AVG is a reliable tool with a wide range of features, good security against malware, and a solid performance in numerous tests. The free version is limited in features, whereas the premium version comes with more options such as the device optimization tool and VPN.

The malware scanner software utilizes machine learning and heuristic analyses to identify and eliminate any threats, including trojans cryptojackers and rootkits. It also guards against ransomware, phishing attacks and suspicious websites by blocking downloads. The smart scans of AVG are fast and thorough, and they display a number of “advanced issues” that you can solve now, such as sensitive items that require password-protected, a vulnerable webcam or an insecure firewall. It’s a little more aggressive than other top-quality antivirus scanners in this area and will prompt you to purchase its paid flavor in the event that you click on one of these issues.

Its AV-Test test results are generally good It was able to detect and protected itself against 100% of malware in March and April 2022 tests. However, its performance in detecting 0-day attacks is not as good as the other highly-rated products I’ve tried, and it may slow the system.

The free version includes email and website protection, identity theft monitoring for leaked passwords and features for vaulting photos, and the free AVG Cleaner board portals for nonprofits utility can speed up devices by removing junk files. The premium version offers webcam security and protection against ransomware as well as secure banking and firewall. It also comes with a performance tuneup that accelerates your PC’s performance and extends battery life and it adds a VPN to keep you private online.