AVG’s malware scan employs machine learning, heuristics and an online malware database to identify emerging threats. It scored highly in our tests with excellent advanced scanning and deep scanning performance. It lags behind its competitors in its ability to detect new and new « zero-day malware ».
After a quick installation the program starts its first « Smart Scan » which is a general scan of your PC for threats and malware. It takes 35 minutes to look over 430,167 of the files on our test system. This is lower than other tools, but it’s still plenty of files.
The program’s modern and clean interface makes it easy to start scans or navigate its other features. It’s got recognizable thumbnails and headings, as well as other elements that aid you in understanding what each feature does. Its settings menu is also well organized and offers some choices for customization, including the ability to alter the degree of security a deep-scan is, or to set up a data shredder that adds an option to Windows the right-click menu.
Premium subscribers get a couple of extra features that aren’t available in the free version. These include « Webcam Protection », which blocks access to your webcam and makes video chats more secure, and « Sensitive Data Shield » that encrypts your personal data. Extras that aren’t as fancy, like the password manager or performance tuning aren’t offered, however it’s because AVG offers other paid applications which offer these capabilities.
The mobile app of AVG comes with many advantages, including the capability to remotely wipe or lock an Android device (Android only) and a photo vault that lets you safely share files. Its best mobile feature is its anti-theft feature. This helps you locate a lost phone or tablet, and it can even sound a siren to scare it off.