AVG Anti-Virus 2011: Free Edition
In the recent years AVG has performed only at an average level, with slow installation and a scanning engine which slows down even the most power computers. In the new version however these issues have been address and it is worth trying out.
Installing AVG Anti-Virus 2011:
To install the AVG Anti-Virus you first need to download a download manager, its size is 4.05MB. Once the download manger is downloaded then it takes another 110 MB plus program file to download. When the program has finish downloading, then the installation will start which will take a maximum of 5 minutes (this by the way is a lot faster than the previous version). You will only see 5 installation screens instead of 13 screens in the last version. During the installation there are 2 options to choose from, first one is the AVG Toolbar and the second one is setting your default search engine to Yahoo.
Although the changes made to the user interface are very minor but it dramatically improves the usability. To simplify things up, there is a “one click fix” button which when clicked will initiate a complete and comprehensive system scan. At the top you will see a cross sign(X) if there is a problem, but as soon as that issue is resolved, the cross sign (X) will disappear.
Features available to a free version user
Most of the features in AVG Anti-Virus 2011 are similar to its previous version, but they have been slightly tweaked and their performance has improved as well. To enhance the performance AVG Anti-Virus has a new feature which it calls “smart scan”. According to AVG, once all the files have been scanned, they will only be scanned if there is a change in any of the already scanned file. This increases the performance tremendously as the number of files scanned decrease.
Features included in AVG Anti-Virus 2011 Free Edition are:
- Link Scanner (searches for broken links and repairs or deletes them depending upon user choice)
- Residential Shield
- Email Scanner
- Update Manager
- PC Analyzer
- Identity Protection
Despite the limitations on the features for the free edition of AVG, it is worth trying out and it is highly recommended that the existing users of AVG upgrade to the AVG Anti-Virus 2011 Free Edition. Even though AVG faces stiff competition in both free and paid version, it has many features that make it worth your attention.