AVG AntiVirus Free 2013 review

15 Feb 2013

Not the most effective free package, and the tiled interface simply gets in the way

AVG AntiVirus Free 2013
4

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%.

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.

AVG AntiVirus Free 2013

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £0
Price inc VAT £0
Overall rating 4
Ease of Use rating 3
Features & Design 3
Value for Money 6
Software subcategory Internet security

Operating system support

Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Linux supported? no
Operating system Mac OS X supported? no
Other operating system support Windows 8