AVG AntiVirus Free 2013 review
Not the most effective free package, and the tiled interface simply gets in the way
Review Date: 15 Feb 2013
Reviewed By: Darien Graham-Smith
Price when reviewed: Free
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In the past few years, we’ve seen AVG consistently achieve better protection than its free rivals. This year, however, a mediocre 91% protection rate against zero-day threats puts it some way behind Avast Free Antivirus's 98%.
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That might be excusable if AVG AntiVirus Free were otherwise a friendly and well-featured package – but sadly, the opposite is true. Although this latest version of the software sports a new Windows 8-inspired interface, it’s still frustratingly unclear which buttons lead to genuine features of the software, and which are merely there to steer you towards AVG’s paid-for products.
In fact, the core features consist of only a virus scanner, an email scanner and a browser plugin. In other words, not only is AVG less effective than Avast - our recommended free antivirus tool - it’s also shorter on features; its 272MB memory footprint is more than three times as heavy.
We’d like to think that stiffening competition will prompt AVG to come back next year with a streamlined package that’s capable of retaking the crown. For now, though, we’d steer clear.
Author: Darien Graham-Smith
Used to use it
Switched to Avast mainly for the autoupdates. don't know if it is still true, but AVG had to have definitions hand updated, which is pretty stupid for AV. And why the hell they think uglifying the frontend with a gross 'metro' style interface is a plus is beyond me.
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