Instead of renewing my expired Norton 360, I’ve decided to give AVG Antivirus 2017 / 2018 Free a try, during the installation process, AVG gave me the option of trying their AVG Internet Security 2017 / 2018 for 30 days. As shown in the screen shot above, Internet Security comes with more protection and since it is free, why not.
- Detects and stops viruses, threats and malware
- Prevents online spam and scammers
- Stops unsecure links and files
- Leaves no trace of your deleted files
- Helps keep your private files safe
- Prevents spying and data theft
- Stops hackers getting into your personal data
- Helps ensure a fast running PC
Just like any free software, always select ‘custom’ during the installation because you will most likely be given an option not to install unwanted software and toolbars. More often than not, ‘typical’ settings comes with hidden software. Just like Norton, the firewall settings are pretty much automatic. Nothing much to set.
The installation process was quick, once done, you’ll have to reboot your Microsoft Windows for the updates and firewall to take effect. I do not recall Symantec Norton requires a reboot. Anyway, as shown below, the AVG Internet Security main screen resembles Windows 8 metro style language. I find it somewhat confusing because I am still using Windows 7.
The reason why I decided to give AVG Internet Security 2015 a try is the PC Analyzer, I thought it comes bundled but soon found out it is just an analyzer and to perform the cleanup, I am required to purchase AVG PC TuneUp. I was hoping of comparing the cleanup feature with Norton 360.
AVG Free is well known for the Nagware, it will nag you to upgrade every few hours. Since this is the Internet Security version with 30 days trial, I am not expecting any nag screen from AVG. I find the nagware annoying and that is the reason why I decided to install avast! 2014 free on one of my dormant Windows PC.
AVG Nag Screen
This is what I hate about AVG – Nag Screen. If it is 30 days trial, why can’t they give me a peace of mine for 30 days?
AVG 2014 Infographics