Antivirus Freeware ... eg AVG

  JimButler 10:09 10 Dec 2006

Interested in hearing from users of free A/Virus software eg AVG. I`ve given too much money and gotten so much grief from both Norton and McAfee.
Both these providers seem IMHO to milk the customer for all he`s worth and again IMHO offer a very short product support lifespan. It can also be a right pain to uninstall their products.
Need to know does AVG do the job ?
Is it reasonably hassle-free ?
Are there any MAJOR downsides to its use ?
Ta very much for any response.

  harps1h 10:20 10 Dec 2006

i have AVG 7.5 free installed and it seems to work very well, i little or no bother from attacks. i have it combined with the AVG free anti spyware and zonealarm free. i feel perfectly safe.

  reece1705 10:44 10 Dec 2006

So long as you dont visit any 'dodgy' websites, the free avg antivirus seems to work brilliantly and can detect almost everything, i have not had an infection yet since using it.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:44 10 Dec 2006

The best Paid for AV is NOD32

Free ones AVG and Avast are equally as good.

Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

  Happy Dude 10:53 10 Dec 2006

AVG+Spybot+Ad-Aware+Zone Alarm=Clean System :D

  Happy Dude 10:53 10 Dec 2006

oh, and make that Zone Alarm free ;)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:01 10 Dec 2006

AV = Avast
Firewall = Sygate
AS = Defender +Adaware +Spywareblaster
Cleaner = CCleaner

  Belatucadrus 11:52 10 Dec 2006

Another free clean system

AV = Avast
Firewall = Sunbelt Kerio click here
AS = Spyware Terminator click here + Spywareblaster click here
Cleaner = CCleaner click here

  spuds 12:05 10 Dec 2006

You do not hear many complaints about AVG or Avast freeware (personal use) programs, so they must be good.

I have used both Avast and Avg on different computers for a number of years. Both work very efficiently.Remember that updates are essential, so as to give better protection.

  JimButler 12:45 10 Dec 2006

Ta for ALL comments.
I have installed free AVG7.5
It seems to be OK altho scanning did not pick up
2 PUPs that McAfee picked up. This is a small detail tho and if you can save 15 quid ( and more ) each and every year ad-infinitum then I`m VERY content.
I also use Win Defender and Ad-Aware for spyware protection and rely on XP Firewall to give SOME degree of hacking protection.
Ta again for each and every comment.

  harps1h 12:56 10 Dec 2006

i would suggest you use zone alarm firewall instead of XP's edition as it monitors outgoing traffic also, whereas xp only does incoming.
also you need to tick this resolved if you are happy.

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