AVG Free provides the bare necessities while it comes to security; though that should be sufficient for savvy Windows users. You'll get a combined antivirus and antimalware engine, LinkScanner, and e-mail scanning. AVG Free 9 introduces a few new features, with development focused on performance, as well as claims of faster scan and boot times. One new feature is the Identity Theft Recovery Unit. Just for users in the United States, ITRU is a business partnership with Identity Guard which provides "consumer identity theft solutions," accessible only from the AVG toolbar in Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The interface is almost unaffected from the last version, and generally it's easy to use. From the chief window, though, you should double-click to get further information on any quality, whether virus scanning, LinkScanner settings, or updating. Streamlining this to one click would be helpful. A scheduling utility automates equally scans and updates, still as the upgrade ad at the screen's bottom preserve is easily hidden with the Hide Notification button. While starting a scan, a slider makes it easy to jump between Slow, Automatic, and Fast scans: the faster the scan, the less comprehensive it is, so users must take advantage of the scan optimization that is recommended throughout installation to speed up that first scan. A growth meter for regular scans would've been useful, though. Must a virus create serious problems; AVG creates a rescue disk to scan your computer in MS-DOS mode.
The LinkScanner quality protects you from third-party code exploits before they load in your browser and for ranking search results. Annoyingly, while you install its optional toolbar, it commandeers your new-tab page, particularly inappropriate behavior. The program doesn't obviously tax your system when scanning or when running in the background, while CNET Labs determined that it will significantly slow down your system's boot time, and slightly delay shutting down. AVG also detected some image files as threats, while two other scans decided they weren't--we certain these were false positives. AVG may not be the best or the most successful free security option, however it still gets the job done and you're better off with it.