shortcircuited 12:43 28 May 2006

I have downloaded the free AVG anti virus - does this include firewall?

  Stuartli 12:50 28 May 2006

No. You will need the free version of ZoneAlarm from click here

There are others, but this is as good as any you will find without putting your hand in your pocket.

You might also consider Avast! for your AV - it updates itself automatically and provides a visual and verbal indication that it has done so.

click here

  Belatucadrus 12:56 28 May 2006

But instead of AVG, not as well as. Two AV=Bad idea.

  Blake7© 13:01 28 May 2006

Why does everyone bang on about Avast being a better alternative to AVG because it updates itself automatically? AVG updates itself automatically too if you want it to.
I've tried both, but my preference is for AVG. Nothing wrong with Avast though.

  Stuartli 13:32 28 May 2006

I was most certainly not "banging on about Avast! being a better alternative to AVG because it updates itself automatically" - it is a figment of your imagination.

I never suggested it was a "better alternative", only that shortcircuited might like to consider it.

I've used both AVG and Avast! - both are as good as each other.

However, Avast! requires much less "maintenance" and, for that reason, I tend to put it on friends and family's systems because it's one less worry, especially for those new to computing.

  shortcircuited 13:33 28 May 2006

How do you get it to update automatically?

  pj123 13:37 28 May 2006

My AVG updates automatically although I put that down to being on NTL Cable Broadband.

A couple of mates who are on AOL BB and Wanaddoo respectively do not update automatically until they actually log on to the internet. In fact they can't update anything (Adaware, Spybot, Spywareblaster etc) unless they log on first and then minimise it.

I don't have to do that at all.

  Stuartli 15:21 28 May 2006

Just for interest. My son is a very experienced IT support specialist/consultant (he works for one of the UK's biggest employers).

His entire house is fully wirelessed for a variety of different products.

He uses the free version of Avast! for personal use...:-)

  Belatucadrus 15:22 28 May 2006

Actually it isn't, while AVG has an automatic update, avast! updates as soon as you connect and then at intervals of your choosing, the default is 240 mins, but you can configure it to whatever suits. AVG is a good product, but avast! has one of the best update systems of any AV program.

  Blake7© 15:26 28 May 2006

I didn't imply that you yourself were banging on about Avast being better blah blah etc. But I read so much on forums probably by beginners that because Avast updates automatically (default settings) it has to better than AVG.

To update AVG automatically, launch AVG control center. Click on scheduled tasks and edit the "update plan in basic mode". You can tick the box to "periodically check for updates" at the time of your choosing. Hope that helps.

  Stuartli 18:10 28 May 2006

>>it is a figment of your imagination.>>

Unfortunately you've misconstrued my comment...:-)

I never stated, at any point, that it was "a better alternative."

As you rightly state, the Avast! update check can be timed according to your requirements.

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