- A free version of AVG is available for download for Windows Vista. You may use this version free on one computer for personal use only. You can also purchase AVG Anti-Virus or Internet Security, which provide more protection. The free edition of AVG provides protection from viruses, spyware and rootkits. It also includes built-in social networking protection and link scanner features. AVG Anti-Virus also checks files before you download them and checks chat links. AVG Internet Security has all these features, in addition to a firewall and anti-spam features.
- Avast! provides both free and paid versions of their anti-virus software for Vista. The free version is available for personal use only, and protects against viruses, spyware and trojans. Avast! Pro Anti-Virus also protects you while you shop or bank online. Avast! Internet Security also protects against identity theft and spam email. Avast! includes, AutoSandboxing, a feature that automatically places suspicious programs in a sandbox to prevent them from harming your computer. Another useful Avast! feature is WebRep, which tells you about the reputation of websites before you visit them.
AVG Pros and Cons
- AVG is a powerful anti-virus software program with real-time protection and the ability to perform deep scans of your entire computer. You can install AVG on any version of Windows Vista, including both 32-bit and and 64-bit editions. AVG's LinkScanner feature, which is compatible with Internet Explorer and Firefox, announces with a large green check or a red "X" whether a site is safe or unsafe. However, AVG's system requirements are high. You must have a minimum of a 1.5 gigahertz (GHz) processor and 512 megabytes (MB) of memory to run AVG Internet Security or Anti-Virus. Even if your computer meets the minimum system requirements, AVG may slow your system down severely.
Avast! Pros and Cons
- Avast! will run on any version of Windows Vista, both 32-bit and 64-bit, with the exception of Windows Vista Starter Edition. To run Avast!, you only need a Pentium 3 processor and 128 MB of RAM for Avast! Free Anti-Virus, and a Pentium 3 processor and 256 MB of RAM for Avast! Internet Security. The free version of Avast! requires that you register the program, providing your name and email address. You must then insert a license key into the program and renew your registration yearly to continue using it. It's well worth the trouble to get advanced features in Avast! such as virus scan scheduling, boot-time scanning and WebRep for free.