Is AVG Effective?


Dear Computer Lady,

Based on your recommendation, I installed AVG a couple of years ago. I read in the latest Consumers’ Reports issue the only reference to AVG is that the free version is as effective as the lowest rated on its list. Nowhere else was AVG listed.

I expected to see it up at the top of the list. What are your thoughts on this? I do know that I had a number of “dangerous” cookies/spyware etc on my computer that I had to remove. I had believed that AVG would have blocked them.




Dear Joann,

Thank you for your question, I have not looked at consumer reports and don’t know what they base their ratings on. I can, however, tell you what I have observed over the past 10 years of running AVG on my computer, and removing viruses from hundreds of computers. 

You don’t mention what version of AVG you are using, the free version does not provide quite as much coverage as the professional version, and the Internet Security version provides the most coverage of all. 

Of all the computers that come into my shop infected with viruses, most of them were running some version of Norton when they got infected. I know that this is due partly to the fact that Norton comes on almost all new computers, and many people don’t realize that if they fail to purchase a license their computer is not protected against the new viruses, but I also see a large number of infected computers that had Norton running and up to date.

In that same period of time, I can count on one hand the number of infected computers that were running AVG when they got infected with a virus, and I can only think of one that was infected while running an updated version of AVG. In addition to that, I have been running AVG professional on my computers since they came out with it, and have never been infected with a virus.

As far as cookies and spyware goes, I don’t know of any cookie that would be considered dangerous. Cookies are simply text files that a website can leave on your computer, and retrieve when you return to that site. Cookies are not spyware. A cookie can only contain information that you submit to that site, and can’t be accessed by any other site that you visit. I know that lots of people get all upset about cookies, but I believe that their fears are unfounded.

In addition to AVG, I also run two free spyware prevention programs on my computer, and install them on customers computers. Those two programs are, “Spybot Search & Destroy” and Spyware Blaster. If you keep these programs updated and immunized, they will prevent most spyware from getting into your computer.

Based on my experience, AVG is at the very top of my list.


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