Free Software: AVG

Your computer just may be at the risk of numerous infections if not equipped with the protection of the latest anti-virus technology.  If you do not stay on top of the program's many available updates, all of those fancy features that attracted you will inevitably be rendered powerless.  This holds true because malicious items become more advanced everyday and remain a serious threat to anyone with internet access. 

When it comes to the protection of your computer it's essential that you're protected by some of the best technology available.  Add savings into the equation and you've got yourself a winner.  AVG Technology combines efficiency and affordable into its free AVG Free Edition software.  This program offers a substantial amount of security from a variety of common internet threats.  It includes a number of useful tools that allow you to easily detect and remove intrusive malicious content.  When unwanted items are detected, they are quickly and safely removed from your computer with the aid of a built-in shredding utility.  This is a great feature that makes sure every last bit of those unwanted files are completely deleted from your system. 

Limited Program Capability

According to several reviews, AVG Free Edition has been officially certified to remove 100% of all viruses categorized in the wild, and also provides quality results of an estimated 80% for zoo viruses.  On the other hand, this software is also known for generating an unsettling number of false positives.  Despite what the program lacks, AVG Free Edition has impressed a number of experts and end users. 

Unfortunately, this program does not offer adware and spyware removal tools, though it has the ability to detect them.  Similar to many free anti-virus products, your technical support options are basically reduced to online community forms as well. 

AVG Free Edition can also perform when your computer is placed in Safe Mode.  This is useful when attempting to remove a number of troublesome infections or cleansing a system that has problems booting up the Windows operating system. 


- Small program that works great on older computers

- Very user-friendly, clean interface



- Lack of support for scanning compressed and archive file types

- High rate of false positives

- Lack of customer support


Conclusion: Decent Teaser for the Real AVG Antivirus

AVG Free Edition is highly compatible with several Windows platforms including XP, 2000, NT, ME and 98.  Installing a light load of about 30 MB of files and four running processes, AVG's free software is the smallest, yet one of the most powerful anti-virus scanners you'll find on the market. 

Of course, the professional version of AVG gives you many more benefits such as protection against spyware and more advanced malware.  It also offers automatic updates that keep you safe against the latest security threats.  Whether you choose the free or paid edition, both AVG products are solid options to keep your system healthy and running without interruption.  If you find AVG Free Edition to be of quality, upgrading to the paid version may not be a bad idea at all.   


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