Now, it could be that you will find this feature useful. If you want to place some confidential information beyond the reach of the Recycle Bin or a file recovery tool, this is a good way of doing it. But if, like me, you are worried about accidentally shredding an important file, you might prefer to remove this menu option. Here's how to go about it.
First, log into your system as administrator. Then open a command prompt. If you don't have a shortcut or Start menu option for that, just type cmd in the Run dialog.
If you have a 32-bit system, type the following command at the prompt, then press Enter:
regsvr32 /U "c:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgse.dll"
If yours is a 64-bit system, type the following command instead:
regsvr32 /U "c:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2014\avgse.dll"
(In both the above commands, I'm assuming that AVG was installed in its default location. If you installed it somewhere else, substitute the appropriate path.)
If all goes well, you will see a message saying that the command succeeded. And that's all there is to it. You won't need to reboot your computer or re-load AVG. The change will take effect straight away.
What if I change my mind?
If you later decide you would like to keep the context menu item after all, the process is easily reversible. Simply repeat the steps shown above, but this time omit /U from the relevant command.
You won't need to reverse the process if you just have an occasional file or folder that you want to shred. There are several free utilities around that will do that job for you. Search your favorite software or download site to find one that meets your needs.
Be aware that removing 'Permanently shred with AVG' also removes the 'Scan with AVG' item from the context menu. This command performs a virus scan on selected files or folders on demand. Personally, I don't find the loss of this menu item a problem, as it's easy to do an on-demand scan from within the AVG user interface.