I used to think AVG was a decent free scanner. However a recent foray into fixing a user’s crippled desktop has changed my mind. Although AVG wasn’t the central part of her performance problems, it was causing serious hang-ups on boot of her Windows 7 machine.
Touting improved boot performance, it was anything but. Boot settings were modified and not in a desirable way. Removing it at least rendered the machine usable again – long enough to finish some work and get the files transferred to a new machine.
Moreover, I’ve seen at least two cases now where installed AVG toolbars reeked havoc on browser installations. Several people have also commented that it can be natty to uninstall.
Like many previously free scanners, AVG has veered off into a bad direction.