AVG Internet Security 2012: Power,Performance and Security review

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Internet and computers are unavoidable part of our lives. Each and every service is available today through internet connectivity. We at yourravi.com believe that its our duty to protect you from potential threats by providing powerful and easy-to-use high performance security softwares that protects you from all possible malwares and zero-day threats.

AVG is one of the most popular free security software firm. AVG is a global security software maker protecting 98 million active users in 170 countries from the ever-growing incidence of Web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet. Watch Video.

Its true that AVG possess a good track record and is followed by millions of users worldwide for cyber security but lets see how it performed in realtime system handling and performance tests.

In my test with 5600 virus sample AVG Internet Security 2012 managed to clear 5253 viruses with detection rate of 96% and removal rate of 93.8% (while NIS 2012 scored 98.7%) which was a good average score. If we consider security lab test reports of AVG; it performed well in tests with Windows XP,Vista and 7. Most of the security labs report AVG in ‘good’ category (Scroll down for category-wise ratings).

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Scanning: Scanning speed of AVG is good.Though first scanning requires more time but further scans will be fast requiring only a few minutes i.e; faster in comparison to other security suites scan time average of 18.9 minutes.

Resource usage during scanning were reasonable with 40-50% CPU usage and 1.7 GB RAM in my 2.1 GHz Core2Duo and 4 GB RAM platform.

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Interface: AVG comes with a simple interface for basic to advanced users but interface looks non-attractive in comparison to other suites. Powerful security suites like Norton Internet Security 2012 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 are loaded with much advanced features and manage to look great with clean interface.

AVG seriously needs to improve their U.I. for attractive looks else its clean and simple.

What I liked about AVG:

  • Very simple user interface.
  • Scored very well in malware cleanup and blocking tests.
  • Good score in independent security lab tests.
  • Little impact on performance.
  • Antispam blocked no valid mail.
  • New AVG Accelerator speeds YouTube, Download.com. Integrates other AVG tools.

New Additional Features:

AVG Accelerator
 -Speeds up your video and files download from internet by optimizing your internet features.

AVG Advice-Regularly monitors your system for any required optimizations and intimates you when needed.

AVG Advisor constantly monitors the computer and proactively advises the user with available remedies and optimization possibilities for various computer problems they may have.

Main footprint advantages of AVG 2011 compared to 2011 version are:

  •     50% smaller download size and faster install time
  •     45% reduction in disk space on average
  •     20% less processes and memory usage
  •     10% faster load time

AVG 2012 comes with the AVG protective cloud technology and the AVG community protection network. AVG 2012 is fully compatible with other softwares available at www.avg.com.

AVG’s antivirus softwares are tested well with VB100 since 2003, and they continue to earn awards and certifications from a from different security lab tests.

AVG Support:

AVG provides great 24×7 support to its license owners through following channels-

  • Direct support by telephone, chat or email.
  • AVG TechBuddy (provides virtual assistance with common problems).
  • FAQs
  • video tutorials
  • virus removal tools
  • hot topics and access to their user forum.
  • AVG Rescue file (helpful if you are locked out of Windows and need to rescue your PC).
  • Talk through Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn, or follow them via RSS feed.

Simplicity
AVG 2012 comes with a light footprint, accelerates your computer experience by advising on detected problems. Though simple by looks but its a feature loaded suite.


Freedom of Choice

With its community of 98 million active users AVG easily review their software needs and demands with time.

Dependability

AVG 2012 reflects its 20 years of trusted security with improved power, performance and security to combat most of the modern malwares that may attack your system.

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Although AVG internet security 2012 is a good internet security suite;it lags in some areas like:

  • Firewall’s program control is old-fashioned.
  • Malware could programmatically disable firewall.
  • Antispam missed nearly half of spam.
  • Phishing protection weak in tests.

 

With all its features and efficiency AVG Internet Security 2012 secured following ratings in my security test:

POWER: 8.5/10 (malware removal)
PROTECTION: 7/10(malware blocking)
PERFORMANCE: 9/10(system impact and slowdown)
INSTALLATION TIME: 10 min.

Final Verdict:

AVG provides competitive protection rates and has powerful tools for securing social media interactions. Its good for keeping your system safe with zero to average performance impact. Performance tests showed this suite has only a small impact on system performance, and its antivirus protection is very good. AVG needs some program features improvement where Norton Internet Security 2012 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 outperforms AVG. Thus,overall my first choice is Norton Internet Security 2012.

Download: AVG Internet Security 2012 (Trial Version)

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