Anti Virus Recommedations? Tired of AVG8 Free

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Don, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Don

    Don Guest

    Hey gang,

    I am about fed up with AVG8 Free. I guess hard to complain about a free
    program, but it just keeps getting annoying. I keep getting the red
    exclamation point on the avg icon in the tray, I open it up and the update
    manager failed. Last time I went through this, I ended up uninstalling and
    then reinstalling the program - now it is doing it again. I am having
    trouble now even manually updating it.

    So I figure - if I am going to have to uninstall again, I might as well
    consider a different AV program.

    Any recommendations on a good AV program for Vista 64 bit Ultimate? I guess
    free would be nice, but I would not mind paying a little for a decent

    Thanks for any feedback here,
    Don, Nov 6, 2008
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    John Barnes Guest

    I've been using Avast Free since early XP64 days with no problems.
    John Barnes, Nov 6, 2008
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    philo Guest

    I think Avast is certainly one of the better ones
    philo, Nov 7, 2008
  4. Yes, me too! And the pro-version was no more than around 40 bucks the last
    time I looked!

    About the update, though - could it be the firewall? AVG has a pretty good
    name here as well, I believe.

    Tony. . .
    Tony Sperling, Nov 7, 2008
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    Don Guest

    Thanks Tony, John and philo, ,sounds like Avast may be worth my checking it

    I don't think it is the firewall, I can usually manually update - this
    evening, it took me trying several times off and on before it finally went
    through and udpated. That automatic update thing just keeps getting screwed
    up I guess, keeps giving error that it can't connect to the server. Then
    eventually my trying it manually gets it done.

    I will give Avast a try and see if it does better for me. I always had good
    luck with AVG until this most recent version 8.
    Don, Nov 7, 2008
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    philo Guest

    Well I got away from AVG 8
    as the update often failed, or else it just took a very long time
    and slowed down the system

    With Avast, my machine never slows down
    and the update process takes place in the background.
    There is simply a notification when the update has completed
    philo, Nov 7, 2008
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    Bogey Man Guest

    The automatic update gives me an error stating that it can't connect but
    when I check the date of the last update, the update has been downloaded and
    installed so, I just ignore the message.
    Bogey Man, Nov 7, 2008
  8. Hi,
    I like my AVAST too, very like the others, since it was one of the first,
    that supported x64.

    I guess, you use the free version.
    The licence has a lifetime of 1 year (if i am rihgt).

    Take a moment, download the latest version from AVAST,
    AND register again for a "new" 1 year (still cost free) license.

    I would recommend to you to thank for the cost free usage in the comment

    Juergen Kluth, Nov 11, 2008
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    Allan Guest

    I have the 32-bit version of AVG Free Edition installed on XP Home SP3 but I
    disabled the notification of error state for the Update Manager. My
    notification area icon only shows an exclamation mark when I have disabled
    the (memory) Resident Shield. You have to go into the advanced settings area
    to disable the error state notifications. I check for updates manually at
    least twice a day usually. I have done the same thing for the Link Scanner
    since I am using McAfee Site Advisor toolbar/BHO instead. I plan to stick
    with AVG at least until I replace this old HP Pavilion desktop.
    Allan, Nov 11, 2008
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    Keith_Hailey Guest

    The AVG Free program and their company web site are coninuously under attack
    by malware authors. I've noticed this over the last several months and most
    of my clients that bring in infected systems have been running it. I guess
    when you are free, popular and effective, it makes you a big target.

    Avast, on the other hand, has a much better self defense engine, updates
    regularly and works really well. It also has no where near the overhead that
    AVG has.

    My main recommendation to customers is Avast teamed up with Spybot S&D's
    TeaTimer. Most of my clients are home users and a lot have older systems.
    If the compination is too much overhead for their system, Avast alone covers
    very well.

    I also use Avast for serious infection removal in a system that I have set
    up solely for that purpose. I can be working on other systems and the
    infection alarm will get my attention anywhere in my shop.

    Keith_Hailey, Nov 12, 2008
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    Don Guest

    Hey gang,

    Ok I got AVG uninstalled and installed Avast. So far I think I like it.

