AVG Free or Avast Home?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by romanom, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. romanom

    romanom Guest

    In another thread I posted my rant about McAfee and Norton, now I need a
    replacement and want to try one of the free programs.

    It seems that AVG and Avast are the front-runners in this category. I've
    done a search and gathered much info, but I'm still undecided.

    I've downloaded both and tried both on my HP and both seem very good, but I
    don't want to wait until one of them screws up my system to find I choose the
    wrong program.

    For anyone that has used either for awhile could post their experience it
    would be useful (to many people I think).

    Info that maybe helpful:

    HP Pavilion dv9500t
    Vista Home Premium
    2.2 Intel Centrino Duo
    2 GB RAM (2 cards)
    Intel 4965AGN wireless
    Office Professional 2007 (heavy use of Outlook)
    IE7 used heavily
    ISP: Verizon DSL

    Information on PC is private but not sensitive, no financial stuff, etc.

    Any other recommendations for upgrading firewall and spyware protection
    would also be welcome.

    romanom, Aug 3, 2007
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    Spirit Guest

    I have tried both AVG and Avast and prefer Avast. I have only
    Internet Mail - Network Shield - Standard Shield and Web Shield
    running or 4 of the 7 available since I don't use Outlook, Instant
    Messaging, or P2P software.
    Spirit, Aug 3, 2007
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  3. They are both good and neither one is at all likely to screw up your
    system. I prefer Avast!, but others whose opinions I respect prefer
    AVG. You can't go wrong with either.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Aug 3, 2007
  4. romanom

    Kayman Guest

    Another excellent AV apps for your consideration :)
    Avira AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic
    Kayman, Aug 4, 2007

  5. I've used both, and was completely satisfied with them. Neither have
    ever caused me any problems. I finally settled on AVAST, primarily
    because it was Vista-ready first, and it it seems to be updated (both
    the application, itself, and the definition files) more frequently.


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    Bruce Chambers, Aug 4, 2007
  6. romanom

    anandk Guest

    This has always been the never-ending debate among these two major freeware
    av. With regards to the PROTECTION here are my observations :

    Avast in my opinion, is MUCH better at detecting virus files inside
    compressed (zip'd) archives. Even AVG's complete scan will NOT detect ALL
    infections inside the Zip files. And if the compressed files are .rar or
    other formats, AVG's odds of detection are even less.

    Next : Detection of email borne viruses in AVG is at best average. If you
    have Outlook Express 6 client as part of Windows XP, you could easily end up
    downloading and saving some common email borne viruses. Its only at the time
    of extraction or saving the extracted infection that AVG gives a warning !
    AVG even with using the Outlook Express plugin, u could download the virus to
    your machine as an eml file, and it wont even warn when you open the eml
    anandk, Aug 4, 2007
  7. I used AVG for a couple of years and only changed to Avast because it was
    Vista compatible - the way I look at it free is a bargain which ever one you
    James Truelove, Aug 4, 2007
  8. romanom

    romanom Guest

    I went with AVG for one reason, Avast had a bug that was leaving ghosts or
    'left-overs' of the menu after right-clicking on an object. Went to the
    Avast free forum and found many are having the problem, but no solution.

    Thank you very much for all you input!
    romanom, Aug 4, 2007
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    Noddy Guest

    I've got Avast on one PC and AVG on another. Avast has better protection but
    also uses more resources, slows down web browser. For that reason I prefer
    Noddy, Aug 5, 2007
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    Nick Guest

    NEITHER! i have done my research on Free Anti-Viruses versus paid
    anti-Viruses. Guess who lost. AVG and Avast. i used both, my computer kept on
    having viruses, i could tell since suspicious behavior was going on, i had a
    strong password and a good Firewall. one experience with Avast, i could not
    log into my account, once i did, my screen turned green with a X in the top
    left, and a hit OK, once i did, i got kicked off. An Experience with AVG, i
    had a trojan, but it did nothing, so my system suffered. Ans with Antivir, i
    wouldnt update for me, or detect any viruses, my background kept on changing
    colors and doing weird things.

    I acctually Recommend NOD32 or Kapersky. they are way better than Mcafee,
    Norton, AVG, Antvir, and Bit Defender.

    Research Test Results on NOD32 and Kapersky's Virus detection rate. Also
    NOD32 has Pre-detection.

    With NOD32, i was looking at e-mail, and a pop-up pops up, and NOD32 comes
    up saying a Trojan was detected on the pop-ups website.

    Please choose wisely. I did and Chose NOD32. BTW, AVG is the worst out of
    the free-ones.
    Nick, Aug 6, 2007
  11. romanom

    romanom Guest

    Thanks, I'll look into NOD32, thanks again!

    romanom, Aug 6, 2007

  12. That may have been *your* experience, but *my* experience, and that of
    the many others I know who use Avast, is that no such problems have
    ever occurred. I run Avast on all three computers here, and all have
    been completely problem-free.

    I have much less experience with AVG, but judging from all the
    satisfied AVG users I know, and whose opinions I respect, your
    experience again is atypical.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Aug 6, 2007
  13. Sounds like you're expecting the av to cover for poor "safe hex".

    When an av pops up out of the blue saying it caught something, don't
    get the warm fuzzies because it's protecting you.

    Rather, feel a cold shiver because you just walked into something that
    might have bitten you if the av had missed it.

    When I "look at email", I don't have "pop-ups popping up". More on
    the mechanics of that? What email app and/or web mail site, etc.?

    Your mileage hints at missed malware that is already resident and in
    effect when you attempt to install these various av. For example,
    lack of suspicious activity doesn't exclude resident malware, and
    failure of an av to update itself is pretty suspicious in that regard.

    On your AVG vs. trojan mileage, it's unclear whether the trojan was
    already resident at the time you installed AVG?

    "Why do I keep open buckets of petrol next to all the
    ashtrays in the lounge, when I don't even have a car?"
    cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user), Aug 12, 2007
  14. romanom

    Crazy Noddy Guest

    Yea, they would say that because there is no money to be paid from
    supporting free AV progs. I've been running AVG for years and have never
    been infected with a virus. I don't even use it's real-time scan, I just
    scan files when I download them. If you are getting infected all the time
    using the free ones than I can only surmise you don't know what you are
    doing or you are a shill for the pay for AV's.
    Crazy Noddy, Aug 15, 2007
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