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AVG Antivirus 9 – Download freeware antivirus


AVG Free is one of the oldest and most used freeware antivirus solutions, not by far perfect but enough for savvy Windows users. You get a combined antivirus and antimalware engine, Link Scanner, and e-mail scanning. AVG Free 9 adds a few new features, with enhancements focused on performance, promising faster scan and boot times. The best novelty is the Identity Theft Recovery Unit. Unfortunately is catering for now  only to users in the United States and is a business partnership with Identity Guard which provides “consumer identity theft solutions,” accessible  from the AVG toolbar in Firefox and IE.

The interface is almost identicall with the last version, and  it’s easy to use as before. However, you must double-click to get more information on features, that could be made in one click easy enough. You have a scheduler utility that automates both scans and updates, while the upgrade ad at the screen’s bottom can be easily hidden using the Hide Notification button. You have 3 settings for scans: Slow, Automatic, and Fast scans: the faster the scan, the less comprehensive it is, so you might wanna take advantage of the scan optimization that is recommended during installation to speed up that first scan. What is missing is a a progress meter for regular scans. Also you can create a rescue disk usefull for scans outside the windows enviroment if the situation requires it.

It is still one of the bests freeware antivirus solutions out there and if you’re willing to pass a few nags you’re good to go.

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