AVG Anti-Virus FREE 2013 v13

AVG Anti-Virus Free 2013 is a fast, effective and accurate antivirus tool. The user interface for AVG Anti-Virus FREE 2013 has been completely made over. With big, touch-friendly buttons it will look right at home under Windows 8. AVG isn’t just a pretty face, though. It has cloud based detection of malware. It has capability to go in game mode  when full-screen application is enabled. In testing it proved just as effective as its predecessor. Keep in mind that it lacks firewall, spam filter and online shopping/banking protection.

Installation is fast and can be customized. Also express install can be done.

AVG Anti-Virus Free 2013 will by default also install the AVG browser toolbar and change your browser search page. This can help your security by highlighting dangerous pages in your search engine results, and blocking ad networks which collect personal information, but if you’d rather the program left your browser alone then that’s also possible. Just choose the Custom Install option when installing AVG AntiVirus and you’ll be able to choose precisely which features you want, and which you really don’t.

the main screen is a protection status notification in green for safe or red for unsafe, and then there are three rows of tiles. The first row of bright green tiles are links to core security options: Computer, Web Browsing, Identity and E-mails.

There’s a new file reputation system, which AVG also uses in conjunction with its scans to scan dramatically faster than before. Basically, it looks at a file in the order that its bits were saved to disk, not in order of the directory file tree. It may sound hokey, but as the benchmarks below show, it’s an effective technique. By cross-referencing that data with what other AVG users are running, AVG is able to create a more effective net for blocking malicious files.

The file reputation is an extension of AVG’s “smart scanning,” which takes advantage of AVG’s behavioral detection network to scan known safe files once, and rescan them only if it detects changes. As with its competitors, AVG’s network is made up of its user base anonymously contributing data up to the cloud. You can choose to opt out of contributing your data when you install, or from the options menu. AVG says opting out won’t negatively affect your security.

AVG offers a wide range of effective tools for keeping your computer safe. Along with the expected antivirus and anti-malware engines, it has rootkit detection and removal; fake antivirus and ransomware blocking; and basic e-mail and identity protection.

The LinkScanner tool has been improved to watch out for more dynamic code, which is essential in the security game because threats are mutating at such a rapid rate.


  • Installation is fast and easy. Option express install does a quick installation of all the features of AVG. In custom install you can choose whether a feature will be installed or not.

  • In component selection you can choose whether the given component can be installed or not.

  • Installation will be done in matters of few minutes. AVG won’t ask for restart but I recommend that you restart your computer once after the installation.

  • This is the main window of AVG antivirus 2013. You can enable/disable any of the component like real time antivirus, web browsing protection, Identity protection and e-mail protection.

  • In AVG advanced setting various settings can be done. You can select from different types of system tray notifications which you want to see as popup message. In “sounds” setting you can set sound alert when a malware is detected.

  • You can select which files AVG can scan.

  • You can change anti rootkit setting if required.

  • You can do various settings for email protection. By default only incoming email are checked for threats.

  • You can schedule scanning of your computer for search of threats. Scheduling can be done to run the scan on hourly, weekly or monthly basis. By default it is not enabled. You can enable it by clicking on “Enable this task”.

  • In the “scans” setting there are four types of scan for which settings can be done. Most of the default setting are good. But one thing is bugging me which is the green slider which is by default kept at “user sensitive”. I would recommend that you change it to “medium priority” for all of the four types of scan. In “removable device scan” it is not enabled by default. You can enable it but be careful that enabling it will cause automatic scanning of removable devices like pendrive and external hard disk when connected to your computer. So if you unplug the removable device while scanning is being done of that device, then the files in the removable device can get corrupted.