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AVG Internet Security 2011 (10.0.1390) – Full Review

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 02:40 PM PDT

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5 – 5.5 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested - Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results
  • Currently Being Tested - In the process of testing feature and have yet to finalize results 


Price: $54.99 USD

A. Installation AVG3.5 "Average" – Slower then AVG claims.

B. Un-installing AVG4.0 "Great" – Way slower then most other anti-virus programs.


C. Stability Of Program4.0 "Great" – We have received absolutely no e-mails about the lack of stability with AVG 2011 free and or paid (This time around).


D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus5.0 "Excellent" – AVG Internet Security 2011 has not been compromised or disabled.

E. Speed of Scan5.0 "Excellent" – Very quick on most computers. Also now you can decide how much memory you want to take up during each system scan.

F. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Issue5.0 "Excellent" – Yes, and this time around there seems to be no stalling and or hanging. When we manually update AVG. As we have seen in older versions of AVG Free 2011.

G. Internet Browser Cookie Detection Rate And Removal Test2.5 "Poor" - Getting better. But you are way better off with SUPERAntiSpyware or CCleaner to remove your Internet cookies.


1. Anti-Virus Detection Rate Test -

1A. Windows XP - 3.5 "Average"

1B. Windows Vista3.5 "Average"

1C. Windows 73.5 "Average"


2. Anti-Spyware2.0 "Poor" – AVG still seems to miss very common and not so common spyware/adware. You are much better off with SUPERAntiSpyware or Spybot as your adware, spyware, malware protection.

3. One Click Fix4.0 "Great" – I really like this idea. But I am not a fan of the idea that if I want to de-activated a service. Such as the Link Scanner that AVG should still show it as not being fully protected.

4. Anti-Spam - 3.0 "Average" - GMail has better spam mail protection. 

5. FireWall - 4.0 "Great" — Not the best Firewall I've tested. But it does do what it is suppose to.

6. Link Scanner - 3.5 "Average" - Can be very very useful to some.

7. AVG Safe Search ToolBar3.5 "Average" - Not a fan of any toolbars. The AVG toolbar is way to hard to get rid of. It also seems to slow down most Internet browsers.

8. AVG SideBar Gadget3.0 "Average" – Love it and have it on both my Vista and Win 7 sidebars. But it is way to large.

9. Residential Shield Test3.0 "Average" – I find that AVIRA and or AVAST still seems to grab the virus way before AVG does.

10. Family Safety - 4.5 "Great" - Cost $19.99 CAD per year for 3 PC's to activate this just newly added option. But it covers unlimited profiles. So you can have just one or two kids or 11 kids and your good. Provided it is only used up to 3 PC's.

11. LiveKive - Not TestedThis option has just been added to AVG Dashboard. But it cost money to activate. -See below for cost to activate said option-

*Cost $49.99 CAD for 25 GB of storage per year.

*Cost $79.99 CAD for Unlimited  storage per year.

12. E-Mail Scanner - 3.0 "Average" - It's ok, But I find it is way more difficult to set-up then it needs to be.

13. Update Manager5.0 "Excellent" – No issues here at all. And it even updates faster then past AVG versions, such as 8.5 and 9.0.

14. Online Shield - 3.5 "Average" – Still not really sure how really effective this option is.

15. Anti-Root Kit4.0 "Great" – Very hit and miss. But can be very useful if there is a reason to believe you may have a deep rooted virus. Never hurts to run this every few weeks just to be on the safe side. And AVG has it as a completely separate dedicated scan option as well (Which makes it way quicker to run and it uses much less system resources.)

16. System Tools3.5 "Average" – Great idea but very poorly execution. Now the information is there but it is very very hard to decipher even for the more Computer Savvy of us.

17. Identity Protection3.0 "Average"- A very useful feature that lets you know when you maybe at risk for identity theft and or other important information maybe at risk. Such as with Peer 2 Peer programs and certain add-ons and or toolbars

18. PC Analyzer0.5 "Abysmal" – If you don't mind that you only can fix your errors for free once then great. But if you are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this extremely expensive add-on. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion.

** On a side note I fully expected with the paid version of AVG Internet Security 2011. That the PC Analyzer would be an included as a usable option.

19. AVG Support - 1.5 "Terrible" – Even with e-mail support and phone support. AVG remains as one of the worst main stream software companies for help with their paid version of their software. And yet again this is very disappointing and said thing to report as AVG is in the top 3 Anti-virus solutions out there.


My Final Verdict Part 1: There has been very little improvement in this very minor update to AVG Free Anti-Virus 2011. But there is still some work that needs to be done. Overall only some very minor changes that most people won't even notice..

My Final Verdict Part 2: The fact that still remains unavoidable to me is that there are not many overwhelming differences. That I can see between AVG Internet Security 2011 and AVG Free Anti-Virus 2011 to get me to recommend the almost $60 USD price tag. But I still highly recommend it if you don't already have another virus program or you have the older AVG paid program. I would highly recommend that you at least upgrade to the newer AVG 2011 (Regardless of what I said in the above review. You are indeed still better off with the AVG 2011 version. As compared to AVG 8.5 or 9.0 versions).

If you still want to try AVG Internet Security 2011. Then I highly recommend the trailware version of AVG Internet Security 2011 first. Before you decide you want to buy it out right. That way you will know what you are getting into and won't have any mis-conceptions of what AVG Internet Security 2011 does and does not do.


My Overall Score: 95/135


Here are 2 links to download the 30 day trailware version of AVG Internet Security 2011:

1. (AVG Main Site)

2.;3 (Via


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Till The Next Review,

Remy "Se7en"

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New Spybot – Search & Destroy Definition Update Available (2011-07-27)

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 12:37 PM PDT

Dear Readers,

Hello and welcome to my post that will be continuing to following all of the Spybot – Search & Destroy weekly definition updates.

Here is the full list of updates:



- ClaroMultimedia

- Fraud.SecuritySW

- Fraud.Sysguard


- Win32.AVKill.nw



- Win32.Muollo

- Win32.Ramnit.E

- Win32.Swizzor.Gen

- Win32.ZBot

Total: 2455281 fingerprints in 773788 rules for 6279 products.


To see the full list in it's original glory. Please use the following link:


If you would like to download Spybot – Search & Destroy please use the following link:


Till The Next Spybot Update,

Remy "Se7en"

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