The AVG Internet Security 7.5 suite boasts very good antivirus and spam protection tools, but the firewall is disappointingly weak and it's not so good at removing spyware, either. The interface is bit awkward and confusing, and really needs a makeover.
In PC Pro's Lab, it scored 95% in malware detection and achieved 60% success in the phishing test. In website-exploits test, it was found to detect and thwart 86% of attacks. It also did well in the spam detection test and caught 93% of junk mail, along with Window's mail filter.
AVG already had good, free antivirus software available, on which Grisoft (the maker) has just added spyware protection, a spam filter and a very basic firewall. The firewall did miserably in PC Pro Lab's firewall test, where eighteen vulnerabilities were discovered by the probe.
RAM usage is also high; it takes up approximately 300 MB of RAM, which is far too much. The antispyware tool, if installed on a clean machine, will keep the machine safe, but removing existing spyware is a nightmare, and AVG cannot be relied upon to clean an already infected machine completely. Another drawback of the suite is that it's very intrusive, and every time it updates it opens a window. Similarly, whenever a threat is found you need to click an option to resume working. The price is definitely competitive, but it needs to improve in key areas to get our recommendation.
Author Sahid Townsenddate added 2009-09-07 13:04:47