Friday, November 25, 2011

Review: AVG Internet Security 2012

THE REVIEW:  I recently was given the opportunity to be involved in the Parent Reviewers AVG Internet Security 2012 Blog Tour.  I was given AVG Internet Security 2012 Software to install on my computer for free for 1 year.

The installation was really easy.  I started the AVG  installer and accepted the end user license agreement.  I entered my license key and selected quick install.  And then it started my download.

The software is really user friendly.  I double-click on the AVG link at the bottom of my computer and it shows me this overview.

I can see that everything is active and that my scheduled scans are running properly and I can run extra scans if I want to.  One of the most amazing things (to me at least) is something called AVG Smart Scanning Technology.  This means that all subsequent scans are faster- this is achieved by identifying and not scanning files that are known to be safe.  Scans use minimal resources when users are on a computer and then kicks it into high gear when users are away from the computer.  

Another piece of technology that I LOVE is the AVG Accelerator.  Most of the other security products that  I have used slowed down my computer.  AVG Internet Security 2012 actually SPEEDS IT UP!  It accelerates the download of binary files and minimizes the hangs and delays while watching videos on YouTube. AVG Accelerator is enabled as a default setting when you switch on.

Some of the other features that I think are really neat and help to keep your computer really safe are:

  • AVG System Tools- This monitors your computer and lets you turn off auto-run applications at Windows start-up.  This is something else that will really speed up your computer. 
  • AVG Identity Protection-  This is like super identity protection.  It will keep you safe from online threats, and it is also smart enough that it can see when there are potential problems and stop those as well.
  • AVG Email Scanner- This checks your email attachments and links looking for threats so that they don't arrive in your inbox and you open them by mistake.
  • AVG Resident Shield- This is an extra layer of protection that looks at files for threats as they are being copied or saved and will keep you from opening infected files. 

And of course it has the normal stuff you would look for in security software: Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, Anti-Spyware. 
As well as much much more: AVG Resident Shield, AVG Protective Cloud Technology, AVG Community Protection Network, Auto-Fix, AVG Anti-Spam, AVG Online Shield, LinkScanner Search-Shield, LinkScanner Surf-Shield, AVG Social Networking Protection, AVG Support, AVG Advisor

FROM THE COMPANY WEBSITE:  AVG was founded in 1991 with the express purpose of protecting people around the world using the latest in cutting edge security technology.   AVG is uniquely positioned to spearhead innovation in the industry thanks to its employing some of the world’s leading experts in software development, threat detection, threat prevention and risk analysis. Not content to rest on its internationally recognized success, AVG continues to invest in R&D, teaming with leading universities to maintain its technological edge.
AVG has experienced significant growth in the last few years and continues to expand to address the needs of the global market through improved technology and broader language and platform support.

Computer and internet use is an integral and growing part of our everyday lives. Every aspect of our lives is accessible electronically, which brings considerable benefit, as well as considerable risk. Our role is to shield you from potential dangers by providing powerful, easy-to-use protection that works in the background and allows you to go online with confidence.
As the nature of threats continues to evolve, so too must the nature of protection. That’s why AVG uses the latest technology developed by world-renowned security experts to provide real-time defenses against real-time threats. With AVG you can surf, shop, bank, download files, chat, network and email safely and confidently, knowing that your personal information will not be stolen or misused.

You can download a free trial or purchase it for one year for $54.99 by clicking here.

This post was written for Parent Reviewers as part of the AVG Internet Security 2012 Blog Tour.  I received AVG Internet Security 2012 free for 1 year. All opinions and thoughts (unless otherwise stated) are my own. I will only post reviews for items that I believe are worthy products. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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