I have been disappointed with AVG
ever since they made a decision in April 2010 to partner with LimeWire
and promote the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing
, a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections
, remote attacks, and exposure of personal information.
There have been numerous complaints about issues and conflicts with other security tools like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Read these related discussions:
Even MajorGeeks, a popular download hosting site, had issued a Statement on AVG Free
and removed its Editor's Pick listing at that time.
There have been reports of issues with the computer starting properly on 64-bit Windows sytems
for which AVG has had to release these fix instructions
There have also been numerous reported problems with computers after using
features like PC Analyzer
and PC Tuneup
which purport to fix registry errors in order to make the system more stable and various optimizing tools which can make changes to system settings.
And finally there have been many user complaints about the lack of adequate
AVG Customer Support in addressing issues related to the use of their product.
For these reasons, I no longer recommend AVG as a free alternative anti-virus solution.
My personal recommendation is ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus
if choosing a paid for program as it leaves a small footprint...meaning it is not intrusive
and does not utilize a lot of system resources. Emsisoft Anti-Malware
is also a good choice for the same reason and so is Kaspersky Anti-virus
. If you don't want to pay then I would recommend avast! Free Antivirus
or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition
For other alternatives, please read...Choosing an Anti-Virus Program
. Keep in mind that all free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free
...see Has the antivirus industry gone mad?!
ESET and Emsisoft Anti-Malware also have the added advantage of blocking the installation of most Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)
(such as adware
, unwanted toolbars
, browser hijackers
) if you enable that feature.
See my comments in Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools
as to why I recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro and Emsisoft Anti-Malware.