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AVG Anti-Virus plus Firewall Edition

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The Bottom Line

AVG Anti-Virus plus Firewall Edition is light on resources, heavy on protection. The firewall provides permission-based access control reminiscent of the popular ZoneAlarm firewall. The high level of control and customization will appeal to the most advanced users, while less savvy users will find the Basic interface simple to understand and use.

Pros

  • Update alerts provide notice when priority upates are available
  • Highly customizable; can be password protected to prevent changes
  • Intergrated firewall offers permission-based control of Internet applications
  • Supports multiple languages
  • Basic and Advanced configuration options

Cons

  • Tech support via email only

Description

  • Blends solid antivirus protection with a robust firewall, without sacrificing system performance.
  • Highly flexible controls for setting access permissions for programs and services.
  • Configuration wizard helps even beginning users setup the firewall appropriately.
  • Supports mutli-user logging in Windows XP; automatically blocks all access if no user is logged in.

Guide Review - AVG Anti-Virus plus Firewall Edition

Today's security landscape is dominated by Internet suites that offer antivirus, firewall, spam protection, spyware protection, privacy controls and a host of other features. While these suites have their place, they may not be appropriate for systems with limited resources. And still others of us prefer more streamlined solutions, even for our high-performance PCs. Fortunately, with the introduction of AVG Anti-Virus plus Firewall Edition, there's now another viable option to consider.

AVG Anti-Virus plus Firewall Edition can be used in either Basic or Advanced modes. The Basic mode is ideal for both beginning users and those who just want quick access to the main program features. But if you're the type who likes to tinker under the hood, AVG's Advanced mode offers a wealth of customizable options, including the ability to control the size of the 'Virus Vault' where quarantined files are held and customize report displays with as little or as much info desired.

Grisoft, the developers of AVG, offer an incredible 2-year license with purchase, doubling the amount of update and support time offered by most other antivirus vendors. The 2-year license is an even better deal when one considered that AVG Anti-Virus plus Firewall Edition is retailing at an already reasonable $49 USD.

User Reviews

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 3 out of 5
nice, Member mysterious_lolita

I used AVG some while ago, I liked it, but I discovered Bitdefender recently with a lot more modules, especially the Game Mode. Sometimes I play more and I don't like to be disturbed by the updates or with messages that take me out of the game. Anyway, it depends on your needs when choosing an antivirus protection. Bitdefender suits my needs for now, AVG did some while ago.

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