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. Bleeping Computer DOES NOT
recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons...read Why you should not use Registry Cleaners and Optimization Tools
There have been complaints of AVG Secure Search
and AVG Security Toolbar
repeatedly being reinstalled after AVG updates itself 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.
BTW, you may want to read...
If folks are looking for a free alternative I generally recommend recommend either Sophos Home Free Antivirus
or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition
if they prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender
For those who do not mind a paid for product, 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.
For more suggestions see 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