AVG Secure VPN Cost and Plan Pricing

We analyze and dissect the VPN service’s logging and privacy policy. A VPN should never log and store:

AVG Secure VPN Review

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Simon Migliano is a recognized world expert in VPNs. He’s tested hundreds of VPN services and his research has featured on the BBC, The New York Times and more.

Additional Testing by Luke Williams

Our Verdict

Overall Rating:
6.25 6.3 / 10
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We calculate the VPN service’s Overall Rating by combining the ratings of several testing categories. Each category is weighted as follows:

  • Privacy & Logging Policy: 20%
  • Speed: 20%
  • Security & Technical Features: 15%
  • Streaming: 15%
  • Ease of Use: 10%
  • Torrenting: 5%
  • Server Locations: 5%
  • Bypassing Web Censorship: 5%
  • Customer Support: 5%

Overall, we don’t recommend AVG Secure VPN and score it only 6.2. It has a small server network and logs connection data. It’s also expensive and doesn’t include advanced features, such as split tunneling. That said, AVG VPN has fast download speeds and works well with US Netflix. In short, unless you already use AVG’s antivirus software, you should avoid AVG Secure VPN.

Ranked #33 out of 55 VPNs

AVG Secure VPN Category Ratings

  • Streaming

AVG Secure VPN Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Fast VPN connection speeds
  • Works with US Netflix & BBC iPlayer
  • Working VPN kill switch
  • No IP, DNS, or WebRTC leaks
  • User-friendly VPN apps for popular platforms

Cons

  • Collects connection logs, including timestamps
  • Small server network (36 countries)
  • Mimic protocol is unproven
  • No OpenVPN on Mac or iOS
  • Doesn’t work in China
  • Customer support agents aren’t always helpful

Why Trust Our Review?

We’ve spent thousands of hours testing and reviewing 55 VPN services using our impartial review process to recommend you the best VPN software.

Here are some of our key VPN testing statistics:

Total Hours of Testing 30,000+
Weekly Speed Tests 3,000+
VPN Services Reviewed 55
Streaming Platforms Tested Daily 12
IP & DNS Leak Tests Performed 9,500+
How Much We’ve Spent On Testing $25,000+

AVG is one of the biggest internet security brands in the world. AVG is owned by Avast, which operates two other VPN products, Avast Secureline and HMA.

Sadly, we found that AVG Secure VPN is not very good. It does little to protect your security and privacy, due to the VPN’s invasive logging policy.

In terms of unblocking, AVG VPN unblocks US Netflix and BBC iPlayer. Also, its generous device policy lets you use the VPN on up to 10 devices at once.

However, torrenting users need to stay away since the VPN retains connection timestamps.

There’s a seven-day genuine free trial available that doesn’t require submitting any payment details.

After the trial is over, the shortest subscription length is one year, though. You’ll therefore have to pay at least $59.88 to continue using the VPN.

Ultimately, unless you’re an existing AVG antivirus customer, you shouldn’t use AVG Secure VPN. There are far better VPNs available with faster speeds, better customer support, and larger server networks.

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AVG Secure VPN Key Data

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Data Cap Unlimited
Download Speed 93Mbps
Logging Policy Some User Logs
Data Leaks No
Jurisdiction Czech Republic (EU Member)
Servers Not disclosed
IP Addresses Not disclosed
Countries With Servers 36
US Netflix Yes
Torrenting Partially
Simultaneous Connections 10
Works In China No
Support Email & Online Resources Only
Cheapest Price $3.99 /mo over 24 Months
Free Trial 7 Days (No Payment Info Required)
Money-Back Guarantee 30-day Money-Back Guarantee
Official Website Avg.com

Privacy & Logging Policy

Collects Too Much User Internet Data

Privacy & Logging Policy Rating
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We analyze and dissect the VPN service’s logging and privacy policy. A VPN should never log and store:

  • Your real IP address
  • Connection timestamps
  • DNS requests

Headquarters outside of 14 Eyes or EU jurisdictions are also preferable.

