Use AVG with Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Robert Hankins, May 4, 2009.

  1. I am considering dropping Norton AV and begin using the free AVG 8.5 AV software. Can I get some user comments/ recommendations on AVG? All replies are appreciated.
     
    Robert Hankins, May 4, 2009
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    Malke Guest

    My experience with AVG on clients' machines and from reading about it is
    that it tends to be problematic and I don't install it. I recommend NOD32
    (commercial) or Avast (free). Another good free antivirus is Avira Anti-Vir
    but it has a nag screen. You can Google for how to disable it if you want
    to use Avira instead of Avast.

    Malke
     
    Malke, May 4, 2009
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    JamesJ Guest

    I'm using AVG Free edition and I'm happy with it.

    James
    I am considering dropping Norton AV and begin using the free AVG 8.5 AV software. Can I get some user comments/ recommendations on AVG? All replies are appreciated.
     
    JamesJ, May 4, 2009
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    mikeyhsd Guest

    been using AVG FREE for years on XP, Vista and now W7 with NO problems.

    have had nothing but problems with the other FREE virus programs.





    I am considering dropping Norton AV and begin using the free AVG 8.5 AV software. Can I get some user comments/ recommendations on AVG? All replies are appreciated.
     
    mikeyhsd, May 4, 2009
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    kavita Guest

    Its nice. But if you are looking a free AV, i would recommend 'Download
    FREE antivirus software - avast! Home Edition'
    (http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html) as it has more
    features and works with very less resources.


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    kavita

    God Helps Those Who Help Others.
    A Man In Need Is A Man In Deed.
    This is all I learn here......
     
    kavita, May 4, 2009
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    brummyfan Guest

    I have tried all three, Avast,Avira and AVG Free 8.5. I like AVG but I
    don't know why, may be the logo.
     
    brummyfan, May 4, 2009
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  7. Works fine for me here. Been using it for years on XP, Vista and now
    Windows 7. Highly recommended.

    I am considering dropping Norton AV and begin using the free AVG 8.5 AV
    software. Can I get some user comments/ recommendations on AVG? All replies
    are appreciated.
     
    Richard G. Harper, May 4, 2009
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    Noel Paton Guest

    I don't often disagree with you Malke, but on this occasion.....
    I have used AVG free (and the occasional paid-for) on Win 98,ME,XP,and
    Vista - and even for a short time on Win 7- and have until lately
    recommend it without reservation to my clients - NEVER have I had a
    problem that could be traced back to AVG (although there was the
    occasional time when it would not work, a simple uninstall/reinstall
    fixed it).
    Since V8.5 came out, I've noticed that there is a significant slowdown
    on older PC's - usually with limited RAM (<512MB), running XP - this
    has led to me evaluating Avast on Vista, which seems slightly better
    than AVG, and has not given me problems so far.

    I would agree/admit that AVG is not the 'best' AV in the world, but
    for most of my (mostly clueless) clients, it's ideal, because of the
    simplicity of the interface.

    The only proviso is that you should NEVER install the email checker -
    which is the part that does cause problems ( as it does in many other
    AVs). At least this is simple to do, in the AVG install - unlike
    certain other well-known AV's!

    Avast, while it seems to be efficient, does tend to have a rather
    complex interface (which I personally despise) - seeming to try to be
    at the same time twee, and techie. It fails in both, but does actually
    give a lot of options. If only its interface was as simple as AVG's, I
    would wholeheartedly recommend its use to all my clients.
     
    Noel Paton, May 4, 2009
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    Dave T. Guest

    One more knock on Avira . . . It requires a reboot upon completing an
    update. I hate having to boot twice each morning, so I'm going back to
    Avast.

    Dave T.
     
    Dave T., May 5, 2009
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  10. HUH? That doesn't happen on MY machine. I ran the free version for
    six months, and am now running the Premium version... never has
    happened in either case.
     
    Steve McGarrett, May 5, 2009
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  11. Robert Hankins

    Dave T. Guest

    Very odd...I've already uninstalled so I don't know the exact version
    number, but it was the latest one. Yeah, when I boot up in the morning
    it would do the update right away, and then notify me that a reboot is
    required to load the update. Yours doesn't do that?
    Dave T.
     
    Dave T., May 5, 2009
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  12. Doesn't do that with ver. 9 and didn't do it with ver. 8. I had 8
    both free and Premium. 9 is only Premium.
     
    Steve McGarrett, May 5, 2009
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  13. BTW... my XP notebook has the free version of 9.0 - it always updates
    when I use it (which is infrequently). Guess what? No restart there
    either, just the notification that updates were installed.
     
    Steve McGarrett, May 5, 2009
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    Gordon Guest

    Doesn't here....but then I'm using the paid-for Avira Premium....
     
    Gordon, May 5, 2009
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    Jane C Guest

    I've been using AntiVir on Vista and now on Windows 7, and I have never
    had to reboot after a definition update either. I never had to reboot
    after the initial install either. Using the free one :)
     
    Jane C, May 5, 2009
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    Gordon Guest

    Did you manage to get rid of the nag screen on Vista? I could never get the
    setting to stick, which is why I went for Premium. (All of £12!!!!)
     
    Gordon, May 5, 2009
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    kavita Guest

    I switched to NOD32 and works great with Vista and 7.


    --
    kavita

    God Helps Those Who Help Others.
    A Man In Need Is A Man In Deed.
    This is all I learn here......
     
    kavita, May 5, 2009
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  18. The instructions at this site have always worked for me:

    http://www.elitekiller.com/files/disable_antivir_nag.htm
     
    Steve McGarrett, May 5, 2009
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    Gordon Guest

    Gordon, May 5, 2009
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    Jane C Guest

    Hi Gordon,

    I haven't tried applying the hack yet. I'll put it on my to-do list and
    see if it works :)
     
    Jane C, May 6, 2009
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