AVG Free Edition 9.0.716

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is trusted antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows, available to download and update for free.


  • Award-winning antivirus and antispyware
  • Real-time safe internet surfing and searching
  • Quality proven by 80 million of users
  • Easy to download, install and use
  • Protection against viruses and spyware
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP

Change log:
  • AvgSys: Fixed problem with removing of registry infection on x64 Windows systems.
  • Core: Detection of the next modification of Virut has been added.
  • Core: Detection of new modification of SWIZZOR has been added.
  • Core: Fixed problem with reporting broken digital signature on correctly signed files.
  • Core: Fixed possible crash while verifying digital signatures on big files.
  • Core: Fixed occasional false alarms on javascript files.
  • Kernel: Cookie detection has been disabled by default in computer scan.
  • Safe Search: SearchShield support for Firefox 3.6.
  • Safe Search: Fixed possible crash of IE8 caused by Safe Search component.
  • Safe Search: Improve notification to user when a suspected phishing site is detected.
  • User Interface: Fixed freezing in License component when Shift+Tab is used.
  • User Interface: Fixed problem with repeated opening of popup dialogs if content is missing.
  • User Interface: Improved detection of fullscreen applications and gaming mode while displaying pop-up messages to prevent focus loss.

Note: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is only available for single computer use for home and non commercial use.

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I used to recommend AVG Free to everyone until the new version (9) came out. That thing was so much slower and bloated than previous versions!
For free AV, I use Avira now. The way I see it is: "Why pay for AV when you can get free ones?"

MSE is NOT that great, it missed some Trojans and virus at home.

Do an online scan with Nod32 for example to check how clean you are. Both Nod32 and kaspersky are good, I am with KAV 2010 now.

I scanned my computer with NOD32 online scan, and it did catch something MSE did not. BUT it was "false positive."

It detected, "win32/packed.autoit.gen application" and deleted it after the scan. But this is part of Windows 7 Codec that I installed for my media player.

And it seems that only the NOD32 (ESET) or McAfee has this "false positive." And it is possible that what you got were "false positives" as well.

This only proved that my choice of MSE was the right one. I am sticking with MSE.

MSE all the way! It must be the best because it's from Microsoft and integrates with Windows. The others are all botch jobs. If you buy a Porsche, you put in Porsche parts. If you buy a Dyson, you put in dyson parts. Therefore, if you buy Microsoft Windows, you put in Microsoft AV. It makes sense. ;)

Anyway, despite that little symbol, I do use MSE, as it's free, light on resources, and does the job as well/nearly as well as any of the others. It's very simple, doesnt nag for upgrades or downloads, never runs out (all those traits are good for your older parent's or younger kids computers), and has a bold castle icon. What more could you want?

I've used Avira, AVG, NOD32, Avast, Norton and McAfee in the past, and they all nag/remind/pop-up more than MSE.

Toodle pip, lots of love, from an MS fanboi.

also forget to mention that you should keep your system upto date.

Turn on windows update (make sure you change the default time from 3:00am though! - lol ms)

I work for a company where the previous it manager had windows update turned off, he thought because they are behind a firewall and have av that it would be enough, can you belive it!?

stop bitching about which free av is the best, they are all about the same, no av stops all malware, trojans, keyloggers, etc...

If you travel the red light district of the internet, download cracked software, etc...

Give your system are good going over with spybot search and destroy, used it for years - and has picked up stuff that even the big boys miss (cough! Norton)

"Safe Search: Fixed possible crash of IE8 caused by Safe Search component."
I don't like how the AVG plugin to IE was causing this issue.

I still use Microsoft Security Essentials.

I stopped using AVG and switched to Avira. It has better detection rates. I use MSE right now though. I'd like to see more tests performed on it. It would be a good option for many users if it turns out that it's comparable to other programs.

In the proactive/retroactive test done in my link below, MSE does pretty well. I just need to see how well it removes malware and the stuff the malware leaves behind. If that comes back well then I may start recommending it to friends and family. We'll see though.

AVG, Avira AntiVir or Avast! (even MSE) all are competitive products, differences are not that great detection-wise, each of these will keep you protected. Differences come in the form of GUIs, features and level of customization available.

Stating personal preferences here is kinda moot (unless one is on a mission to boost post-count of course )

I also used to prefer Avira (it is an excellent program, I even recommended it here), but few weeks ago, after installing Windows 7 on my DELL Inspiron 6400, W7 would "chkdsk" itself almost on every reboot or start. I couldn't figure it out, until I read this article, that "chkdsk" is caused by Avira antivirus program. After removing the program and installing MSE, no more "chkdsk."

Since then, I am completely satisfied with MSE - now, it even does automatic update on the background. Happy with MSE.


But I still think Avira is one of the best FREE anti virus program out there on par with MSE. AVG? Please....

Raa said,
AVG is most definately bloated.
Still prefer NOD32 though. Free trial, but very cheap to buy!

If AVG is bloated than you need to upgrade your computer.

AVG free is evil, I have had to fix too many PC's with malware etc when the user has thought they were protected by this crud (and yeh they were up to date)
AVG pro though I believe is much better but yeh Microsofts Security Essentials is the best freebie out there I have found so far.