AVG AntiVirus

In the second of the series of posts I am writing about antivirus programs I am looking at AVG antivirus.

Yesterday I wrote about Norton antivirus 2008 and, previously, I wrote about Kaspersky.


Like Norton, AVG is another well known brand of antivirus.

Perhaps one of the biggest draws of AVG is the fact that there is a completely free version which offers great functionality.

The latest version of AVG antivirus has been updated to offer quicker scanning speeds in addition to the new AVG anti spyware.


AVG happily runs in both Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Additionally, it has been coded to take advantage of the latest processors which offer more than one core.

User Friendly

The version of AVG antivirus that I have used saves on time as its programs are automatically managed in the background and do not require constant attention, though there is a need for minimal configuration when it is first installed.

Resident Shield

AVG antivirus, produced by AVG technologies, formerly known as Grisoft, comes with several scanners –

  • a rootkit scanner
  • a spyware scanner
  • a scanner to check email
  • a scanner called Resident Shield for when you are surfing online
  • a scanner to check any plugins for browsers

AVG antivirus updates at regular intervals of 4 hours.

After each such update the user can find out which version they are using, in addition to the time and date of the last update that was actioned. The software also notifies the time of the next scheduled update.

Quick Installation

Installing AVG antivirus was simple and took way less than 10 minutes, including running all the updates.

Whilst there is a superior paid version, the free edition of AVG is, I would imagine, good enough for the typical home user.

In fact, the free version of AVG is the antivirus program that I have installed on my childrens’ computers.

As this post is now a couple of years old you are probably looking for something more up to date – check out the best antivirus software for 2010.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. I have to admit I was duped into this one man show. No support, disabled features, etc.
    You should always try and contact a vendor to see if they reply before buying.
    A valuable lesson learned….
    Save your money, or better yet, call or email them.
    That lack of a response will be enough to discourage you……….

  2. Ok. so now that we all know that there is a virus or trojan that pretends to be AVG, how does the layman uninstall the trojan that pretends to be AVG? Will clicking the “uninstall” option work? or will that trigger the spread into other files and folders?

  3. kit kinnaman says:

    “There is a actual VIRUS that pretends to be AVG that does what he describes. I have removed this particular bug from 1/2 dozen computers now. Be careful WHERE and WHAT you download! There are many smart scammers with products with tricky names that are almost the same.”
    yes you are right, there ARE ones out tere that are considered “rouge AntiVris’s” and will harm your computer, but AVG Free is not one of them.

  4. There is a trojan that masquerades as AVG. The writer does not seem to have the correct website for the true AVG download. Does anyone have this information?

  5. I means there have hundred of company that produce anti-virus software, and the most famous keyword is “Free Anti Virus”.. but who win seo with that keyword will get popular.. AVG get their ranking but it’s not means that AVG is good.. That why AVIRA Inc. open their special website named free-av.com just to bit AVG.. AVIRA? they are good n kind company..

    p/s:Sory fr my english.

  6. AVG is the biggest scam I’ve seen. When you download the free version and you don’t upgrade after the trial period, the updating feature of the program will install thousands of trojans on your computer and will trigger the popup box that says that AVG has detected a trojan. At the same time, it will feature in VERY BIG the “UPGRADE NOW! feature for better protection” to make sure you become a customer. This is definitely fraudulent activity and this company will go out of business when the scam will be reported in medias.

    • I’ve never had any problems myself Jim, which version were you using?

    • There is a actual VIRUS that pretends to be AVG that does what he describes. I have removed this particular bug from 1/2 dozen computers now. Be careful WHERE and WHAT you download! There are many smart scammers with products with tricky names that are almost the same.

    • Its been a long time since this post but I was wondering what you did to solve the problem. My computer is only responding if I am willing to purchase the full version.


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