AVG® Computer Security
How AVG products offer protection against malware, spyware and viruses? How does these products offer enhanced computer security?
AVG is one of the leading antivirus programs available in the market and has the advantage of providing an effective free version for virus protection. The user may upgrade to the paid version to get additional features. AVG products are used by an estimated 110 million users worldwide. The automatic updates provide protection against viruses, bugs, malware, spyware, Trojan horses etc. Some of the important features included in all AVG products are:
- AVG E-mail Scanner (EMS)
- On-demand computer scan
- Resident shield -on-access scan
AVG E-mail Scanner (EMS)
AVG E-mail Scanner (EMS) prevents malicious content from entering your system by eliminating them at preliminary stages. It filters attachments by their content and file extensions. The EMS is independent of the mail client (like Outlook Express®) or plug-ins used by the user. It allows protection of multiple e-mail accounts over many e-mail servers. It works at POP3/SMTP protocol levels.
On-demand computer scan
On-Demand Computer scans can be performed over individual files, folders, drives or removable devices. This is done in three ways, scheduled tests, manual tests and AVG integration into Windows® option. Using scheduled tests, the user may schedule regular disk checks to ensure normal functionality of your system. Custom actions can be specified to handle cases where threats are detected. For scanning individual files or parts of a drive, the user, may choose to manually start a scan from the interface, which is known as manual tests. For a quick scan or checking a file or folder, one can do so by right-clicking and selecting ‘Test by AVG’ option after integrating AVG into the Windows® environment. AVG integration to Windows® is automatically enabled during the time of installation.
Resident shield -on-access scan
The Resident Shield works in the background to protect the computer each time the operating system is working. It allows complete antivirus file scanning while opening or executing files. There is a feature of scanning when saving files. The Resident Shield runs automatically whenever a threat is detected, and stops the running of the infected file. The Resident Shield maintains a history of threats detected and actions taken to avoid rechecking files it has already checked.
The Anti-Rootkit technology detects harmful programs that stay hidden inside the computer by analyzing two different views of the file system and running processes. The user’s view is compared with the OS’s kernel view and any differences are treated as the possibility of root-kit infection in the system.
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