AVG antivirus is an antimalware application that protects against viruses, spyware, ransomware, phishing attacks and other threats. It also identifies potential dangersome links that appear in email and searches websites to ensure they are safe to browse. It is available for PCs and Macs as well as an app for mobile devices, including Android and iOS devices.

The free avg antivirus software provides the majority of features you’d expect from an modern virus scanner, including real-time security that examines email messages received and sent and directories. It also scans files for potentially malicious code and quarantines those with infections. It is more robust firewall than the other free options, and allows you to manage and define rules for specific applications. It differentiates between private and public networks and applies a different level of security. It offers a range of advanced alerts, such as data leak protection port scan alerts, data leak protection and ARM warnings for spoofing.

AVG’s performance tuning tools can aid your computer in speeding it up and clear out junk files and extend battery life. It can also update programs, preventing them to become vulnerable and insecure. The premium versions of AVG antivirus include additional features, such as secure banking or a VPN which secures your internet browsing.

The interface of AVG is simple and clean with recognizable headings and thumbnails. This provides you with an overview of what the software protects you from. It’s easy to launch an initial scan or a more thorough checks, but accessing other features requires through a confusing menu system. It’s also a bit disappointing that AVG doesn’t offer a technical telephone support line that is common among other suites.