AVG provides a full feature set as well as a near-perfect malware detection score. It also includes one of the most effective firewalls I’ve ever tested, a reliable web and email scanner and a powerful device optimization features. However, it doesn’t have parental controls and reliable ransomware security. It can also slow down the performance of computers, especially those with less power.
The free version of AVG offers basic malware protection, but does not include a firewall or a web scanner. The basic plan provides an extensive range of features, while premium plans include helpful additional features such as a system tuning tool as well as an VPN.
As an added bonus AVG’s mobile apps come with some exclusive features not found on the desktop software. Android apps, for instance, allow you to remotely lock and wipe a phone in the event that it is lost. It also has a photo vault to store all your private photos and video safely. Its anti-theft tool is quite excellent, allowing you to track your phone’s location and make it sound a siren.
The user-friendly interface of AVG uses clear thumbnails and headings to assist you in navigating its many features. In the settings menu you can modify the scan sensitivity, and also add or remove formats from the scan. You can also turn on advanced options, such as deep scanning and shredding files after they have been checked. You can also adjust pop-up notifications and set the type of information is shared with AVG and enable a “do not disturb” mode for full-screen gaming or video-watching.