AVG Internet Security 2019, is a useful and well made anti-virus software program.
AVG Internet Security is a easy to use anti-virus program. It allows for installation on unlimited personal computers for 1 low price.
Hello! Thanks for visiting, I'm Ray Sidhu. I've been a computer technician
for over 10 years and I am the owner of Dialtone Computer Services, my own computer repair business in Sacramento,
Today, I'm going to show you how AVG Internet Security works to make and keep your PC and online browsing experience safe.
After downloading and launching AVG Internet Security we can select different install options, I just choose all the defaults.
The options are:
Fake Website Sheild
SafePrice Browser Extension
Sensitive Data Sheild
Do Not Disturb Mode
The install went fairly quickly and afterwards I am presented with the home screen.
Let's go ahead and look at the settings of AVG Internet Security first.
General -> Update.
This shows you if your software and virus definitions are up to date. You can also configure how updates are installed, pretty cool.
General -> Notifications.
Here you can choose how you want AVG Internet Security to notify you of events and such, you can enable sounds, turn on silent mode, and hide or show the AVG tray icon, shown below.
General -> Exceptions.
This setting allows you to exclude chosen files and folders and websites from the virus scan.
General -> Blocked/Allowed Apps
I believe this setting allows certain apps to work thru the webcam shield, ransomware shield and sensitive data shield. It will allow the program to work correctly instead of AVG Internet Security blocking it.
General -> Password
Here you can enable password protection for AVG, after setting a password, you are prompted for it when you try to access the settings area.
General -> Personal Privacy
This is the spying area. When I went in here all the settings were enabled. I went ahead and disabled these settings. You could Share Threat Information enabled because it may help AVG find new viruses and malware threats.
General -> Troubleshooting
This is an important area of the AVG Internet Security software. The first settings allows you to disable active scanning which will allow you to manually scan for viruses but disables real-time scanning so it will not interfere with other anti-virus software.
Delay AVG startup disables the AVG service until other Windows and software services (programs) have started up.
Add/Modify components allows you to install or uninstall components you did or didn't install during the installation process.
Backup settings allows you to save all of your AVG Internet Security settings in case you have to reinstall the program or you want to have the same settings on a different computer. The file is saved with a .avgconfig extension.
Open old settings allows you to access the old version of the AVG Internet Security settings. These settings are similar to the new settings. The difference is that the old settings are a bit more detailed.
Moving on to Basic Settings -> Detections
Here you can choose how sensitive the scanning software is. The default is medium but if your really concerned or have sensitive data you can set it to high. You can also choose what AVG Internet Security should do with detections.
Enable CyberCapture allows the software to detect viruses and malware that are not known by the virus definitions this method is called Heuristics.
Enable Hardened Mode really locks the computer down exactly what it does I don't know.
You can also choose whether the software should check for rootkits or exploits. I am not sure why you would want to disable this but you have the options available if you want to.
Basic Settings -> File Shield
This area of AVG Internet Security allows you to configure how the virus scanner works with files and such.
You can set it to automatically scan usb thumb drives and usb disc,cds/dvds etc for viruses when you connect them to the computer.
There are some other settings here which are self-explanatory and are enabled by default.
Basic Settings -> Web Sheild
Here you can select settings about how AVG deals with websites. All these settings are enabled by default.
Most notable to me is Enable Site Blocking. You simply put in website address such as (msn.com) and then if you try to browse to it AVG Internet Security will block it as shown below.
Also notable is the enable script scanning function which scans for and stops malicious scripts on websites.
Some websites use these scripts to run Crypto mining software using your browser.
Overtime these types of scripts can generate a lot of crypto currency for hackers.
Other sites also use scripts to try and hack you or show you popups. In general, scripts on websites can do very bad stuff to your computer.
Basic Settings -> Email Shield
This area allows AVG Internet Security to work with email clients such as Outlook.