AVG VPN’s logging policy is much improved, but it has a long way to go. The VPN service no longer collects any part of your IP address. However, it still logs more data than is necessary, such as connection timestamps and the amount of data transmitted during your session. AVG Secure VPN’s logging policy is not private enough for privacy-focused users.

Ranked #37 out of 55 VPNs for Privacy & Logging Policy

AVG Secure VPN logs the following information:

Data Type Logged by AVG Secure VPN
Browsing Activity No
Device Information No
DNS Queries No
Individual Bandwidth Usage Yes
Individual Connection Timestamps Yes
ISP No
Number of Simultaneous Connections No
Originating IP Address No
Account Information Yes
VPN Server IP No
VPN Server Location No
Date of Last Connection No

Note: This data is held by AVG for 35 days.

The VPN previously logged the subnet of your originating IP address and the IP address of the individual VPN server used. We’re glad that the VPN provider has improved its privacy policy, but we’d like it to go further.

AVG Secure VPN shares the same privacy policy as Avast SecureLine. However, HideMyAss, another VPN owned by Avast, has a much more private logging policy.

AVG Secure VPN logs the exact time of connection, while HideMyAss only logs the day of connection. AVG VPN collects the exact amount of data transmitted, while HideMyAss only collects the rounded total of data transmitted.

These extra steps help anonymize the traffic, making it harder to work out who you are based on your web activity. As a result, we’d like Avast to have all of its VPNs use a singular private logging policy.

As it stands, AVG VPN logs more user data than is necessary. It should put off anyone who wants a high level of online privacy.

AVG Ownership Overview

AVG (including AVG Secure VPN) was acquired by Avast in July 2016. Avast is a well-known cybersecurity company.

Avast operates its own VPN, Avast SecureLine, and it also owns HMA VPN (see our updated review).

Avast has a poor track record for protecting user privacy and data. You can read more about this in our Avast SecureLine review.

Based in the EU

Avast is headquartered in the Czech Republic. As a result, the company is subject to intrusive EU data retention laws and intelligence-sharing agreements with other countries.

In line with Czech law, AVG would have to provide the data it retains to law enforcement if requested. As the VPN logs some data, such as connection timestamps, your identity could be worked out.

How Private Is AVG Secure VPN Compared to Other VPNs?

To compare how private AVG VPN is, we’ve collected data about it and four other VPNs in the table below. You’ll see each VPN’s key metrics, such as its overall privacy rating, logging policy, and jurisdiction.

AVG Secure VPN Cost and Plan Pricing

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Among the digital security space, AVG is a bit of a jack of all trades, so we weren’t terribly shocked when we found out that they had a VPN in addition to their antivirus software. But, AVG’s website is overwhelming, to say the least, so we had to do a bit of digging to figure out their VPN pricing and figure it out we did.

AVG VPN on Mac On App

How Much Does AVG’s VPN Cost?

After the initial one-week trial was over, we had options to pay for a year of AVG VPN for $59.88, two years for $95.76, or three years for $143.64. Breaking that down monthly, as most VPNs are billed, that’s either $4.99 annually or $3.99 for the two or three-year packages, not bad compared to their competitors.

Contract prices

Contract length, number of devices covered Monthly cost, total amount billed
1 week, 1 $0.00, $0.00
1 year, 5 $4.99, $59.88
2 years, 5 $3.99, $95.76
3 years, 5 $3.99, $143.64

While we’re satisfied with the prices in general, we wish two things:

  • Month-to-month option: Most VPNs have monthly contracting available as an option, while aside from the weekly trial, AVG’s VPN contracts start at a year. Commitment-phobes, step aside.
  • More discount for the three-year package: When we did the math, we were pretty surprised that the actual monthly cost didn’t decrease when we jumped from two to three years, which most VPNs would do automatically. So really, there’s no advantage of signing up for three years as opposed to two.

Note: Do you want to protect your devices against viruses and malware in addition to snooping? Read our AVG antivirus review to see how you can stay safe online.

