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AVG Offline Installers

Software is pushed by AVG on its website in form of online installers which require an Internet connection during installation.

The method has some advantages, namely that the most recent version of the program is installed whenever the installer is executed, and that the initial download is only a couple of Megabytes in size.

While that is useful sometimes, you may sometimes need an installer that does not require an Internet connection. Those are called offline installers or full installers.

Reasons for wanting a full installer may include because the computer you want to install the software on is not connected to the Internet all the time, or because the Internet connection is unstable or slow, or because you get an error when you are using the online installer.

AVG Offline Installers

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AVG, like many other companies, hides the offline installer and presents the online installer as the only choice on product pages.

It is usually necessary to hunt down the full installer which is not as easy as it sounds (you find the links on support pages usually or sometimes not at all).

The following links point directly to download pages on the official AVG website from where offline installers can be downloaded from (if provided at all).

Since those may change frequently, we have made the decision not to hotlink the installers but to link to the download page (if available) instead which gets updated by AVG when new versions get released.

AVG AntiVirus Free

This is one of the two free offerings by AVG (the other is AVG Protection Free). AVG AntiVirus Free offers antivirus protection, and link protection which scans web links for malicious content.

AVG AntiVirus Pro

The Pro version of AVG AntiVirus ships with all features of the free version plus the following ones: Online shield that protects against malicious downloads, a data safe to protect files with a password, and free support.

AVG Internet Security

AVG Internet Security supports all features of AntiVirus Free and Pro, plus anti-spam, shopping protection, Mac & Android protection, and priority updates.

No Full installers for these AVG products

Offline installers for AVG Ultimate, AVG Protection Free and Pro are not available currently.

The AVG website links only to online installers which in my opinion is an oversight by AVG even though these products are designed for managing multiple devices using AVG Zen.

The security programs share features with the AVG products listed above but offer more features (even the free version).

AVG Protection Free

Offers all features of AVG AntiVirus Free, plus Email protection (malicious attachments), and remote protection which allows you to scan PCs using your mobile device.

AVG Protection Pro

The program supports all features of AVG Protection Free, plus the following ones: Online shield to protect against harmful downloads, Data safe to store files securely, anti-spam to block email spam, an enhanced firewall, and priority updates.

AVG Ultimate

Ultimate supports all features of AVG Protection Pro and includes on top of that maintenance functionality similarly to what AVG Tune Up offers.

Now You: Do you prefer offline or online installers?

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AVG Offline Installers provides you with links to full versions of installers for AVG products that don't require an Internet connection during setup.
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Comments

  1. oz said on April 12, 2016 at 5:57 pm
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    Thanks for the article, Martin!

    I very much prefer off-line installations but fear that it won’t be too much longer before end users can’t even fart without an internet connection…

  2. Common Sense said on April 12, 2016 at 7:56 pm
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    FACT: Online ‘”Webinstall'” let’s AVG grab as many info on your PC as possible.

  3. q. said on April 12, 2016 at 9:16 pm
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    Another enforced stub install slated for activation shortly is Adobe Flash. Until then, full file downloads can be grabbed at https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html

    As the notice on that page indicates, it is slated for decommissioning shortly. Only Enterprise licenses will be able to access the full files, and an account will need to be established to do so.

    Full file Flash links are already being denied to legitimate sites such as MajorGeeks.
    What Adobe has not factored into their calculations is that Enterprise users are not the only ones with multiple machines to update. It is considerably more tedious to have to go through the web install routine on each machine than it is to download once to a directory on the local network or one flash drive and install on each machine from that file. (As if there were not enough ill will toward Adobe already!)

    With all the streaming we do, no one considers bandwidth anymore. Encouraging full file downloads would also conserve god’s precious electrons. That must be worth something to someone at a server farm somewhere.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 12, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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  4. Wayfarer said on April 12, 2016 at 10:28 pm
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    Web installers? Don’t like them. Won’t have them. Hardly needs explaining why.

  5. Dave said on April 12, 2016 at 11:20 pm
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    Does anyone like web installers? I use a Plex alternative called Emby and the developers flat out refuse to make the offline installer available. By “flat out refuse”, I mean the modern way of refusing, ie. saying “it’s under consideration”.

    Fortunately someone else does make an offline zip package available:
    http://ljani.github.io/emby-portable-links/

    I tend to hoard installers. Always have done.

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