The Rating Scale Breakdown:
- 0 – 0.5 – Abysmal
- 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
- 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
- 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
- 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
- 5.0 – Excellent
- 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
Price: $44.99 USD/ $54.99 CAD – For 1 year and 1 PC
A. Installation AVG -2.5 “Poor“ – There is no doubt that AVG is getting beating score wise. Due to a very hit or miss installation process. I honestly have never had to install any anti-virus program more the 2 times to get it to stick. Where as in the case of AVG Internet Security 2013 it took so many tries I gave up. Until my licence expired. then for what ever reason it was able to both install and upgrade me to AVG Internet Security 2013.
B. Uninstalling AVG – 2.0 “Poor“ – AVG Internet Security 2013 is very sloppy uninstaller. But that is not a surprise to me. So has every other previous AVG version going back 5 or 6 years.
C. Stability Of Program – 4.5 “Great” – The UI (User Interface) seems to have been fixed. But I do see bugs pop-up every once in a while. Such as when you try to remove a virus and it locks up. But AVG is getting better with each update, which is nice to see.
D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus – 3.0 “Average” – Still quite a few issues reported. But mostly on older operating systems such as XP and Vista. Also a very common false positive has been fixed. That issue being the Auto-run Trojan when inserting new un-formatted USB sticks.
E. Speed of Scan – 5.0 “Excellent“ – Very quick on most computers.
F. Updating - 3.5 “Average” – Automatic updating is fine. But if you want to manually update your AVG. Expect some epic slowness. I’m still not sure why. I have often run into times where it will stall on 30%, or 50% and it seem like forever before you get the 100% completed notice.
G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue – 5.0 “Excellent“ – Yes, you can now with, no doubt. But leave the manual update option alone unless you want to invite stability related issues.
H. Internet Browser Cookie Detection Rate And Removal Test – 2.0 “Poor“- You are way better off with something like SUPERAntiSpyware or CCleaner that is more dedicated to removal of Internet cookies. AVG Internet cookie detection rate is terrible even with the option active and checked off.
1. Anti-Virus Detection Rate Test:
1A. Windows XP – 3.0 “Average“
1B. Windows Vista – 3.0 “Average“
1C. Windows 7 -3.0 “Average”
1D. Windows 8 – 4.0 “Great”
2. Residential Shield Test - 3.0 “Average“ – I still find AVAST and AVIRA seems to grab the virus way before AVG does.
3A. Anti-Virus Scanner - 3.5 “Average” – AVG is barely scoring an average in this respect. And that should tell you a lot.
3B. Anti-Rootkit Scanner – 4.0 “Great” – Great option. Works well.
Web Browsing Protection
4A. Link Scanner – 4.5 “Great“ – Not a fan. But it can be very useful to some.
4B. Online Shield – 2.0 “Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.
5A. Identity Protection - 2.0 “Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.
5B. Identity Alert – This feature appears to need a further upgrade. Beyond your main purchase of AVG Internet Security 2013.
6A. E-mail Scanner – 3.0 “Average” – Utterly baseline and average. I found no use for it.
6B. Anti-Spam – 3.0 “Average” – Utterly baseline and average. Not even worth the setup.
7. Firewall – 5.0 “Excellent“ – By no means perfect. But way better then your standalone Windows built in Firewall
8. PC Analyzer (AKA. Fix Performance) – 0.5 “Abysmal“- If you don’t mind that you only can fix your errors for free once then great. But if you are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this extremely expensive add-on. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion.
9. Mobile Protection – N/A – This option is pretty much just a bullet point reminder. As you can download the AVG Free Smart Phone or Tablet app from the Google Play Store. Again let me make it clear even thou you have paid for AVG Internet Security 2013. You don’t get AVG Pro Smart Phone app.
10. Speed Test – 5.0 “Excellent” - I found this addition to be very useful and very accurate as well. If only all speed tests apps/programs and or sites were this worry free.
11. Tech Buddy Support – 0.0 “Abysmal” – This is just a money grab. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and very overall misleading.
12. AVG Direct Support – 0.5 “Abysmal” – With only a free forum and a phone number to call for support.
You will often find yourself ether being told to go to the free forum or they will recommend you go to further specialized support via Tech Buddy. Which like I said above is a MONEY GRAB. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and very overall misleading.
My Overall Score: 76.5/125
61.2 % = C
My Final Verdict - AVG Internet Security 2013 takes what it once was and flips it on its heads. Then presents itself as a new more user friendly version of its past iterations. “Well sorry guys, That won’t fly with me.”
This version of AVG and I’m talking about all AVG 2013 versions. Are clearly tailored first to Windows 8 and then to Windows 7. If you don’t have ether. Then you maybe as disappointed as I was. When I first upgraded from AVG Internet Security 2012.
Till The Next Review,
Danny + Remy “Se7en”