AVG is a well-known antivirus program around the world. It offers a solid free program along with a complete collection of security tools that competes with the best suites from Bitdefender and McAfee. It’s simple to install and use, and the interface is not flashy.
The suite comes with a number features that help safeguard you from cyber-attacks and malware, but some of them are only available if you upgrade to the premium version. AVG’s support center can be accessed via the software client and offers forums, how-to pages as well as community-based advice and an online ticket submission form. There’s also a phone line for premium users, but it’s only available during business hours.
The malware scanner utilizes machine learning and heuristic analysis to spot potential threats that may pass traditional signature-based detection systems. It is able to detect rootkits trojans, worms and other malware that could be missed by other scanners. It offers an auto-scan feature that runs on autopilot, a quick scan that skims over files AVG is confident are safe, and a more thorough scan designed to run longer but provide greater protection.
The technology used by AVG’s anti-phishing is reliable and has an upgraded firewall that can be configured to block certain ports or applications. It also includes a device optimization tool data room that can remove unneeded programs and speed up your PC, as well as a password vault that can be used to store photos. The anti-theft features are more advanced than those offered by some competitor applications, allowing users to mark a lost or stolen device as such and remotely track it with GPS. You can also set a siren, and remotely lock the device or erase the data if you suspect someone of stealing it.