I created a Office 2007 email account to see if a signature was inserted into the emails I sent and sure enough it was! I like this feature !.
Moving on to Basic Protection -> Scans
This area allows you to configure how AVG Internet Security works during scans.
There are 4 different scan types:
File and Folder
The scan for PUP's option scans for Potential Uwanted Programs which are programs that are not technically viruses but still can give you pop-ups, spy on you, change your browser settings, etc...
PUPS are alot more commonly found then viruses in my opionion.
The Packers and Archives section allows you to configure how AVG Internet Security deals with compressed files such as .zip files. These files generally don't contain viruses/malware and they may not be worth scanning.
These files can also be large. So you can choose to skip them entirely which will speed up the scan, I left the default setting.
You can choose the shut down the computer after the scan is finished because you may want to start a scan and then walk away from the machine.
Scans can take a long time to complete. The options for the other scan types are similar.
Full Protection -> Enhanced Firewall
These settings allow you to configure how AVG Internet Security deals with programs that connect out to the internet. AVG will notify when a program tries to access the internet.
This can be useful in preventing viruses/malware from access the internet to share your personal data.
By the way, I received several popups notifying me that a program was reaching out to the internet:
You can change the Enhanced Firewall settings to auto-decide, which will minimize the number of pop-ups you get about this.
Enhanced Firewall gives you control of what accesses the internet without your knowledge.
If you really want to get crazy with the firewall, you can delve into the advanced settings shown here:
Full Protection -> Ransomware Protection
This area allows you to configure how AVG runs the Ransomware Protection module. Ransomware will encrypt your data then ask you to pay for the encryption key to get it back. Ransomware Protection will prevent that from happening.
Full Protection -> Webcam Protection
This area protects access to your webcam. There are 3 settings:
No Mercy Mode
There has been cases where malicious software has taken sensitive pictures of people and then sent the pictures over the internet to a hacker. The hacker then post them online or blackmails the user into sending them money or doing what they want.
You can set this setting to No Mercy mode which will disallow access to your webcam entirely.
Full Protection -> Sensitive Data Shield
This setting disables access to your documents by other users of your computer. For example, say your family uses the same computer as you and you have sensitive files on your computer account.
Sometimes it is possible for other users of the computer to access these files even though they are not logged into your account.
Full Protection -> Anti-Spam -> Fake WebsiteShield
Anti-Spam is not installed and is a paid option, the FakeWebsite shield is either on or off.
Under, Tools -> Do Not Disturb Mode
You can silence notifications, pause Windows update, or automatically add apps to the do not disturb mode when they run fullscreen.
Tools -> Quarantine -> File Shredder
Here you can choose how big the Quarantine folder is and also choose how to Shred (securely delete) files so they can never be accessed (ever!).
The 3 options for "Shredding" files are:
Department of Defense Algorithm
Moving on the Scanning function.
If you are looking to run a Virus/Malware scan you can click the Scan button or click the Gear Icon to select other scan types.
There are 6 different scan types:
Boot Time Scan
The options for the scans are self-explainatorty but just to see if it works I ran the Boot-Time Scan, here is a picture of it running:
The Boot Time scan will scan your computer before it boots up. It has to download some component first but they are free.
You can also schedule a scan to run at a specific time. For example I have configured a deep scan to run at 6:00am the next morning, as you can see below on the scan page the scan is scheduled and is named "My Scan".
Running the Performance Scan is free but using it requries you to purchase and download AVG PC Tune Up.
Running a scan from the Main Menu of AVG Internet Security is straight-forward, you simply click the scan button.
The other options from the main menu are really simple, they simply turn things on or off:
You can see information about AVG Internet Security by clicking Menu->about.
You can view subscription and account information by clicking the MyAVG menu.
Well that is pretty much it for my review of the AVG Internet Security software. I would recommend it to anyone who uses a Microsoft Windows computer and
wants or needs the security of an anti-virus software.