You can choose the free antivirus or start a 30-day free trial of the suite.

You don't have to enter a credit card, and if you do nothing, at the end of the trial it reverts to the free antivirus.

It does offer to install a plug-in for all of your browsers, and replace your home page, new tab page, and default search.

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Note, though, that Kaspersky and Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition both rated Advanced in all five tests.

AV-Test Institute reports on antivirus capabilities in three areas: protection, performance, and usability.

Testers at AV-Comparatives run a wide variety of tests on antivirus and other security products; I follow five of those tests closely.

As long as a product meets the minimum for certification, it receives a standard rating.

Those that go beyond the minimum can receive an Advanced rating, or even Advanced .

AVG participates in four of the five, and received two Advanced and two Advanced ratings. Fortunately, you can get that protection without spending a penny. And I don't mean the antivirus built into Windows—it just doesn't measure up.Like all AVG products, the antivirus includes AVG Zen, a management and launching utility that offers an overview of AVG security on all of your devices.It's similar in many ways to the component that helps you manage Mc Afee Anti Virus Plus and other Mc Afee products.AVG Anti Virus Free (2017) looks a bit different from its previous edition, and it includes some new technologies.