AVG Internet Security is a comprehensive suite of tools intended to protect your computer. It comprises several default modules or components and supports installing a few more. Each of these modules has a specific function, but as a whole, they are geared to managing different types of threats.
This program’s interface is very similar to those of other antivirus software. The multiple features and modules are compartmentalized within the same window so that you will never feel overwhelmed without knowing what to do next. In addition, it looks professional as a result of its pleasant graphical design.
However, since the real value of an antivirus does not depend on its interface but on its capacity to stop virus infections and other type of malware, let us take a quick look at the tests run by renowned antivirus labs. The results show that AVG virus scan engine ranks among the most effective anti-virus software available.
When we start AVG Internet Security, you will see the console, which acts as an operation headquarters for all the modules. While minimized, the application runs hidden in the System Tray and it can be activated from there at all times.
Each of the components of this application could warrant a separate review. First and foremost, there is the antivirus component. It works in real time protecting your computer at all times from a large number of viruses and spyware. In addition, you can start complete scans or partial scans of folders or files. What is more, you can also schedule regular scans. Second, there is the identity protection component, which complements the work of the antivirus component by tracking the actions of unknown pieces of code. Third, there is e-mail protection, which is a powerful scanner that detects threats contained in e-mail messages and filters out spam mail. Fourth, Link Scanner prevents attacks coming from dangerous websites while you browse the Internet. Fifth, the firewall component monitors all traffic taking place on your computer’s network ports. Sixth, the anti-rootkit component detects rootkits and prevent them from taking control of your operating system. Seventh, the system tools component carries out a detailed system analysis of whatever is happening on your PC at the moment. Finally, there is the PC Analyzer, a tool that scans your system for errors; but sadly, it cannot fix them and prompts you to buy AVG PC TuneUp instead.
As a whole, AVG Internet Security is certainly a good option to protect your computer. If you are a beginner and you feel that having so many options is too much to take, you should not worry because most of these features hardly ever need to be configured but they will still be there for your protection. Even the virus database will be automatically updated.