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Favorite Features

We’ll be honest: the AVG VPN is not the best VPN we’ve ever tested out. However, given their exorbitant low pricing, it may work for some people, especially if you’re looking for a cheap VPN.

AVG VPN on Mac

  • 30-day money-back guarantee: At the very least, if you end up not liking the VPN, you can return it for a full refund.
  • Seven-day trial: We also liked that we could try it out for seven days on one device. For those at home, we recommend downloading the app and doing a speed test before buying.
  • Low pricing: Whether it’s $3.99 or $4.99 a month, you certainly won’t break the bank after your free trial is up with AVG’s VPN.
  • Good iOS and Android apps: The AVG Secure VPN– Unlimited VPN & Proxy Server for Androids, although a bit of a mouthful, has a 4.4 rating on the Google Play store. The AVG Secure VPN & Proxy Server iOS app is even better, with a 4.7 from the App store.
  • Solid encryption: In terms of encryption, AVG hits the industry standard of AES-256.
  • Fast on Macs: We only had about 25 percent more lag with the VPN turned on on our Macbook Pro, while we typically see increases of over 30 percent.

Free Trial Policy

If you don’t want to pay any money to try out AVG VPN, you’re in luck: they offer a seven-day free trial. You’ll get all the features of the VPN on one device. This is a great time to see if streaming services are compatible or perform speed tests. We use a speed test from Ookla, but there’s a bunch of free options online, like this option from Google. 1

Pro Tip: To establish a control, first run the speed test without the VPN connected, then run it again with the VPN connected to see the difference.

AVG DNS Leak Test on Windows

Cancellation Policy

Even if that free week ends, you sign up and change your mind, you can still get a refund, as AVG offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. As long as you contact them within 30 days of your purchase (from either their online store or the Google Play store), you’ll get a full refund. However, once those 30 days are up, you probably won’t be able to get a refund. Also, if you bought the product from a retail store, a third-party seller or the App store, this guarantee doesn’t apply, unfortunately.

How To Cancel

If you meet the requirements, you can cancel your VPN by contacting AVG support over:

While a refund on the VPN purchased on the App store isn’t guaranteed, you can request a refund on reportaproblem.apple.com. 2 But again, you’re not guaranteed a refund, even if you’re in the 30-day window.

More AVG Pricing

AVG, being one of the major digital security companies in the world, has a ton of other products aside from their VPN. However, the only other one we’ve tested out is their antivirus software, so we’ll include AVG’s antivirus pricing here, as well.

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Antivirus Software Only

Here’s what you’ll pay for antivirus software on a MacOS, iOS and Android.

Feature AVG Antivirus AVG Internet Security
Protection against unsafe links, downloads and attachments, psyware, ransomware, viruses and malware Yes Yes
Programs and files scanned for threats Yes Yes
Automatic security updates Yes Yes
Additional ransomware protection for personal files No Yes
Secure online payments No Yes
Protection against phishing No Yes
First Year Cost and Coverage $0.00 for 1 device $39.99 for 1 device, $47.88 for 10 devices

As you can see, you can get basic protection against viruses for free on a Mac, but if you want more protection against attacks such as phishing, it’s worth it to upgrade to Internet Security. And if you want protection for more than one device, the cost is $47.88 for the first year for 10 devices, which seems like a really generous discount.

Antivirus for Business

With the rise of remote work, more and more businesses are turning to antivirus software and VPNs to protect important data. AVG has more than a few business offerings, but here is the pricing for their antivirus-only plan as well as a bundle option called AVG Internet Security Business Edition.

