Representing the top tier of AVG’s three primary options, AVG Ultimate is an all-in-one antivirus, privacy, and tune-up software. It features support for an unlimited number of connected PC, Android and Mac devices per user license.
AVG Antivirus Review – Pros & Cons
Comprehensive package bundling both antivirus and system performance utilities.
- Flexible storage zones for sensitive files
- The AVG Zen dashboard (included) allows monitoring of the health of all protected devices, making it a perfect choice for those deploying an antivirus solution for the whole family.
- AVG Ultimate does not include support for iOS or Linux devices
- User interface is a little heavy on the upselling, featuring daily popups for AVGs add-ons not included in the package.
AVG Ultimate Pricing
The platform costs $99.99 per year. AVG Secure VPN, Password Protection, and Driver Updater add-ons are billed separately. The package features the 30-day 100% money-back guarantee that is applied across the company’s premium offerings.
AVG Ultimate Virus, Spyware, and Malware Protection
The Internet Security component of the software features the company’s advanced ransomware protection as well as private data protection and payment protection. Some new features in this year’s edition of Ultimate include Secure DNS to protect against fake websites producing malicious redirects. Additional functionalities are provided through the company’s TuneUp browser add-in, which offers security ratings for websites that users are about to visit.
The Internet Security component has fared relatively poorly in some users’ evaluations of its ability to detect phishing URLs, falling far short of the detection rates attained by Norton, among others. In addition, the Internet Security features can drain resources, causing browser pages to load about 30% more slowly. This is partially attributable to the browser toolkits that provide some of the features.
The software’s antivirus is essentially the same as AVG Free, the company’s no-cost offering that detects all known threats in the company’s database. However, updates to premium versions of AVG are treated as priorities and downloaded in real-time.
For those storing sensitive files on their local systems, the software allows users to create multiple encrypted storage zones, which it calls Data Safes. Unless unlocked, these are inaccessible to those browsing the file-system, protected by AES-256 encryption. Additionally, unlike some competitor offerings, the AVG package features the ability to resize safe areas after creating them.
For Android installations, the software features an array of anti-theft features including the ability to swipe, remotely locate the device, use the camera to photograph a thief, and even automatically cause the device to lock if the SIM card is replaced. For Mac, the antivirus offering is the AVG AntiVirus for Mac and Cleaner for Mac, both of which are capable desktop tools.
The Ultimate package emphasizes multi-device management, so it includes AVG Zen, a system dashboard listing the current status of all secured devices in addition to their performance and protection statuses.
AVG Ultimate Detection and Removal Tools
Since being acquired by Avast last year, the antivirus now features Avast’s CyberCapture technology, a Cloud-based file scanner that offers protection against zero-day threats, removing them without having to touch the local system.
The package also includes some artificial intelligence (AI) real-time detection tools, designed to block potential viruses, trojans, and ransomware packages at the first possible opportunity.
AVG Ultimate Firewall Protection
The AVG Internet Security package features a comprehensive firewall that hides the system ports from those outside the home network, making them impervious to attack. In addition, the firewall is fairly light on irritating popup notifications, opting instead, in its default mode, to follow some logical preconfigured rules such as automatically allowing all outbound traffic and blocking inbound traffic unless it has specifically been requested or authorized. Configuring the middle three of the five possible access policies, however, requires some in-depth understanding of IP filtering and ports.
Easy Setup with AVG Ultimate
Despite the platform [which platform, Ultimate?] including 6 apps and 80 features, the installation and activation process can be completed in less than fifteen minutes.
AVG Ultimate User Interface
The ability to administer multiple devices from one console, AVG Zen, makes administering the system more centralized and efficient. One particular point of displeasure for users, however, is the relatively high volume of popups for add-ons not included in the package.
AVG Ultimate Customer Support
Although AVG claims to take support seriously, some users have reported unhelpful responses in getting the company to try to deal with activation codes that are not working.
Why Choose AVG Ultimate as Your Antivirus Software
AVG Ultimate is a perfect option for those with many devices to secure, and for these users it represents excellent value for money. The exception, of course, is those hoping to secure a large number of iOS devices, which the platform does not currently support. The combination of Internet Security and Tune-Up can simultaneously significantly boost both system performance (making it a perfect option for older PCs), make devices more resilient to attack, and deal with current system issues.