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Even after Windows 10 has been released, Windows computers still need antivirus software in order to have protection against viruses, Trojans, spyware and other threats. The free one AVG AntiVirus Free from AVG Technologies provides basic protection and blocks known malware so that it does not become active on your computer.
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Install AntiVirus Free
AVG AntiVirus Free is installed using an online installer. This virus-checked version is available from us for Windows. The installer is only a few megabytes in size and downloads the necessary files over the Internet during installation, so a good broadband connection is recommended. AVG AntiVirus Free will then be up to date. After installing the AVG software, the virus scanner will automatically update its signatures to detect the latest malware threats.
Alternatively, the files of the Free Edition are available as offline versions, which can be installed after downloading without an Internet connection. They are available for 32- and 64-bit systems and are over 250 megabytes in size. After the installation, an update via the Internet is also necessary so that the virus signatures for the scan are up to date and the software can thus better protect the computer.
Features of the freeware
AVG AntiVirus Free can be operated via a graphical user interface that provides information on how well the computer is protected. Various functions are available for protection, such as a real-time scanner that checks files for malware. The e-mail scanner checks the electronic mail for dangers and the link scanner is supposed to prevent dangerous websites from opening while surfing. So that files classified as dangerous do not cause any damage, they are automatically placed in quarantine, where a virus cannot do anything for a while. If you want, you can change this behavior in the settings.
Settings offer flexibility
The AVG AntiVirus Free settings optimize the protection behavior. For example, in the Free Edition you can specify that the computer should be carefully checked. This is certainly useful in order to better protect the computer, but it has the consequence that the available resources of the computer are more heavily used by the antivirus protection. With older computers, this can cause delays in working because the processor has more to do. That's why you have to weigh security and performance against each other.
More protection is chargeable
AVG AntiVirus Free shows all the features that AVG antivirus software has to offer. Unfortunately, some functions are deactivated in the freeware. In the firewall area, for example, there is no protection at all if you do not switch to the paid version AVG Internet Security, which enables the function. Spy protection, encryption and download protection are only active in paid protection.
Protection for Android devices
Not only the computer but also the cell phone is exposed to virus threats. That's why AVG also wants to protect smartphones and tablets with the Android operating system against hackers and crackers. AVG offers the AVG Mobile AntiVirus Security app for Android for this purpose.
Self-protection supplements the basic protection
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