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AVG Antivirus Review 2022 - Something You Need To Know!

Katarina Glamoslija
Katarina Glamoslija
Published on: June 24, 2022

AVG Technologies Review: Quick Expert Summary

UPDATE: When Google and Mozilla removed AVG’s web extension from their stores, a scandal broke out which revealed that Avast (who also owns AVG) had allegedly been spying on their users’ browsing data and selling it to corporations for millions of dollars in profit. In light of these unethical practices, we can no longer recommend them on our site. You can read more about the controversy and our decision here. For a review of antivirus companies we do recommend, please see this list of the 10 best antiviruses of 2022.

While you’ve probably heard of AVG and its strong reputation for security and performance, did you know that it offers a choice of three products that not only provide security and privacy but also tools to help your PC run better?

AVG is also one of the more affordable options in the market, meaning you get a lot of great protection for multiple devices for a single great price. But I just don’t think it beats out other top premium performers like Norton and McAfee.

Security

The first thing that impressed me about AVG is that the company is always at the top of the list when major labs test antivirus products. These lab tests have found that AVG stopped every single attack it detected, and even 99% of attacks it did not know about previously, also known as zero-day attacks. This is important because a lot of times your computer is attacked not by well-known viruses, but by new tactics antiviruses don’t know about. The company also got perfect scores from Virus Bulletin and is a proud member of the company’s VB100 list. AVG ranks as highly as Avast and is even higher than big names like McAfee, Kaspersky, and BitDefender.

Antivirus Scanner Is Always on in the Background

AVG’s first line of defense against hacks and malware attacks is its powerful antivirus, which protects you against a variety of common exploits. The AVG antivirus scanner is always on and keeps track of any changes you make to files and folders, guaranteeing that nothing happens without you knowing.

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More importantly, it can make your scans faster after the first time with Turbo Scans, which ignore folders and files AVG has already checked and remain unchanged. If AVG antivirus does detect a problem, it sends it to a special ThreatLab team to check it out and let the rest of the AVG network know.

Enhanced Firewall Offers Protection from Ransomware

More important, though, is that AVG is more than just an antivirus. The company also provides its Enhanced Firewall, which keeps any suspicious activity and traffic from reaching your computer or device.

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More importantly, AVG protects you from ransomware, a tactic that is becoming more popular every day and is very dangerous. Ransomware protection includes regular scans and a special folder that is encrypted, where you can store all your most sensitive files, photos, and more to make sure no one can steal them. You can even choose which programs can change these files at all.

Payment Protection Watches Your Email for Scams

One last feature that impressed me is AVG’s Payments Protection. The company’s products monitor your email for possible spam and scams that are a cover for fraud. If AVG detects the website, you’re visiting and shopping on is suspicious, it will instantly notify you and help you avoid losing your personal information and password.

Ease of use

I was a bit confused when I first opened AVG, but I quickly found my way with AVG’s easy-to-use interface. The program’s main screen has five large cards that tell you how well protected each area of your PC is (“Computer,” “Web & Email,” and more). These aren’t buttons, but they simply indicate the status of each component. When a scan of a specific sector finishes, it updates these cards. You can start a scan by simply pressing the button at the bottom of the screen. You can also customize your scans by choosing how often they happen, how thorough they are, and you can also automate them. It would be nice if you could access each category directly from the large cards on the main screen, but overall, I found that installing and using AVG was a breeze.

Support

You can access one of AVG’s two levels of support: basic and premium. The company’s basic service gives you access to the company’s knowledge base, which includes answers to common problems and questions other users have asked before. It also features a great community forum that lets you directly interact with other users to find answers and share notes on existing problems. If you’re a Premium user, you also gain access to the company’s toll-free premium support line around the clock, as well as a useful live chat. The support staff was well-trained and great at answering my questions, but I do wish basic users had some access to the same level of assistance. Even so, I was able to find answers to most of my questions, and all the support agents I spoke to were great at helping me solve my problems. Both free and premium users can also contact the company directly via an email ticket form on AVG’s website. These responses take a few days but usually include information that is helpful for resolving any outstanding issues.

Pricing

Another thing I really liked about AVG is how fair their pricing is. The company’s Internet Security and Ultimate plans let you protect as many devices as you want, which gives you excellent savings. Additionally, if you are only interested in AVG’s antivirus security, you can choose the free antivirus option, which is likely your best choice even though it only protects one device. If you also browse the web frequently and would like more protection, the Internet Security option may be a great deal, since it offers excellent tools to secure your online activities. If you’re considering the Ultimate plan, you’ll be paying slightly more for the optimization tools AVG offers, as well as access to the premium support line and live chat. Otherwise, Internet Security likely represents the best value for most consumers.

AVG Technologies Products & Pricing

AVG AntiVirus Free
$0.00 / year
AVG Internet Security
$49.99 / year
Free Trial
AVG Ultimate
$79.99 / year
Free Trial
Bottom Line

I was impressed with the company’s high scores on most independent tests, and how well it performs without affecting your computer. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use antivirus that won’t break your bank account, AVG gives you a trustworthy and strong antivirus suite.

UPDATE: We no longer recommend AVG due to serious allegations of privacy violations. You can read more about our decision here. For a list of antivirus companies we do recommend, please see this list of the 10 best antiviruses of 2022.

