AVG Review

article by Arya A. author March 23, 2017
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AVG Antivirus offers one of the most popular free virus scanners. While their free scanner is solid, it does not afford complete protection. AVG Internet Security, a paid subscription includes their excellent antivirus program as well as a complete suite of internet tools.
  • Compatible with Windows XP SP3 and Beyond
  • Unlimited Devices Supported with Paid Subscription
  • File Shredder and Data Safe Among Added Features
  • Solid Customer Support with Live Phone Support Available
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Live Tech Support is a Bit Costly
  • Limited Payment Options for Premium Products
  • Install Time Longer than Some Other Products
AVG Internet Security consistently scores high marks for antivirus and malware protection. Their suite of products is perfect for users needing to protect multiple devices.
Arya A., author
Ease of Use Drag & Drop Simplicity
Syncronization Automatic Updates
Mobile Access Anti-Theft Phone Tracker
Call Management 24/7 Tech Support
Block Unsafe Links
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$ 14.99 /yr
  • Essential FREE protection
  • Stop viruses, spyware, & other malware
  • Block unsafe links, downloads & email attachments
  • Get real-time security updates
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$ 39.99 /yr
  • All FREE features
  • Block unsafe links, downloads, & email attachments
  • Get real-time security updates
  • Encrypt & hide your private photos & data
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$ 69.99 /yr
  • All UNLIMITED features
  • Block unsafe links, downloads, & email attachment
  • Live phone or chat support
  • Includes Mac & Android apps
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Setup Setup

Setup of AVG AntiVirus and Internet Security is average in terms of speed but very thorough. AVG Antivirus is backwards compatible to Windows XP SP3 as well as Mac, and both Android and iOS mobile devices.

The initial beachhead setup file is just 2.8MB and includes a basic virus scanner. After the program runs a quick system scan to ensure no deep infections, it then installs the full program. Average installation time will depend on the speed of one’s system but should take between 7 to 9 minutes.

Detection and Removal Tools Detection and Removal Tools

AVG AntiVirus runs a combination of an active scanner and Resident Shield to protect a user’s computer against virus threats. Always running, the program matches any suspicious files against a global database and blocks known threats and sends unknown but suspicious files to company servers for analysis.

Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection

AVG Antivirus is one of the most tested virus programs in the industry. The company actually pays five separate individual labs to test their product and it is consistently rated as one of the best programs in the industry.

Few products have scored better than AVG and they remain the top provider of free antivirus software. For paid users, one can expect the most up to date virus protection in the industry as well as fantastic malware protection.

The product consistently catches no fewer than 99.9% of known threats worldwide, well above the industry and on par with products like Bitdefender and AVIRA.

Additional PC Protection Additional PC Protection

In addition to advanced virus and malware protection, AVG Internet Security offers additional protection not available in the free AVG product. With Private Data Protection, users can encrypt and even hide sensitive or private data on their computer, making it invisible to everyone.

Payment Protection offers an added layer of security for those who shop online. It protects from phishing links and websites, and even blocks most spam.

Lastly, the program offers a File Shredder program that permanently deletes files from the recycle bin to prevent unauthorized recovery.

We should also point out that those who upgrade to AVG Ultimate will also enjoy PC Tune-Up software, which will help clean one’s computer and speed up overall performance.

Firewall Protection Firewall Protection

AVG Internet Protection comes with an enhanced firewall that’s superior to that of Windows. All data on one’s computer is encoded with 256-bit AES encryptions and the software can even recover lost user passwords.

The firewall for this program is adequate to provide protection for one’s computer in addition to the other features of the suite.

User Interface User Interface

The AVG antivirus user interface has received a major overhaul in terms of functionality. Overall, it looks similar to previous releases with a basic color scheme and two-pain main page.

The panels tell users what level of protection they are experiencing and gives them the option to scan their computer or fix computer performance. A drop-down menu is available in the upper right hand corner and gives users more advanced options.

Pricing Pricing

AVG offers three pricing tiers perfect for all skill levels and budgets. Their most popular product is their AVG AntiVirus FREE. The title is a dead giveaway to the cost. Users can download and install this on their device free of charge. But keep in mind, as it is the free version, users will only be afforded basic protection.

Those wanting complete protection should opt for the standard AVG Internet Security package. For $69.99 per year, users get protection on unlimited computers.

For those wanting to unleash the full potential of their computers, we suggest AVG Ultimate. This includes all the tools of AVG Internet Security but also their Tuneup package that helps improve overall computer performance. This package is $99.99 annually for unlimited systems.

Those wanting to purchase either AVG Internet Security or AVG Ultimate can pay using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or with PayPal. In addition, AVG offers a 30-day money back guarantee on all premium products.


AVG provides support for all levels of users. There is a comprehensive online support system that includes pages supporting Windows, Mac, iOS and Android systems. For free users, this is the only type of support provided.

For users upgraded to AVG Internet Security or AVG Ultimate, toll-free phone support and email support is available for general app problems or billing questions.

If one’s computer is infected and tech support is needed, free and paid customers alike will have to pay for support. Basic tech help for a single device is available for $79 per call. For more advanced issues like virus and malware removal, the one-time charge is $119 per call and per device.

AVG’s Total Care support package offers the best value at $199 per year with unlimited fixes for up to three devices. This is perfect for users that need regular support or who may be engaging in riskier online activity.

Bottom Line Bottom Line

While one may be tempted to go with AVG Antivirus Free, the program stops short of providing comprehensive protection. For the cost of a nice dinner for two, one can protect unlimited computers and mobile devices for a year with AVG Internet Security. For those with multiple devices to protect, this is one of the best solutions on the market.