Secure Computing: Free Virus Protection With AVG Free Edition

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Installation is straight forward for the most part. You will want to make sure there is a free license already included when installing as shown here.
free license
During installation you will be prompted to choose to include the Toolbar or not.  Personally I am not a fan of toolbars at all so I would not install this, but AVG advises more web threats can be avoided when using it.
Internet Explorer and Firefox already include good Phishing protection, so in my opinion the toolbar is overkill, but you can make your own decision with some detailed information from their site.
toolbar
After a successful installation, a wizard begins to prompt for specific settings for the utility. One of the most important is to get the latest updates for the virus database.
updates
Other settings to select are what time to perform a daily scan and register with AVG.  You can go through the wizard or skip the process entirely as changes can be made later.
register
All settings and components can be controlled from the User Interface. AVG Free Edition includes more than just anti-virus protection.  Other components include:
Anti-SpywareProtects against malicious software applications
Email ScannerIntegrates with Outlook to scan email messages and attachments for Viruses and Spyware
Resident ShieldReal-time protection against viruses and malicious spyware
control panel
Full system scans seem comparable to both Avast and AntiVir and you can also control the speed… the faster the scan the more CPU processing power required if you want to continue to use the computer while the scan is running.
Details of detections are shown in the user interface as detected.  This is where you can also pause, start, or resume a scan.
scan
There are a surprising amount of settings and options to customize how AVG works.  This is where to control scan schedules and a whole host of other options.
options
Pop up notifications are shown near the clock on the taskbar.
1 taskbar popup
All email messages will be scanned and this will be verified by a message at the bottom of each email.  Also, as with the other anti-virus applications we have covered, AVG integrates into Windows Explorer so you can scan individual files by right clicking.
email scan msg
menu
Conclusion
AVG is so popular for a reason: the user interface is attractive and quite easy to use and there’s also a bunch of options available to allow you to customize the behavior to your liking. It also offers a lot of components and options that are only available in the professional version of other utilities, at the great price of free.
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If you have used AVG for a while please comment and let us know your thoughts and opinions, or any recommended settings that you use.