AVG FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security (4.4.1.1) – Free Android App Review

August 27, 2015

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
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 7.5 – “AVG FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security for Android” Review Template

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Tested On A: Asus Nexus 7 (Model: ME37OT)

Operating System: Android (V5.1)

Price: Free (Google Play App Store)

A. Installation AVG Mobile Anti-Virus Free – 5.0 Excellent” – Very easy just click on AVG Anti-Virus Free  App icon and press Install.

B. Uninstalling AVG Mobile Anti-Virus Free4.5Great – It could be a little easier to remove. Just follow the steps below to un-install your AVG App.

B1. Go to your “Settings

B2. Then go to “Applications“.

B3. Then choose the “Anti-Virus App“.

B4. The press and hold your finger on the app

B5. There should be a screen that appears where you can uninstall the AVG App.

B6. Wait a few seconds till the App is fully uninstalled

B7. Then your good to go

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C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 Excellent” – No crashes or freezing. Since I downloaded the app.

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AVG FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security – Protection

D1. App(s) Protection5.0Excellent” – AVG will tell you is the app is rouge and not affiliated with the Android App store. It does an excellent job at this. Thus far it has warned me 3 times.

D2. Settings Protection5.0Excellent” – This option is very simple yet very important. It makes sure in your options to install and download apps of “unknown sources” will not be allowed to occur. Other then that super important job. I saw no other reason for this Protection option.

D3. Content Protection4.0Great” – This feature is by no means outstanding. But I have had a few “AD” detection’s. I’m assuming that means “AD”-ware. But I can’t be sure at this point.

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E. Real Time Scanner5.0Excellent” – This feature works like a charm. You can ever see it in action.

E1. SD Card Scanner – 3.5Average– Nothing special here. This is pretty much an external drive scanner. In this case your SD card.

E2. File Scanner5.0Excellent” – This feature works like a charm.

E3. Safe Web Surfing3.5Average” – Nothing special here. No detentions or warning. I’m still unclear as to what this protection is suppose to do.

E4. Deep File Scanner – 3.5 Average” – Nothing special here. No detentions or warning.

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AVG FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security – Performance

F1. Task Killer – 3.0 Average This option is exactly what you would expect and nothing else.

F2. Battery Consumption3.0Average” – This option could of been so much more then. Here your tablet is at ##% left.

F3. Data Usage – 4.0Great” – Great, if you are on a set data plan.

F4. Storage Usage – 4.5Great” – A really great option to check on both your Internal Memory and your SD card memory stats.

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AVG FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security  Privacy

F. App LockerN/A – Not available in Free version

FF. App Backup N/A – Not available in the Free version

F1. Wipe Device  (Factory Re-set) – 4.0Great” – Great tool for people who unwittingly corrupted their device.

F2. Wipe SD Card5.0Excellent” – Great for when you are upgrading your devices memory or if you wish to trade or sell your SD card.

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AVG FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security  Anti-Thief

G. Anti-TheftNot Tested

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H. Speed of Scan4.0 Great – A little slow. But what do you expect with very limited Smart phone system resources.

I. Updating3.5Average – It needs to be updated manually and it won’t always update. The first time.

J. AVG SupportNot Tested

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My Overall Score: 80/95

76.0 % = B

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My Final Verdict –Part 1 The main difference between AVG 2013 for the PC and AVG for the Android Tablet. Is that is it setup into 4 different layers of protection.

The 1st layer would be your Protection

1. Apps -This is where the scanner will pick up any rouge apps. That are not certified via the Google Play Android App store.

2. Content – This is where you’ll find out if you downloaded or transferred a virus on to your tablet. Via Wi-Fi, USB or Bluetooth.

3. Settings – Is also very important and often overlooked when people first get their phone. Often there are settings with in setting that make your smart phone less then secure. Such as letting unknown or un-certified apps (We Are Talking About Non-Google Play App Store Certified/Approved)  to your private data, or transmitting your location without your permission..

The 2nd layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE for Android Performance

1. Task Killer

2. Battery Consumption

4. Wipe Personal Data

5. Data Usage

6. Storage Usage

The 3rd layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE for Android Anti-Theft

1. Device Locator

The 4th layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE for Android Privacy

1. App Locker – Only 10 day limited trial

2. App Backup – Only 10 day limited trail

3. Wipe Device

4. Wipe SD Card

My Final Verdict –Part 2 Now performance wise. This is no watered down version of the full blow PC version. Yes, there are less options and scanning is a little slower. Due to tablet limitations. But other then that you get what you would expect. A rather good free Anti-Virus program.

