AVG is a generic term for a series of antivirus and internet security software for OS (operating systems) like Microsoft Windows, Linux and Free BSD platforms. AVG is developed by AVG Technologies, a check private company also known as Grisoft.
AVG comes from the first software product of Grisoft company, „Anti-Virus Guard”, launched in 1992 in former Czechoslovakia. In 1997 first AVG licenses were sold in Great Britain.
The AVG free edition contributed to increase awareness of the AVG product line.
In 2006 the AVG Security pack advanced, including spyware, as AVG Technologies acquired Ewido networks and anti-spyware group. In the same year, Microsoft announced that AVG components will be available directly in OS Windows Vista.
In December 2007 AVG Technologies acquired Exploit Prevention Labs (XPL) and included LinkScanner safe search and surf technology in AVG 8.0 Security package launched in march 2008.
In January 2009, AVG Technologies acquired Sana Security, a developer of software for preventing identity theft. This software was included in the security package launched in march 2009.
According to AVG Technologies over 110 millions users have AVG anti-virus protection, this including the free edition users.
Versions for Windows desktop users:
- AVG Internet Security - a complete package that contains: AVG Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, LinkScanner, Anti- Rootkit, Web Shield, security tools toolbar, firewall, anti-spam, identity protection and component protection System Tools, AVGAdmin.
- AVG Identity Protection protects users against identity theft and threatens unknown (malware) using behavior monitoring;
- AVG anti-spyware is included in the free edition too;
- AVG Anti-Rootkit was a independent software until the end of 2006. Like anti-spyware it was included in the Anti-virus software
- AGVAdmin allows AVG to be administrated remote via network.
There are limitations for the free version from the commercial version:
- limitations of protection - the free version includes the same anti-virus scanning engine as commercial products but it doesn't have the anti-rootkit;
- updates are not so frequent as the commercial version;
- there is no support line for the free version;
- less personalization;
- there is no support for servers: the free edition can't be installed on servers OS;
- the free edition is licensed only for home and non-commercial use and only for one computer.
All AVG versions are compatible with the Windows 64 bits OS.
AVG Technologies also sells solutions for web servers, file servers, e-mail servers with Linux, Free BSD or Windows.
Network edition "AVG Internet Security Network Edition" offers centralized protection for work stations and file servers. The AVG Internet Security SBS 8.5 edition offers in plus e-mail server protection and Microsoft SharePoint.
There are also AVG File Server Edition and AVG E-mail Server Edition.
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