AVG is a good choice for protection against cyberattacks. It offers a powerful feature set, solid score for malware protection and a decent price. However, it did have some negative points in our tests such as the heavy use of system resources and a few false positives.
AVG’s interface has a simple and easy to understand design. Its dashboard lets you know if your computer is protected and lets you run a manual scan through its menu. Its settings allow you the ability to customize scans and notifications as well as white- or black-list apps, and determine what data AVG shares with its parent company. AVG comes with a variety of additional tools like a file shredder and a no disturb mode that prevents you from being interrupted when playing games or watching movies.
Its security features include firewalls, an antivirus scanner, a password manager, and a social networks protection that flags suspicious links or messages. Its ransomware and anti-phishing protection is near perfect, and its Enhanced Firewall has additional functionality like data leak protection as well as ARM Spoofing alerts. The firewall is extremely robust on public networks since it makes use of machine learning to determine what is normal and what isn’t and then automatically adjust.
AVG’s support options include a forum online community support, and a comprehensive knowledge base. You can also contact its customer service via email or through chat on the site. Its free version isn’t bloated with annoying upgrade prompts, but you’ll need to deal advertisements when using the program.