With well over 200 million active users, AVG is one of the biggest companies in the antivirus space. Founded in 1991 out of the Czech Republic, AVG is now worth nearly a billion dollars, and for good reason ­ their antivirus solutions are some of the best on the market. AVG have an arsenal of 24 different products, all specialising in a certain type of protection on a certain type of device. As part of the 24 products is HideMyAss! VPN, which ties in with PC protection / online safety very well. With multiple Virus Bulletin 100 Awards every year (a highly commended award in the antivirus world), AVG’s antivirus products are well known to be efficient in removing malware and strong in feature set, but are they the best in today’s market?

AVG Review

Compatibility

Windows
Apple Mac
iPhone/iPad
Android
Linux

Reliability and Security

As AVG are such a well established product, you won’t be surprised to hear that their software is extremely reliable, thorough and easy to use. You can read thousands of testimonials from users online explaining how easy the software is to navigate and manage, simply set up and regular scan then let it run and deal with the results. Utilising the extra features like LinkScanner and Family Safety is easy enough at a very basic level, but if you want to delve into advanced settings you can expect some hard core configuration. Although, the learning curve is wonderfully balanced out by helpful chat support.

Removes Malware
Removes Malware

Detects and removes malicous software on your computer like viruses, adware or spyware.

Removes Spyware
Removes Spyware

Spyware secretly monitors what you do on your computer. Its aim is usually to capture passwords, banking credentials and credit card details.

Web Protection
Web Protection

Detect which websites are safe and can be trusted. Block malware websites and downloads.

Block Phishing Websites
Block Phishing Websites

Block 'spoof' websites designed to steal your personal information, normally after clicking a fake email.

Real-Time Protection
Real-Time Protection

Real-Time protection runs in the background and monitors your system continuously, blocking malware before it gets on your hard-drive.

Removes Adware
Removes Adware

Adware is malicous software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material such as banners or pop-ups.

VPN Internet Security
VPN Internet Security

Browse anonymously and securly online. Encrypt your connection to the Internet to block hackers from intercepting your data.

Scheduled Scans
Scheduled Scans

Set your own scheduled for system antivirus scans including what locations to scan.

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VB100 - 100.00%
AV Comparatives - 99.60%

Features

Support is an area where AVG do not fall behind the competition in any way. As well as having awesome chat and phone support, AVG are keeping up with the times and offer their customers and potential customers support through Facebook and Twitter. To go even further, AVG also have a community of users accessible through their website. You can compose your own question and submit it to the community, or search through previous questions and answers. It really is a complete support system - at no point did we feel like we were being left to our own devices. (If you’ll pardon the pun)

Firewall
Firewall

Remote managment of Windows firewall or built-in advanced firewall tools.

Browser Manager
Browser Manager

Easily allows users to clear history, cache and tracking cookies from their web browsers.

Tune-Up
Tune-Up

Includes tools which will help with the speed and optimization of your computer.

Phone Support
Phone Support

24/7 phone support for billing and technical questions.

Live Chat Support
Live Chat Support

Customer service includes live chat for a quick respsonse to any issues.

VB100
VB100

VirusBulletin VB100 Award

Value For Money

AVG’s entry level antivirus product, named simply ‘AVG Antivirus’, starts at just $39.99 per year for 1 license, making it a relatively low cost product. Unfortunately, the cheap price is represented in the product as it lacks any ground­breaking features! But don’t get me wrong ­ it’s a great antivirus product that does the basics very well. Due to the low price, I’d say it’s good value for money, but you can’t overlook a lack of features when picking an antivirus. AVG’s top antivirus, named ‘AVG Protection PRO’, starts at $59.99 per year for 1 PC. What do you get for the extra $20? A boat load of cool features! Anti­spam, shopping protection and protection on your Android phone.

Support and Customer Service

Support is an area where AVG do not fall behind the competition in any way. As well as having awesome chat and phone support, AVG are keeping up with the times and offer their customers and potential customers support through Facebook and Twitter. To go even further, AVG also have a community of users accessible through their website. You can compose your own question and submit it to the community, or search through previous questions and answers. It really is a complete support system - at no point did we feel like we were being left to our own devices. (If you’ll pardon the pun)

Customer Reviews For AVG

Ken - 26/08/2019

cant download product, keeps asking for more money, wont refund and customer support sucks

Joe - 23/08/2019

Used it for one year and will never use it again. Constantly got notices telling me that I need to upgrade for better protection. Was very annoying and made me wish that I had purchased something else.

JOHN BROWN - 01/07/2019

Does not work automatically, reports problems and asks for more money to fix. Is not complete protection system. Computer still gets virus's and rouge programs loading. not a reliable product on the merits of my experience.

Jen - 07/06/2019

AVG scans for viruses. The AV demands money to kill the viruses. Beware. A free trial gives a taste test if the product works. When a company refuses that, it speaks volumes.

Roger Maslon - 27/04/2019

Stop the farce of stating that this is free.

AVG is the Best - 18/04/2019

AVG is really easy to use, I used a few years AVG and i have NO problems just keep it updated

sanele - 18/03/2019

think avg will help me with my files against virus

Mr Doo - 09/03/2019

Works great... just keep it updated...

MARRIANA - 07/02/2019

just installed 1 year subscription for antivirus. after scanning, it then tells me I need to purchase the pc tuneup product to resolve my issued. I subscribed to free trial, scanned again, and it kep bringing me back to repurchase more products. I just requested a refund. Horrible. I need something easy to use.

ERIK KRONBORG LETH - 16/01/2019

AVG Tune Up - dont buy it!!! I've had big problems with AVG Tune Up used with Windows 10, the program has ruined a lot and I've paid a huge amount to get the computer organized. AVG recognizes no responsibility! Have only had it installed for a short time and cannot get the amount refunded. I'm done with AVG !!!