I have just bought my new laptop and am at the point where i need to install my antivirus. I have been using avast for the past year or two on my pc after finishing with norton. I have been reccomended by a friend to use avg free but i have also read a lot of reviews that have said avast is safer and better.
I have never had any problems with avast but what is everyones opinion of the two on here?
I think there is little difference - it is mainly personal preference.
I like Avast and my wife has just had a major problem which appeared to be caused by AVG so I am going to switch her over also.
I should say that I had used AVG for years until I switched because it started causing me problems after an upgrade.
I now much prefer Avast because it seems to intercept the virus before it gets into the machine and whenever I bother to run a full scan it always comes up clean (presumably for this reason). AVG on the other hand used to find virus already on my machine.
I've used AVG free version for years; never had any problems. I tried Avast for a while, but didn't like it, so went back to AVG. I think it's a matter of personal preference. And yes, use anti-spyware/malware as well; because they all find slightly different nasties & GENERALLY SPEAKING an anti-virus will find only VIRUSES, not other harmful things. Remember that ALL of these programs need updating regularly because they can only find/prevent threats that they have "learned" about from the updates.