As of 2015, reviews for AVG AntiVirus software from CNET.com, PCMag.com and TomsGuide.com are generally positive, and note its good detection results in antivirus lab tests; however, TomsGuide.com states that its malware detection ability is not perfect. AVG AntiVirus has two versions: free and premium. The free version is for personal use while the premium version has more features and is geared toward business users.
CNET.com editors ranked AVG AntiVirus as "Outstanding," with 4.5 stars out of five, as of 2015. The website noted the File Shredder and Data Safe encryption features as practical editions to the software. Editors recommended AVG AntiVirus for its easy to use tools, especially for those who share their computer with other users.
PCMag.com ranks AVG AntiVirus Free as an editor's choice. The paid version includes Online Shield and Data Safe encryption. While these may be useful for businesses, PCMag.com does not recommend personal users spend money to obtain them. Overall, the paid version received a "Good" editor rating, with 3.5 out of five circles.
TomsGuide.com lists AVG AntiVirus software's light performance impact and Data Safe encryption as positive features of the program. It eliminates most, but not all, malware. It ranked fourth in the website's tests of antivirus software, which led TomsGuide.com to note that while it meets the needs of most customers, it is not the first choice.