AVG, formerly known as Grisoft, was founded in 1991 in the Czech Republic. The company provides computer security products, focusing on software development, threat prevention and detection, risk analysis, and research and development. AVG has received a number of independent IT certifications and awards from Virus Bulletin, ICSA, and West Coast Labs, among several others.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Security Quality
Our Score
#1
$24.99-44.99
7.3
#2
$39.99-69.99
6.3
#3
$39.99-69.99
5.8

The Good

AVG’s Premium package packs the punch. It offers complete antivirus coverage for a PC, tablet, and smartphone at an affordable price. AVG also has several free mobile downloads, such as the basic mobile protection package, memory clean up tool, tune-up app, social media privacy fix, and even an image-editing tool.

AVG effectively blocks malware, as demonstrated in several independent IT tests. The antivirus technology that AVG uses involves multiple detection layers, which provides excellent PC protection. AVG scans for files matching known virus signatures, variants of the recognized viruses, software behavior that is characteristically malicious and hostile file behavior. AVG recently improved their method of sending virus signature updates to users. Daily file updates are small, so they don’t take as long, and it is no longer necessary to restart your computer after the update.

AVG’s use of a community protection network through cloud technology is a newer feature. All customers benefit from this cloud service that keeps track of prevalent computer files, a database that users can opt into contributing to.

The Bad

While AVG does offer some kind of antivirus protection for most popular devices, these options are limited for Apple users. AVG has a basic free antivirus download for Macs, but not a premium protection product. They offer a few free downloadable apps for iPhones, but not the full protection that Android users get with the Antivirus Pro for Mobile. Also, the parental controls are not included with AVG’s standard antivirus products, but need to be purchased separately in a “family safety” package. Depending on your security preferences and needs, this could be a positive or a negative.

The Bottom Line

There is not much to complain about AVG. They offer excellent antivirus protection at an affordable price.

Price (*subject to change)

  • AntiVirus $39.99 (1 year, 1 computer)
  • Internet Security $54.99 (1 year, 1 computer)
  • Premium Security $69.99 (1 year, 1 computer+1 smartphone+1 tablet)
  • Antivirus Pro for Mobile $14.99 (basic protection is free)
  • Family Safety $49.99 (1 year, 3 computers) 

Free trial offer

All of AVG’s products are available to download for a 30-day free trial.

Mobile protection

  • Antivirus – Detects, blocks, and removes viruses and other malware. Includes app and file scanner and safe web surfing.
  • Antitheft – Allows you to locate your missing device with the option to lock or wipe it remotely and get a picture of the new user.
  • Privacy Protection – Users can password-protect apps individually, block spammers, hackers, and scammers, and block texts and calls from certain numbers.
  • Performance Tracker – Helps you monitor your data plan usage, as well as optimize battery and storage performance.

Security

  • Social Network Protection – AVG’s link scanner assesses links exchanged through social media—before you click— in real time. The MultiMi app stays on top of email, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts and keeps all contacts and calendars in one place.
  • Malware Protection – Blocks viruses, worms, spyware, rootkits, and other malware
  • Data Encryption – Protects your private files in password-protected encryptions
  • Firewall – Protects you from hackers while you’re shopping or accessing your online bank
  • Identity Alert – Alerts you when your identity appears to have been misused or compromised
  • Email Protection – Protects your email account from unwanted email, including spam and scams
  • Tune-up – AVG Internet Security and Premium antivirus products come with a basic PC performance tune-up.
  • Anti-Spy – Includes a “Do Not Track” feature, anti-spyware, WiFi guard, and data shredder
  • Parental Controls – AVG’s Family Safety product monitors your child’s activities in chat rooms and social networking sites to help prevent online bullying and cyber-grooming. It also keeps track of searches on popular engines and the time they spend online.  

AV-Comparative/AV-Test

In early 2013, AVG’s AV-Test results showed that the free AVG antivirus download provides above-average real-world protection against web and email threats. It did about average in detecting newly-discovered malware (the AV-Test reference set) and usability was also average. The 2013 AV-Comparatives gave AVG’s antivirus technology an advanced rating for file detection.

Tune-up & Speed

AVG’s Premium antivirus package includes a basic PC tune-up feature that maximizes computer connectivity, reduces download times, and enhances overall PC speed. AVG also sells a PC tune-up product separately, which frees up hard drive space and recovers accidentally deleted files in addition to speeding up internet connections and improving PC performance speed.

