If You Don’t Need A Firewall Then AVG Internet Security 2012 May Offer A Comfortable Level Of Familiarity

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On September 11, 2011
Last modified:March 22, 2012


Excellent detection rates and a brand familiar to millions is let down somewhat by an antiquated firewall.

My Review Of AVG Internet Security 2012

Next up in my continuing series of personal reviews of internet security products for the coming year is AVG Internet Security 2012.

The Good:
  • Good detection rate
  • Small performance hit when running
  • Gaming mode
The Bad:
  • Antiquated firewall
  • Spam filter not particularly effective
  • Free antivirus program from the same company represents much better value

Having recently reviewed the sister product, AVG Anti-Virus Free 2012, it will be interesting to see what extras this internet security suite can add to what the cut down version already offers.

AVG Internet Security 2012 installation

Installation and first impression

Installation and setup of AVG Internet Security 2012 is a quick and easy affair. After downloading the small installer (just a few megs in size) you double click on the file and then have to wait just a couple of minutes for installation to complete.

AVG Internet Security 2012 dashboard


This latest offering from AVG has many features as you can see in the image above. These include:

  • Antivirus
  • Firewall
  • Anti-spam protection
  • Link scanner
  • Anti-rootkit protection
  • System Tools
  • ID protection
Additional features such as a PC analyser and parental controls are set up for use but require additional payments to be made.

AVG Internet Security 2012 game mode

One last feature that is always worth mentioning these days is the gaming mode – no good security product should ship without one! With AVG Internet Security 2012 it is not set as on by default – you’ll have to check a box within the firewall area of the program, as seen above.

AVG Internet Security 2012 network detection

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements to run AVG Internet Security 2012 are as follows:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium 1.5 Ghz or faster
  • Memory: Minimum of 512 Mb of RAM
  • Hard Drive: At least 1550 MB of free space
  • Operating System: All 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows XP / Vista / 7

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The effectiveness of this program is a bit of a mixed bag. Antivirus protection is the same as the company’s free Antivirus program – good, and comparable to many of the paid alternatives.

The anti-spam component, however, was not particularly good on my system. Working in tandem with Microsoft Outlook, the spam filter didn’t cause any slowdown but equally I still received plenty of spam. That said, I didn’t notice any legitimate email getting blocked which is something I’ve noticed with my paid-for spam filter recently so it would, perhaps, be unfair to label this as totally¬†disastrous.

With the firewall I can’t say that it is ineffective, because it isn’t. But I do think it could have been implemented better. By that I mean that when it comes across an unknown program it asks the user to decide the level of access that should be granted. That may not sound so bad until you factor in layer 8. In other words, the user is the weakest link in any security system so why give them unnecessary decisions to make? Other internet security programs use firewalls that make intelligent decisions about security for the user and that is what I think should have been the case here.

AVG Internet Security 2012 resource usage

+ Plus Points

  • This year’s security products from AVG have a good detection rate
  • Malware blocking is also good
  • Resource usage is higher than AVG’s antivirus program but the performance hit still seemed quite low when multitasking during a scan

– Minus Points

  • I think the firewall could have been much, much better than what is present here
  • I need to look at more anti-spam programs in the future to put things into perspective but, for now, I am not impressed with the feature in this program
  • Install a free firewall from elsewhere and grab AVG’s free antivirus program in order to get a much more cost effective solution
  • Some people like new search engines and toolbars but if you don’t then you need to untick two boxes during installation:
AVG Internet Security 2012 toolbar


AVG Internet Security 2012 isn’t a bad program. It does what it should and the main component, the antivirus, works very well indeed. Unfortunately, other components are not so good in my opinion. Considering the strength of AVG Anti-Virus Free 2012 I would have to say grabbing that along with a good free firewall from elsewhere would be a smarter choice at this time.

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Do you want to see what the other vendors are offering this year? If so, read my other 2012 Internet Security reviews.

Excellent detection rates and a brand familiar to millions is let down somewhat by an antiquated firewall.
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. Abhinav says:

    I have avg internet security 2012 full version and avira internet security 2012 full version and bitdefender internet security 2012 full version and i am using avg should i remove this one and put any other or this is fine! please reply if you see my post i want your opinion!

    • Lee Munson says:

      Its always tricking trying to advise someone without knowing their computer specs and usage patterns but, in general, I would say –

      BitDefender > AVG > Avira

      though I would add that BitDefender (2012) may be a bit resource heavy if you have an older machine.


    • Hi,

      To remove AVG completely follow these steps – at your own risk. Backup all your key files etc first.

      Go to:

      Download the removal tool for the software you have. Once download let it run, it may reboot your pc. If not once it is finished reboot and rerun the tool. Then reboot again.

      Now click on start and where My Computer is listed right click, select properties, then the advanced tab at the bottom click on environmental variables, select new and in the box that says variable name type:


      Then in the box that says variable value type: 1.

      Now reboot.

      Go to start and My Computer, properties, this time select device manager, under view (at the top) select show hidden drivers. Now click on the non-plug and play under the tree folder. This should show any non-present AVG drivers – they will be grayed out. To remove right click and uninstall. Don’t reboot if it says to until you have removed all of them. Please be careful what you remove if in doubt google it and if still in doubt leave it.

      After reboot, run something like CC cleaner to clean up you temp files (remember to uncheck the option only delete files in window temp older than 24 hours (under options – advanced). Run this twice and then the same with the registry cleaner. Now go to start and type in cmd and then chkdsk in the command prompt.

      Your computer should now be clean. You may want to delete the old programme files but essentially you have removed the drivers which is the main source of confilct with new security software and cause of bsod and lceaned up your registry and temp files.

      Hope this helps.

    • Use ‘CCleaner’ free application to uninstall it.
      Try uninstalling from ‘Safe Mode’ (by pressing F8 at boost screen you’ll get the options) if ‘Normal Mode’ doesn’t help. Cheers!

  3. How does AVG internet security’s resource usage stack up against ESET? Is there a big difference or a negligible one? thanks.
    i like your reviews a lot. They’e done well. One criticism is that you have not included Norton 360 or Norton Internet Security. it’s definitely one of the best. Saying this as a semi advanced user, I’m not an expert.

    • Its been a little while since I looked at both of those programs but, if memory serves, there wasn’t a huge difference between the two.

      Thanks for your kind words and, as for Norton, you’re not the first to query why no review so I may just slot it in this year…

  4. I agree that AVG free 2012 with a decent firewall is the preferable option. However, I bought Internet Securtiy as others in my family are less tech savy so something like Comodo is too much. With AVG Internet Security I can set it and forgot it on their pc’s. A few things that still niggle are the lack of integrated modules e.g. parental controls, mobile security and backup. As you noted all available as extra add ons but given the price (if you buy via the website) these should be standard. Also, I don’t like the lack of a quick scan option, need to run a seperate rootkit scan and that if it goes wrong (as mine did it just stopped updating) the only solution was to reformat my hardrive. Out of all the available options I still think AVG Internet Security is one of the best. I did have Norton but the 2012 version is in my view a backward step. A lack of decent free firewalls that are easy for the kids to use is what made me go for the paid version. I’d recomend it but AVG need to tighten things up a bit or else I won’t be renewing it when this subscription ends.

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