The Good AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 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 antispyware tools; the rescue disk is floppy-based and only for Windows 98 and ME; and it doesn't provide easy customization for its scans.
The Bottom Line AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 Professional Single Edition is a pretty good, no-frills virus scanner. But you'll need to purchase antispyware software for complete malware protection.
AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 Professional Single Edition
Grisoft AVG Antivirus Professional 7.5 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 7.5 Free Edition, which is a good, if limited, product. And Grisoft's two-year license for the AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 Professional Single Edition costs less than a single-year license for McAfee VirusScan Plus or Norton Antivirus 2007.
AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 Professional Single Edition sells for about the same price as Norton or McAfee, except AVG provides a two-year update subscription. It is also available as a 30-day, 31.4 MB trial download from CNET Download.com, and there's also a AVG 7.5 Free Edition, which is an adequate, if limited, product. Unlike Norton Antivirus 2007, AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 Professional Single Edition runs on Windows 98, ME, 2000, and XP, and it's also available in various language-specific editions.
We installed AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 Professional Single Edition on our Windows XP test system without incident in less than 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 a disabled Windows 98 or ME system into a DOS environment to remove viruses and restore system files, and scan our computer using either Low Priority (fast) or High Priority (slow) scanning methods. While the rescue disk wizard is easy to use, it creates a rescue floppy disk--not a CD--and that's bad news if you're using one of today's floppy-free PCs. Also, the rescue disk works only with Windows 98 and ME, not the more popular Windows XP