AVG Antivirus Review
AVG’s malware scanner makes use of machine learning and heuristic analysis alongside an online database of malware to identify emerging threats. It scored highly in our tests and has excellent advanced scanning and deep scanning performance. However, it falls behind some competitors in its ability to identify new and unknown “zero-day” malware.
After a simple installation, the program will launch its first “Smart Scan” which is a general scan of your computer for threats and malware. It takes just 35 minutes to examine 430,167 files on our test system. This is less than some competitor tools look at but it’s still a substantial amount of files.
The modern and clean interface allows you to easily launch the scan or explore its other features. It features recognizable thumbnails as well as headings to help you quickly identify what each feature does. Its settings menu is also well-organized and offers a few customization options, including the ability to adjust the level of sensitiveness a deep scan is, or to set up a data shredder, which adds a choice to Windows the right-click menu.
Premium subscribers are able to enjoy certain additional features that aren’t how to keep kids safe on youtube included in the free version. These include “Webcam Protection”, a feature that blocks access to your camera and makes video calls more secure as well as “Sensitive Data Shield” encryption of your private files. Additional features such as a password manager or a performance tune-ups aren’t included they are available, as AVG has other paid applications that offer these capabilities.
The mobile application of AVG comes with a variety of options, including the ability to remotely secure your Android device or wipe it (Android only) and a photo vault that lets you to securely share your files. The best feature for mobile is its anti-theft component. This allows you to find a lost smartphone or tablet, and can even sound a siren to scare it away.