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New AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 - A quick look!

#1 User is offline   James (Jim) Hillier 

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    Posted 02 November 2010 - 12:07 AM

    I have been giving AVG Free a bit of a bagging over the past couple of years, and with good reason because it has certainly flagged during that period.

    The advent of the new 2011 version seems to have addressed some of the issues however and may possibly assuage many of the common complaints.

    The most significant news is that the threat detection engines in the free version are now identical to the upgrade alternatives . This means AVG Free is now offering the same level of basic protection as the premium versions. It remains to be seen however, if the new detection engines offer any significant improvements over last year's versions which, overall, did not fair too well in independent tests.

    Changes to the interface are minor yet do actually improve overall usability. A new one-click Fix button for automatically repairing security breaches appears at the top along with the old red X when system safety has been compromised.There is also the addition of a one-click 'Scan Now' button to the navigation panel.
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    AVG Free 2011 also offers new protective features. The software now includes "smart scanning", which leverages off AVG's behavioral detection cloud network to scan known safe files once and will only rescan them if any changes are detected. As with its competitors, AVG's network is compiled from data supplied by anonymous user-based contributions.

    The included LinkScanner, which is also available as a separate download, now scans links posted on Facebook and MySpace. At the same time, AVG has opened a new Web site called Threat Labs which offers users additional information about LinKScanner's ratings.

    There is also a new desktop gadget for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users which allows them to initiate scans and updates with one click, without needing to open the full interface.

    Early reports are suggesting that AVG Free's negative impact on boot times remains an issue but shutdown times are mostly unaffected and scan times are much improved. Impact on general system performance remains somewhat of an unknown factor, as does the efficacy of the security engines, and shall remain so until such times as benchmarking and detection test results become available.

    THE VERDICT: It certainly appears AVG are trying hard to address the criticisms leveled at their free Anti-Virus. On the face of it, they have made some quite significant improvements. However, we shall only be able to ascertain if the two main criticisms (i.e. lower than average detection rates and heavy use of system resources) have been remedied when the benchmarking and detection test results start filtering through. I'll postpone any final verdict until then.
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    #2 User is offline   marko 

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      Posted 03 November 2010 - 03:50 PM

      Tis a shame AVG looked as though they were scrimping with the free version, in favour of trying to attract sales for the premium version, but maybe they've learned their lesson and we're about to witness a decent rival to Avast!!
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