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