Sadly, Microsoft Security Essentials and I have had a falling out. We’re through – it’s over – that’s it. It’s broken the cardinal rule I’ve long established for all my applications – trust that it will perform as advertised.
It’s been replaced in my affection by another – one that lives up to its billing - AVG AntiVirus Free 2013. Microsoft Security Essentials no longer does.
Frankly, I’ve avoided AVG’s products for years – with good cause I think. Applications that are slow, cumbersome, updates that crash systems ….. have a way of ending up in file 13 (the garbage), around here. In the past, AVG’s products were known for all of that, and more. It had its defenders of course, but I was not one of them.
As MSE has slowly lost its touch, AVG has bounded ahead. It’s sleek; it’s fast; it’s free – and, in the latest AV-Test.org’s (see AV-Test.org’s full results here), it pummels MSE – again.
In fact, for the second testing cycle in a row – Microsoft Security Essentials has failed certification as an effective security application.
Quick overview of AVG AntiVirus Free’s salient score points. Click graphic to expand.
Courtesy – AV-Test.org.
I’ve been running with AVG AntiVirus Free 2013 on a primary home system (a Windows 8 machine), since September 5, of last year. The verdict? I’m impressed – very impressed.
As you can see from the following screen shot, AVG AntiVirus Free offers substantial protection – not quite up to the standard of the company’s paid applications – but, more than enough (in my view), that an aware user should feel comfortable.
Keep in mind, that an educated user understands the limitations of relying on a single security application and, is conversant with the principal of layered security.
Windows 8 users will notice that the GUI (as shown below) owes a little something to Windows 8’s Metro (or whatever MS is calling it these days) GUI.
Multiple choices are available in the settings menu so that users can tweak and massage the application to meet their specific needs. I must admit – that was a major positive for me.
Running a scan: As is my practice – I run a complete scan on my machine’s boot drive every day. And a full scan on all attached drives, weekly.
Running a scan: 60 GB SSD – particulars as shown below.
Scanning time – just under 5 minutes with “High Priority” set.
Slip in a USB device – and….
System requirements: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP.
Download at: AVG
A Major Bonus – From the site:
It’s not just the software that’s free. So too is phone access to our team of support experts 24/7, 365 days a year (USA, UK, Canada). Kudos to AVG!!
You’ll notice a basket-full of additional free AVG products on the download page – you just might find something that fills a gap in your overall security plan.
Whether you’re an experienced user, or you consider yourself “average”, I recommend that you spend some time scouting around the application’s GUI – there’s lots to be discovered here. All of it good.