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.
Update: AVG 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 LinkScanner is a free standalone product that protects home users against random, invisible cyber threats. These threats can steal or damage data simply by users visiting infected web pages. Regular anti-virus software cannot protect users against this type of threat due to their transient nature. LinkScanner gives users an extra real-time layer of protection on top of their existing security software.
AVG LinkScanner technology is a part of AVG’s products, including AVG Free. The free standalone version of AVG LinkScanner is available to all and can also be used alongside other antivirus security solutions.
AVG Technologies has released AVG Antivirus 2011, the latest version of its free antivirus. The earlier version AVG 9 Free is still quite popular among My technology Guide readers. It provides basic security protection for your computer against malwares, viruses and other malicious programs. The standard security module that AVG Antivirus Free Edition 2011 comprises of are an antivirus, anti-spyware, email scanner, resident shield, LinkScanner, anti rootkit and PC Analyze.
AVG Anti-Virus 2011 (or AVG 10 Free Antivirus) includes enhanced LinkScanner for safer Internet surfing and Email Scanner. Other new features included are Social Networking Protection, Smart Scanning, Autofix Button, Community Protection Network, and Protective Cloud Technology. Windows 7 and Vista users also gets a desktop gadget, using which you can get access to virus scanning and update the antivirus virus definition or program without opening the entire program.
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.
For protecting our computers from security and malware threats we sometimes experiment with different security suites to see which one is better than the other. In this process, we install and uninstall these security suites as it is always advisable to use only one antivirus or a full featured security suite at a time in our system. More than one antivirus or a full featured security suite that includes everything from a firewall, antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-malware, and more can cause lots of performance and stability issues.
Although we can easily uninstall the existing security program using Windows built-in “Add/Remove Programs” (or Programs and Features in Windows Vista and 7) applet but it’s not a perfect solution. Sometimes the uninstaller of the program doesn’t remove all the components and registry keys installed by the security program completely, this can hamper with the newly installed security program and may even cause system instability and BSOD’s.
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.
AVG Antivirus by AVG Technologies, is a very good antivirus program. However, there are times when you may want to uninstall. You may want to fix AVG by first completely uninstalling it and then reinstalling AVG again or when you want to try another antivirus suite. Also, this “how to” article will come handy when the normal uninstall procedure is not working for you.