click here What compromises there are made in avast! & AVG are in the loss of advanced control features that you don't need. The protection offered is identical to the commercial versions. The exception to this rule is BitDefender free that's been gutted and is well worth ignoring.
Cut-down version of Kaspersky, which is one of the best pay av solutions, but this is a free version.
Personally, I think the paid for versions have a slight edge but that kind of comment normally raises a hornet's nest. I do run a largish home network, do work from home quite often, and would pay heavily for "time down"
IF you add Zone Alarm, Spy Sweeper, and Spybot Search & Destroy (Poss Windows Defender) to that lot, you are likely to be more secure than most.
- No support service (although with AVG, at least, there is a forum). Most people don't find this an issue.
- The updates releases are supposedly given a slightly lower priority. Although with AVG there seems to be an update pretty much every day and I can't believe it's far behind the paid for version, if at all, in practice.
Fortunately not true, avast! always offered e-mail support on the free version and I believe AVG have followed this example, though I'm not absolutely sure about this. Phone support comes with the Pro versions
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