Review of AVG Antivirus 2011

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Last year Incisive Media ran a promotion and gave AVG Antivirus (not AVG Free Edition) for free and as usual I grabbed it. It has been a long time since then and I liked AVG inspite of few drawbacks which I’ll be discussing in this review. I usually don’t keep a particular antivirus for a long time, I frequently change antivirus. But AVG tied my hands and stopped me from removing it. But at last I’m uninstalling AVG in order to test another AV product and before I do that I want to share my views on AVG with you all, so that you can check if AVG is the product that suits you or not.

The Looks

AVG Interface has changed a bit from AVG 9. Components are neatly organized across the interface and the interface notifies you if everything is alright or not. This is interface is well suited to newbies.

AVG Antivirus 2011 Interface ReviewBut, geeks want complexity and the ability to customize the product as they like. And AVG satisfies the needs of geeks too. AVG is one of those few products which work as the user commands. AVG gives a lot of options to customize.

AVG Antivirus 2011 Advanced Settings Interface reviewAnother feature which I liked in AVG is the gadget (for Win 7 and Vista) that lets you Scan and Update without opening the interface. When its neither scanning nor updating it shows you the protection status.

AVG Antivirus 2011 Gadget review

The Works

There are betters guys than me who test these Antivirus products in detail, so without any hesitation I ask you upfront to check out AV-Comparitives and AV-Test for more in-detailed review of AVG, as I can’t do all those reactive, proactive tests blah blah blah. As an average user just like you, I’m reviewing AVG Antivirus based on what I observed for the past few months.

In my observation, I never found AVG pushed into a difficult situation where AVG was struggling to remove the infection (Good Computing habits are must 😀). I never had any update issues nor my internet was slowed down because of AVG (coz I was using beta version of IE and FF and AVG didn’t supported them :() Coming to detection whenever I scanned my removable disks AVG found them and removed them successfully without any need to restart.

Also, I forgot to tell you that the installation of AVG was great as it requires no restart and it starts working as soon as you install it.

The Bad

There are some bad things about AVG.

  1. It is not the lightest antivirus. It constantly uses over 50 MB RAM even when it is idle. I found AVG Intrusion Detection System (IDS) to be more over reactive and it alone used more than 50% of whole AVG memory consumption.
  2. One more point to mention is that AVG Identity Protection (Behavioral Protection) has wrongly identified CleanMem as a threat. And this is the only false positive I came across with AVG. AVG Identity Protection False Alarm
  3. It doesn’t have an automatic removable device scanner that scans your device as soon as you plugin to PC.
  4. Ah, this is a must-mention component of AVG Antivirus. AVG Antivirus 2011 has got a new PC Analyzer component which analyzes your PC for junk. It removes the junk, with one condition that you have to buy. What? Yes, PC Analyzer is an entirely a different product. But, AVG added PC Analyzer as a component into the interface to make it look like an in-built component when it’s actually not. This is nothing but a bad marketing strategy and a publicity stunt to make PC Analyzer popular.
    AVG PC Analyzer publicity

The Good

  1. As I said, it’s more customizable.
  2. Seldom interfered with another application except with cleanmem in my case.
  3. System performance was good and I never found my system to be too slow.
  4. No need of internet to activate AVG Antivirus 2011 and it also supports offline virus definition updates.

Summary

Overall, AVG is not an excellent product but a good product. For normal home PC user with good computing habits (like scanning removable devices before use etc) the protection provided by AVG is sufficient.

Update : Uninstallation

After publishing this review, I uninstalled AVG Antivirus 2011. The uninstaller left AVG folder in Program files and many registry entries were also left over. So, uninstallation wasn’t super clean.

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