Protect your valuable files from ransomware with the award-winning AVG AntiVirus FREE. It’s fast, light, easy to use, and 100% free. Our powerful anti-ransomware software stops ransomware and many other types of threats before they have a chance to infect your device and damage your files.

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Ransomware is a growing problem. Thankfully, AVG has a solution, and it’s absolutely free.

Here’s what makes AVG AntiVirus FREE such an effective ransomware solution:

  • Always-on ransomware detection

    Our cutting-edge free ransomware scanner detects and blocks ransomware before it takes over your files or entire device.

  • Continuously updated

    New ransomware strains are everywhere, but you’re protected 24/7 with automatic anti-ransomware updates.

  • More than just anti-ransomware

    Ransomware isn’t the only online threat. Enjoy protection against all types of malware as well as malicious links, attachments, and emails.

  • Continuous innovation

    As cybersecurity experts with over 30 years of experience, we’re constantly improving our security solutions to make sure you stay protected against the newest threats, whenever they emerge.

Enjoy comprehensive protection against ransomware and other types of malware with AVG AntiVirus FREE, our stunningly lightweight yet remarkably robust security solution. Did we mention that it’s absolutely free?

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Award-winning anti-ransomware protection

We’re not the only ones who think AVG AntiVirus FREE is an incredible anti-ransomware tool. Download it now for free and see why AV Comparatives recognized AVG AntiVirus FREE as a Top Product of 2019.Tool-pages-awards

You’re not alone when you decide to protect your devices with AVG:


AVG AntiVirus FREE is an excellent product that does not slow my machine down. It has never crashed, is simple to update, and, possibly most important, seems to catch 99% of any viruses I come across on the fly.

Steve J. McWilliams

AVG Free is easy to download and install. It runs in the background without hogging memory and has blocked and/or removed several items on my PC.


I cannot rely only on Microsoft's protection, because I have important data on my PC, like accounting information of my company. I also shop online quite often. I am satisfied with AVG.

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Protect your Mac and mobile device, too

It’s not just Windows PCs that are vulnerable to ransomware. Macs and mobile devices also benefit from the strong protection AVG provides.

Secure your Mac with AVG AntiVirus FREE for Mac. Our powerful virus cleaner runs quietly in the background, detecting and removing Mac-specific viruses and spyware to protect all your important files.

We’ve got you covered on mobile, too. Get comprehensive protection on your phone and tablet with AVG’s mobile security solutions for Android or iOS, both absolutely free. You’ll enjoy unmatched threat protection on the go, backed by the same advanced technology that fuels our PC tools.

AVG AntiVirus for Android brings all of the anti-ransomware power of our desktop app directly to your Android device. Plus, find your stolen phone or tablet with the built-in Anti-Theft Phone Tracker. If needed, wipe your device completely to protect your data from thieves.

AVG Mobile Security for iPhone & iPad adds critical security features to iOS that alert you to any vulnerabilities from unsecured Wi-Fi networks or stolen passwords. And with the Photo Vault feature, your most precious memories remain encrypted and safe from prying eyes.

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AVG AntiVirus FREE is a world-class ransomware scanner and removal tool. It’s a comprehensive security solution for protection against ransomware attacks as well as many other types of malware and online threats. Get industry-leading ransomware protection now, 100% free.

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Has ransomware locked your files?

Have your files already been encrypted by ransomware? Removing the ransomware from your system will prevent further encryption, but it won’t decrypt any files that have already been affected. Never pay the ransom — it’s always a bad idea, as you might not even get your files back at all.

Instead, try our free ransomware decryption tools, available for certain strains of ransomware. Researchers are always working on new ransomware cures, so if you don’t see a fix for the specific strain on your device, there might be one coming soon. It’s better to be patient than to hand your money over to a cybercriminal.


» Does antivirus software prevent ransomware?

The best antivirus programs, like AVG AntiVirus FREE, offer comprehensive protection against many types of malware, including ransomware. You’ll be able to prevent ransomware with a strong antivirus tool.

» Can ransomware be removed?

A reputable antivirus tool will remove ransomware from all your devices, including PC, Mac, Android, and iPhone. In fact, robust antivirus software is the best and easiest way to get rid of ransomware, though removing it won’t decrypt any files already affected.

» Does ransomware steal data?

Traditional ransomware focuses on locking up your files and folders, or even your entire device, in exchange for a ransom. But the latest strains are even more dangerous, stealing sensitive personal data and threatening to sell it or publish it online. That’s why ransomware protection is crucial, now more than ever.

» How do I recover encrypted files?

Never pay the ransom, as you often won’t get your files back. Instead, you may be able to find a ransomware decryption tool online. You can also attempt to restore your files from a backup, if you have one.

» Is ransomware a virus?

Ransomware and viruses are both examples of malware (malicious software), but they don’t have much else in common. Viruses borrow your computer’s resources to replicate and spread, while ransomware locks up your device or encrypts your data.

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