AVG Technologies is best accepted for antivirus protection, but in contempo years the aggregation has angled out, abacus arrangement tune-up, affectionate control, online backup, and more. But accept no fear; you can still get the able aegis of AVG Anti-Virus Chargeless 2012 after spending a penny. In my tests and in tests by absolute labs it beats abounding of its for-pay competition. Do agenda that it’s accurately chargeless for claimed use; business users charge pay for AVG’s antivirus protection.

The 2012 edition’s capital awning collapses the antecedent edition’s ten basic icons bottomward to six, but adds three fresh ones to accommodate the company’s added products. If you use AVG Family Safety ($19.95 absolute for three licenses, 4.5 stars), AVG PC Tuneup 2011 ($29.99/year direct, 4 stars), or AVG LiveKive online backup, you can bang the figure to articulation your products. If you don’t, artlessly the antivirus includes an advantage to get them.

Good Lab Results

All of the labs I chase analysis AVG’s technology and accord it about acceptable ratings. ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs accredit it for virus detection; West Coast adds checkmark acceptance for virus abatement as well. In all of the aftermost ten tests by Virus Bulletin, AVG has accustomed VB100 certification.

AVG participates in the on-demand analysis by AV-Comparatives.org, but not in the attendant test, which simulates zero-day aegis by application old virus signatures. In the on-demand analysis AVG rated STANDARD, the everyman casual grade.

AV-Comparatives additionally runs a whole-product activating test, arduous articles to assure analysis systems from real-world up-to-the-minute threats. In this analysis AVG rated ADVANCED, a cut aloft STANDARD.

The advancing antivirus acceptance tests by AV-Test.org are additionally activating tests, battling a user’s real-world experience. Articles can accept up to 6 credibility for protection, repair, and usability, with a absolute of 11 credibility appropriate for certification. In the best contempo tests beneath Windows 7, Vista, and XP, AVG averaged 13.17 points.

The commodity How We Interpret Antivirus Lab Tests explains how I abscess bottomward after-effects from the assorted labs to actualize the afterward chart.

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Very Acceptable Malware Cleanup

AVG installed bound on my twelve malware-infested analysis systems. Resistant malware on one arrangement interfered with installation, but installing in Safe Mode apparent that one. On bisected of the analysis systems AVG detected alive threats anon and requested a reboot to agree cleanup.

A abounding browse on my accepted apple-pie analysis arrangement took aloof 16 minutes, and a echo browse accomplished in beneath than two minutes. That’s affluence fast. The boilerplate browse time for contempo articles on this aforementioned arrangement is 25 minutes.

I consistently acquisition it odd that AVG separates rootkit scanning from the accomplished computer scan. For the analysis systems infested with rootkits I ran the abstracted rootkit scan, which added about three minutes.

When I tallied the after-effects I was absolutely impressed. AVG detected 88 percent, the aforementioned as TrustPort Antivirus 2012 ($39.95 direct, 3.5 stars). Of the articles activated with this accepted blackmail collection, alone G Data AntiVirus 2012 ($29.95 direct, 3.5 stars), with 91 percent, detected more.

AVG didn’t apple-pie up perfectly. It larboard abaft executable files for some threats, and alike larboard a few processes running. However, its account of 6.5 credibility for malware abatement is a fresh aerial for the accepted crop of antivirus products, assault out the 6.4 point almanac captivated by Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Chargeless 1.51 (Free, 4 stars).

AVG detected all of the threats that use rootkit technology and denticulate 6.7 credibility for rootkit removal, a tie for top account with ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall 2012 ($59.95 absolute for three licenses, 3 stars). Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012 ($39.95 absolute for three licenses, 4 stars) was the next-best rootkit remover, with 6.0 points.

The majority of accepted articles detected all of my scareware samples. Malwarebytes denticulate a absolute 10, thoroughly charwoman up scareware. AVG was abutting abaft with 9.5 points, the aforementioned as BitDefender, Panda Cloud Anti-Virus 1.5 Chargeless Edition (Free, 3.5 stars), and several others.

This is absolutely an absorbing showing, and it parallels the activating analysis after-effects from the labs. For a abounding account of how I appear up with these array see How We Analysis Malware Removal.

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