In this section of the review we look at the features offered by the software. To access the features, all you have to do is click the "Components" option on the tool bar. From here you can verify the operation of your software's features and manually configure them and/or run scans.
The anti-virus component is probably the centerpiece of this AVG product. It detects trojans, worms, malicious binary executions and periodically updates its database from AVG servers. After you run your initial anti-virus scan, you can set the system up with scheduled scans that run automatically. When you run manual virus scans, you can scan your entire computer or just a single file. You also have the option to run a manual rootkit scan.
The anti-spyware feature protects users from advertisements and software that collects private information from the computer. Anti-spyware operates as a separate module and updates its database independently from the anti-virus database.
An email scanner works with POP-based email accounts to scan for malicious attachments, works, and viruses. The module integrates with Outlook using an add-in, but will provide protection for other POP clients like Mozilla Thunderbird as well.
Resident Shield is a powerful feature that looks for threats as files are opened, saved, or copied, keeping users safe from unexpected surprises. Link Scanner works in a similar way except it helps intercept threats that might be encountered when users click on malicious links. The Online Shield component of this software protects users from infected files download via the Web or instant messaging.
A system tools component helps with system troubleshooting by managing system processes, network connections, programs that run at startup, browser extensions, and a Layered Service Provider viewer.
Remote administration helps IT personnel to run and track workstation scans and analyze logfiles from across the network.
Finally, an identity protection feature helps prevent activity on your computer that follows patterns that are consistent with identity theft.
This program includes powerful features that are easily configured to protect multiple computer assets within a business. You will be hard pressed to find a business anti-virus product that offers more than this one.