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Ratings
 
Price/Value
9/10
Protection
8.5/10
Repair
8.5/10
User Interface
9/10
Technical Support
8.5/10
Software Updates
8/10
Features
8.5/10
84%
Overall Score

AVG Antivirus has been a growing name in the antivirus market since 1991. They have built a strong reputation as a top-end security company and are now seen as one of the biggest players in the game. They have offices all over the world and are continuing to grow the company. AVG anti virus 2014 uses the latest technology to provide real-time defense against all types of online dangers. Their award winning antivirus detects, blocks and removes viruses, spyware and other malware, faster and smarter scans improve system performance, and new privacy protection keeps users information secure.

Price/Value

At $31.99 the price comes in at the same as its competition, and the value is excellent with the amount of features the product provides. Users can expect the trusted protection against viruses and other malware, but also get the added security of anti-spyware, identity protection, AVG Do Not Track software, and more. In addition to all these features, users will have free 24/7 access to technical support.

Protection

AVG Antivirus has an impressive arsenal to keep users protected from online threats. The software helps to stop, remove, and prevent the spreading of viruses, worms, and Trojans; AVG Resident Shield protects users from malware on their PC and will help stop anything infected from spreading. AVG Anti-Rootkit finds and eliminates rootkits that hide malicious software looking to take control of a user’s PC. The AVG Community Protection Network takes information from participating users and converts any new threats into protection for everyone else. Users will also have the added protection of Protective Cloud Technology, an email scanner, link scanner, and social network protection.

Repair

AVG Antivirus 2014 not only protects users from malware, it’s also very efficient at removing the infections and making the user’s computer safe to use. AVG offers a list of virus removal products for specific threats, and for those viruses that just can’t seem to be removed, online remote support is available for hassle free removal by one of the AVG tech staff.

User Interface

The user interface for AVG anti virus is easy to navigate, and easy on the eyes. Users can see the status of all their protection in one simple home screen. One click will get you to advanced options, reports and support. If AVG does find a threat, the user will be notified and given options - Protect or Ignore. Choosing to protect will make AVG choose the best method for removing the virus. Ignoring the threat will keep the file, but prevent you from accessing it.

Technical Support

Online support is available through a variety of channels. Users can phone AVG support for free and have their issue dealt with speaking to a real person - same goes for online chat. Other support methods include an online knowledge base, FAQs, the AVG Community forum, and free virus removal tools. There are nearly 50 different viruses that can be removed using the online tools, and for pesky viruses that can’t be removed, users can connect to a remote session for an AVG tech to help remove it.

Software Updates

With AVG Auto-Update, users can rest assured knowing they’re protected from the newest threats. To ensure an update isn’t missed, users can schedule updates as frequently or infrequently as they want. Another handy feature is the option to automatically update when the computer restarts, that way users will be protected from the newest threats as soon as they start their session. For users running any programs or games in full-screen mode, notifications will be hidden, so no interruptions!

Features

In addition to the already impressive list of features for an antivirus product, AVG has added even more, really pushing the boundary between antivirus and internet security. Features like AVG Identity Protection keeps personal information safe when online, and blocks criminals from stealing data on your PC. the AVG WiFi Guard helps users avoid rogue WiFI access points used by hackers. An alert will be provided if a user’s PC tries to access an unknown WiFI network.

A built-in file shredder allows users to permanently delete files without worrying that someone else might be able to retrieve it in the future. On the other end of the spectrum is the Data Safe, where users can encrypt and store valuable files in a password protected virtual disk on their PC.

Scanning speed can be modified to conserve system resources if a users is running heavy programs. The program isn’t hiding anything by letting the user know a deep, full computer scan with thorough analysis will impact performance. It’s good they let users know, so they can adjust the setting rather than struggling with a slower computer, but typically scans are quick and go unnoticable.


Final Verdict

In the end, AVG Antivirus 2014 provides optimum security against known and unknown threats, gives a wide variety of extra features and offers 24/7 friendly, helpful support. AVG is continuing to push the boundaries when it comes to the border between antivirus and internet security - users can expect yet another quality product from AVG with this one.