[SHOWDOWN] Avast vs AVG
Avast and AVG are two of the most respected names in Internet security software. But many consumers don’t know that they became one company in October, 2016, when Avast bought AVG for $1.6 billion. Since then, the two software brands have remained distinct. But under the hood, they have grown more alike. There are still some differences in important features that may sway your choice. Let’s compare Avast Free Antivirus to AVG AntiVirus Free...
MALWARE PROTECTION: Avast vs AVG
Protecting your system against threats is a security suite’s first and most important job. Avast and AVG are neck-and-neck in this regard.
When it comes to scanning for malware, detecting it, and quarantining any malware found, the products achieved identical scores in a recent test conducted by AV-Comparatives. They both nailed 99.9% of the malware test samples, with zero false positives. (PDF, see p. 8 summary). This is not surprising because, shortly after the merger, AVG incorporated Avast’s anti-malware engine into AVG security products.
AVG Free comes with basic protection including scan/quarantine, and real-time protection for your web browser and email client. Note that webmail services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail are protected by AVG’s webshield, while local email clients such as Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird are protected by the “email” shield.
Important features that Avast Free has but AVG Free lacks include Wi-Fi Inspector (formerly Home Network and Router Security); Unwanted Browser Plugins Cleanup; and an Outdated Software Scanner/Updater. Avast also has a “secured remote administration” feature, although I do not recommend giving anyone remote access to your security software.
On the other hand, AVG Free includes two features that Avast Free lacks: “Spying and Data Theft Protection,” and “Permanent Deletion of Sensitive Data” - a.k.a. a file shredder.
PERFORMANCE and OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
In benchmark tests that measure how much security suites slow down the rest of your computing, AVG and Avast achieve virtually identical scores. The performance hit of both programs is very light, less than 5%.
AVG Free does not require registration for personal use; just install and run it. Avast insists that you “activate” its free app when it is installed and annually thereafter. Your email address is required; I presume this “activation” is just a ruse to keep Avast’s database of email addresses up to date for marketing purposes.
The user interface of AVG is a bit “busier” than that of Avast, which could be less confusing for some users. Other users may appreciate having more information and options on the main screen, at their fingertips.
In terms of upgrading to paid versions, AVG Internet Security, the only paid option, is $70 per year list price. Avast has a somewhat confusing array of products and license bundles. The minimum buy, a one-year license of Avast Internet Security for one PC, lists for $60; but there are always “limited time discounts” in effect; currently, this license is going for $30.
In my opinion, AVG and Avast are neck and neck in terms of features. AVG wins me over with its simplicity and lack of marketing shenanigans; I don’t like complex pricing schemes or fake discounts, nor do I like programs that interrupt my work to try and sell me an upgrade. Avast has gone too far down that dark road in recent years. It may have more features than AVG but most of them are really unnecessary for me.
As usual, your thoughts and comments are welcome. Have you tried AVG and Avast? Do you have a preference? Is there a feature of one that you especially like? Post your comment below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 6 Jul 2018
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