AVG offers a comprehensive feature set and a near-perfect malware detection score. It also includes one of the top firewalls that I’ve ever tested, a reliable web and email scanner and powerful device optimization features. It lacks parental controls, and ransomware protection isn’t reliable. It can also affect the performance of computers, especially ones with less power.
The free version of AVG offers basic malware protection but does not include the ability to scan for firewalls or websites. The basic plan comes with a more robust set features, while premium plans offer important extras, such as a system tune-up and VPN.
In addition AVG’s mobile apps come with certain exclusive features that aren’t available in the desktop application. For example the Android app allows you to remotely erase and lock your phone if it gets lost. It also offers a photo vault, which stores all of your private images and videos in a secure way. The anti-theft feature is useful, allowing you to locate your phone and even sound a siren.
AVG’s user-friendly interface features familiar thumbnails and headings to help you navigate its many features. In its settings menu, you can modify the scan’s sensitivity and include or remove file formats from the scan. You can also enable advanced options, such as shredding and deep scanning after they’ve been examined. You can also adjust popup notifications, choose which data is shared with AVG and enable “do-not-disturb” mode for full screen gaming or watching videos.