Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 7.1 Professional Single Edition review: Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 7.1 Professional Single Edition

CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.8
  • Setup and interface: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good AVG Anti-Virus 7.1 Professional Single Edition is inexpensive and makes only a minor impact on system performance. There's also a free version.

The Bad AVG Anti-Virus doesn't include firewall or antispyware tools; the rescue disk is floppy-based only; you can't customize the scans.

The Bottom Line AVG Anti-Virus 7.1 Professional Single Edition is a solid, no-frills virus scanner. But you'll need to purchase antispyware software and a firewall for complete protection.

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AVG Anti-Virus 7.1 Professional Single Edition

Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 7.1 Professional Single Edition is a dependable and unobtrusive virus slayer that's a real bargain when compared with market giants McAfee VirusScan 2006 and Norton AntiVirus 2006 . For true penny-pinchers, Grisoft offers AVG 7.1 Free Edition, which is a good, if limited, product. And Grisoft's two-year license for the AVG Anti-Virus 7.1 Professional Single Edition costs just $38.95--less expensive than a single-year license for McAfee or Norton. If you do buy it, however, you'll still need to purchase antispyware software and a firewall for total security. Thus, our recommendation for the best all-around antivirus product remains either Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security or F-Secure Internet Security .

AVG Anti-Virus 7.1 Professional Single Edition was a snap to set up. Available as a 30-day, 20MB trial download from CNET Download.com, AVG Anti-Virus 7.1 installed on our Windows XP test system without incident in about two minutes. Next, AVG's First Run Wizard launched automatically, giving us the option to download the latest virus definitions and program files; create a rescue disk, which boots the system into a DOS environment to remove viruses and restore system files; and scan our computer. (The free version does not automatically offer to download the latest virus definitions; you have to remember to do that on your own.) While the rescue disk wizard is easy to use, it creates only a rescue floppy disk, not a CD, and that's bad news if you're using one of today's floppy-free PCs.

It is simple to navigate AVG Anti-Virus 7.1 Professional Single Edition. The basic interface screen provides quick access to AVG's limited tool set along the left side, allowing you to scan the entire computer or select components, such as a CD or a floppy, with a couple of clicks. See our AVG Anti-Virus slide show for images. For a quick tutorial on how to use AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, see CNET Download.com's feature.

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Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 7.1 Professional Single Edition

Part Number: CNETGRISOFTAVGANTIVIRUS Released: Jan. 25, 2006

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  • Release date Jan. 25, 2006
  • Category security applications
  • Compatibility PC