Detailed expert review
AVG is a very well-known brand in the field of anti-virus software, with a high reputation in terms of security and performance. You can choose one of three company products that provide various security, privacy and tools to improve your PC. AVG is also one of the most affordable options on the market, so with it you will get excellent protection for several devices at a good price. In addition, thanks to the excellent security tools AVG offers you reliable protection without slowing down your computer. Overall, this is a great option if you need affordable protection.
The first thing that impressed me about AVG antivirus was that, according to the results of testing of antivirus products in the main laboratories, the company always comes first. These lab tests showed that AVG detected and blocked every threat, and even 99% of the attacks against which protection had not yet been developed, known as zero-day attacks. This is important, because all the time unknown viruses are attacking your computer with a new tactic that antiviruses do not know about. The company also received excellent marks from Virus Bulletin and is an honorary member on the VB100 list. AVG ranks as high as Avast, and even higher than major brands like McAfee, Kaspersky and BitDefender.
Antivirus scanner is always running in the background.
AVG Powerful Antivirus is the first line of defense against hacks and malicious attacks that protects you from many common exploits. AVG anti-virus scanner is always on and keeps track of any changes you have made to files and folders, ensuring that nothing happens without your knowledge. Another very important fact is that with the help of Turbo Scans it can immediately speed up the scan, ignoring already checked folders and files that have not been changed. If AVG Antivirus Pro detects a problem, it sends it to the ThreatLab Special Lab to analyze it in a safe virtual AVG environment.
Enhanced firewall to protect against ransomware viruses
More AVG – more than just an antivirus. The company also provides an advanced firewall that prevents your computer or device from accessing any suspicious activity and traffic. And most importantly, AVG protects you from ransomware programs, tactics that are becoming increasingly popular every day and are very dangerous. Protection against ransomware includes regular scans and a special folder for encrypting information, where you can store all of your most important files, photos and much more to make sure no one can steal them. You can even choose which programs can make changes to these files.
Protecting payments and your email from fraudsters
Another feature that impressed me with AVG is payment protection. The company’s products checks your email for all sorts of spam, which may be hiding fraudulent software. If AVG detects that the website you are visiting to make a purchase is suspicious, it will immediately inform you of this and help protect your personal information and password.
Protect yourself while browsing
One of the best features of AVG is its Email Shield Tool, which protects your email from phishing scams, spam and other fraudulent threats. Email Shield scans all incoming emails with attachments and notifies you if it detects any viruses or other malware, regardless of the email sender. You can also use the Link Scanner antivirus feature (link scanning), which will save you from visiting questionable websites without visiting them. AVG also provides you with a special Anti-Spam system that prevents you from receiving suspicious emails of unknown origin.
Effective protection against hackers
Hackers pose a greater threat than ever before, and protecting you from any unknown intruders is one of the main tasks of the antivirus. AVG gives you a powerful firewall that blocks 100% of all incoming malware and other attacks, according to the AV Comparative core lab. This is a great achievement, as a result of which AVG is rated better than several of the largest brands on the market. When you enable it, the firewall monitors all incoming web traffic to your computer, and can block malicious programs, such as keyloggers (keyloggers) that copy the password and data that you enter, in order to detect sensitive information in the files. I was also impressed with the anti-virus protection from ransomware programs, which is urgently needed today, while the attack is becoming more common. AVG protects your files, folders, and media and prevents questionable programs from entering. In addition, you can even choose programs that will access your files.
Protect all your devices with a single account.
Unlike many anti-virus competitors that offer protection for more than one device at different prices, AVG’s paid features allow you to protect as many devices as you need. This is a big plus if you have a home computer and laptop, tablet and smartphone. If you have a family and several computers at home, you can also rest easy knowing that your children are safe while browsing the Internet.
Protect yourself from spies
AVG pleasantly surprised me with another of its features, the protection of a webcam, which blocks access to any webcam on your computer or other devices by any curious users, without allowing you to spy on you. Webcams may seem like a completely secure device, but hackers can use them to steal your personal information or even illegally shoot you in your home.
Boost your PC performance
Problems with the performance of computers are more often associated not only with viruses, so it was nice to see that AVG did a good job with the configuration tools. In my opinion, one of the most remarkable features of the antivirus is the Programs-On-Demand technology, which puts resource-intensive programs into “smart sleep” sleep mode, reducing their impact on PC performance several times. You can also run the Tuneup PC Cleanup utility, scan and delete old temporary files, unnecessary cache and log files, unnecessary copies of files and other data that can slow down system performance. AVG Tuneup is also available for Android devices and Mac computers. It perfectly copes with the function of improving the performance of the device, and therefore it would be nice to see a similar tool for iOS devices. Tuneup defragments the disk, although it takes some time, but the results were excellent even on my relatively new PC.
Start your computer without delay
Many complex antiviruses often slow down your computer due to their intense need for power and resources. Nevertheless, I was impressed by the fact that AVG had almost no effect on the performance of my computer. While I usually used a computer with an active antivirus, I did not notice any reduction in the speed or performance of my computer. Even during a full scan, I used my favorite programs without any resistance. I noticed a slight delay when the computer was turned on, but this was to be expected due to the powerful software. Nevertheless, I was glad to see that AVG has such a minimal impact on computer performance.
Having opened AVG for the first time, I was a little confused, but thanks to an easy-to-use interface, I very quickly got my bearings. On the main screen of the program, there are five large map icons that tell you how well each area of your PC is protected (“Computer”, “Web and Email”, etc.). These are not buttons, but they simply indicate the status of each category. When the scan of a specific sector is completed, the maps are immediately updated. You can start scanning by simply pressing the button at the bottom of the screen. You can also customize the scan, specifying the frequency of its execution, thoroughness, as well as automate it. It would be nice if the transition in each category was directly from the big maps on the main screen, but in general I found that installing and using AVG is very easy.
AVG offers two levels of technical support: basic and premium. Basic support includes an informational section on the company’s products, a section with answers to common, previously asked users questions and problems. It also has an excellent forum that allows you to directly communicate with other users to find answers and share notes about existing problems. If you are a Premium user, you also get access to free 24-hour premium support service and useful chat. The support team was well prepared and fully answered my questions. But I would like all users, without exception, to receive premium support. However, in the base, I also found answers to most of my questions, and all the support staff I spoke with helped me a great deal to solve my problems. Both free and premium users can also directly contact the technical service through a form on the AVG website. The answer will have to wait several days, but usually it provides all the necessary information to solve any problems.
One more thing I really liked about AVG is the very appropriate prices. Internet Security and Ultimate plans help protect as many devices as possible, giving you great savings. In addition, if you are only interested in AVG anti-virus protection, you can choose the free version of antivirus, which will most likely be your best choice, although it will protect only one device. If you spend a lot of time browsing the Internet and want better protection tools, Internet Security can be an excellent choice because it offers excellent tools to protect your online activity. If you plan on using the Ultimate plan, it will cost a little more for AVG’s optimization tools, as well as access to premium customer support and chat. Otherwise, Internet Security is probably the most valuable to most consumers.