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FreewareFiles Editor's Review

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 Reviewed on September 23, 2014

If you want free antivirus software that can give you peace of mind, then AVG AntiVirus Free is your ideal solution. The program will protect your computer against viruses and other malicious applications by doing more than scanning your system.


  • Provides real-time protection to ensure computer is always safe via AVG Resident Shield
  • AVG On-Demand Scanner allows users to schedule tests
  • AVG E-mail Scanner checks for any malicious content hidden in e-mail messages
  • AVG Virus Vault handles infected files safely
  • Unlimited updates of the free virus database
  • Blocks infected links
  • Checks files before downloading

Using AVG AntiVirus Free

The installation package include many components that are automatically installed by default. However, custom support allows users to select the components they would like to install. These components include identity, Web browsing and e-mail protection.

Since AVG AntiVirus Free is ad-supported, it offers third-party tools and makes changes to Web browsers. However, we paid closer attention during installation and avoided clicking “Next” unnecessarily, which was enough to skip the things we did not want.

The new AVG AntiVirus Free has adopted the appearance of Windows 8, featuring flat buttons on a neatly organized user interface.

The program has several enhanced features, which are useful for protecting personal data both locally and online. The latest release includes an innovative cloud-based detection method that gives users the most up-to-date protection based on the latest virus definitions and other algorithms. With Outbreak Detection feature, the program enables users to take fast steps to nip emerging threats in the bud.

The program let us scan custom folders and files, removable drives or a whole computer. We could also set it to scan for rootkits alone. Indeed, the free antivirus software has customization options that enable advanced users to configure its complete scanning behavior. Some of the things we could configure included scan speed, exceptions, automatic virus removal, tracking cookies, heuristics, archives, PUP and spyware reports, file extensions and automatic PC shutdown.

In addition to verifying both outgoing and incoming e-mails, we also used the program to filter spam. It is compatible with POP3, IMAP and SMTP. The program also scans suspicious activities and applications to prevent identity theft.


AVG AntiVirus Free is a powerful program for giving PCs an all-rounded protection. Its default configurations allow novice users to have comprehensive protection, and advanced users can adjust it to suit their preferences.

Software Product Description

With this free distribution version of the popular AVG Anti-Virus system, you will get a reliable tool for your computer protection against computer viruses.

A 64-Bit version is also available: AVG AntiVirus Free (64-Bit)

Note from FreewareFiles:

  • The program offers the AVG toolbar which does not have to be installed to use the software.
  • The program offers to change the home page and default search engine

User Reviews
"AVG Free 2015 Updates, no control & memory leakage"

Reviewer: -ChrisAO    Review Date: 2014-10-22
Average Rating (1304 Votes )
Pros:  It's free for Home use, but so is Avast.

Cons:  Since an update to AVG Free 2014 earlier this year where they took away the ability to schedule the definition updates, I decided it was going to get removed in due course as it would inevitably update immediately I switched on, hogging CPU. memory and drive so I can't do a quick check of my email. If I had a quad core processor and umpteen GB of memory, it might not be such an issue. Not yet had time to deal with this, but having complained to AVG I hoped their 2015 update would resolve this. Has it - NO! The updating now has memory leakage as well!! circa 200MB. What's worse in the next update adds a further ~ 200MB. It will be off my machine at the weekend.

Other Thoughts:  AVG need to wake up and smell the coffee. I used to recommend AVG to family and friends and even suggested to the more vulnerable ones to go for the all singing and dancing paid up version. Not anymore I won't be. It took AVG nearly a year to deal with the way they did some of their nagging and promotions, so I'm not going to wait that long for this to be fixed. And before AVG tell me I can schedule updates in the Paid Version, I have no intention of paying to find out if is has more issues and still has the memory leakage bugs. Goodbye AVG.
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