Anti-Virus Freebie: AVG Free Edition

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Several years ago the only anti-virus protection available required an annual subscription fee or large upfront costs. Today users have the luxury of choosing free anti-virus products they can download for free off the web and use without paying anything.

AVG Free Edition is the most appreciated free anti-virus software on the web amongst users with now over 110 million users. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition has earned its name and reputation through quality, speed, and effectiveness.

AVG Provides a large repository of options and modules. Anti-Spyware, Anti-Rootkit, Realtime protection and heuristic analysis of suspicious files. AVG also includes such novel features as email scanning and web link verification.

Installation

Downloading and installing AVG Free Edition Anti-Virus is relatively straight-forward with only a few steps. After you download AVG, you are given options to select which subcomponents you would like to install. The overall installation process is smooth and does not introduce any incredibly tough choices.

The installation process is only just the beginning of AVG Free Edition. There are far more important aspects to AVG such as behavior patterns, detection rates, and resource usage.

Detection

Testing the detection capabilities of AVG Free Edition is tough because it entails downloading thousands of malware samples and scanning each one. After downloading over 9,000 viruses, worms, trojans, and rootkits, they were sent off to AVG Free Edition for scanning.

Our tests found that roughly 94% of the malwares were detected and quarantined. Although a small percentage were undetected, this will happen with any anti-virus solution and the percentage that were detected and quarantined was actually extremely high compared to most other anti-virus even paid ones.

Resource Usage and Speed

After setting up a clean installation of Windows to test AVG Free without any other software getting in the way, we ran several tests to determine the resource usage and speed of AVG Free Edition.

There are several processor priority settings which affect both scan speed and CPU usage and the lowest setting ran the scan in just 17 minutes, while using about 20% of the CPU. The next highest setting completed the scan in 15 minutes but used 40% of the CPU. Finally we tried the fastest priority setting and it did an entire scan in just 8 minutes but really bogged down the system using 100% of the CPU most of the time.

User Interface and Friendliness

AVG Free Edition has been built with the average PC user in mind when designing its simplistic user interface. If the wording of each function were not apparent to the end user of what each function performed, there is a concise help file that will explain everything to them.

The main AVG window will display the current state of all of the installed components where you can enabled and disable individual components as you desire. Click on any of the component icons and you will be taken to a subpage where you can configure the specific functionality.

The interface for scanning the system allows a few basic options for novice users and lots of detailed configurations for more experienced users. You can choose directories to scan and whether to check for rootkits. You can also have AVG Free scan network folders across your LAN.

After the scan takes place, you will be given a summary of what was found. You can quarantine the files so that they will not affect your system any more but still allow you to retrieve them later in case there was a false positive. There is also an option to simply delete the files or even download them to AVG for further analysis.

Conclusion

AVG Free Edition includes a plethora of anti-virus components in an easy to download and use package. AVG Free definitely has an edge over other free anti-virus solutions when it comes to features. AVG Free Edition remains the top download choice for PC users all over the world.

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