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AVG Launches 2013 Line of Software With Windows 8 Support

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

AVG refreshes its offerings with new and improved software for 2013, but available today.

AVG Technologies has launched its 2013 consumer lineup of PC security and maintenance software, including the popular AVG AntiVirus Free downloadable.

One of the new highlight features for 2013 is its support for Windows 8's "Modern UI" that's optimized for touchscreen displays. Computer users who chose to stay within the confines of the Modern UI will have access to all of the AVG software features. Of course, the traditional desktop mode is still expected to be the most used, while the truly hardcore can still access the command line in the 2013 package.

AVG has also upgraded performance. The company sent its software off to Dennis Technology Labs and the software, as compared to the previous version, had a reduced startup time by 26 percent. Scanning time was faster by up to 36 percent, and the user interface loaded three times more quickly.

The faster scan times will be greatly noticeable those who are running on older PCs with traditional hard disk drives. Rather than seeking back and fourth on a disk drive, AVG 2013's scan software follows the order in which files are physically saved on a disk. Independent testing has found that this scans can finish up to 36 percent faster this way.

The file scanners use what AVG is calling "file reputation technology" that further enhances detection and reduces false alarms by checking a file against a cloud database. AVG's user base numbered 128 million worldwide at June 30, 2012.

In the 2013 software, AVG claims that it has enhanced and simplified the firewall making it easier for users to choose how they want to personalize their settings in order to protect their privacy and identity online. Earlier this year, AVG introduced its active Do Not Track feature, which lets users view and customize about that is tracked about them on the web. AVG told us in a meeting that it believes that users should be able to choose which information is tracked about them rather than a full blanket policy.

"We were the first antivirus company to offer a free product to all users ten years ago and in March 2012, we were also the first to provide an active Do Not Track privacy feature in both our free and paid products," said JR Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies.

AVG's 2013 product line includes AVG AntiVirus Free, which will protect users on the web, emailing and social networking without costing a cent. There is also a paid option (called just AVG AntiVirus – no Free) that adds more advanced features.

AVG Internet Security 2013 comes with an integrated security firewall, LinkScanner, Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware and technology to protect against Wi-Fi hacking.AVG also offers the PC TuneUp software that it claims will help users maintain their computers by cleaning the hard drive, fixing issues, preserving battery life on laptops, and eliminating freezing and crashing.

Those interested can check out AVG AntiVirus Free 2013 here.

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    blazorthon , September 11, 2012 8:00 PM
    I like how they worked with the *Metro* UI there. MS could learn a thing or two from that.
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    thecolorblue , September 11, 2012 8:05 PM
    Did AVG write this advertisement "article" for you guys??

    :/ 
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    olaf , September 11, 2012 8:27 PM
    one shitty AV for one shitty OS :D  perfect fit.
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    razor512 , September 11, 2012 9:52 PM
    Are you saying that avg will finally not require you to have a 2X quad core xeon with 64 GB of RAM and 4x SSD,s in raid 0 system just to be able to run it and do something else at the same time?

    For me, avg has been pretty slow, and really slows the system startup. Just annoying that I still need to use it on a older Phenom II x4 system that I have a bunch of scanners installed (but their auto protection disabled) so that I can scan backups for infections on the computers I fix (can't backup a users data and restore infected data :)  )

    Anyway, hoping that they have gotten it to run at least as fast as avast.
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    olaf , September 11, 2012 10:42 PM
    Razor512 i doubt it, its one of the worse AV's out there , yes you can downrank me again .... it still won't change the fact that its crap and so is Windows 8 with its 286 UI
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    SchizoFrog , September 11, 2012 11:27 PM
    I have to say I had no issues what so ever and was protected just fine while using AVG 2011 and 2012. I did not find it intrusive nor resource hungry (I have an Intel Q6600). I honestly found it much better and more user friendly than Trend's and McAfee's offerings. However I have just got a free copy of Norton 360 so I will be running that in the near future.
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    blazorthon , September 11, 2012 11:48 PM
    olafRazor512 i doubt it, its one of the worse AV's out there , yes you can downrank me again .... it still won't change the fact that its crap and so is Windows 8 with its 286 UI


    I haven't bee impressed with AVG lately, but Windows 8 has a nearly identical UI to Windows 7. Metro is not necessary. I use Windows 8 and Server 2012 occasionally and I don't use Metro except when I want to (not often). You do not need to use Metro if you don't want to. I just use the legacy desktop without any trouble at all. I used the desktop, taskbar app pinning, and taskbar toolbar (Quick Launch functionality like in Windows XP and Vista) until I finally decided that I wanted a start menu again and installed Classic shell. It even has a setting to log directly into the desktop instead of into Metro and choosing to enter the desktop and the setting still works even with the current versions of Windows 8 and Server 2012.
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    RazorBurn , September 12, 2012 12:17 AM
    Why are there soo much hate for Metro UI?? Just use Stardock Start8 which will bypass Metro and send you straight to desktop and you wont have any problems with Metro UI.. Besides I find Metro UI quite Beautiful honestly..
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    Anonymous , September 12, 2012 1:09 AM
    No offense but just because they add the Metro-UI sheen to the program, doesn't make it a metro app. Installed it and it still runs from the desktop. Its nothing more than a Legacy program with a new look.
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    sykozis , September 12, 2012 1:12 AM
    thecolorblueDid AVG write this advertisement "article" for you guys??

    Looks like it.....

    SchizoFrogI have to say I had no issues what so ever and was protected just fine while using AVG 2011 and 2012. I did not find it intrusive nor resource hungry (I have an Intel Q6600). I honestly found it much better and more user friendly than Trend's and McAfee's offerings. However I have just got a free copy of Norton 360 so I will be running that in the near future.

    You get equal protection from all 3....none of which have detection rates (real-time scanner) that are worth bragging about...
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    iknowhowtofixit , September 12, 2012 1:55 AM
    So many people still use AVG because of the fame it had years ago as a safe, free, effective antivirus. Unfortunately, that isn't the case any more. Do a little research and you will see what I mean. Additionally, I can say from my professional experience with AVG that it cannot handle even the average corporate office worker.
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    hunshiki , September 12, 2012 5:31 AM
    Avast is the new AVG I guess.
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    techcurious , September 12, 2012 5:32 AM
    So AVG has joined the ranks of Auto Makers? Releasing their "2013 Model" in September of 2012? lol..
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    bouncedk , September 13, 2012 6:23 AM
    Worst UI ever.
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    blazorthon , September 13, 2012 5:26 PM
    bouncedkWorst UI ever.


    Not even close.
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    Anonymous , September 26, 2012 1:43 PM

    hi, you are right AVG antivirus is very good we provides AVG Support .
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    Anonymous , January 17, 2013 9:19 PM
    I'm hearing Kaspersky is better these days. However I would like to say that I have used AVG for 3 years (pro version - firewall and av) and I do a lot of downloading of movies and clips and software, and I have never once (knock knock knock on wood) gotten a virus or malware.

    This is why when my subscription was up I renewed. However in reading reviews I guess some are saying AVG is not as good as others nowadays so I think I will get Kaspersky next time my sub is up.