The Results Breakdown:
Passed – Did well in all the tests
Acceptable – Could go ether way. But in most cases it passed
Failed – AVG did not work at all or only worked 1 out of 10 times we ran the test
Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results
Stability Of Program - Passed – No issues with stability at this point.
Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus – Passed – So far this version has a clean bill of health.
Speed of Scan – Acceptable – A little on the slow side as compared to the new “AVG Free Anti-Virus 2011 version”
Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Issue – Passed – Yes, there seems to be no .CRT or .BIN files errors thus far.
Residential Shield Test – Failed – AVIRA and AVAST tend to detect viruses before they infect your computer. While AVG picks up the virus after the fake and often only when you run a full system scan.
Internet Browser Cookie Detection and Removal Test – Failed - You are way better off with something like SUPERAntiSpyware. AVG Internet cookie detection rate is terrible even with the option active and checked off.
Spyware/Adware – A Huge Fail – There is absolutely no surprise here. AVG Free seems to miss pretty much every type of Spyware or Adware we tested it against. We still feel that saying AVG Free is also an adware/spyware program as well as a virus program is a really hard pill to swallow. At least for the AVG Free 9.0.xxx version. I would stick to a dedicated program such as SUPERAntiSpyware or Spybot – Search and destroy. Instead of trusting your computer to be fully protected with just AVG Free Anti-Virus 9.0 alone.
Root Kit Detection Rate - Failed – Root kit detection rate is very hit and miss
Win 7/ Vista / XP Virus Detection Rate Test – Win 7 Acceptable /Vista Acceptable / XP Acceptable - Across the board the detection rate seems to have remained very static. But not where as good as the AVG Free 2011 version
Link Scanner/ Safe Search – Failed – I found no real good reason to use this option. There are a lot of false positive and some browser slow down. As well as some reported FireFox and IE Crashing.
E-mail Scanner – Failed – Your are way better off just upgrading to AVG Free Anti-Virus 2011. There is such a difference in this option from AVG Free 9.0 to AVG Free Anti-Virus 2011. Even in just overall usefulness and effectiveness.
Overall Rating: 3 Passed, 4 Acceptable, 6 Failed, 0 Undetermined, 0 Not tested (Total # of tests done 13)
My Final Verdict: You are way better off just upgrading to the new AVG Free Anti-Virus 2011. So you have the best possible protection for your PC. But if for some reason you can’t upgrade to the newest version of AVG Free Anti-Virus. You are still way better off having this or another Anti-Virus program installed rather then none at all.
My Overall Score: 2/5
Till The Next Review,