**As per the norm it is highly recommend that you upgrade to the newest version of AVG FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security for Android when available / prompted. Also important is to update your AVG virus definitions as often as possible. Which in the case of this app there are new virus definition updates nearly everyday.

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Here is a link to download AVG FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security
for Android

1.  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antivirus.tablet&hl=en (Google Play Store)

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AVG AntiVirus FREE for Android (4.4.1.1) – Free Smart Phone Android App Review

August 26, 2015

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
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 7.5 – “AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App Review Template

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Tested On A: Samsung Galaxy Ace Q (Model: SGH-I827D)

Operating System: Android (V2.3.6)

Price: Free (Google Play App Store)

A. Installation AVG Mobile Anti-Virus Free – 5.0 Excellent” – Very easy just click on AVG Anti-Virus Free  App icon and press Install.

B. Un-installing AVG Mobile Anti-Virus Free4.5Great – It could be a little easier to remove. Just follow the steps below to un-install your AVG App.

B1. Go to your “Settings

B2. Then go to “Applications“.

B3. Then choose the “Anti-Virus App“.

B4. The press and hold your finger on the app

B5. There should be a screen that appears where you can un-install the AVG App.

B6. Wait a few seconds till the App is fully un-installed

B7. Then your good to go

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C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 Excellent” – No crashes or freezing. Since I downloaded the app.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for AndroidProtection

D1. App(s) Protection5.0Excellent” – AVG will tell you is the app is rouge and not affiliated with the Android App store. It does an excellent job at this. Thus far it has warned me 3 times.

D2. Settings Protection5.0Excellent” – This option is very simple yet very important. It makes sure in your options to install and download apps of “unknown sources” will not be allowed to occur. Other then that super important job. I saw no other reason for this Protection option.

D3. Content Protection4.0Great” – This feature is by no means outstanding. But I have had a few “AD” detection’s. I’m assuming that means “AD”-ware. But I can’t be sure at this point.

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E. Real Time Scanner5.0Excellent” – This feature works like a charm. You can ever see it in action.

E1. SD Card Scanner – 3.5Average– Nothing special here. This is pretty much an external SD card memory scanner.

E2. File Scanner5.0Excellent” – This feature works as expected.

E3. Safe Web Surfing3.5Average” – Nothing special here. No detentions or warning. I’m still unclear as to what this protection is suppose to do.

E4. Deep File Scanner –  5.0Excellent” – This feature works as expected.

E5. Text Message Scanner – 3.5 Average” – Nothing special here. No detentions or warning.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for AndroidPerformance

F1. Task Killer – 3.0 Average This option is exactly what you would expect and nothing else.

F2. Battery Consumption3.0Average” – This option could of been so much more then. Here’s your phone and this where you are at ##% wise.

F3. Data Usage – 4.0Great” – Great, if you are on a set data plan.

F4. Storage Usage – 4.5Great” – A really great option to check on both your Internal Memory and your SD card memory stats.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for Android Privacy

F. App LockerN/A – Not available in Free version

FF. App Backup N/A – Not available in the Free version

F1. Wipe Device  (AKA. Factory Re-set) – 4.0Great” – Great tool for people who unwittingly corrupted or infect their device with something really nasty.

F2. Wipe SD Card5.0Excellent” – Great for when you are upgrading your devices memory or if you wish to trade or sell your SD card.

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AVG Anti-Virus FREE for Android Anti-Thief

G. Anti-TheftNot Tested

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H. Speed of Scan4.0Great – Way faster scans then in past versions of this app. Way to improve AVG Team.

I. Updating3.0Average – It needs to be updated manually and it won’t always update the first attempt.

J. AVG SupportNot Tested

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My Overall Score: 84.5/100

84.5 % = A –

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My Final Verdict –Part 1 The main difference with AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App. Is that is it split into 4 different layers of protection.

The 1st layer would be your Protection

1. Apps -This is where the scanner will pick up any rouge apps. That are not certified via the (Google Play App Store).

2. Content – This is where you’ll find out if you downloaded or transferred a virus on to your smart phone. Via Wi-Fi, USB or Bluetooth.

3. Settings – Is also very important and often overlooked when people first get their phone. Often there are settings with in setting that make your smart phone less then secure. Such as letting unknown or un-certified apps to collect your private data, Or transmitting your location without your permission (Also known as Geo-tagging).

