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AVG AntiVirus Free Edition
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AVG AntiVirus Free Edition
Date: 16/08/12, updated on 16/08/12 (94 review reads)
Advantages: Free, comprehensive cover from viruses trojans etc,
Disadvantages: doesn't always let Valve's Steam software work
I got fed up of paying for antivirus software that was bombarding me with adverts to upgrade to pay for something else that I just didn't need. A couple of friends had been recommending that I switch to AVG for ages and I decided to take their advice (and then kill them if it didn't work out well for my PC). I decided to opt for AVG's free service, partly to test it out to see how good it was, and well why pay for something when I can get most of it for free? I've stuck with the Free Edition for three years and I've never had a problem.
AVG Free doesn't skimp out on features, protecting against all kinds of viruses and malware and it also has features to protect your identity and scan your emails. It automatically checks for updates and installs any so you don't have to worry about remembering to do it. When the program is open it looks sleek & professional, showing you all of the protection you have available and if they're turned on and up to date or not, and it is very easy to navigate to what you want to do. A full system scan takes about 30 minutes, which will slow down your PC if you're using it while the scan takes place, but it's not the end of the world slow unlike some anti-virus software I've used. You can also scan specific folders or files to check if they're clean and schedule a daily scan for when exactly you'd like it to happen.
I'm pretty careful with what I download off the internet, but there's always something that can slip past you and AVG's always caught it for me; sometimes it can be a little picky and picks up things that aren't malware, but it's once in a blue moon and you can always continue with the execution.
It features a Virus Vault where AVG has "stored" the viruses it has removed, allowing you to see where it was on your PC, what kind of threat it was and when it put it there. You can then purge these from the vault and from your PC.
The only disadvantage I've found is that AVG sometimes stops Steam (Valve's gaming software for buying & playing games) from working properly. Adding Steam as an exception solved most of the problems, but whenever I want to use it for a long time I turn AVG off and turn on an alternative free software (Microsoft Security Essentials).
AVG have done themselves out of a fair bit of money by making the free edition so good that people just won't see the point in upgrading to a pay version - they also don't advertise it in my face.
Summary: Sometimes there is no catch to free things!
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