AVG provides a full feature package and a near-perfect malware detection score. It also comes with one of the best firewalls I’ve tested with a reliable web and email scanner, as well as powerful device optimization tools. It does not have parental controls and ransomware protection isn’t reliable. It also has a tendency to slow down performance, especially on less powerful computers.
AVG’s free version provides basic malware protection but it does not come with a firewall or a web scanner. The basic plan comes with an extensive set of features, and the premium plans include useful extras like a system tune-up tool and an VPN.
As an added bonus AVG’s mobile apps offer some exclusive features not found in the desktop program. For example, the Android app lets you remotely delete and lock your phone if it is lost. It also comes with a photo vault which can store all of your private photos and videos safely. It also comes with a great dig this anti-theft feature that lets you monitor the location of your phone and sound an alarm.
The user-friendly interface of AVG allows you to easily navigate through its many features. It uses recognizable headings and thumbnails. In the settings menu, you can alter the sensitivity of your scan and add or remove file formats from the scan. You can also enable advanced options, such as shredding and deep scanning after they’ve been scan. You can also adjust popup notifications, choose which data is shared with AVG and turn on “do-not-disturb” mode for full screen gaming or video watching.