Program Review: AVG AntiVirus Free

Screenshot of AVG AntiVirus Free v16.81.7640 in Windows 7
AVG AntiVirus Free. © AVG Technologies

AVG AntiVirus Free is one of the best free antivirus programs available today due mainly to the huge number of premium-level features, full antivirus and antispyware engines, and automatic background updating.

Important: AVG AntiVirus Free provides constant virus protection, also called on-access or resident protection, for free. This means that AVG AntiVirus Free can completely replace antivirus software from companies like McAfee and Norton that charge for their software and for yearly access to updates.

Pros and Cons

There's a lot to like about AVG's antivirus program, but since it's free, there are some drawbacks:


  • Provides on-access protection from viruses and other malware
  • Virus definitions are updated periodically and automatically
  • Works with Mac and Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, and 2000
  • Easy to install
  • Small download size


  • Can only be used at home - no business use
  • Does not include a "Game Mode" (silent detection)
  • Always displays an ad to purchase the professional version

More Information on AVG AntiVirus Free

  • AVG AntiVirus Free includes fully functional antivirus and antispyware engines
  • Includes LinkScanner feature to protect you from websites that host malicious software
  • Any file or folder can be excluded from both manual scans and the regular protection shields
  • Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and macOS are all supported operating systems for AVG AntiVirus Free
  • Email scanner is included that can check both incoming and outgoing mail
  • AVG AntiVirus Free updates periodically to stay current with new threats

My Thoughts on AVG AntiVirus Free

I really like AVG AntiVirus Free. It was easy to install and has all the features you'd expect from any antivirus program you'd pay for. It's completely free and can easily replace any antivirus program you have on your computer right now.

Note: AVG AntiVirus's installer may try to make browser changes or install an unnecessary toolbar. Choose the Custom Install option if you'd like to prevent this from happening.

Just click the link below to download AVG AntiVirus Free. Be careful not to download one of AVG's other programs that only have 30-day free trials.