Which AntiVirus is better?

Maggie Lawrance

Maggie Lawrance Cybersecurity expert

Some antiviruses provide comprehensive protection from all threats, while others make their core protection strong. While AVG doesn’t offer as many extra features as other providers, its protection is 99% effective. On the other hand, Total AV only found two-thirds of malware with its quick scan (the deep scan was more effective) but it provides tools for other major security worries. AVG is a high-quality solution that includes an enhanced firewall, anti-ransomware and anti-phishing protection, and a “Webcam Blocker” to keep your video stream safe. However, its main selling point is that is doesn’t affect system speed at all. In fact, the PC tune-up option actually speeds things up by deleting temporary and duplicate files and data logs. Even better, the “Smart Sleep” mode will wait until your device is inactive to perform processing-heavy tasks. Total AV offers reasonable virus protection but excels at all-around security. You get a web shield extension, an antivirus ebook on how to stay safe, a remote firewall, a virtual private network, password manager, and ad blocker (extremely useful as many infections are spread via ads). Total AV also offers a PC clean up tool but doesn’t guarantee high-speeds. As for price, AVG is more expensive but offers a free version, which Total AV does not. Both companies provide similar customer support channels, including email, phone, and live chat.

User Ratings

Security 5
Features 5
Ease of Use 4
Support 4
Pricing 5

Latest Positive Review

Works with most apps without any problems
Dec. 13, 2018
Didn't slow my computer down. Works with most apps without any problems

Latest Negative Review

More chaos
Dec. 11, 2018
After GDATA caused chaos in my two notebooks, I tried AVG Antivirus Free. Result: More chaos.
Grant Nevison
Basic Protection on Windows; No IOS; Disappointing!
Jan. 3, 2019
I had a one year subscription to TotalAV thru 2018 along with their VPN service. I discovered their AV system is very simplistic and offers only a bas...Show More

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Our Verdict
Maggie Lawrance

Maggie Lawrance Cybersecurity expert

AVG and Total AV offer unique features that will increase your security. Whether you’re looking for streamlined protection or comprehensive coverage, each one includes useful tools. However, AVG currently outranks Total AV for all-around online safety.

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