AVG Internet Security Unlimited Review (2017 Update)


AVG is one of the most widely used antivirus program out there - both the paid and free version are popular downloads. There are plenty of features in AVG Internet Security Unlimited that you'll enjoy, especially the fact that you can install it on an unlimited number of computers all for one price.

The entire AVG program is set up in a way where several different components are installed that you can customize to your liking. You can even uninstall a whole component at once, like if you didn't want the firewall to be turned on, AVG's DNS servers to be used, or the email protection to be enabled.

Below is my review of AVG Internet Security Unlimited. I've included brief details regarding the cost, size, version number, and trial download. Below that is a description of the features you'll get when you buy the program.

AVG Internet Security Unlimited Details


Supported operating systems: Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP
Download size: Less than 10 MB
Version number: 17.5.3021
Current price: USD $69.99 /year
Trial: Yes (choose the FREE 30-Day Trial link)


Update Information


According to the official AVG Release Notes page, these were the most recent updates applied to AVG Internet Security:

  • New check box in the Advanced settings of Email Protection filtering archives containing files with the specified extensions.
  • Added detection and healing of potentially unwanted changes of DNS server address.
  • End users permissions for AV business products are now adjustable allowing to switch AV on/off.
  • AVG is now able to analyze users' behavior and use of the main graphic interface via Google Analytics.
  • Following Microsoft Antimalware Platform Guidelines, notification messages do not take over focus any longer.
  • New options of controlling the frequency of pop-up notifications is now accessible in the Advanced settings.

AVG Internet Security Unlimited Features


Below are the best features you'll find in AVG Internet Security Unlimited. I haven't listed every feature that's included in the program because there are far too many small functions that are rather useless to know.

These are the most notable features in AVG Internet Security Unlimited:

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  • Antivirus engine helps stop spyware, viruses, and other malicious items
  • Protects links from the web to ensure you don't download software that could potentially cause harm
  • Shred files to help combat data recovery software
  • Password-protect sensitive files with encryption
  • Option to use AVG Internet Security Unlimited to scan just individual files and folders instead of an entire drive. This can be done using the right-click context menu in Windows Explorer
  • Built-in firewall to help prevent attacks from the Internet
  • Scan for rootkits to remove the software that sneaks in and tries to hide itself
  • AVG Internet Security Unlimited can scan inbound and outbound email to help protect against receiving and sending viruses
  • Updates are performed automatically
  • Threats found on one AVG Internet Security Unlimited computer automatically sends the information to other AVG computers to ensure they have up-to-date information on that particular malicious item. This is the Community Protection feature.
  • Protect against spam and other online scams
  • AVG Online Shield checks files that are transferred over IM clients like MSN and Yahoo!
  • Scheduled virus scans can run to find malicious items and tracking cookies on an entire hard drive or even just particular folders. AVG Internet Security Unlimited can scan inside archives and automatically disinfect any malicious file
  • Four firewall modes are present: Automatic, Interactive, Block Intenret access, and Disable
  • Helps maximize Internet connection speeds to deliver quicker video streaming when online
  • Free technical support when you purchase AVG Internet Security Unlimited

AVG Internet Security Unlimited Settings




AVG Internet Security Unlimited has many, many settings. Among all the options are some particulars that I'd like to point out. You may have missed these settings, but they're useful if you want to get the most out of AVG Internet Security Unlimited.

Personally, I don't like it when AVG Internet Security Unlimited makes noises. I prefer a completely silent install, which means the Silent Mode setting should be selected.

If you're running a decently quick computer, I suggest opening the Components setting to find the Email Protection area, and customize it to enable all incoming and outgoing scans.

The URL scanner included in AVG Internet Security Unlimited scans links on the internet, and it can even block entire websites to make it act like a parental control tool. These options are in the Online Shield component.

In the Resident Shield component section is where you can choose which kinds of archives/packers to have AVG scan. By default, some packers are not included in scans, but you might want to enable them since they could hold onto viruses too. These might include ACE, 7Z, CAB, ISO, GZIP, etc.

Removable drives like flash drives are scanned by AVG by default, but this can sometimes be really annoying each time you plug in the drive, to have AVG scan it every time. You can disable that in the Resident Shield > Scan when attaching setting.

If you're one to have "viruses" on your computer that you know are safe, like keyloggers or software hacks, you might want to take note of the Software Analyzer component. In it is where you can make sure AVG will ask you to move things to quarantine instead of doing it automatically. It's also there that you can choose exclusions/safe locations that AVG will not scan.

The Firewall component is of course where you can define firewall rules. You can even make separate profiles that work on different networks so that one set of firewall rules apply at home but another can take effect when you move to a new network, such as a public area with your laptop.

Conclusion


Overall, I think AVG Internet Security Unlimited is a great antivirus program. The interface, though full of features and settings, isn't confusing in the slightest.

Starting scans is super easy and defining firewall rules is as simple as a few point and click motions.

If I didn't mention something that you'd like me to look at before you decide to order your own copy of AVG Internet Security Unlimited, please let me know.


If this program just doesn't seem right for you, see my review of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus.