can anybody tell me if avg anti virus is compatible with windows xp. i am using norton 2002 anti virus at the moment it is telling me that i have no viruses, when i use an online virus checker it tells me that i have viruses. i would appreciate any help.
There are four free anti virus options available :-
Alwils avast4 ! click here This has the best results on the Virus Bulletin tests click here for any free anti virus. The scan scheduler is disabled, but you can set it to scan during screensaver, updates are incremental and fully automatic. Highly recommended.
Grisofts AVG 6.0 click here currently has Virus bulletin 100% click here but pass history not as good as avast. Used to be included on PCA cover disks, so is most common option used here, has equally vociferous supporters and detractors. Current commercial version is AVG 7.0. In my opinion 6.0 is beginning to creak a bit, but still a sound product.
H+BEDVs Antivir click here has never passed the Virus bulletin tests click here but is currently to be seen on PCA cover disks, so may pick up more users. No limitations to functionality and has support via Antivir forum. Not the easiest program to set up, with slow scan and large update downloads. Functional but not my first choice.
Softwins Bitdefender 7.0 click here the standard edition has passed the Virus Bulletin 100% click here but this brings me to the problem with Bitdefender free, avast and AVG have some of the advanced scheduling features pruned, inconvenient but not a real problem. Softwin has chosen to disable Bitdefenders On line access, real time scanning feature. This would appear to significantly reduce the level of protection provided and relegates Bitdefender to a low fourth.
I was going to mention Gladiator Anti virus, but the project has been scrapped, with very little explanation as to why. My reservations about a program without visible means of fiscal support have been proved right, pity really it was interesting to watch the development.
Whatever you do install one of them, doing without some form of anti virus is not an option .