AVG is a reliable choice for cyberthreat protection. It comes with a solid feature set, an impressive score for malware protection and is priced fairly. However, it also had some negative aspects, like being heavy on system’s resources and some false positives.
AVG’s interface is clear and straightforward. Its dashboard lets you know whether your computer is secure and allows you to perform a manual scan using its menu. The settings allow you to customize scans and notifications, black- or white-list apps, and determine what information AVG shares with its parent company. AVG comes with a variety of additional tools like a file shredder as well as a do not disturb mode that stops you from being interrupted while playing games or movies.
Security features include a password manager and firewall. It also comes with an antivirus scanner. Its protection against ransomware and phishing is nearly perfect, and its Enhanced Firewall has additional functionality such as data leak protection and ARM Spoofing alerts. The firewall is particularly robust when used on public networks because it makes use of machine-learning to identify what’s normal and what’s not and then automatically adapt.
AVG’s support options include a forum, online community advice, and a vast knowledge base. You can also reach its customer service by email or via a chat feature on its website. The free version doesn’t come with annoying upgrade prompts, however you’ll be required to navigate through pop-up ads when using the program.