AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is an effective antivirus protection tool available free for the life of the product. It provides regular virus database updates and a high level of detection capability. This easy-to-use software does not slow down your machine, and the latest version requires low system resources, although previous versions were heavy on CPU usage. A Resident Shield module provides real-time protection to your files and applications, and a Virus Vault handles infected files and folders.
In tests, AVG could detect 83% of malwares in the PC Pro Lab, but it could not detect even 10% of malware and viruses before they were compiled. After compilation, it offered only average protection. It works on Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2000. After installation it checks for updates and creates a rescue disk for recovery.
The important features of AVG include:
â?¢ A Control Center through which you can configure all the modules.
â?¢ On-access, scheduled and on-demand scans.
â?¢ E-mail scans.
â?¢ Regular updates and checks on recent viruses.
â?¢ Quarantine for infected files for later checking.
â?¢ A Virus Vault for keeping infected files.
â?¢ A Test Center providing full scans and allowing configuration for all types of scan. This also provides detailed information on the progress of scasn and all previous reports.
â?¢ Integration with Outlook, Eudora, and The BAT! to scan incoming and outgoing e-mail.
â?¢ Heuristic scanning techniques.
â?¢ Blocking password protected archives
â?¢ Automatic deletion of specific attachment types.
â?¢ A Link Scanner, which scan links in search engines and detect suspicious links.
AVG has enhanced its interface to make it easier to use. The Control Center allows you to configure the modules, and a panel for each module includes its description and current status.
AVG Anti-Virus is one of the best among the available free antivirus software packages, although it is does not come close to the protection offered by paid-for titles like Kaspersky, McAfee etc.
Author Michaela Forbesdate added 2009-09-07 12:07:36