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
...meaning AVG allows the collection and sale of personal information relating to browsing history, searches, location and meta-data and sharing that data with affiliated partners, search providers and resellers.
There have been reports of AVG exposing and collecting personal data.
There have been numerous complaints about issues and conflicts with other security tools.
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 been numerous reported problems with computers
after using features like PC Analyzer
and AVG PC TuneUp
which purport to fix registry errors and various optimizing tweaks which make changes to system settings.
There have been complaints of AVG Secure Search
and AVG Security Toolbar
repeatedly being reinstalled after AVG updates inself even though users intentionally choose to remove them.
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.
I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus
or Emsisoft Anti-Malware
as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive
and do not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-virus
is also a good choice for the same reason. If you don't want to pay then I would recommend Sophos Home Free Antivirus
or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition
if you prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender
ESET and Emsisoft Anti-Malware have exploit and behavior blocking features. Emsisoft uses advanced behavior blocking analysis
to continually monitor the behavior of all active programs looking for any anomalies that may be indicative of malicious activity.Emsisoft has the ability to detect unknown zero-day attacks
and file-encrypting malware (ransomware)
attacks. ESET Antivirus and Smart Security
uses Exploit Blocker
which is designed to fortify applications that are often exploited. ESET monitors the behavior of processes, looks for and blocks suspicious activities that are typical for exploits including. ESET's Java Exploit Blocker looks for and blocks attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in Java.
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.
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, Sophos Home, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Windows 8/10 Defender