AVG announced that their Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0 is now available for download. This free edition combines an anti-virus and anti-spyware engine to protect users machines against spyware attacks aside from the usual viruses that threaten your computer on a daily basis. The software also provides real-time searching protection with AVG’s LinkScanner technology which was incorporated into the new AVG Security Toolbar.
An English version of the Anti-virus software will be released first, to be followed by other language versions over the next few months. The software can be freely downloaded and used only on single computers which are running on Windows 2000, XP or Vista.
Although this software may provide guaranteed security for your computers, there are some limitations since it is offered for free. For one, AVG will not offer the telephone or e-mail support that it normally gives to its commercial and business products. It also does not include the proactive safe-surfing and protection against hackers, keyloggers, spam, phising attacks and malicious file downloads coming from instant messaging and file attachments.
So, if the lack of those things bother you, you may opt to buy the AVG Internet Security suite, AVG Anti-Virus or AVG Anti-Virus plus Firewall products instead. Or you may want to try the free Anti-Virus Edition 8 first then just upgrade later on if you think the free edition could not protect your PCs appropriately. Of course being the control freak that I am, I would still suggest to get the commercial product. A few hundred bucks is worth the peace of mind that you would get knowing that your personal files and data are well protected from viruses and malware attacks.