AVG Anti-virus Free is one of the most popular free antivirus solutions for Windows PCs. Today AVG Technologies has released their AVG Free Antivirus 2013 security application for Windows introducing new and improved features as well as a new user interface.
So what is new in AVG Antivirus Free 2013?
First thing you will notice when you start the program is the new user interface that displays the protection status and links to core program features.
AVG Antivirus has grown in recent years from an application that was designed purely to protect the system from malicious software, to a program that does a lot more than just that.
- Antivirus protection
- Email Scanner
- Social Networking Protection
- Do Not Track
- Identity Protection
- WiFi Guard
Good news is that you can disable several of the modules that you do not need during installation, so that they won’t be installed along with the core antivirus app. You can block the installation of the AVG gadget, personal e-mail scanner, identity protection and AVG Surf-Shield during installation.
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WiFi Guard is another new feature, which according to AVG, “helps you avoid rogue Wifi access points used by hackers by alerting you when your PC tries to access such a network”.
AVG Antivirus Free 2012 includes the following additional changes and improvements:
- Reduced footprint while running when compared to the 2012 release
- Better detection algorithm
- File reputation, a cloud based service that improves the program’s detection capabilities
The program is a bit heavy on the notification side of things. You can disable some or all notifications, e.g. scan finished, under Options > Advanced Settings. Here you can also disable the boot time improvement notifications that you may see on reboots or new starts of the system.
Here is a video that is announcing the new version and the thought process behind it.
Download Free AVG 2013 Antivirus
AVG Antivirus Free 2013 is available as a web installer and offline installer. The web installer has a size of 4 Megabytes and will download the rest of the installation files from the Internet during installation.
The offline installer is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit version, with a size of 118 Megabytes and 130 Megabytes respectively, that includes all components and does not require an Internet connection during installation.