The 2nd layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App Performance

1. Task Killer

2. Battery Consumption

4. Wipe Personal Data

5. Data Usage

6. Storage Usage

The 3rd layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App Anti-Theft

1. Device Locator

The 4th layer is the AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App Privacy

1. App Locker – Only 10 day limited trial

2. App Backup – Only 10 day limited trail

3. Wipe Device

4. Wipe SD Card

My Final Verdict –Part 2 Now performance wise. This is no watered down version of the full blow PC version of AVG. Yes, there are less options and scanning is a lot slower. Due to mobile phone limitations. But other then that you get what you would expect. A rather good free Anti-Virus program.

**As per the norm it is highly recommend that you upgrade to the newest version of AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App when available. Also important is to update your AVG virus definitions as often as possible. Which in the case of this App there are new virus definition updates (Nearly) everyday.

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Here are 2 links to download AVG Anti-Virus FREE Smart Phone App:

1. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antivirus (Google Play App Store)

2. http://free.avg.com/us-en/for-mobile (AVG’s Main Site)

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SUPERAntiSpyware (6.0.1204) Professional Edition – Full Review

August 20, 2015

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
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 7.5 D“SAS” Professional Review Template

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Price: $29.95 USD/CAD For A 1 year Subscription For Up To 3 PC’s.

Is SUPERAntiSpyware Pro Worth The Price ?: Yes it is. If you want the full protection with the added benefits of Automatic Updating, Scheduling Scanning and Real-Time Protection. Then you will be more then happy with the $29.95 USD/CAD price point.

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A. Installation SUPERAntiSpyware – 5.0 Excellent” – Fast, Safe and Simple

B. Un-installing SUPERAntiSpyware3.5Average – No start menu un-install feature. But you can un-install using the Windows control panel.

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C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 Excellent” – Absolutely no stability issues.

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D. Residential Shield Test 4.5Great – Very useful and its always great when you can add an extra layer protection to your PC.

DD. Browser Hi-Jack And Registry Protection4.0Great – Great. But there is still no protection for ether Mozilla Firefox or Chrome.

DDD. System Repair Option4.0Great – Used it and it works like a charm. Thou you still should read the descriptions over a few times. Before you decide to use one of the many repair options SUPERAntiSpyware Pro has.

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E. Detection Rate Test:

E1. Windows XP5.0Excellent

E2. Windows Vista5.0Excellent

E3. Windows 7 5.0Excellent

E4. Windows 85.0Excellent

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F. Speed of Scan4.5Great – Just as Danny talked about in the freeware version review of SUPERAntiSpyware. It seems instead of decreasing overall scan times. They have actually in some cases increase 10 to 20 minutes overall. But just like Danny said “We will keep a close eye on the next version to see if this is a new trend.” Or just a blip on an otherwise positive trending direction.

FF. Scan Boost5.0Excellent– This option seems to have remained. So much so even my dual core computers have show at least a 10 to 20 mins differences between using regular or “Low Boost” as oppose to “High Boost” scanning option.

FFF. Types Of Different Scans Available 5.0Excellent– With 5 different types of scans to suite your fancy. You can’t go wrong regardless of your final choice of scan.

G.Update Manager5.0 Excellent – Works like a charm with no lag at all.

H. Scan Logs – 4.0Great– The logs could be quite a bit easier to read. But they are in the same league as most programs in this category.

I. SUPERAntiSpyware Support 3.0Average – You have their “Free, unlimited 24/7 technical support via e-mail”,  “Customer Support Request Form” or “User Forums

**Yes, people I agree it is SUPER lame that SUPERAntiSpyware Pro. The paid version of SUPERAntiSpyware has no phone support or live chat support.

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My Overall Score: 72.5/80

90.6 % = A +

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My Overall Outlook: SUPERAntiSpyware remains a very easy and safe program to use. SUPERAntiSpyware is truly your one stop shop for Spyware, Adware, Malware and Internet Cookie detection and removal.

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Here is link a to download SUPERAntiSpyware Professional Trial Edition:

1. http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html (SUPERAntiSpyware Main Site)

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SUPERAntiSpyware (6.0.1204) Free Edition – Freeware Review

August 19, 2015

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
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 7.5 C“SAS” Freeware Review Template

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Price: Free

A. Installation SUPERAntiSpyware – 5.0 Excellent” – Fast, Safe and Simple

B. Un-installing SUPERAntiSpyware3.5Average – No start menu un-install feature. But you can un-install using your Windows control panel.

