Updated 16 Mar 2018

AVG

Free Antivirus (2018)

Bottom line: This Windows computer security software is good at protecting your computer. But it's somewhat difficult to use, has a moderate impact on the system and comes packaged with adware/greyware.

Free Antivirus (2018)
Consumer score
69
Avg price

$0

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Test results

Overall score
OK
69
Protection
Good
7.4/10
Ease of use
Just OK
5.3/10
System impact
Good
7.0/10

Good points

  • Good protection.
  • Good system impact.
  • Has anti-phishing protection.
  • Has ransomware protection.
  • Windows 8 comaptible.

But

  • Just OK ease of use.
  • No anti-spam protection.
  • No backup feature.
  • No banking protection feature.
  • Uses the operating system firewall.
  • Includes "bloatware".

How we test

Overall score is comprised of:

Protection (65%) . This includes:

On-access scan: incorporates a web test assessing the software’s ability to prevent an infection coming from the internet and a USB scenario (performed both online and offline) evaluating the ability of the software to prevent an infection coming from an external drive. It also assesses how well the software detects and blocks phishing and ransomware attacks. Our macOS security software test differs from our Windows test as we couldn’t find an instance of a website infected with malware targeting Macs. For this reason, our live web test and ransomware test aren’t run on the Mac security software.

On-demand scan: evaluates the detection of malware from an on-demand (scheduled or user-initiated) scan with a large collection of different types of malware while offline, on connected cloud storage, and as malware is running. We also look at how well the software detects malware targeting different operating systems including Windows, Mac and Android.

Ease of use (25%): assesses installation, configuration and normal day-to-day use of the software, as well as clarity/simplicity of the user interface. We also look at the available user help, such as guidance, help menu and options, and updating the software.

System impact (10%): assesses the software’s use of disk space and memory, plus its effect on boot time and common tasks such as program launch and use, file use, copying and conversion.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$0

Program

Number of PCs on licence
n/a
Licence period
n/a
Operating system
Windows
Version tested
17.7.3032

Features

Anti-phishing
Yes
Anti-spam
No
Backup
No
Ransomware protection
Yes
Proprietary firewall
No
Parental controls
No
Password manager
No
"Bloatware" included
Yes
Banking protection feature
No
E-mail scanner
Yes
Offline help
No
Download of a bootable CD / DVD
No
Download of a bootable USB key
No
Can create a bootable CD / DVD
No
Can create a bootable USB key
No
Minimum requirements - Processor
-
Minimum requirements - RAM
-
Minimum requirements - Hard disk
-
Recommended requirements - Processor
-
Recommended requirements - RAM
-
Recommended requirements - Hard disk
-

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Notes
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