Our sister-site pcpro.co.uk has published its findings from its recent Anti-Virus Labs test and has found that AVG Anti-Virus Free 9.0 is effective against 93 per cent of threats
. Pro summarises its review by saying, ‘[AVG Free 9.0 is] not quite an infallible malware detector, but it’s free and very lightweight
.’ and give it a 5/6 overall rating. Not bad for a freebie.
However, Pro does point out that the paid-for Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 is more secure and offers more features than AVG Free 9.0, and that the lesser-known free version of Avira Premium Security Suite 9
detects 4 per cent more malware than AVG Free 9.0.
The extra peace of mind from Avira comes at price however, even if not a monetary one, ‘Avira’s free product is a terrible nag
,’ says Pro, ‘bugging you every day to upgrade to the full version, while AVG comes with a minimal
[system resource] footprint and a pleasingly low profile
So, a bit of a relief for all of us that cheap-out on the anti-virus then? And this writer includes himself in those now glowing smugly that he hasn’t spent £30 a year on a subscription to prevent things he’s (hopefully) sensible enough to avoid anyway.
If you haven’t heard of AVG Free
, follow that link for free protection against interweb nasties. If you’ve been using it for years, go give yourselves a pat on the back in the forums