Download AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, to keep your PC clean and safe
AVG Free is a reliable security application providing basic anti-virus and anti-spyware protection. A more powerful version is commercial, but the free one may be enough for you, especially if you combine it with a good firewall.
In 2006, the AVG security package grew to include anti-spyware, as AVG Technologies acquired ewido Networks, an anti-spyware group. That same year, Microsoft announced that AVG components would be available directly within the Windows Vista operating system. AVG Technologies acquired Exploit Prevention Labs (XPL) in December 2007, and incorporated that company’s LinkScanner safe search and surf technology into the AVG 8.0 security product range released in March 2008.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition provides basic Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware protection, plus the full AVG LinkScanner safe search and surf technology. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition provides the same anti-virus and anti-spyware scanning engine as the commercial product; however, it lacks anti-rootkit. While there is no official protection for files from messaging sources, the Resident Shield component automatically scans files before they are opened or copied. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition receives updates via a lower priority service. Scheduling options in the Free Edition are very limited (only one scheduled update per day).
The AVG Resident Shield configuration allows exclusions. The on-demand/scheduled scanner allows advanced testing options such as heuristics and reporting of password-protected archives reporting. Process priority for on-demand/scheduled scans can be dynamically adjusted over three different configurations.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition cannot be installed on server operating systems (such as Windows Server 2003), nor can it be used for the scanning of network drives. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is only licensed for home and non-commercial use on a single computer.