Feature AVG Antivirus Business Edition AVG Internet Security Business Edition
24/7 phone or email support Yes Yes
Cloud management console Yes Yes
Detection and removal of malware on PCs and laptops Yes Yes
Emails inspected for malware and spam Yes Yes
Harmful downloads and dangerous websites blocked Yes Yes
Links scanned for potential threats Yes Yes
Suspicious behavior shield Yes Yes
Firewall Yes Yes
File shredder Yes Yes
CyberCapture Yes Yes
Smart scanner Yes Yes
SharePoint protection Yes Yes
Password protection No Yes
Anti-spam No Yes
Exchange protection No Yes
Cost for 1 device for 1 year $46.99 $61.41
Cost for 1 device for 2 years $70.49 $92.12
Cost for 1 device for 3 years $98.68 $128.96

Unfortunately, neither of these plans include the VPN, and there’s no separate VPN subscription specifically for businesses. It’s safe to say that AVG isn’t the best VPN for businesses.

Antivirus, VPN and TuneUp Bundle

If you want a VPN and antivirus software, the most cost-effective method is to buy AVG Ultimate, which covers 10 devices and includes the antivirus software, the VPN and TuneUp, which optimizes devices’ performance. Covering 10 devices (Windows, iOS, Androids and MacOS), the cost for the first year is $77.88.

Premium Tech Support

Need help with your AVG products and their support staff isn’t cutting it? AVG also offers premium support, either as a one-time call or as a yearly or monthly subscription with unlimited calls. However, we think that their prices are exorbitant no matter how you sign up. That being said, if the costs aren’t an issue and you need help with your AVG products, here’s what you’ll pay.

Feature Simple Fix Complex Fix Total Care
Number of calls 1 1 Unlimited
Free diagnosis Yes Yes Yes
Number of devices covered 1 1 3
Help with basic software/hardware setup, web browsers, personalizing Windows Yes Yes Yes
Advanced software/hardware setup, help learn how to use software, internet and network setup, virus and malware removal, email configuration, etc. No Yes Yes
Cost per call $79 $119 n/a
Initial setup cost n/a n/a $99
Yearly Cost n/a n/a $199
Monthly Cost n/a n/a $10

Expert Install

Again, we don’t think this service is necessary in the slightest, as AVG has clear setup instructions for all of its products, but if you want professional help, you can get it for $19.99. This includes installation, set up and optimization. But note that this service is only available in English, and if you’re calling from another country aside from the U.S or U.K, you may get some phone charges when you’re on with support.

AVG Privacy Policy

Are you using a VPN for privacy purposes? If so, you might want to take a look at their privacy policy. That’s because AVG’s VPN logs a ton of user data, including:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Account number
  • Password
  • Payment information
  • IP address
  • Billing data
  • Operating system
  • Hardware
  • City and country of device
  • URLs of websites

While some people may not care about AVG knowing their devices’ IP addresses and web activity, many want a VPN to avoid this sort of logging in the first place. Not to mention the fact that the company is based in the Netherlands, a Five Eyes member, so if the U.S government came a-knockin’, AVG would be forced, legally, to give them users’ data. Just like businesses, the privacy-concerned are not a good match for AVG.

Recap

Unless you’re set on having month-to-month contracts, AVG’s pricing is a really good deal, especially if you sign up for two or three years. We recommend testing it out for one week for free and seeing what you think. Also, be sure to purchase their VPN from their website or the Google Play store so you can get that money-back guarantee. That way, you’ll take the risk out of your long-term commitment.

Frequently Asked Questions

If we didn’t answer your question so far, we hope we got to it below.

The AVG VPN is free for a week on one device, but after that initial trial period is over, it costs $3.99 a month for two or three years, billed as $95.76 or $143.64, respectively, or $4.99 a month for one year, billed as $59.88

Yes, AVG Ultimate includes a VPN plus TuneUp. It covers 10 Windows, MacOS, iOS or Android devices and costs $77.88 for the first year.

Like all VPNs, AVG VPN will slow down your internet speed. In our testing, it gave us 25 percent more lag on our Macbook Pro and 4,875 percent more lag on our Windows 10 computer. However, your speed may be different based on the server you connect to, your operating system and a variety of other factors.

After the free one-week trial, AVG Secure VPN costs $59.88 for one year, $95.76 for two years or $143.64 for three years.