About the Author

About the Author

Katarina is a tech enthusiast specializing in cybersecurity products, data protection, and maintaining strong practices for general online safety. When she's not a "Safety Detective", she likes to play with her two cats, binge watch crime dramas, sample fine wines, and read about the origins of the universe.

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AVG Technologies User Reviews

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Based on 187 reviews in 26 languages 3.6
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United Kingdom
3.0
Really Horrible now !!
Windows User
Have used AVG Internet Security for some years - used to like it. Now it is hogging resources, has unintelligble user interface and gives what I believe is a spoof message " Your PC has hidden trackers" after every scan - to resolve purchase AVG Anti-Track at extra cost.! The package I purchased was supposed to do ALL the security required. I purchased licence for 3 devices but now I get auto renewal (which I didn't knowingly agree to or ask for) for 10 devices. Is anybody suing these fraudsters yet ?
vivienne bishop
vivienne bishop
New Zealand
3.0
auto renew
Windows User
They sent me message to say my auto renew had failed as card had expired. It was 3 months before subscription ended so they had no right to charge me then anyway. Plus I had not signed for auto-renew. They constantly want you to pay for extra services. I won't be using any more.
Janet Timothy
Janet Timothy
United Kingdom
3.0
Rubbish AVG
Windows User
I have AGV and they were great to start with Have it all . Now they keep asking for more money to fix this and that internet security firewall keeps going off when i open up . They don't no what they are doing .
Dave
Dave
Canada
2.0
AVG has over reached
Windows User
I canceled mine within the month trial. It was slow, buggy, confusing and caused problems downloading bank transactions. After a few hours messing around on line and another hour sharing my screen with an avg tech I had enough. The tech had already deleted it so I just canceled and I have received notice of my refund.
BUT !!
It is still on my machine in little surprise areas. And somehow installed vpn on my iphone though I never activated vpn.
I used TuneUp for years then avg took over. It has been downhill ever since. This ultimate package is not ready for market and probably never will be. It is too complicated and too ambitious for the normal humans that populate AVG.
Do not buy this !!
Noavg
Noavg
Ireland
2.0
Stay away
Android User
Suscribed to one year basic contract for €19,98 the "renewal' occurred 15 days before the renewal date and they charged €89.99 instead! They auto created a new subscription in my account called 'unknown product' for that. Don't even start a free trial with them. They make you pay for one thing and then they spam you with additional offers 'you are not protected for that and for that and also not for that' pay more to get full protection. Come on I am already paying for what so? Stay away!!
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jmj Noavg
You are right it's the worst ever as is their customer service. I was literally on hold for over 45 minutes to cancel this GOD AWFUL PROGRAM. YOU ABSOLUTELY DO NOT GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
Peter Lane
Peter Lane
United Kingdom
2.0
To many Promotion Pop ups
Windows User
AVG is great: one more early renewal notice though, without a way to switch it off and I am going elsewhere. I am sick of seeing them. Zero tolerance from now on.
DJ
DJ
Australia
2.0
Not Impressed
Windows User
The VPN is so so slow. I did not realise that upon signing up it was an auto subscription. I used to be very impressed with AVG,, but no longer so. My renewal has just come up and i am now looking elsewhere.,
Jennifer Goodwin
Jennifer Goodwin
Canada
2.0
Scam!
Mac User
They keep insisting that I ordered two subscriptions for the same product, which is crazy, who has 10 computers! They charged my credit card twice within a 3 week period for the same amount, using the same key number. Because I didn't pick up on the scam within 30 days they are refusing to refund me. THIS IS SHAMEFUL AND DISHONEST.
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mjj Jennifer Goodwin
WORST COMPANY EVER!!!!! THEY DON'T LET YOU KNOW THEY ARE CHARGING YOU. I ACTUALLY PUT MINE NOT ON AUTOMATIC RENEWAL BECASUE THEY ARE THE WORSE. THEY ARE NOT FREE AND THEY CHARGE WAY MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE FOR NOTHING. EVERYTIM...Show More
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Not Disclose Jennifer Goodwin
...I have over 10 computers.
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Carson Schmidt Jennifer Goodwin
I have 10 computers, but I still agree with you.
user avatar
.com Jennifer Goodwin
Have you tried contacting your credit card company asking them to help get your money back? I believe this is fraudulent and they may help you.
user avatar
Jennifer .com
Thanks for the reply, AVG have kindly agreed to refund me!
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Kathleen Jennifer
Great news! It is so sad people do business in this way.
user avatar
Kathleen Jennifer
Great news.! It is so sad people are doing business this way
United States
2.0
Avg stole my money
iOS User
I had Avg for several years. When I called to renew they were only interested in selling more product. I told them I was not interested and would be getting another virus protection. They charged me anyway and did not even give me the product I did not want. Stay away
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Barbara Baldwin
AVG have taken money from my account for a free download over the past 7 years without my authority even though I have never used their product in that time
LR
LR
United States
2.0
HORRIBLE PRODUCT
Windows User
Constantly bombarding you to upgrade, constant pop up garbage, NO customer service, embedded in computer, product changes for the worst after the 30 days - even took down my email account and no one to help or assist - PITIFUL

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