What Is Prevalence Reporter AVG?

by Elizabeth Burns

AVG Prevalence Reporter is an optional utility in the AVG Internet Security suite. This utility helps the security company gather information about the prevalence of malware threats on the Web.

Function

Prevalence Reporter is an element of AVG's LinkScanner security utility, which assesses the threat level of websites before the user clicks on them. It reports Web threats that LinkScanner detects back to AVG.

Significance

Prevalence Reporter helps AVG to improve Internet security, as it allows the company to compare information about malicious online files and programs. It may, for example, let AVG assess whether a known threat is more prevalent in a particular region.

Considerations

If you use a firewall, you may need to give it permission to let Prevalence Reporter access the Internet. Turning off Prevalence Reporter does not prevent LinkScanner from working; the program will still alert you to potential threats.

About the Author

Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Elizabeth Burns began writing professionally in 1988. She has worked as a feature writer for various Irish newspapers, including the "Irish News," "Belfast News Letter" and "Sunday Life." Burns has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Ulster as well as a Master of Research in arts.