1 simple reason why AVG is shit and always has been.
No rootkit protection. HELLOOOOOO! This reason should be sufficient enough for anyone with half a brain but then again people who use AVG usually don't know what a rootkit is, even though it is the primary sector that a virus or malware makes it entry.
People who use AVG free usually spend most of their time on their computers downloading porn, playing video games, and torrent hunt. They hear the word free and think they are getting the deal of the century. Common knowledge people, you get what you pay for. And developers don't just give you software for free.
AVG free is nothing more than fakeware. It gives people that have no tech knowledge the illusion that they have virus protection when in reality all they have is a useless program that looks like its doing something, but really its just sucking up your memory. Not to mention that the detection rates of ANYTHING are considerably less than avast, kasper, and even NORTON.
My personal recommendation for virus and malware protection, that is if your not an internet freeloader and actually give software developers their due by paying for what you download.
#1 Vipre is probably one the most, if not THE most secure virus protection and internet surf protection I've ever had the pleasure of owning. It's not cheap, but it's business class software developed for people who have large business accounts that are connected online at all times. Best part is, if you get a virus while using their product and Vipre doesn't detect it, they will give you a full refund on your product.
#2 Malwarebytes Pro, should be an immediate backup for that "just in case" person like myself who has most of their important data stored on their hard drives. This program will actually find bad sectors in your hard drives as well as your internet protocols that any other software may have missed.
Bottom line is, any software that is free, is 9 outta 10 times fakeware. Same goes for crap like Avast, Kasper, Nod32, etc. Your not paying for these programs so your not going to get the protection that you need. Their just giving you something that looks like it's doing something, but it's really not. But you can't explain this to diehard freeware fanboys because like i said before, these people don't do anything useful on their computers anyways, so why would they care about REAL virus protection.
And to all the fanboys of AVG out their who claim they've NEVER gotten a virus using it, it's called the luck of the draw man, plain and simple. You just haven't been targeted yet. But it's only a matter of time before you do. You probably are infected now and don't even know it. Don't believe me? Download the light version of malware bytes, it lets you use the scanner but you get no real time protection. I bet CASH MONEY that it finds over a dozen trojans, and malware that your awesome AVG doesn't even recognize.
this is a load of twaddle. As far as free AV products go, AVG is one of the best and consistently has been for a long time. This has been proven in a number of independent tests over the years. Coincidentally, Norton is not free and is the worst AV on the market by a considerable margin. Mcafee isn't free either and isn't much better than Norton.
Your recommendation of malwarebytes further proves your ignorance. Malwarebytes is NOT an antivirus program, it is an antimalware program, which has an entirely different purpose to an AV. Sensible people use both antivirus and antimalware software, as well as a firewall.
Your statement 'any software that is free, is 9 outta 10 times fakeware' is the most ignorant statement I have seen in a long time. Allow me to demonstrate the ignorance with the following list: Openoffice, clamAV, postfix, qmail, apache, nginx, php, imgburn, GNU/Linux, firefox, chrome, ogg vorbis, utorrent, git, subversion, foxit reader, GIMP, blender, GCC, iptables and literally thousands of other products that are FREE and run a vast number of businesses and have huge market shares, and even lead entire industries. If you have a problem with free software, I suggest you get off of the internet, since the chances are your router runs a variant of GNU/Linux and uses iptables or pfsense to keep you safe, among other free products. Oh and get rid of your smartphone too.
Kaspersky and nod32 are not free, and as a matter of fact, nod32 is the best AV currently on the market, as proven by the independent tests I mentioned earlier. I use kaspersky myself, and have used AVG in the past, among many other security products.
Reading your post, one thing is especially clear to me. YOU are the fanboy in this discussion, and you demonstrate a remarkable ignorance of basic computer security.
Considering I have over a decade of IT and networking experience, as well as an honours degree in IT/networking, with a major focus on security, I think I'm qualified to comment here.