AVG has always earned top ranks among the world’s best antiviruses, but as of January 10, we’re better than ever. We’ve completely overhauled our antivirus software — inside and out — to deliver unparalleled protection against all manner of online and offline threats.

Shield being rebuilt

We’ve rebuilt our antivirus inside and out.

All-New Look

AVG had rocked the same look for years. It was an admirable one—simple and intuitive—but had outlived its fashion prime to become a mullet among more modern interfaces.

Our designers, being designers, would not abide a mullet. So they rolled up their sleeves and spent many long days—and often nights—trying to marry beauty and functionality in a single, easy-to-use UI. And with the help of our many gifted user researchers and engineers, a completely new interface was born:

Old vs New Internet Security UI

Our old "mullet" vs our modern beauty

It’s simple. It’s modern. And it makes it easier than ever to see exactly how you’re protected, because all our powerful features are now neatly organized into 5 layers of security, which we’ll look at below.

Better protection. 400 million users strong

AVG protects you better than ever before, because we now leverage the power of over 400 million users—more than the entire population of the United States!—to thwart even the newest, unclassified forms of malware.

How does this work? Basically, every AVG user acts as a sensor. Anytime one user encounters a potential unknown threat, we quickly analyze it, determine if it’s malicious, create a cure, and then push that cure out to all our millions of users. The end result? Better protection for everyone, without you ever having to lift a finger.

Globe with users around the world

Our 400 million users help us detect even the newest forms of malware.

5 layers of protection

Along with a few new goodies (see below), our award-winning security features are now found within 5 categories, clearly visible on the home screen. This layered approach to security creates additional barriers between you and the bad guys, and makes it much easier for you to monitor your defenses. If any layer is switched off or experiences a problem, you’ll see it straightaway, and we’ll tell you how to correct it.

Here’s each security layer in a nutshell:

  • Computer Protection: AVG real-time protection crushes viruses, spyware, rootkits, Trojans, and other forms nasty malware.
  • Web & Email Protection: We block any unsafe links, downloads, and email attachments you run into so you can enjoy your life online without worries.
  • Hacker Attacks Protection*: Our Enhanced Firewall works in the background to effortlessly bounce hackers who try to sneak onto your PC.
  • Private Data Protection*:Encrypt and hide your most private photos and files to prevent family, friends, and thieves from seeing what’s yours.
  • Payments Protection*: We block spam and help you avoid fake copycat websites to prevent you from accidentally giving your passwords or credit card numbers to the bad guys.

*Hacker Attacks Protection, Private Data Protection, and Payments Protection are features of our new Internet Security, but you can try them free for 30 days within AVG AntiVirus FREE.

New goodies we’ve baked in

In addition to beefing up our security engine and reorganizing our features, we’ve also expanded our scanning capabilities. One click of our “SCAN COMPUTER” button now quickly searches your computer for hidden malware and PC performance problems, as well as possible browser issues like unwanted toolbars and poorly rated search engines.

Scan options screen from Internet Security

A single click scans for malware. And so much more.

And clicking the gear icon brings up even more scanning options, where you can scan only specific folders or USB/DVD drives, target deeply embedded malware with our new Deep Scan feature, run a new Boot-Time scan to uncover potential threats before Windows starts, and more.

Scan options screen U.I.

Choose exactly the scan you need.

Here are the major changes to AntiVirus FREE:

  • Improved malware detection stops threats like never before
  • Redesigned interface simplifies your security into 5 layers of protection
  • New 1-click "SCAN COMPUTER" button quickly finds both malware and PC problems
  • New scan types added: USB/DVD Scan, Deep Scan, and Boot-Time Scan
  • New Passive Mode lets you install AVG with real-time protection turned off (useful if you already have another antivirus on your PC)
  • Online Shield is now available to free users to scan for malicious downloads
  • Real-time security updates are now available to free users

And here’s what we’ve changed for Internet Security:

  • Improved malware detection stops threats like never before
  • Redesigned interface simplifies your security into 5 layers of protection
  • New 1-click "SCAN COMPUTER" button quickly finds both malware and PC problems
  • New scan types added: USB/DVD Scan and Boot-Time Scan
  • New Passive Mode lets you install AVG with real-time protection turned off (useful if you already have another antivirus on your PC)
  • Improved Data Safe makes it even easier to encrypt and hide private photos and files
  • New Secure DNS feature helps you avoid fake websites by using our own protected DNS settings to faithfully direct you to real sites (so you don’t unwittingly give your passwords or credit card numbers to the bad guys)

How do I get it?

If you’re already using a previous version of AntiVirus FREE or Internet Security, we’ll push an automatic update out to you soon. Just wait for the notification on your computer, and then click to install the update.

Itching to try it now? Download the new AVG AntiVirus FREE for essential protection. Or try AVG Internet Security – Unlimited free for 30 days and experience the full protective power of AVG.

Stay tuned for more!

We’re always evolving. Our designers and engineers are constantly working to improve our software, and the moment a security update, new feature, or other improvement is ready, we’ll push it out to you in real-time.

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