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C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 Excellent” – Absolutely no stability Issues

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D. Residential Shield TestN/A – Not available In Free version

DD. Browser Hi-Jack And Registry ProtectionN/A – Not available In Free version

DDD. System Repair OptionN/A – Not available In Free version

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E. Detection Rate Test:

E1. Windows XP5.0Excellent

E2. Windows Vista5.0Excellent

E3. Windows 7 5.0Excellent

E4. Windows 85.0Excellent

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F. Speed of Scan4.5Great – It might just be me. But it seems scan times have gone down in this latest version of SUPERAntiSpyware.

FF. Scan Boost5.0Excellent– This option seems to have vastly improved (yet again). So much so even my dual core computers have show at least a 10 to 20 mins differences between using regular or “Low Boost” as oppose to “High Boost” scanning options.

FFF. Types Of Different Scans Available 5.0Excellent– With 5 different types of scans to suite your fancy. SuperAntiSpyware has all the different types of scans you’ll need. For any job you want to tackle.

G.Update Manager4.5Great – Needs to be updated manually. But works like a charm with no lag at all. As SUPERAntiSpyware has implemented smaller definition updates. There are also a lot more definitions updates available to be manually updated.  Which is great to see.

H. Scan Logs3.5 Average” – The logs could be quite a bit easier to read. But they are in the same league as most programs in this category.

I. SUPERAntiSpyware Support3.5Average – You have their “Customer Support Request Form” or “User Forum” options.

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My Overall Score: 59.5/65

91.5 % = A +

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My Overall Outlook: SUPERAntiSpyware still remains an extremely effective anti-spyware / malware program. (Even in it’s freeware version package.) You are not choked to death with excessive over the top software limitations, like so many other freeware programs out there. You are still required to update SUPERAntiSpyware manually and you can still use SUPERAntiSpywares 5 different scanning options (minus of course the scan scheduler option).

The only 2 very minor downsides that I can see, are that you have to manually scan and manually update SuperAntiSpyware yourself. (But for most people that is not even a very big deal. Because we already do it anyways with so many other free programs such as Spybot and Malwarebytes.)

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Here is the download link to SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition:

1. http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html (SUPERAntiSpyware Main Site)

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AVG Internet Security 2015 (2015.0.6125) – Paidware Review

August 13, 2015

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

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Price$54.99 USD / $59.99 CAD – For 1 year and 1 PC

A. Installing AVG4.0 Great” – There is no doubt that AVG has improved in this area. But saying that we had very mixed results with some of our team getting AVG Internet Security installed the first go around. While other team members took 3 or 4 times to install AVG Internet Security 2015.

B. Un-installing AVG – 4.5 Great” – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2015 is a lot cleaner un-installer this time around. Much better compared to previous versions of AVG going back 5 or 6 years.

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent – The UI (User Interface) seems to have been completely fixed in AVG 2014. Along with the jenkey manual update option.

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D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus4.0Great” – No reports of AVG being compromised.

E. Speed of Scan5.0 Excellent – Very quick on most computers.

F. Updating – 5.0 Excellent – Automatic and manual updating is great. No more issues here compared to AVG 2014 manual update lag spikes.

G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue5.0 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 Test2.0 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.

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1. Anti-Virus Detection Rate Test:

1A. Windows XP – 4.0Great

1B. Windows Vista – 4.0Great

1C. Windows 74.0Great

1D. Windows 84.0Great

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2. Residential Shield Test 4.0Great – I still find SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware seems to grab the virus way before AVG does.

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Computers Protection

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3A. Anti-Virus Scanner – 4.0Great” – AVG has finally beaten their just average score. And that should tell you a lot.

3B. Anti-Rootkit Scanner4.0Great” – Great option. Works well.

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Web Browsing Protection

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4A. Link Scanner4.5 Great“ – Not a fan. But it can be very useful to some.

4B. Online Shield2.5Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.

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Identity Protection

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5A. Identity Protection 2.0Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.

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E-mail Protection

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6A. E-mail Scanner3.0Average” – Utterly baseline and average. I found no use for it.

6B. Anti-Spam3.0 Average” – Utterly baseline and average. Not even worth the setup.

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Firewall

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7. Firewall5.0 Excellent – By no means perfect. But way better then your standalone Windows built in Firewall

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8. File Shredder4.0Great – I found this addition to be very useful. But lacking the multiple layer shredding options that Spybot – Search & Destroy or even Advance System Care 7 has.

9. PC Analyzer (AKA. PC TuneUp) – 0.5Abysmal“- If you don’t mind that this option just reports errors on your computer and does not even allow you to correct said error. Even once as was the case in the past.

Then your probably are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this expensive $40.99 CAD/USD add-on. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion. That it should not be there in the first place. Try giving us features that are fully functional and at least somewhat useful like the shredder option.

10. Tech Buddy Support0.0Abysmal” – This is just a cash grab. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and overally misleading to the end user.

11. AVG Direct Support0.5Abysmal” – 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 team via Tech Buddy. Which like I said above is an epic MONEY GRAB. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised as well as overally misleading.

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My Overall Score: 87/125

70 % = B –

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My Final Verdict – AVG Internet Security 2015 takes the drab look of AVG 2014 and cranks it up to 10. With a whole new HD (Hi-Def) UI (User Interface) experience. With the new look comes a more refined and streamlined user experience.

**As per the norm it is highly recommend that you upgrade to the newest version of AVG Internet Security 2015 when available and or prompted. Also important is to update your AVG virus definitions as often as possible. Which in the case of this app there are new virus definition updates nearly everyday.

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AVG Free Anti-Virus 2015 (2015.0.6125) – Freeware Review

August 12, 2015

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

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Price: Free

A. Installing AVG4.5 Great” – There is no doubt that AVG has improved yet again. I personally thank G-d that this time around it did not take me more then once to install AVG Free Anti-Virus 2015. As oppose to AVG Internet Security 2015 (which we will talk about in that review tomorrow) took several attempts to install. So again, well done AVG for getting it right this time.

B. Un-installing AVG – 4.5 Great” – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2015 is a lot cleaner un-installer this time around. Much better compared to previous versions of AVG going back 5 or 6 years.

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent – The UI (User Interface) got a beautiful HD makeover. No more glitchyness or jenkeyness in this version. As oppose to what we have seen in past versions of AVG.

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D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus – 5.0 Excellent – No reports of AVG being compromised.

E. Speed of Scan5.0 Excellent – Very quick on most computers.

F. Updating – 5.0 Excellent – Automatic updating is fine.

G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue5.0 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 Test3.0Average” – 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.

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1. Anti-Virus Detection Rate Test:

1A. Windows XP – 4.0Great

1B. Windows Vista – 4.0Great

1C. Windows 74.0Great

1D. Windows 84.0Great

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2. Residential Shield Test 4.0Great” – I still find SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware seems to grab the virus way before AVG does.

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3A. Anti-Virus Scanner – 4.0Great” – AVG has finally beaten their just average score. And that should tell you a lot.

3B. Anti-Rootkit Scanner4.0Great” – Great option. Works well.

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Web Browsing Protection

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4A. Link Scanner4.5Great – Not a fan. But it can be very useful to some.

4B. Online Shield – Not available In the Free Version

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Identity Protection

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5A. Identity Protection – Not available In the Free Version

5B. Identity Alert – Not available In the Free Version

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E-mail Protection

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6A. E-mail Scanner3.0Average” – Utterly baseline and average. I found no use for it at all.

6B. Anti-Spam – Not available In the Free Version

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Firewall

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7. Firewall – Not available In the Free Version

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8. File Shredder – 4.0Great” – I found this addition to be very useful. But lacking the multiple layer shredding options that Spybot – Search & Destroy or even Advance System Care 8 has.

9. PC Analyzer (AKA. PC TuneUp) – 0.5Abysmal“- If you don’t mind that this option just reports errors on your computer and does not even allow you to correct said error. Even once as was the case in the past.

Then your probably are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this expensive $27.99 CAD/USD add-on. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion. That it should not be there in the first place. Try giving us features that are fully functional and at least somewhat useful like the shredder option.

10. AVG Direct Support0.5Abysmal” – 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 an epic MONEY GRAB. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and overally misleading to users.

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My Overall Score: 77.5/100

77.5 % = B +

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My Final Verdict – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2015 takes the drab look of AVG 2014 and cranks it up to 10. With a whole new HD (Hi-Def) UI (User Interface) experience. With the new look comes a more refined and streamlined user experience.

**As per the norm it is highly recommend that you upgrade to the newest version of AVG Free Anti-Virus 2015 when available and or prompted. Also important is to update your AVG virus definitions as often as possible. Which in the case of this app there are new virus definition updates nearly everyday.