Time in Business

23+ years (founded in 1991)

Foreign

The main headquarters is in Brno, Czech Republic and the U.S. headquarters is in San Francisco, CA.

Customer Service

AVG product subscribers get free technical support over the phone at any time, day or night.

System Requirements

  • Intel Pentium processor 1.5 GHz or faster
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 1000 MB free hard disk space (for installation)

Operating Systems Supported

  • Windows XP and XP Pro x64 edition
  • Windows Vista and Vista x64 edition
  • Windows 7 and Windows 7 x64 edition
  • Windows 8 and Windows 8 x64 edition
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion or higher (Mac)
  • Android OS 2.1 and higher (mobile)

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    August 15th, 2016 Nicholasville, KY

    I’ve got the free version of AVG. Kim recommended it back then although now she is pushing Kaspersky. It has been great, it updates regularly and automatically. There are options to pay for upgrades, but I’ve never needed it. I worked at IBM for 10 years and have had lots of experience with this stuff. I’ve had Norton and McAffee at different times, but I’m happiest with AVG.

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    May 3rd, 2015 Miami, FL

    I started out with the FREE version. When I made extra money I began to by the FULL version. They have protected my for over 10 years.

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    April 29th, 2015 Pueblo, CO

    We have been using AVG for so many years…maybe 13 or so…maybe more. .We tried Norton and what a terrible pain and expensive. Getting rid of it was like getting rid of a virus LOL Seriously, I’ve always been poor so I use the FREE AVG but it has NOT failed us. Great protection! Thank you!

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    April 27th, 2015 Mount Pleasant, UT

    I purchased a full protection and six months later received a message my free AVG is to expire. I called gave my invoice number and was told they would turn it on if I paid in addition to the purchase price another one hundred ninety ($199.00) nine dollars. I believe them to be criminals !

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    April 22nd, 2015 Round Rock, TX

    Used them for 3 years never had any problems , when I had a technical problem their techs fixed in a matter of minutes

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    April 20th, 2015 Alamo, TX

    purchased avg tune up dec 15 2014. was charged on my account never worked. was told they help avg customers as avg was to busy to handle all there accounts. never got product to work an have many problems sence. paid 33.99 save your money a rip off.

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    April 20th, 2015 Hollywood, FL

    ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS.

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    April 19th, 2015

    Was avid fan of AVG, but only into my 2nd year of three year subscription when computer became severely compromised. It took days for me to clean up. Switched to Kaspersky and experience has been different as night and day. Feeling safe again, not even missing the unexpired portion of my subscription.

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    April 18th, 2015 Claymont, DE

    All I Can Say About AVG!! Is That I Simply Just Love It! Great Protection From Threats

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    April 18th, 2015 Atlanta, GA

    I could not live without AVG… I thought i could before i found them,, or should i say,, before AVG was shared with me… AVG has saved my butt countless times,,, Places i go and should’nt ,, but AVG was always there to slap my hand,,, THANKYOU AVG

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    April 17th, 2015 Mine Hill, NJ

    Seems to perform excellently and quickly. Very proactive!

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    April 16th, 2015 De Forest, WI

    I am completely happy with AVG security, but I purchased AVG tune-up and it wasn’t activated and now I haven’t been able to get the help I need to install it. Very frustrating.

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    9

    April 16th, 2015 Yakima, WA

    After using numerous other antivirus software over the years, AVG is the ONLY one I’ve never had problems with during the last 3-4 yrs. Works excellent with no issues.

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    April 16th, 2015 Winter Garden, FL

    I have used AVG Free for years and years. With it and a little common sense, I have been virtually virus free the entire time. Always recommend it over all other choices!

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    April 15th, 2015 Van Alstyne, TX

    we have had AVG free for almost 3 years and rarely does anything get by it… we are very happy with just the basic product because we are just casual users but the paid protection is supposed to be one of the best. we are satisfied customers.

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    10

    April 15th, 2015 Murfreesboro, TN

    This is the BEST anti-virus program I have ever used. It keeps me safe from all the bad things out there.

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    April 15th, 2015 Pasco, WA

    I have been using AVG since around 2001 and it has never let me down. It is not as bossy as McCaffee or Norton and it is priced right. Easy to use and offers a number of addon options that are also nice to have.

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    10

    April 14th, 2015 Sahuarita, AZ

    AVG is excellent, and has been very easy to use. Thank you.

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    April 13th, 2015 Okeechobee, FL

    I have been using avg fo about 18 yrs now great product

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    April 12th, 2015 Preston, WA

    Best antivirus I have ever had.

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