PROS / AVG only runs scans when your computer is idle.
CONS / It is not the very best according to results from a respected independent test lab.
VERDICT / AVG Anti-Virus is more than adequate to suppress spyware and all sorts of malware.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. This company has now been acquired by Avast. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
AVG AntiVirus is not the best antispyware software on the market, but it protects against malware in general and tackles more than spyware. AVG does not shine in performance tests conducted by software-test labs. It includes some useful features. You can receive free support by telephone or pay for AVG to fix problems via remote control.
According to AV-Test, an independent test lab that has established a good reputation for fairness, it tested AVG continuously for two months during the summer of 2013. AVG was one of two dozen competitors that AV-Test monitored for results in three areas: performance, repair and usability.
AV-Test measured performance by subjecting AVG to never-seen-before malware, malware less than 90 days old and malware known to be widespread for quite a while. AV-Test measured repair scores by seeing how AVG did when confronted with a PC where malware had already established itself. AV-Test measured usability by recording AVG’s impact on system performance. Further AV-Test analysis was to see whether AVG labeled any safe files as malicious. AVG achieved such good test results that it ranks fifth in our lineup of 18 products.
AVG AntiVirus operates on all malware types. It checks any files before you download them and when you share them. It also checks any links that you try to access or share. The product includes free protection for Android devices. AVG provides good privacy features by showing you which websites collect data about your activities online.
AVG provides good help and support. If you lose your license, you can retrieve it online. No security software can always prevent every malware invasion. Therefore, AVG provides a free download of a rescue CD that repairs system crashes by removing infections and repairing file systems. Documentation for each product is online for you to download in PDF files. There are also free tools to remove specific viruses. You can query an expert system named “Julia” or read answers to frequently asked questions. There is an online user community where you can give or get advice. You can telephone for support free of charge. Alternatively, you can pay a technician to take remote control of your PC in order to fix various problems.
AVG AntiVirus turns in above average test results for performance, repair and usability. There are a few competitors that beat AVG, so your money might be better spent on a different brand, one that demonstrates even higher performance scores.