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Kirbe


CCleaner (5.08.5308) Free Edition – Freeware Review

July 30, 2015

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
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 7.5 D“CCleaner” Freeware Review Template

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Price: Free

A. Installation CCleaner – 5.0 Excellent” – Fast, Safe and Simple

B. Un-installing CCleaner – 5.0 Excellent” – Fast, Safe and Simple

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C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 Excellent” – Absolutely no stability Issues

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D. Cleaner

D1. Windows Cleaner4.5Great” – Works very well. Just 1 really important note a warning if you will. You will lose all your data on the items you have decided to check off. So check your list of “Windows Features” you are gonna clean first.

D2. Application Cleaner4.5Great” – Works very well. Just 1 really important note a warning if you will. You will lose all your data on the items you have decided to check off. So check your list of “Windows Applications” you are gonna clean first.

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E. Cleaner Quality Test:

E1. Windows XP5.0Excellent

E2. Windows Vista5.0Excellent

E3. Windows 7 5.0Excellent

E4. Windows 8 – 5.0Excellent

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F. Registry

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G. Speed of Analyze – 5.0Excellent – Again, it will be over in about 1 or 2 minutes at max. Unless you are running a really old rig. Then even then it is faster then most paid programs out there.

GG. Speed of Repair4.5Great – It will be over quite quickly you just maybe surprised. But be warned if you decide not to back-up your registry. Before fixing your registry ERROR(S) you’ll be doing it at your own risk / peril. I say that just to warn people. I have never had an issue and I have been using this program for about 10 + years now. Perhaps maybe even longer.

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H. Registry Cleaner Quality Test:

H1. Windows XP5.0Excellent

H2. Windows Vista5.0Excellent

H3. Windows 7 5.0Excellent

H4. Windows 8 – 5.0Excellent

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I. Tools

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I1. Un-installer3.0 Average” – This option is shaky at best. This option often leaves a mess in its wake. But be warned not all of said un-installed programs components / files maybe completely gone. I often have to run a separate PC utility like Auslogic BoostSpeed or Registry Mechanic (Both are Paidware). If you want to go freeware you can give IObit Advanced System Cleaner 7. But be careful I have had very mixed results with it.

I2. Start-up 4.5Great– This option is the king of killing start-up programs and process. But there are some that programs for what ever reason fail to yield to this CCleaner option. Be warned you can cause your computer damage if you don’t allow certain programs to run on boot up. You may also cause MAJOR security holes in your PC.

I3. System Restore3.0Average” – It would be awesome if it worked every time. But sadly I only use this option as the last last resort.

I4. Drive WiperNot Tested – I’ve never tried it and don’t plan too anytime soon. Sorry, if you want to give this option a go. By all means let me know the fallout. I’d be more then happy to post your score on the next review we do.

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J. Options

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J1. Settings4.5Great” – Simple and to the point exactly what you want. You can even undo stuff you had to choose when you originally installed Cleaner.

J2. Cookies4.0Great” – this option is only great if you know what you are doing. and my friend this will take a wee bit of Computer Knowledge and a tad bit of Internet Savvy to pull of exactly what you want. And even then you may not get the outcome you want on the first or second go at it.

J3. IncludeNot Tested – I have never used this option and have really no clue what it does. Beyond the very simplistic description it offers above.

J4. ExcludeNot Tested – Same as above. I have never used this option and have really no clue what it does. Beyond the very simplistic description it offers above.

J5. AdvancedNot Tested – Same as above. But it appears simple enough to navigate.

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K. Updating4.0Great – Needs to be updated manually. Sometimes your promoted when there is a new version of CCleaner out. And other times your not. I’m not really sure why that is because, I have the option checked off.

L. CCleaner Support – Not Tested – Never needed it before and I doubt I will in the future. But I imagine if it’s anything like CCleaner itself. It would be pretty awesome.

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My Overall Score: 96.5/105

91.9 % = A +

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My Final Verdict Part 1-: CCleaner still remains at the top of it’s class when it comes to the freeware model of a PC Utility programs. They really don’t make freeware programs like this very often. I have never really had any real issues with CCleaner. Other then maybe it tries to do too much and it falls flat or stretches itself too thin.

Perfect examples of this are the uninstaller and restore features. Why not drop them and add that vim and vinegar in improving other aspects of CCleaner Free.

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My Final Verdict Part 2-: I have to admit at first glance CCleaner looks too good to be true in it’s freeware package. Even my score is an almost perfect, which absolutely floors me every time. As I don’t normal see that type of score or quality in most programs. Let alone a freeware version of a PC Utility.

I honestly wonder if there will be a time where there will be a small cost to even the basic CCleaner version. I hope not. But I do believe it is possible at some point down the line. That or they could strip the program down to be even more basic.

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1. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download (CCleaners Main Download Page)

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Danny


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