AVG Free Edition 2012.0.2126 (32-bit)
AVG AntiVirus Free 2016 is once again a contender for the top spot in the best antivirus race. It is powerful, has stacks of features, and has a friendly, albeit busy, interface.
AVG AntiVirus Free 2016 is a powerhouse of an antivirus. This essential tool will protect your computer against viruses, worms, trojans, root-kits, and other spyware when browsing online or checking your email.
AVG's scanning engine is both quick and powerful, and updates are undertaken daily to keep you bang up to date. The scanning speed has been reduced due to a priority system, which optimizes resource consumption. You can also schedule virus scans and choose what areas of your system you need to analyze. You also have the option to run separate scans to identify any root-kits. AVG AntiVirus Free 2016 has some pretty cool features such as Gaming mode, which allows you to turn off updates and/or scheduled scans so as not to interrupt your latest high scores with any lag or reduction in frame rate! It also comes with LinkScanner, which makes a safety assessment on the websites you visit, as well as any links on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. The application also includes a File Shredder, which is a useful tool for permanently deleting any files you choose from your computer.
AVG AntiVirus Free 2016 has a button styled interface and is user friendly, which is great for novice users. If, however, you are more experienced you may want to configure the advanced features of the application. In the main window you have five large buttons that represent five major protection areas: Computer, Web, Identity, Email, and Firewall*. These are color-coded; a green circle indicates all is well. If it isn't green then you need to check out that area.
Overall, AVG AntiVirus Free 2016 gives you strong protection against online threats. Once again resource consumption is low and the scanning speed is high. LinkScanner and gaming mode are really good features too. The downside to AVG AntiVirus Free 2016 is the installation does take an age. During installation, you get a choice of installing AVG free or starting a 30-day trial of AVG pro. Simply select Custom Install an you're good to go.
*Upgrade to Pro to activate Firewall protection.