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AVG Antivirus Review

AVG AntiVirus is a line of antivirus software developed by AVG Technologies, a subsidiary of Avast.
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  • The Enhanced Firewall is an excellent perk, monitoring all incoming and outbound network traffic, ideal for anybody that uses public Wi-Fi.
  • Low-cost antivirus protection, without continued pressure to upgrade if you're happy with the free version.
  • Capable antivirus for PC, Mac or Android, with a free suite available on any of these operating systems (but not Linux).


  • AVG promises to perform scans in 15 seconds, but they often take a fair bit longer.
  • The best level of customer support service is only available to paying customers.
  • The knowledge base is enormous, and it can be tricky to find a straightforward answer among the millions of guides.
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AVG is an antivirus brand that's been around forever, and it's fair to say it knows its stuff! The free version is essential if you're looking for dependable protection against viruses, ransomware, spyware, and to block dodgy links. It ensures you avoid opening suspicious attachments and scans your device to check for issues.

Upgrade to AVG Internet Security Unlimited, and you get all-around protection against every threat going, with 24/7 customer support help if you need it.

Our review dips into this feature-rich antivirus suite to see what you get for your cash - and how valuable an upgrade really is.


  • Free - £0.00!
  • Premium - £33.49 (reduced from £49.99). Extra features include secure banking and shopping, an Enhanced Firewall, remote protection and spam email blocks.

Key Feature: AI-based phishing threat detection, simple, easy interface and 99% effectiveness against a huge variety of digital attacks.

Antivirus applications: AVG is perfect for home-based usage. The free option outperforms just about every comparable product, and Premium includes a list of extras, including the Enhanced Firewall, which is probably worth the fee as a standalone product.

Antivirus Functionality

AVG's simple interface belies a whole lot of features and tools working hard under the surface. The core AVG Free antivirus engine is the same one that powers Avast, and it receives near-perfect scores in independent lab tests.

The basics include Smart Scans, where you can run scans, check insecure add-ons to your browser, eliminate malware, and detect performance issues that are slowing you down.

Users can toggle between Strict and Smart ransomware detection settings, ignoring trusted programmes and raising a big flag if they're heading anywhere suspicious. You also protect your files, including archives and audio.

The AVG Secure Browser is included, which is Chromium-based and similar to Chrome, making it seamless to switch to fully-protected browsing with all the functionality you're familiar with.


AVG Free is a popular and impressive piece of software for an antivirus programme that's entirely free to download and use! However, the premium upgrade does everything, plus reliable security features to protect your webcam, prevent phishing, the excellent firewall, and a Sensitive Data Shield.

The customer support for Internet Security Unlimited customers is outstanding. You can find technical and sales support through the software, including a quick link if you want to request a refund and live chat to help resolve problems.

It's a well-tested antivirus with competitive pricing, packed with useful features, and safeguards your devices against all the potential hazards lurking on the web.

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