent by email apps

License delivery fixes

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User reviews about AVG AntiVirus Free

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