Earlier this month we covered the release of the professional – in other words commercial – edition of AVG 9 and mentioned that the free version of the antivirus software would be released in a couple of days from the time of the review. AVG today has released the new version called AVG 9 Free which can be downloaded from the main AVG website and download portals like Betanews. The free version comes with a size of more than 70 Megabytes and can be Free Download as one big setup file or a web installer.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0 is compatible with the three latest generations of the Windows operating system (Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7). It not only features an antivirus module but also modules for detecting spyware, basic rootkit protection, email and phishing protection as well as the AVG Linkscanner to provide safety ratings for websites.
Windows users who do not need some of the components should select the custom installation option which allows them to prevent the installation from some of the modules (like the link scanner, AVG security toolbar and email or Microsoft Office plugins).
The main interface of the program displays the available security components in an overview upon startup.
From there on the usual options are provided to perform scans, schedule scans, update the antivirus software or tweak a few settings in the advanced options. The scan speed has been increased and the resource usage lowered according to the developers at AVG. Users who want to delve deeper can download a 3 Megabyte user manual that explains the installation and program in detail.
AVG 9 Free is available for download at the AVG website.
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