And the most obvious change to the lineup is the very Windows 8-like interface, where plain green tiles provide easy access to each program’s features and functionality.
If you’re not a Metro/ Modern UI fan, though, don’t worry too much. The interface is Windows 8 compatible, and supports touch screens, but it also works just fine with a mouse and keyboard, and we found it generally clean and simple to use.
The core practical benefit of the new release is significantly improved scanning time. AVG claim the 2013 engine is 36% faster than before, and our initial tests confirmed that it’s now impressively speedy, with the program typically taking only around 1:20 to run a Whole computer scan on our test PC (that’s around 680,000 objects checked, after it’s completed a first optimisation scan).
The latest edition also loads more quickly, while Internet Security 2013 now features a simplified, smarter firewall and more accurate spam filter. And a “More from AVG” button provides easier access to assorted other offerings, including the free Android AVG AntiVirus app.
On balance the 2013 range seems to be a solid step forward, improving AVG’s performance in a number of key areas. If you’d like to know more then check out our AVG Internet Security 2013 review.
But if you prefer the hands-on approach, then you could always take a closer look for yourself. AVG AntiVirus Free 2013 and trial versions of AVG AntiVirus 2013 and AVG Internet Security 2013 are available now.