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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
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Average installed length: 313.58 days

AVG Free 8.5

What is AVG Free?

Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware protection, plus the full AVG LinkScanner safe search and surf technology.


AVG Free 8.5 is a software program developed by AVG Technologies. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named avgui.exe. The setup package generally installs about 83 files and is usually about 69.4 MB (72,775,599 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows Vista (SP2) and Windows XP. While about 53% of users of AVG Free come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.avg.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\setup.exe /UNINSTALL
Estimated size: 69.4 MB
Language: Italian (Italy)

Program filesFiles installed by AVG Free 8.5

Program executable:avgui.exe
Name:AVG Internet Security
AVG User Interface
Path:C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgui.exe
Additional files:
  • avg7api.dll - AVG Internet Security (AVG7 Kernel Compatibility)
  • avgabout.dll - AVG About Box Library
  • avgamnot.dll - AVG Event Notification Library
  • avgapia.dll - AVG API Module
  • avgapix.dll
  • avgcclia.dll - AVG Scanning Core Module - Client Part
  • avgcclix.dll
  • avgcfga.dll - AVG Configuration Module
  • avgcfgex.exe - AVG Configuration Management Application
  • avgcfgx.dll
  • avgclita.dll - AVG Scanning Core Module - Lite Version
  • avgclitx.dll
  • avgcmgr.exe - Prevalence reporter
  • avgcorea.dll - AVG Scanning Core Module
  • avgcorex.dll
  • avgcrlpa.dll - AVG Core RLP Module
  • avgcrlpx.dll
  • avgcsrva.exe - AVG Scanning Core Module - Server Part
  • avgcsrvx.exe
  • avgdiag.dll - AVG Diagnostics
  • avgdiag.exe
  • avgdiagex.exe - AVG Diagnostics Utility
  • avgdumpa.exe - AVG Crash Dumper
  • avgdumpx.exe
  • avgemc.exe - AVG E-Mail Scanner
  • avgfrw.exe - AVG First Run Wizard
  • avginet.dll - AVG Update downloader
  • avgiproxy.exe
  • avglnga.dll - AVG Language Module
  • avglngx.dll
  • avgloga.dll - AVG Logging Library
  • avglogx.dll
  • avglvea.dll - AVG Prevalence Reporting Library
  • avglvex.dll
  • avgmail.dll - AVG E-Mail Parsing Module
  • avgmvfla.dll - AVG Move File Library
  • avgmvflx.dll
  • avgnsa.exe - AVG Network scanner Service
  • avgnsx.exe
  • avgoff2k.dll - Office 2000+ anti-virus extension
  • avgresf.dll - AVG User Interface Additional Resource Library
  • avgrkta.dll - AVG Rootkit Scanner Library
  • avgrktx.dll
  • avgrsa.exe - AVG Resident Shield Service
  • avgrsx.exe
  • avgscana.dll - AVG Scanning Module
  • avgscana.exe - AVG Command-line Scanning Utility
  • avgscanx.dll
  • avgscanx.exe
  • avgsched.dll - AVG Scheduler Module
  • avgse.dll - AVG Shell Extension
  • avgsrmax.exe - AVG Scan Action Executor
  • avgsrmx.dll - AVG Scan Result Manager Module
  • avgssie.dll - Safe Search for Internet Explorer
  • avgtbapi.dll - AVG Toolbar API
  • avgtoolbar.dll - AVG Security Toolbar
  • avgtray.exe - AVG Tray Monitor
  • avguiadv.dll - AVG Advanced Settings
  • avguires.dll - AVG User Interface Resource Library
  • avgupd.dll - AVG Update library module

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • avgse.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'AVG8 Shell Extension' with a class of {9F97547E-4609-42C5-AE0C-81C61FFAEBC3}.
2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • avgssie.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'AVG Safe Search' with the class of {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} (WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter).
  • avgtoolbar.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'AVG Security Toolbar' with the class of {A057A204-BACC-4D26-9990-79A187E2698E}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • avgtoolbar.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'AVG Security Toolbar' with the class of {A057A204-BACC-4D26-9990-79A187E2698E} (999824278).
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • avgtoolbar.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'AVG Security Toolbar' with a class of {A057A204-BACC-4D26-9990-79A187E2698E}.
2 Services
  • avgwdsvc.exe runs as a service named 'AVG Free8 WatchDog' (avg8wd).
  • avgemc.exe runs as a service named 'AVG8 E-mail Scanner' (avg8emc).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • avgtray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'AVG8_TRAY' which loads as C:\Program Files1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe.
5 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • avgnsx.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgnsx.exe'.
  • avgdiagex.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgdiagex.exe'.
  • avgdiag.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgdiag.exe'.
  • avgupd.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgupd.exe'.
  • avgemc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:20.97 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0009170669%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00012545%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00079162%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:97.35 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:26.84 MB
105.02 KB average
Memory:4.04 MB
Total CPU:0.0009056658%
Kernel CPU:0.00017428%
User CPU:0.00073139%
I/O reads/min:2.49 KB
I/O writes/min:15 Bytes
Memory:6.61 MB
Total CPU:0.0119795012%
Kernel CPU:0.00640026%
User CPU:0.00557924%

How do I remove AVG Free?

You can uninstall AVG Free from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program AVG Free 8.5, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove AVG Free.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by AVG Free 8.5 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win Vista (SP2) 28%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 23%
Keep it 77%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 45.37%
Windows XP 32.87%
Windows 7 20.37%
Windows 10 0.93%
Windows Server 2003 0.46%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 33.02%
Microsoft Windows XP 32.08%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.74%
Windows Vista Home Basic 8.96%
Windows 7 Home Premium 3.77%
Windows 7 Professional 3.30%

Distribution by countryGeography

53.28% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 53.28%
  Canada 5.47%
  United Kingdom 4.01%
  Israel 3.28%
  Italy 3.28%
  Germany 2.55%
  Taiwan 2.19%
  Brazil 1.82%
  Spain 1.82%
  Netherlands 1.82%
  Belgium 1.46%
  India 1.46%
  MK 1.09%
  Australia 1.09%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.43%
Dell 24.29%
Acer 12.86%
Toshiba 12.14%
American Megatrends 7.14%
Intel 4.29%
Sahara 2.86%
ASUS 1.43%
Samsung 1.43%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1525 5.00%
TOSHIBA Satellite L305 3.33%
HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook ... 2.50%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.50%
HP Pavilion dv6700 Notebo... 2.50%
TOSHIBA Satellite A300 2.50%

About AVG Technologies

AVG Technologies is a global leader in security software, protecting more than 110 million consumers and small business computer users in 167 countries.
Publisher URL: www.avg.com


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