AVG Free AntiVirus for Android review, manual and guides

by Gabriel E. Hall - -

AVG Free AntiVirus for Android[1] is developed by AVG Technologies.[2] The company was founded in the Czech Republic in 1991 as an antivirus provider for Windows devices. Today the company provides consumers and businesses all around the world and offers a wide range of protection, performance and privacy solutions across all the major operating systems. In 2016 the company was acquired by Avast and became a part of the Avast family, the world leading IT security products.

AVG Free Antivirus for Android review

When it comes to AVG products for Android, the company provides users with a wide range of antivirus and security, privacy and performance optimization applications, including AVG Free AntiVirus for Android Security, AVG VPN – Unlimited Secure VPN & Proxy, Tablet AntiVirus Free, AVG Cleaner for Xperia, AntiVirus Pro Android Security and Tablet AntiVirus Security Pro. All of the products are available at the official Google Play app store.[3]

AVG Free AntiVirus for Android helps users to protect against harmful viruses and malware, keeps personal and sensitive data safe and includes features such as Photo Vault, Wi-Fi Security Scan and App Permissions Advisor. The antivirus application is completely free at Google Play app store and was downloaded more than 100 million times. AVH AntiVirus for Android has a rating of 4,5 stars out of 5.[4]

In addition, the company offers a premium version of AVG AntiVirus for Android. Pro features are also included free for 30 days once you install the AVG Free AntiVirus for Android security application.

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Test Results

Antivirus protection

AVG AntiVirus for Android was tested by our security researchers on our Samsung Galaxy S8 G950F 64GB. Once installed the application managed to detect and successfully remove most of the infections. AVG Free AntiVirus also stopped malicious downloads and blocked risky or phishing sites.

In addition, the antivirus application was tested by the independent German-based testing lab AV-TEST.[5] According to the most recent test conducted in May 2018, the AVG Free AntiVirus application demonstrated perfect malware detection rates and detected 100% of both, the latest Android malware in real-time and the latest Android malware discovered in the last month.

All in one, AVG AntiVirus for Android offers users trustworthy antivirus protection and is capable of protecting users against various types of cyber attacks. The application applies dual-engine antivirus scanner to scan application, games, and files, it also scans websites for harmful threats, and Wi-Fi network for network encryption, password strength, and Captive Portal.AVG Photo Vault for Android

Additional features

As a free application AVG Free AntiVirus Free for Android offers a very decent set of Protection, Performance, Anti-Theft and Privacy features.

Protection features include dual-engine antivirus scanner, Web Protection which is compatible with Android’s default browser and Google Chrome, and Wi-Fi Scanner.

Performance features will improve and optimize your device’s performance and extend battery life by turning off battery-draining settings, turn off tasks and processes that slow down the phone, clean unnecessary files and frees up storage space and checks Wi-Fi download and upload speed.

If your device goes missing, Anti-Theft features can locate your device via Google Maps, lock the device and set a lock screen message, make the device sound a siren. It also can query the call log, contacts and text messages remotely, and wipe the device’s phone and SD card.

Finally, Privacy features allow users to hide private photos in a password-protected Photo Vault, Call Blocker protects against spammers and scammers, and App Permissions allows users to get insight into the level of permission.

In addition, the Pro features are available for 30-days, that include full-featured protection in real time and even more Privacy, Anti-Theft and Optimization features.

System-performance impact

When it comes to the system-performance impact and usability, we did not notice any interruptions or lags while using the device protected by AVG Free AntiVirus for Android. According to the bigger test, conducted by AV-TEST, the application does not impact the battery life or slow down the device during normal usage. In addition, AVG Free AntiVirus does not generate too much traffic either. The application was rated 6.0 out of 6.0 by AV-TEST, which is a perfect score.

AVG Free Antivirus for Android features

Scanning performance

We tested the device on Samsung Galaxy S8 and the scans were smooth and quick. Users can choose scan applications, games, files, Wi-Fi network for encryption, and websites for harmful threats. The full system scan took a bit more than a minute, which is slightly longer than the market average. All in one, scans are accurate, informative and run smooth.

Customer Support

AVG provides Android users with a very informative website, where you can find FAQs related to Android products, or as the Support Community. In addition, AVG offers paid Tech Support for all users devices 24×7.

User interface

AVG AntiVirus for Android has a pretty simple and easy to navigate user interface. The main window provides the information about the threats detected during the last scan and allows users to perform the full system scan. Other features on the main window include Boost Ram, Check Speed, Clean Junk, and Lock Apps. The side menu is also simple and easy to understand. Even though AVG AntiVirus for Android does looks modern and attractive, it does not include much visual appeal.

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The final verdict

AVG Free AntiVirus for Android demonstrates perfect malware detection and does not use many system resources. The free application includes a number of additional Protection, Privacy, Anti-Theft, and Optimization features that are usually offered in paid versions of applications. The interface is simple and easy to navigate. We can definitely recommend AVG Free AntiVirus for Android if you look for a trustworthy and full-featured antivirus application for your device and do not want to pay for it!

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Excellent
Security and Privacy features Many extra features for a free app
Scanning performance Smooth, accurate and quick scans
System-performance hit Minimal
User interface Simple and easy to navigate


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Gabriel E. Hall
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Gabriel E. Hall is an antivirus software specialist at Reviewedbypro.com.

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