AVG is a solid choice for security against cyberattacks. It offers a good features package, an impressive score for malware protection and is priced competitively. However, it did have some issues in our tests, such as being heavy on system resources and a number of false positives.
AVG’s interface is simple and easy-to-read design. Its dashboard tells you whether your PC is protected and lets you run a manual scanner from its menu. Its settings let you customize scans and notifications including white- or black-list apps, and configure what information AVG shares with its parent company. AVG comes with a variety of additional tools, such as a document shredder, as well as a don’t disturb mode that keeps you from being interrupted when playing games or watching movies.
Security features include a password manager, as well as firewall. It also comes with an antivirus scanner. Its anti-phishing feature is outstanding, and its Enhanced Firewall offers additional features such as data leakage security and ARM Spoofing Alerts. The firewall is especially robust when on public networks, because it makes use of machine-learning to identify what’s normal and what isn’t and then automatically adapt to.
AVG offers a variety of support options, including forums, an online community and a comprehensive Knowledge Base. You can also reach its customer service via email or through the chat function on the website. The free version of the program isn’t loaded with annoying upgrade prompts, however you’ll have to contend advertisements when using the application.