AVG provides a comprehensive feature set, solid protection against malware and solid performance across a range of tests. The free version is limited in options, while the premium version offers more options like a device optimization tool and VPN.
The software’s malware scan uses machine learning and heuristics in order to detect and remove any potential threats including trojans rootkits and Cryptojackers. It also guards against ransomware, phishing attacks, and unsafe websites by blocking downloads. AVG’s smart scans are quick and thorough, and present a variety of “advanced issues” that you can fix today, including sensitive objects that need to be secured with a password, a vulnerable camera or a weak firewall. It’s more invasive than other antivirus programs that are top-quality in this regard. If you click on any of these issues, it will prompt you to purchase the paid version.
The AV-Test results are generally high, and it detected and protected against 100% of malware in the March and April 2022 tests. Its ability to detect zero-day attacks is less than some of the top-rated products that I’ve tested. It can also slow down the system.
The free version comes with security for email and the web, identity theft monitoring of passwords leaked to the public photo vaulting, as well as AVG Cleaner, which will help speed up your device by deleting unnecessary data. The premium version includes ransomware protection and webcam security, as well as safer banking and firewall. It also includes the performance tuneup which increases the speed of your PC and extends battery life and it adds a VPN to keep you private online.