One of the best free antivirus tools available to home PC users
Using a computer online without some form of security software is a very bad idea. AVG Antivirus Free Edition offers free antivirus protection, and more besides.
AVG Antivirus Free Edition offers several different forms of protection. The Antivirus tool stops viruses, spyware, worms and trojans from running on the computer.
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The Resident Shield scans files as they are copied, opened or saved. The default action is to ask before removing threats. Not only does this alert you that something is wrong but it is useful to know which file has caused the problem.
The Anti-Rootkit tool can detect these otherwise invisible threats that can give attackers access to your computer.
Another useful tool is the LinkScanner. Internet attacks sometimes happen when otherwise trustworthy websites are hacked. LinkScanner checks the results of online searches.
The email scanner can check both incoming and outgoing emails for both spam and viruses. We noticed that outgoing email is not checked by default this might be worth changing. Click on the Computer icon on the home screen and then click on Settings. Double-click on E-mail protection and then click on E-mail scanner. Select the second option down in the main part of the window to Check outgoing e-mail.
The Identity Protection watches for suspicious behaviour to block programs that might try to steal your identity.
AVG will make regular scans of the computer and prompt you when these are due.
AVG now comes with a gadget for Windows 7 and Vista to show your protection status.
As this is antivirus software, you will still need to use a separate firewall such as the one built into Windows
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One of the best free antivirus tools now gets even more protection with the inclusion of the 'identity protection' module
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