Avast 2014 vs AVG 2014 antivirus software - My impression after 24 hours

Posted by David The Expert on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Topic: Software     Read 14,144 Times

After testing two of the top free antivirus solutions on a virus-riddled machine for a day, I have to say that Avast comes out on top.

One of my users was unlucky enough (or shall we say, dumb enough) to download a terrible Ransomeware virus on her machine. So I took that puppy off the network, and I've been experimenting on it all day. It's an old Windows XP machine with specs that would be put to shame by your average pre-smartphone cellphone. I've only used these two antivirus solutions for a day, but I've already made up my mind on which is better, for a number of reasons.

Email Scanning
Seeing as how I've only been testing these for a day, I haven't exactly tested this exhaustively across multiple email clients, but I don't need to do that much research to decide which one works better for me. Using Thunderbird with an SSL encrypted connection to the email server, Avast was able to scan all of my incoming emails, while AVG was kind enough to pop up a message for each single email telling me that it was unable to scan it. Thanks, AVG, but I'll go with Avast on this one.

Interface
Avast has a much cleaner interface that seems to be designed specifically for Windows 8. It's very clean, intuitive, responsive, and fairly easy to use. It is even easier to find all those little settings that you occasionally need.

Memory Usage
They were both fairly comparable in terms of memory usage, but AVG seemed to spawn an awful lot more background processes. Each of those processes seemed to be more likely to see a spike in their memory usage. Again, I did not do any serious benchmarks on this, but just based on my instincts it seems like Avast is better at memory management.

During system scanning, AVG seemed to use less memory, and took less time than Avast's scan. But I believe that is because Avast is able to search more deeply for more forms of malware, which brings me to my next point...

List of Malware
This is a big one. An antivirus program is only as good as its detection list. I didn't take the time to look into how exhaustive each solution's list is, but judging by what I've seen, Avast's is much more extensive.

So, after much callous testing of both of these solutions, you can see why I decided that Avast is a better solution. It plays very nicely as a background antivirus solution. One positive thing I can say about AVG is that it was very easy to uninstall.

David The Expert

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