AVG anti-virus, Anti Spyware for MCE2005?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by xiowan, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. xiowan

    xiowan Guest

    Hi All:
    Someone recommended AVG FREE Anti-Virus and I downloaded it and thought
    I would try it before buying Norton again. Before installing it I read the
    pdf manual for it and it said "not intended for networked computers". Does
    this mean I can't use it on my three networked computers with one connected
    to the X-Box? That doesn't sound logical because I read that Microsoft is
    offering it as a download for Windows Vista when it comes out. Or is it a
    case that the FREE version doesn't work with networked computers but the one
    they sell is different and will work? Anyone using AVG anti-virus and
    anti-spyware that might clue me in?

    xiowan........in tucson
    xiowan, Nov 16, 2006
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    Gary Tsang Guest

    I use AVG Antivirus Free here with no problems.
    I don't use the Anti-Spyware part of their program (Windows Defender works
    well enough for me).

    Gary Tsang

    Microsoft MVP - Windows Media Center
    Gary Tsang, Nov 16, 2006
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  3. xiowan

    xiowan Guest

    Hi Gary:
    Thanks for the reply! Would the proper installation be to install the
    AVG Free Anti-Virus on all three computers so I can use any computer online
    when the others are not turned on? Or will it only work if I load the
    program on a central computer and always connect to the internet thru that

    xiowan........in tucson
    xiowan, Nov 16, 2006
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    S.Sengupta Guest

    You have to install on all three computers.

    S.Sengupta, Nov 16, 2006
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    Gary Tsang Guest

    You'll need to install it on each computer.

    The installs are standalone. You won't be able to centrally administrate
    them or anything like that. If you want network administration of your AV
    software, then you'll need to pony up for their pay-products

    Hope that helps

    Gary Tsang

    Microsoft MVP - Windows Media Center
    Gary Tsang, Nov 16, 2006
  6. xiowan

    xiowan Guest

    Hi again:
    Ok.........appreciate your help. I'm a bit nervous about changing my
    internet security set up cause I've never had a problem with Norton since my
    first computer in 1998 but I plan on getting Vista when it comes out and I've
    heard Norton & Vista aren't going to be ready at the same time. The AVG
    program is already claiming compatibility with Vista so I thought I'd try it
    rather than paying for a year of Norton that I may not be able to use.
    Thanks again!

    xiowan........in tucson
    xiowan, Nov 16, 2006
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    Gary Tsang Guest

    Gary Tsang, Nov 16, 2006
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    Someuser Guest

    You may find you are pleasantly surprissed by running an AV other than
    Norton or McAfee. I find these two solutions, which in my opinion were the
    best of class long long ago have become bloatware today. I find both ETrust
    AV and AVG both of which I use today, to be both fast (something you will
    not hear about Norton or McAfee), rock solid, effective, and most
    importantly non-intrusive.

    The only drawback I see with using AVG is that in the past it would not pick
    up the password protected zip email attachments favored by some virus
    families. Now this may not be the case now, but was in the past. And before
    anyone says that no AV can test the contents of these password protected zip
    files, yes you are technically correct, however some AV packages will detect
    the virus using the signature of the zip file.

    Someuser, Nov 16, 2006
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