Security Firm AVG released its 2014 range products which include free to use software AVG AntiVirus FREE 2014 and paid versions such as AVG AntiVirus 2014, AVG Internet Security 2014, AVG Premium Security 2014 and AVG PC TuneUp 2014.
As we love freeware, this post only deals with details about AVG Antivirus Free 2014. Although the product intends to provide basic security to your Windows system, but AVG Antivirus Free is on the most preferred and must have application on any Windows system.
The 2014 version is fully compatible with Windows 8.1 and as usual the new release not only brings performance optimizations over the previous versions,but also adds new features to the famous free Antivirus.
Although AVG didn’t provide any official release log about the launch of its 2014 lineup, but installing/testing AVG Antivirus Free 2014 on your PC, the first new (visual) feature that we noticed is re-designed interface, the UI looks similar to the Windows 8 interface. Yes ,yet another software with metro interface, Kudos to Microsoft for forcing software developers to implement tile-oriented interface on their products.
As I’m already accustomed to Windows 8, I liked the UI of AV Antivirus 2014 and it’s very ease to use, on the main window itself you can access all the features and functions of the software.
Next , now AVG Antivirus consumes less memory compared to the previous version, for instance it took around 50 MB RAM under normal performance. But a full (initial) scan shot-up the RAM usage and it took around 15 minutes to complete the scan.
Installation of AVG Antivirus 2014 is very simple, you can either proceed with the express installation or Custom installation. But my suggestion is to go with ‘Custom install’ and disable AVG browser toolbar.
Although AVG’s intention is to provide security from dangerous websites right from your browser, but this toolbar will create AVG Secure Search (still powered by Google) as a home page on your browser and act as default search provide, further the AVG secure search will appear every time you launch a new tab.
I feel this as an intrusion, unwanted and clutters your browsing experience. So, try to avoid it by selecting the Custom installation option and during installation you will notice ‘AVG Tool bar’, don’t check the options “I accept AVG Secure Search as my default search provider, Home page and new tab page”.
Interface and Modules in AVG Antivirus Free 2014 :
As I said before this free Antivirus has a nice Windows 8 like user interface, on the main window of the application you will notice 6 tiles offering key functions or modules of the application.
The rest of the tiles are ads to AVG’s other applications and at the bottom main interface you will notice a big banner suggesting to try or buy AVG Internet Security 2014, you can hide this notification.
6 tiles refer to following key Modules of the app:
This module includes Antivirus component and Data safe feature, the AntiVirus component run in the background and gives you computer continuous real-time protection.
Where as Data Safe functionality allows you to create secure virtual vaults to store valuable or sensitive data. The contents of a Data Safe are encrypted and protected with a password of your choice.
2. Web browsing:
This includes two components LinkScanner Surf-Shield and Online Shield , LinkScanner will prevent your PC from hacked sites, phishing sites and websites employing malicious code.
Online shield component will scan the contents of the web pages you are about to visit and also prevent harmful downloads (files).
Identity component protects your computer by constantly monitoring all running applications and processes, watching for any potentially malicious activity. It also checks regularly whether your personal details have not become a subject of misuse on the Internet.
Email Scanner component processes emails received to or sent from your desktop email client (such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, etc.), it will protect your emails from viruses, spyware, and spam.
This Component controls all network traffic on your computer. Based on its settings, it allows or blocks attempts to connect to a network and send or receive any kind of data over a network.
6. Fix Performance
This includes Quick Tune component, which will let you to fix Registry Errors , Broken Shortcuts , clear junk files and defrag your hard drive (uses built-in Windows Disk Defragmenter).
Key Features of AVG Antivirus Free 2014:
- Essential Protection.
- Easy to use.
- Award-winning virus removal and prevention.
- Faster smarter scans.
- Free phone support.
AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 provides basic security or essential protection to your PC and also brings few unwanted apps to your PC. Still, this is the best free security app for beginners and those who avoid/unable to buy commercial softwares.
If you want the ultimate protection to your PC, then you must buy the best Security suites like Kaspersky, otherwise AVG Free 2014 will be apt for you or search Techno360 to find suitable commercial security provide that is available for free.
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