AVG is a good choice for cyberthreat protection. It comes with a dazzling feature set, solid malware protection scores, and a decent cost. However, it also had some issues during our tests, including the heavy use of system resources as well as a few false positives.

The interface of AVG is clear and simple. Its dashboard lets you know if your computer is protected and lets you run a manual scan from its menu. You can customize the scans and notifications. You can also black-list or white-list applications and choose which data AVG will share with its parent company. AVG comes with several extra tools, including shredders for documents and a mode of no disturbance which prevents you from getting disturbed while playing games or watching movies.

Its security features include firewalls, an antivirus scanner and password manager and a social network protection that flags suspicious websites or messages. Its ransomware and anti-phishing protection is nearly perfect and its Enhanced Firewall has additional functionality like data leak protection and ARM Spoofing alerts. The firewall is particularly strong on public networks since it uses machine-learning to understand what is normal and what isn’t and then adjust automatically.

AVG’s support options include forums, online community advice, and a comprehensive knowledge base. You can also reach out to its customer service via email or through a chat feature on the website. The free version isn’t overloaded with annoying upgrade prompts, however you’ll be faced ads in order to use the application.

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