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