AVG Antivirus has been around for a while now, protecting millions of PCs around the globe from malware (malicious software) attacks, hackers, phishing attacks and other online threats.
AVG Antivirus 2020 is the latest in the line of antivirus software products from this manufacturer and they have added some nice new features and tools. It has features like Antiphishing, Gamer mode, Auto USB Detect and a Bootable Rescue CD, and you won’t find some of these features in some of the best antivirus software programs for Windows.
There are many advantages to using AVG as your antivirus protection, but there are some disadvantages and we’ve included them below
- Only a handful of antivirus programs perform so well as AVG on Windows 7.
- AVG has been tested and approved by the leading test labs.
- It uses several layers of protection and the first layer is traditional antivirus which matches malware threats to a database of known threats.
- It has Social Network Protection that scans all links in Facebook, Twitter etc for malicious threats.
- They do not provide phone support.
The protection evaluation was based on AVG Antivirus being able to protect against malware threats like viruses, spyware and Trojan horses. AVG scored 92% in both Sep and Oct 2012 for the 102 samples provided and this was slightly higher than the 89% industry average.
It was also tested on the detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the previous 2-3 months. The industry average for the 272,799 samples was 97% and AVG came out slightly higher at 99% and 98% for Sep and Oct respectively in Windows 7 Testing. It surprisingly matched the best antivirus software for Windows, BitDefender Antivirus.
The last part of the protection was the detection of widespread and prevalent malware and AVG Antivirus was at par with the rest of the security software industry at 100% for the 5000 samples it was tested on.
Overall, AVG had a 4.5/6.0 Protection rating for Windows 7.
The Repair tests were based on the cleaning and repair of a malware-infected computer.
AVG Antivirus was tested on the detection of actively running widespread malicious software including rootkits and stealth malicious software. It scored 95% for the 40 samples provided and it was par with the rest of the industry and performed below top antivirus programs like Kaspersky Antivirus.
For the removal of all active components of widespread malware such as rootkits and stealth malware, AVG performed well and scored 95%. Forty samples were used by AV-Test and the industry average was 85%, so AVG showed good results and this is one of the reasons it is one of the best antivirus software programs for Windows.
It had an overall 4.5/6.0 Repair rating and performed better than other software suites like BullGuard Antivirus.
A few evaluations were carried out on AVG to assess the usability of the whole computer during scans and updates of the software.
AVG was tested on its average slow down of the computer during daily use and it scored 10 seconds and this was at par with the rest of the industry. So not much difference was revealed regarding AVG against the competition but it performed better than the likes of Trend Micro which had a dismal result at 16 seconds on the 5 tests carried out.
Overall, AVG had 4.5/6.0 Usability score rating and performed better than most other security products.