AVG is a great option for protection against cyberattacks, with nearly perfect malware detection scores as well as an extensive feature package. It also includes one of the best firewalls I’ve tested as well as a reliable web and email scanner and powerful tools for optimizing your device. It does not have parental controls and ransomware protection is not reliable. It can also slow down performance, especially on computers with lower performance.
The free version of AVG offers basic malware protection but does not include an internet scanner or firewall. The basic plan comes with more extensive set of features, while premium plans provide useful extras such as an upgrade of your system and VPN.
In addition AVG’s mobile apps offer certain exclusive features that aren’t available in the desktop program. For example, the Android app lets you remotely secure and wipe your phone if it is lost. It also has a photo vault to store all your personal photos and videos securely. The anti-theft feature is useful, allowing you to pinpoint the location of your phone and sound like a siren.
The user-friendly interface of AVG makes it easy to navigate through its numerous features. It uses clear headings and thumbnails. The settings menu allows you to alter your scan sensitivity, include or remove file types from the scan and activate due diligence checklists advanced options such as deep scanning and the ability to shred files once scanned. You can also adjust popup notifications, configure which data is shared with AVG, and enable “do-not-disturb” mode for full screen gaming or video watching.