AVG is a popular antivirus program across the globe. It offers a good free service as well as a comprehensive range of security tools that compete with the best suites from Bitdefender and McAfee. It’s simple to set-up and use, and the user interface is more functional than flashy.

It’s important to note that although AVG’s suite comes with a variety of features that guard against malware and other cyber threats, some are only available if you choose to upgrade to the premium version. AVG’s support center is accessible directly through the software client and features forums, how-to guides along with community advice and an online ticket submission form. There’s also a telephone number for premium users however it’s only available during business hours.

The malware scanner employs machine learning and heuristics in order to identify threats that could be missed by traditional signature-based detection methods. It can detect rootkits trojans, worms, and other complex malware that might be missed by other scanners. It offers an auto-scan feature that runs automatically as well as a fast scan that does not scan files AVG is confident are safe, and a deeper scan designed to last longer but give you more protection.

The anti-phishing software of AVG is highly effective and has an upgraded firewall that can be set to block specific ports or applications. It also includes a device optimization tool that can remove unused apps and speed up the PC as well as a photo vault that stores passwords. Its anti-theft capabilities are more sophisticated than those offered by some competitor applications, allowing users to mark a lost or stolen device as such and remotely track it using GPS. You can also set a siren and remotely lock the device or wipe the data if you suspect someone of taking it.

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