20 May 2013, Chris Wiles , V3
One of the best free security tools now gets even more protection with the inclusion of the "identity protection" module
Type: Free for personal use only
Platform: Windows 8 compatible, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Number of Downloads: 2977733
Price: $ Free for personal use
AVG continues to be one of the most popular free antivirus programs available on the internet and it maintains this position with a combination of effective protection and an easy to use interface.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition improves on both areas, and is an essential upgrade, as updates will be stopped for the previous version. If you already have AVG installed it is best to click on the upgrade option when it is offered. If you have never installed it before, this is the download to use. We would recommend disconnecting from the internet during installation as there will a period where there is no protection.
As noted the interface of AVG Free has been improved and it is easier to see what protection AVG is providing and what needs attention via icons in the main part of the screen. Tabs along the left hand side give quick access to important information on updates and ongoing scans.
In addition to traditional antivirus protection, AVG Free now offers protection from Spyware without installing extra software.
Note that the new 2013 edition ships with a new Windows 8 user interface and a whole host of performance improvements.