Once AVG has installed, it will prompt you to install the Web Tune Up browser extension, which provides an extra layer of warnings about potentially malicious websites.
In March, AVG achieved 100% protection in live real-world threat testing and 99.9% effectiveness against a bank of reference malware samples.However, its real-world effectiveness dropped to 95.2% in April, putting it below the industry average of 97%.Its false-positive performance was good, however, since it misdetected only a couple of benign programs as malicious from a sample set of more than a million.It also did well in most performance tests, launching and downloading software much faster than average, although its web module slowed down website load times more than many of its rivals.AVG Free is one of the longest-established free anti-virus suites on the market, available across multiple platforms with a wealth of features and modules.Its comes with an optional Zen dashboard that provides an overview of all the devices associated with your AVG account, as well as your PC's protection status.
However, it doesn't add anything particularly useful when it comes to protecting a single PC against malware.
Sadly, AVG hasn't been performing particularly well in AV-TEST's recent results.
Like most free anti-virus suites, AVG offers a premium version, as well as the Free version we're looking at here.
By default, a 30-day trial of AVG Pro is installed, with extra features including a firewall, encryption and secure browsing tools.
This reverts to a free version after that period, but if you just want to install AVG Free from the start, you should select Custom installation after the installer launches.
Custom installation also allows you to choose where the program should be installed and whether you want AVG's extra email protection and in-browser link-scanning features – again, both are included in a default installation.