With well over 200 million active users, AVG is one of the biggest companies in the antivirus space. Founded in 1991 out of the Czech Republic, AVG is now worth nearly a billion dollars, and for good reason their antivirus solutions are some of the best on the market. AVG have an arsenal of 24 different products, all specialising in a certain type of protection on a certain type of device. As part of the 24 products is HideMyAss! VPN, which ties in with PC protection / online safety very well. With multiple Virus Bulletin 100 Awards every year (a highly commended award in the antivirus world), AVG’s antivirus products are well known to be efficient in removing malware and strong in feature set, but are they the best in today’s market?Visit AVG
AVG’s entry level antivirus product, named simply ‘AVG Antivirus’, starts at just $39.99 per year for 1 license, making it a relatively low cost product. Unfortunately, the cheap price is represented in the product as it lacks any groundbreaking features! But don’t get me wrong it’s a great antivirus product that does the basics very well. Due to the low price, I’d say it’s good value for money, but you can’t overlook a lack of features when picking an antivirus. AVG’s top antivirus, named ‘AVG Protection PRO’, starts at $59.99 per year for 1 PC. What do you get for the extra $20? A boat load of cool features! Antispam, shopping protection and protection on your Android phone.
As AVG are such a well established product, you won’t be surprised to hear that their software is extremely reliable, thorough and easy to use. You can read thousands of testimonials from users online explaining how easy the software is to navigate and manage, simply set up and regular scan then let it run and deal with the results. Utilising the extra features like LinkScanner and Family Safety is easy enough at a very basic level, but if you want to delve into advanced settings you can expect some hard core configuration. Although, the learning curve is wonderfully balanced out by helpful chat support.
Support is an area where AVG do not fall behind the competition in any way. As well as having awesome chat and phone support, AVG are keeping up with the times and offer their customers and potential customers support through Facebook and Twitter. To go even further, AVG also have a community of users accessible through their website. You can compose your own question and submit it to the community, or search through previous questions and answers. It really is a complete support system - at no point did we feel like we were being left to our own devices. (If you’ll pardon the pun)
A good example of the minimal extra features beyond just simply antivirus on the entry level product from AVG is the ‘Link Protection’, which prescans web and social media links for explicit or dangerous content (UPDATE: this feature is now available on the free version of AVG’s antivirus). To go into more detail on the aforementioned ‘AVG Protection Pro’ features: Antispam is a very well received feature in the antivirus community, as it is inherently linked with keeping your computer safe. Bringing protection to your android phone is a also a great extra and is worth parting extra money for (only if you have an android phone, of course!).