Avast Antivirus Home vs AVG Free Edition


Whenever a anyone who doesn’t want to spend money on Antivirus , searches for a free Antivirus, then has has two choices.

  • AVG Free Edition
  • Avast Home Edition

Which one to choose? That is the dilemma most people have.

I have compared the two Antivirus softwares based on my experiences as well as the various resources available on the web.

Features

AVG Free provides only the basic protection against viruses and Version 7 does not include Antispyware protection and Antirookit protection (One can to download the free version of the Antispyware and Antirookit but these are not integrated) whereas Version 8 of the AVG Free includes integrated Antivirus and Antispyware scanning engine. But Antirookit feature is available only in the Pro version.

Avast claims to provide Antivirus and Antirookit protection included in the free package but I guess its included in the same scanner.

One more featute that is unique in Avast is the Boot-Time scan which scans the computer before the operating systems start ans viruses can be removed before its activation.

Protection

Make no mistake about it. Both provide excellent protection from most kinds of viruses. Both softwares provide above 95% detection rates as shown by various Independent Antivirus testing Organizations.

Avast Provides additional protection like P2P Shield,Web Shield, Network Shield etc. AVG also provides Web Scanner and E-Mail Scanner.

Memory

Both AVG and Avast uses about 14 to 18MB of RAM. So both are light on resources.

Scanning Speed

AVG scan is faster than Avast. Avast with high protection takes a long time to scan.

Interface

AVG free is a very simple to use interface. Avast Home interface is very difficult to get used. Scan summary also is not provided in the Home Edition of Avast.

Comparison with Pro version

Rookit Scan, Spyware Scan, Firewall and loads of other options are available in the Pro Version of AVG not available. For those having extra having extra bucks Upgrade is recommended.

Avast Pro version just has some User-Interface Enchancement Features and Script Scanner. Almost all the features are available in the Home Edition Itself. Upgrade is not recommended.

Conclusion

No winner. Its a draw between the two since both provides excellent protection with lots of features. You should try both and choose whats best for you.

Update: Comment from Pat Bitton

AVG Free 8.0 (available for download at http://free.avg.com) now combines anti-virus and anti-spyware in the same engine. v8 also includes the LinkScanner safe-search technology that protects users from inadvertently clicking through on an organic or paid search result that has been infected with a drive-by download.

Download links:

Avast Home

AVG Free

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14 Responses

  1. I tried AVG for a time then switched to Avast. I used it for years on my XP machines with great success.

  2. AVG Free 8.0 (available for download at http://free.avg.com) now combines anti-virus and anti-spyware in the same engine. v8 also includes the LinkScanner safe-search technology that protects users from inadvertently clicking through on an organic or paid search result that has been infected with a drive-by download.

  3. @Pat Bitton
    I didn’t download the AVG Free 8 version so unaware of the changes.Thank you for the response Pat. I’ll update.

  4. To my mind, avast has the most user-friendly interface out of all free antivirus programs I know of, and its updates come absolutely silent. Some PC users insist that it has a poor detection rate, but AV comparatives lists avast! over Norton, so there must be a sound reason behind that. Since version 4.8 avast! claims to have anti-spyware protection included as well. I personally know a home user who switched from ESET (paid) to avast! (free), and not because NOD’s subscription expired.

  5. I tried the new AVG 8.0 and Dell on call and I could to get the mail scanner to work . Dell looked up and said that the free no longer supports email scan so I switch to Avast is a very good program

  6. I used Avas, since left McAfee 3 years ago. Avast even scans memory whenever we log on before the windows welcome appears.

  7. I only have 128MB of RAM and find the boot and explorer access to internet takes about 6 minutes with Avast.I was going to try Avg. free edition but if both Avast and Avg. take up 14 to 18 MB’s of RAM there shouldn’t be any difference in boot up speed or slowing of computer.

  8. Hi i’m null with p.c’s, and after 2 years,nothin much has changed. but anywy….my first pc i installed Norton 360 paid bout 80 bucks, to try to get out the fake sec scans, which drove me nuts,and no success…So by chance, i installed the free version of SPYWARE DOCTOR, AND BINGO IT WIPED THE SLATE CLEAN, that was on xp..Since then i’ve purchased a laptop, with Vista pre installed,and with the paid version of sd,with email, and site scanner plugins, and it just doesn’t go with Vista, can’t even start, or shut sometimes,and so slow. so had to disinstall sd,,and then what?..Well after much experimintation with Avg free 8, and various spyware progs,which didn’t give better performance…I’ve now installed windows defender(free) and Avast, with Threat defender(pc tools)…and WOW, WHAT ADIFFERENCE,, Fast, smooth Vista, with fast Int connection….i m’can’t believe after all the the hassle with the others..Now, i would highly recommend Avast free av edition…I’m still a great fan or s.doc, which was surperb with X.P,AN they said it was designed for Vista 32 bit, but it didn’t go.WinDef seems good also, and is integrated with Windows system..just a little prob with non classifyed infections, which i can’t decide to permit, or not, but anyway still works fine, even superb, efter 5 months,so fingers crossed….Eureka

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