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Using AVG Antivirus Freeware For Windows Running In Virtual Machine

To be frank with you, I paid for the Kaspersky Internet Security to safeguard my home Desktop and office PC running Microsoft so-called most secured Windows operating system.

However, I am not that willing to pay more for having antivirus software on Windows that are running in virtual machine. Certainly, zero cost doesn’t mean to have a pirated copy.

Therefore, it must be an open source or freeware version of antivirus that is established with reputation.

Which one? Well, what else? This is definitely AVG Anti-virus Free Edition – the most wanted piece of software that tops the list of Download.com at most of time (if not all time)!

Although the Professional and Internet Security edition provide more features with a trade-off of license fee, the free edition is good enough for my Internet-disabled Windows running on virtual machines that only hooked up to Intranet / private home network.

Of course, you can also run AVG free antivirus on Internet-enabled PC too (but it would be better if you’re a IT geek as well).

To my surprise, the AVG Anti-virus Free edition too supports auto-update, a feature that is most wanted in any antivirus or security software. As far as AVG 8.5.285 is concerned, the auto-update scheduler is configurable so that you could decide when it should check the program (antivirus scanner) and virus database update.

AVG Anti-virus Free edition supports auto-update feature where the antivirus software will automatically update virus definition according to schedule.
AVG Anti-virus Free edition supports auto-update feature where the antivirus software will automatically update virus definition according to schedule.

Although the auto-update can only happen at most 1 time in a day (while my Kaspersky can be update multiple times per day), it’s not too bad and better than none. If the schedule is missed due to unexpected reboot, you can also enable advanced option to trigger the missed task automatically after system boots up. How wonderful!

Best of all, the AVG 8.5 free edition working behind proxy server as well. In addition of antivirus scanner, there are other interested security modules bundled with this free version, such as anti-spyware, email scanner, link scanner (manually inspect the link to discover phishing / malware related sites), resident shield (sort of real-time scanner that scan files as they are copied, opened or saved).

So, if you want a free antivirus and not a pirated copy of Kaspersky, Norton, Mcafee, etc, AVG is one of the few antivirus freeware that I would like to recommend you to start with. If you too running Windows in virtual machine without a piece of such security software installed, seriously consider to have one now.

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