AVG’s free antivirus is a top ranked product in the category of security software. In fact, AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 edition is second only to one other program: Avast Free Antivirus 2014. Today we will be comparing the two to see how they fare against each other as top free antivirus applications.
AVG Free AntiVirus
AVG’s newest free antivirus was released in late November of 2013. The new version is 2014.0.425. The file to install the free AVG antivirus application is a mere 4.23 megabytes, a much smaller file size than Avast’s installation file. Many improvements have been made to make the free AVG antivirus function better. Fixes improve corrected updates to the email scanning certification, which also now appears in the user’s selected language. An uncommon issue involving the email scanner’s functionality has been fixed, and in the rare cases that the email scanner is not fully functional, a button has been implemented to fix it. Driver problems have been corrected, along with file restoration issues that were linked to specific virus infections. Scanning exception edits no longer display a selection of potential incorrect messages. The possibility of false positives due to a sysenter hook issue have also been fixed.
Avast Free Antivirus
Avast’s free antivirus was released more recently than its competitor, in the second half of January 2014. The software’s new version is 2014.9.0.2013. The file to install the free Avast antivirus application is larger, at 86.38 megabytes. A unique feature of Avast antivirus is the use of Community IQ to provide a crowdsourcing approach to whitelisting, which prevents phishing scams. Some improvements have been made to make a better user experience for Avast’s free antivirus. Issues that have been fixed include errors when uninstalling, issues for uploading to Dropbox and Flickr, several firewall problems, and performance stabilization issues in the stream filter function. General stability has been improved when various crash scenarios were fixed. The firewall has been improved as well.
Both of these antivirus applications are intended for the Windows operating system and are compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. AVG free antivirus trumps avast in the amount of total downloads, while Avast has been recently downloaded more frequently than AVG. They both offer different approaches to assist users in avoiding damaging their computers. While both programs are fairly comparable, it is completely up to the user’s individual taste to determine which antivirus application is the one they prefer.