AVG antivirus is a program that guards against viruses, ransomware and other threats. It also scans for potential dangersome links that appear in emails and searches websites to ensure that they are safe to browse. It’s compatible with PCs and Macs as well as an app for mobile devices, including Android and iOS devices.

The free AVG anti-virus program has all the features you would expect from a modern antivirus. It examines emails sent and received and also scans directories, files and directories for malicious code, and quarantines the infected. It includes an advanced firewall, which is more robust than other free options, and allows users to define and manage rules for specific applications. It identifies public and private networks to apply a higher level of security. It also comes with numerous advanced alerts, like port scan alerts, ARM spoofing alerts, and data leak protection.

AVG’s performance tuning tools can help your computer speed up and clean up files that are causing problems and extend battery life. It can also help keep your programs up-to date to prevent them from becoming obsolete and vulnerable to vulnerabilities. Premium editions of the avg antivirus have additional features such as safer banking and a VPN that secures your internet browsing.

The interface of AVG is clean and simple design, with recognizable thumbnails and headings to give you an overview of what AVG is protecting you against. It’s easy to start the basic scan or more detailed check, but accessing other features requires the confusing menu system. It’s also a bit disappointing that AVG doesn’t offer a technical phone support line which is a common feature of competing suites.