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Hangs up and drains system resourcesPosted
slows Windows 10 down to a crawl and eats up the system resources. Pushes CPU usage to 96 to 100 percent. Browser jumps from page to page and makes keyboard and touch screen action sluggish . Uninstalled and now works fine. They have issues with this software,
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Protect Yourself from the UnexpectedPosted
Long time AVG user and thought it was time to protect myself more than the FREE version offers. I try to stay on the safer side of the net but sometimes bad things happen to good sites so you should always be sure your computer is protected. Last issue this flagged was a website that decided to start mining for bitcoins, robbing my computer's resources. Thankfully AVG caught it and I quickly left, searching elsewhere for the info I was looking for. Also like the webcam protection where you can make sure it is only enabled when you explicitly say so or only from trusted apps or never. Still playing around with some of the newer features. Coming from a Unix background myself, I like the tool/screen that shows which apps are using which ports. Not as easy to get elsewhere. Good protection for another year...
I would recommend this to a friend
Pretty Good, But a Couple of AnnoyancesPosted
Installation was pretty quick, go to the AVG website, create an account and input the activation code. Once registered, you're directed to a download page, download the installer and run. Installation went without a hitch. The installed software takes about 1GB of disk space, but seems to have very little performance impact (ie., low resource utilization) even when running benchmarks. The package contains a number of protective elements that seems fairly comprehensive. These include: Malware scanning (viruses, rootkits, trojans, etc) State Full Firewall Real time web and email protection Behavior analysis(AI) defenses for zero day attacks and ransomware Webcam hijacking protection Encrypted data safe for private files Website payment shield, protects against fake websites All seemed to work pretty well. There are a few annoyances that may or may not be important to you. The first is continual advertising of other AVG products in the console. This is acceptable in a 'free' version, but should be muted in a purchased version. The second is the Security Console UI. It's improved over previous versions, but it's still clunky to use. Configuration may require popping into one or more sub-sub menus or even sub-sub-sub menus. The last is the lack of a backup/recovery option. Even the best defenses will miss something. When the only solution is to wipe the drive and reinstall, a good backup/recovery solution is invaluable to limit the pain.
I would recommend this to a friend
Amazing Software, Easy to UsePosted
I have been using AVG software since its creation back in the 90's. It was a little known free program that detected majority of virus and ran at half the resources that name brand Anti-Virus software ran. It is now 2018 and I remain as impressed as I was back then. This software is a must buy for anyone who wish to ensure they do not receive any viruses on their computer. Pros:: Clean / Easy To Use Layout Protection Features Very Low Resource Usage on Computers Price Per Feature Online Support Customer Service Cons:: None Software:: The software itself comes in a small package or can be downloaded off their website. In this case, I went to their website , downloaded the free version and bought a key from BestBuy. The download and install occurred very quickly with step by step instructions that were very helpful for those who are not technical in nature. Once installed the software comes configured with recommended settings which I would strongly suggest not to modify unless you know what you are doing. The software takes up to 1.13GB in size however has very low resource utilization. In fact, the resource demands are so low you can run this on low end computers with ease. You will need to create a "My AVG" account however this will help keep track of license expiration, purchase history, promotional material and online support. The software also auto updates your virus definitions to ensure you are always up to date Multiple Software Protections:: The full version provides additional protections that are a very nice bonus especially the firewall inclusion with the antivirus -Computer Protection The computer protection allows AVG to scan any files added or opened on the computer and watches applications running the in background for malicious behavior. Testing the active scan on my spare computer, it was able to quickly detect traditional rootkits / Trojans and malware. I was very impressed at the method of how it stopped and quarantined the item but wont get that technical for this article. -Web / Email Protection The web and email function works wonderfully as well especially since I have family members that occasionally still quickly open attachments from emails without looking first. The web shield works great for those who use browser add-ons or surf the net as it quickly detects and prevents from backdoor downloads/installs. The email shield works great of all online email accounts as well as outlook on the desktop. -Hacker Attacks and Ransomware Protection The Hacker Attacks function is pretty much just the firewall feature however do not let that distract from how well this firewall protects. It provided the normal functions that Windows defender has with the added bonus of easy customization, easy log access and advance settings. The Ransomware Protection is a unique feature added to AVG that will provide additional security to personal files. It automatically selects the user profiles and most commonly used folders. You can also manually add folders you wish to protect with this software. I have not experienced any issue or slowdowns when adding these folders and recommend to include folders with sensitive data. -Privacy, Webcam and Data Safe Protection The Privacy Protection is very impressive as it is not a common feature you see with other anti virus software. It has two functions, one is to protect the webcam and the other is to create a Data safe. The webcam portion protects from software trying to use the computers Webcam to spy on you. The standard setting is "Smart Mode" however you also have "Strict Mode" and "No Mercy". As you can imagine it goes from trusted applications to always having to ask your permission first to a completely block on using camera. The Data safe is creating an encrypted 256-bit AES folder only you can access which is great when it comes to protecting financial data! -Payments, Anti-Spam and Fake Website Shield This helps protects from fake websites and fake phishing/spam emails asking for your financial information. The Fake Website Shield works by ensure the financial site is truly the financial site and you were not re-routed without your knowledge to a hacked site. It is a great feature to have to help ensure you are not being duped when going to a purchasing site or bank. - Other Scans (Advance Settings) I have been really impressed at all the additional scanning features AVG provides. You can not only scan your whole computer, you have the option to scan USB/ DVD, focus on a particular folder, run a "Deep Scan" and run a Boot-Time Scan. I typically like to run a Deep Scan every other month just to make sure no malware snuck by and the Boot-Time Scan once a quarter. Both are more on the extreme side of scanning however feel its better to be safe then sorry. Online Support / Customer Service:: There are alot of great online resources to help understand the advance functionality or commonly asked questions. You also have an option to Chat/Call into the customer service line for additional assistance. I have used the Chat feature working with customer service for advance settings assistance and everyone I have spoken to was extremely friendly, patient and helpful.
I would recommend this to a friend