AVG AntiVirus Free is the free version of AVG's anti-virus software, offering protection against viruses and various other malicious threats. The program is able to detect viruses, repair some infected files and provide a quarantine zone for infected files that cannot be repaired, protecting the computer from them before they are deleted.
Not only is the application completely safe to use, it will also help to protect the computer it is running on from viruses and other threats, making the computer itself safer to use.
This version of the software is completely free and there are no limitations placed upon it in terms of how long it can be used for and how well it will actually protect a computer from viruses and other threats. A 'Pro' version of the AVG AntiVirus software also exists, offering a number of additional features.
The main virus protection function is exactly the same for both the free and 'Pro' versions of AVG AntiVirus. Therefore, for the vast majority of users, the free version will offer perfectly adequate protection. With that being said, the service is best utilised in conjunction with dedicated spyware and malware removal programs.
Although AVG AntiVirus Free provides the same core virus protection as the 'Pro' edition, some peripheral services are missing, when compared to the 'Pro' version. These include Online Shield, which is a feature used to offer extra protection against harmful downloads, and Data Safe, which is an encryption tool for personal files.
The AVG AntiVirus Free software offers protection against viruses, spyware, malware, trojan horses, worms, keyloggers, ransomware and a variety of other malicious threats. However, it is primarily an anti-virus program and security conscious users may prefer to run it alongside more dedicated spyware or malware protection software.
The application schedules regular updates so that virus definitions are kept up-to-date at all times. By default, updates occur automatically, once they become available. Users can manually check if they have the most up-to-date virus definitions by launching the application and clicking 'Update Now'.
In order to update AVG AntiVirus without an internet connection, users need to have downloaded the latest update file from the AVG website onto a portable storage device, such as a USB drive. Updates can then be carried out offline by opening the AVG AntiVirus application, going to the 'Options' menu, selecting 'Update From Directory' and selecting the update file from the storage device.
The AVG AntiVirus Free software is intended for personal or home use only and commercial use is prohibited. Commercial organisations should instead the 'Pro' version of AVG AntiVirus.