AVG AntiVirus 2013 Review
The installation of the latest 2013 edition of AVG AntiVirus is smaller and takes less time to install than the edition from a couple years ago. The installer is only 33MB and does not require a reboot like many antivirus applications do. However, when installing the program you must explicitly opt out of the nuisance toolbars that the AVG AntiVirus installs, and even when you do opt out of this, your default search engine in Firefox is still replaced by SafeSearch. To add insult to injury, your browser windows are automatically closed when you run the installer.
The latest trend is to create programs that mimic the style of the Windows 8 interface and AVG AntiVirus has joined them by making their interface fit right in with the newest Windows environment.
As you can see, the new AVG AntiVirus interface looks similar to the Metro interface in Windows 8, although we have found that it appears to be essentially the same as the Windows 7 version with simple modifications for Windows 8.
The latest innovation with AntiVirus suites has been the file reputation based scanning, which makes use of the userbase of AntiVirus users to submit suspicious files to the cloud and share the data in a social network fashion. This feature makes it easy for new threats to be detected early and also makes scanning times quicker. AVG AntiVirus 2013 of course includes an implementation of this feature. Also, there is now ransomware and fake antivirus blocking in addition to the expected antivirus, antimalware, and antirootkit detection.
AVG AntiVirus 2013 will add several seconds to the boot time of your computer depending on if you have a solid state drive or not, the difference can be up to 15 seconds. Also, it may take a few extra seconds for your computer to shut down when AVG has been installed. The most surprising result seen with the performance of AVG AntiVirus 2013 is that some tasks on your computer are actually faster than a bare PC with no antivirus. The reason for this is complicated but the explanation given is that your files are accessed differently by the computer once you have AVG AntiVirus installed and this some how optimizes the performance. The actual scan times of AVG AntiVirus 2013 are quicker than before and are among the fastest scans when compared to other AntiVirus software suites.