Download of the day: AVG Antivirus Free

Because the internet is worse than wasps

AVG Antivirus Free

The makers of free antivirus software aren’t just helping their customers; they’re helping the rest of us too, because a virus-free PC is a PC that won’t be sending out spam or trying to destroy the internet.

AVG Antivirus Free is one of the best antivirus solutions out there, and although it can be a little too forthcoming with information about threats it’s foiled, it's a very useful and clever app.

Why you need it

Because the internet is a cesspool, a hive of villainy, and various other bad things combined. It’s so bad that we wouldn’t be surprised if our next PC got infected before it had even been designed, let alone delivered and plugged in.

Going online without antivirus software is rather like stripping naked, covering yourself in the stickiest honey and throwing yourself into an enormous nest of furious wasps. Twice.

AVG Antivirus Free is very good for home and small business users: not only does it scan file attachments and downloads, but it also scans web links to see if they’re dodgy – and if your PC does get infected, it has a tool you can use to scan your PC from your phone. 

Download here: AVG Antivirus Free

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Former lion tamer, Girls Aloud backing dancer and habitual liar Gary Marshall (Twitter, Google+) has been writing about tech since 1998, contributing sage advice and odd opinions to .net, MacFormat, Tap! and Official Windows Magazine as well as co-writing stacks of how-to tech books. "My job is to cut through the crap," he says. "And there's a lot of crap."