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Two of the popular antivirus security companies, Avast and AVG are coming together. Both are famous for their freeware antivirus product editions around the world. Yesterday, Avast CEO Vince Steckler has announced their plan to acquire AVG Technologies for about $1.3 billion.

AVG Anti-Virus is a very well-known and popular antivirus for the Windows platform. At CNET’s Download.com, AVG Antivirus Free edition is the second most downloaded antivirus after Avast Antivirus. AVG Technologies has released AVG 2013 line of security products. AVG 2013 comes with Windows 8 support, new user interface, cloud-based security and more.

AVG Anti-Virus 2013 Free edition is mainly targeted towards home users and is available as free download. Users of the free edition will receive virus database updates for the lifetime of the product. AVG Anti-Virus 2013 Free is easy-to-use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements).

AVG Technologies has released AVG Internet Security 2012 and AVG Antivirus 2012 the latest edition of their flagship security software. The latest version added new protection technologies, computer performance enhancements and content download acceleration. AVG 2012 is lighter, faster and smaller than any previous AVG product. In this article, you’ll find links to directly download AVG editions.

UpdateAVG Antivirus 2013 Free released. You can download offline installer of AVG 2013 from here.

The earlier versions AVG 9 Free and AVG 2011 Free is still quite popular among our readers. It provides basic security protection for your computer against malware, viruses and other malicious programs. The standard security module that AVG Antivirus Free Edition 2012 comprises of are an antivirus, anti-spyware, email protection, resident protection, LinkScanner, search-shield, surf-shield, anti-rootkit, PC analyze and identity protection.

AVG has resurrected LinkScanner as a free plug-in for Firefox and Internet Explorer. AVG LinkScanner technology is also a part of AVG Anti-virus 2011 Free. It works by analyzing web links in real-time. This enables it to deliver far more accurate and relevant protection than other, usually database-driven, safe-surfing solutions.

The “Search Shield” returns search results from both Google and Yahoo with flags next to them. Green flags shows a result is safe to click-through to, while links that are unsafe will return red flags. Orange and Yellow flag represents a warning, meaning “surf that site with care.”

AVG Technologies, developers of the world’s most popular free anti-virus software, AVG, today announced a limited public beta test of its new online tool, AVG Threat Labs. Threat Labs merges the quantitative Web threat detection data that AVG routinely collects from its almost 100 million users with data from AVG’s LinkScanner technology. It offers information about a website just like McAfee SiteAdvisor and MyWot. The latter is a community-based, free safe surfing tool for browsers that provides website ratings & reviews to help web users as they search, surf & shop online.

AVG Threat Lab reports are straightforward and simple to understand, outlining the respective site’s popularity (i.e. “POPULAR”, “VERY POPULAR”, “TOP SITE”), the location of the site’s server, the number of threats and the number of compromised web pages on the site, found if any. Users can also view a description of the threats detected, the period over which they were identified and how they’ve managed to manifest themselves over time. Furthermore, a user can get extensive details about the number of web pages infected – essential information if multiple threats have been detected.

AVG Technologies has unveiled AVG LinkScanner for the Mac operating system. AVG LinkScanner for Mac is the first free AVG product designed for Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard and supports Internet browsers Safari 3.x, Safari 4.x, Safari 5.x and Mozilla Firefox 3.x and higher.

According to AVG research, 99 percent of all malicious threats are delivered through the web and cannot be stopped with traditional antivirus software. These threats can come and go within hours and can live on familiar, big-name sites and even on third-party applications on popular social networking sites, without users even noticing. And with the growing popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and others, the bad guys are using these sites as their main vehicle for spreading malware.

avgAVG has released the new version called AVG 9 Free. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0 is compatible with the major Windows OS’s (Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7). It not only features an antivirus module but also modules for detecting spyware, basic rootkit protection, email and phishing protection as well as the AVG Linkscanner to give safety ratings for websites.

Windows users who do not need all the components, should select the custom installation option which allows them to select which modules to install and prevent installation of optional modules like link scanner, AVG security toolbar and email or Microsoft Office plugins.