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AVG Anti-virus Review

Manufacturer: AVG Technologies

Product: Antivirus, Antispyware

Licenses: 1

Systems: Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows XP Pro x64 Edition, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64 Edition, Windows 7, Windows 7 x64 Edition, WIndows 10

Overall Score: 8
AVG Anti-Virus 2012

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Overall: 8

AVG Technologies have recently added many new technologies to their existing platform, which was very light and effective and had allowed them to become one of the most used antiviruses in the world. While their brand new Behavioral Detection and LinkScanner technologies look very promising, their current implementation is still in its infancy.


  • Very attractive user interface
  • High detection rate


  • Heavy on system resources
  • Very slow scan speed

Detection Rate: 8

AVG antivirus & antispyware protects against viruses, worms and trojans. It might produce a few more false alarms, but its detection rate is very good.

Light on resources: 6

With version 8.0 and 8.5 AVG Antivirus have significantly increased the amount of resources required to run the real-time protection functions of their product. Sometimes that can bring the computer to a “freeze”.

Ease of Use: 9

AVG Antivirus Pro sticks to its motto ‘tough on threats, easy on users’. The user interface is one of the friendliest and easiest to understand and it hardly requires any tweaking after a very simple and quick installation.

Features: 7

Real-time protection, automatic updates, low-impact background scanning for on-line threats, and instant quarantining or removal of infected files ensures maximum protection.

AVG Antivirus Pro scans in real time:

  • All files including documents, pictures and applications
  • E-mails (all major email clients supported)
  • Instant messaging and P2P communications
  • File downloads and online transactions such as shopping and banking
  • Search results and any other links you click on
  • Free support and service around the clock and across the globe.

Scan Speed: 6

AVG on-demand scanning speed is quite average compared to the other major products anayzed. Not a big issue, if scheduled overnight though.

Value for money: 7

AVG antivirus & antispyware provides all the basic tools required for the protection of your system. While the general performances might be below par, at times, the set of features is quite standard. Nice additions are the Web Shield & LinkScanner, i.e. a protection against malicious websites, which can be more commonly found on complete Internet security suites rather than simple antiviruses


Supported Operating Systems

  • Microsoft® Windows 2000 (32-bit) with Service Pack 4 (SP4) or higher
  • Windows XP (32-bit) with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or higher
  • Windows XP Pro x64 Edition SP1
  • Windows Vista (32- or 64-bit) and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher

N.B.: The Anti-Rootkit component is not available on 64bit operating systems.

Hardware and Software Requirements

Intel Pentium 300 MHz
30 MB free hard drive space (for installation)
256 MB RAM available