AVG internet security comes with an impressive suite of tools for keeping your computer safe, but it’s difficult to distinguish itself from its rivals. The smart scan is excellent, and it can detect many issues, like unsafe browser extensions, as well as unsecure web pages that could act as gateways to malware. It falls short in some areas, like identifying fake websites that attempt to steal your information.
The program is easy to install and use. It features a simple interface, which looks great on any device. It works great regardless of whether you’re using a touchscreen screen or not. The five protections that are included in the total package – Computer Internet & Emails, Hacker attacks, Privacy and Payments – are grouped into simple categories. They are also broken down into sub-categories such as webcam protection and password protection.
You can upgrade to premium support for your phone or TuneUp tools for a small fee for additional features. There’s a version of the app with a VPN included for an additional fee.
Upselling is fairly aggressive and, regardless of which plan you choose, some features are inaccessible unless you upgrade to a higher-tier product. For example, if you choose the free version of AVG Internet Security you’ll be encouraged to install Google Chrome and AVG SafePrice. It is important to check the terms and conditions of any software you download since you could end up having a suite which is far less capable than you originally expected.