    Quick question for you Avast users - I see there is a Virus Recovery
    Database generator icon in the systray, the options for it are generate when
    computer is idle, generate only when screen save is on, generate now, or
    disable that feature. I have read and believe I understand what that is for,
    basically gives you a shot to maybe restore a file that might get damaged by
    a virus.
    I guess my thinking is I should just disable it - seems like with good AV
    protection and safe computing, probably won't get a virus anyway, I got a
    virus once and that was many years ago when I was a rookie computer user.

    What do you folks that use Avast set this feature to?

    Thanks for any tips,
    Don, Nov 13, 2008
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    Jane C Guest

    Hi Don,

    Personally, I just ignore it. I've never bothered creating the VRDB and
    have never had an issue. Then again, I don't get infected anyway ;)
    Jane C, Nov 13, 2008
  13. Personally, I've set mine to regenerate while idle, not knowing exactly what
    it's good for - after that I've forgotten all about it. Under Avast
    Settings, though, I have checked to update the virus database automatically,
    and the program only after I allow it - plus, I have checked under
    'Troubleshooting' the option to not display any 'Dialogs' and interrupting
    active full-screen applications. This lets you play games and watch Video's
    quite undisturbed.

    Tony. . .
    Tony Sperling, Nov 13, 2008
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    Don Guest

    Thanks for the tips, very helpful!


    Don, Nov 13, 2008
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    Keith_Hailey Guest

    The data base allows for actual repair of infected files. Without the data
    base, repair is not usually possible and you only have the option of deleting
    or putting it in the chest, which is really pointless unles you have the
    database. It could mean the difference between recovery and "Erase and

    Like Jane C, I used to say "I don't get Viruses" and it held true for 24

    I got hit with a drive-by version of AV 2009 on week before
    last while checking repairs on a customer's system. It hit and was on QUICK.
    No matter how quick your response time is, you can't grab the Ethernet cable
    fast enough to stop it. It embarassed me more than anything else, and cost
    me about 2 hours of labor getting rid of it. I am no longer cocky my ability
    to avoid viruses.

    Keith Hailey
    Keith_Hailey, Nov 14, 2008
  16. Thanks, for explaining this, Keith - is there an easy way to understand the
    differences between the configuration options?

    Or, should we have been reeding the on-site FAQ? I'll probably do that
    anyway, but informed intro's never hurts.

    Tony. . .
    Tony Sperling, Nov 14, 2008
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    Keith_Hailey Guest

    Probably reading the FAQ is the best way to understand. I haven't realloy
    had time to read them all. After I got hit was the first time that I got
    serious about reading them and really looking at the different options. I
    just don't seem to get the time to go throught them all, though.

    That and playing with the settings. I think that the default settings are
    problay close to what is needed.

    By default, the VRDB is never more than three weeks old, if I remember
    right. On the station that I use for Virus removal, I select the "Generate
    Now" at least once a week due to it's repeated exposure to infected drives.

    But one of the coolest things about Avast is that you really don't need to
    understand the configuration settings for it to work.

    The thing to understand is to make sure that you re-register once the
    subscription starts to run out (it's free to re-register, too). The only
    systems that I've seen with Avast that became infectected were the ones where
    the client got the warning, didn't re-rergister because they thought they
    would have to spend money, then had to spend over twice the money for me to
    get their system back. It would have been cheaper for them to buy the Pro

    Keith_Hailey, Nov 14, 2008
  18. I couldn't agree more, and I am pretty much in the same boat - the thought
    of taking the time to read through a FAQ is usually infinitely worse than
    actually reading them. What immediately had me hooked to Avast (nearly four
    years ago, and under recommendations from this here group) is the apparent
    'weightlessness', it's like it wasn't even there. But it is, I have a pair
    of posters in a mail-list who's contributions are flagged with a 'suspicious
    white-space character' message, but there is nothing wrong with those posts
    as far as I can determine, it's probably a software incompatibillity -
    perhaps they are on Linux? Or something.

    Tony. . .
    Tony Sperling, Nov 14, 2008
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