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Given that it's free, I can overlook the fact that both its on-demand scan and real-time protection proved sluggish in testing.
Earlier this year I added a pair of tests from London-based MRG-Effitas to the mix.From PC Protection, you can launch a scan or an update, toggle real-time protection, or drill down for detailed configuration settings.The Internet Protection panel is a bit weak, by comparison.Clicking the Scan System button in the PC Protection panel launches a full system scan.
The scan window itself retains the oddball window caption "Luke Filewalker" that I remarked on in previous editions. A full scan of my standard clean test system took two and a quarter hours, the longest time for any current product, about three times the current average scan time. Some products speed subsequent scans by skipping files that have already been validated.
For example, a repeat scan with AVG Anti Virus Free finished in just one minute. Don't be fooled by the progress bar, as it runs to 100 percent multiple times during a scan.