Since Avast bought AVG in 2016, the antivirus software seems very similar, especially the interface. It also has the same protection methods and infrastructure. AVG is affordable and easy but the test results are quite average. Let’s find out more about the strong sides of the program and discuss what should be improved.
- Powerful interface
- Plenty of features
- Unlimited devices
- Support system
- Not 100% protection
- Confusing knowledge base
This is definitely the strongest side of the software. It has a robust installer and a tiny file of 8 Mb. The package is completely installed within a minute. In addition, the user can control it and adjust to his needs. There’s a possibility to choose which modules to install.
The interface is a separate subject. Simple, convenient, and just beautiful. There are 5 major modules that secure the protection in different spheres (computer, web & email, hacker attacks, privacy, and payments) and a Scan button.
AVG offers phone support. You can also reach them via live chat. In addition, you can join the forum and find more information in the knowledge base. The latter one is a bit confusing but still helpful. The company provides with a separate number for premium tech support which works 24/7. Their team of specialists is sure to help you remotely with all solutions as well as remove the viruses from your PC. Premium support cost about $200 per year but it’s worth every penny.
The available features
AVG, just like, Avast, has free and paid versions. The free version is very generous in features as it includes ransomware protection, malware protection, and extras like download monitoring, email safety, etc. Unlike many other companies, this free software also comes with AVG’s Secure Browser. It looks a lot like Google Chrome and is extremely easy to use. The browser has a password manager, ad blocker, privacy cleaner, etc.
You can upgrade by purchasing the paid plan and add even more features to your software. For instance, you can secure your webcam, get a firewall, file encryption, etc. The paid version offers Android protection, too.
The independent tests have stated that this isn’t the most secure antivirus software. The results are generally good but sometimes it fails. In average, it blocked only 98% of threats. There’s always a place for improvement. In the tests of SE Labs, it scored 94%.
The verdict on the AVG Antivirus Pro
Thousands of users from all across the globe prefer this software because it’s lightweight, easy, and user-friendly interface. The free version is enough for the average users while people who wish to get a better protection upgrade to a Pro account.
You can get full-fledged versions for Windows, Mac, and Android which is very convenient. Extra tools like a file shredder or a Secure Browser come in really handy and provide with even more convenience and security. You can be sure you’ll be protected from malware and ransomware.