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AVG Anti Virus

deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2006 3:53PM
I hate to break the up the love-in for AVG, but it's detection rates are abysmal! To the point that for certain kinds of virals I would have to recommend (In my opinion) a chocolate frying pan for more secure protection. It's free for a reason I guess.

Thi s is a good source for AV comparative tests

Top of the tree would appear to be Kaspersky AV or F-Secure AV in this test. I use KAV myself and it's very low on processor overhead and very nice to use.


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agoreira 14 6.0k Wales
29 Jun 2006 4:10PM
Paid version of AVG and NOD32, but will drop AVG when it expires and just run NOD32.
ladgie 14 13
29 Jun 2006 5:45PM
Have used AVG for the last 3 or 4 years and I haven't had any problems, even when receiving infected files from other people.
tigerminx 14 237 South Africa
29 Jun 2006 6:22PM
The tool you need to remove Norton (and any norton related product) is called SymNRT. Works like a charm. AVG is the way to go.

BradUK 13 553 3 England
29 Jun 2006 8:05PM
David (Deviant),

are you using version 6 of Kaspersky yet? Was planning on switching to Kaspersky at the end of July as long as they suddenly haven't done a Symmantec with the new version and become resource hungry.

What's your views on the Suite - is the firewall as good as the AV?

strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2006 8:22PM
Norton scores fairly well, and I think I will stick, but then I do get it for free.
bppowell 16 2.2k 2 England
29 Jun 2006 8:29PM
Used AVG free for a long time, have now used the paid for product(AVG 7.1 professional) for over two years, no problems.

aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2006 8:32PM
Another vote for AVG -it updates almost every day which is reassuring.
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2006 8:35PM
Have any of the AVG users checked the test results linked to by Deviant? OK its free and light on resources but is it effective?
conrad 13 10.9k 116
29 Jun 2006 8:44PM
According to a test in a Dutch computer magazine it's highly effective. They were only worried about the number of updates, but mine updates every day, so I don't see the problem.

A happy AVG user.
BradUK 13 553 3 England
29 Jun 2006 8:45PM
Glad it wasn't only me who read his response!
bppowell 16 2.2k 2 England
29 Jun 2006 8:52PM
In a professional test analysis conducted last year it came second. Only Sophos AV came ahead of it.

Trouble is I cannot remember who conducted the test.

my version also updates at least 3 times a week automatically.

Just Jas Plus
16 26.2k 1 England
29 Jun 2006 8:54PM
I use AVG free version which updates automatically on boot-up every day.

Also run Zone Alarm firewall.

No problems as far as I am aware. I have run these on each of my machines as I've updated them.

Also on my wife and daughters' machines. Which is something like 8 machines over the years.

deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2006 9:09PM
Super it updates every day but misses 90% of new virals in a test. Kinda like sucking your thumb in a bear attack. It makes you feel better but it's not going to help when it comes down to it.

To answer an earlier question KAV 6 is a little more resource hungry but nothing unfeasable and for personal computers I tend to always recommend Zone Alarm Pro as a good firewall. Just my opinion after leak testing a few. I also tend to advise people to stay away from the built in windows Firewall and Black Ice Defender due to them being (again in my humble opinion) a bit leaky...
aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2006 9:23PM

Quote:Trouble is I cannot remember who conducted the test.

And there we have it in a nutshell.
It depends on who is funding the test.
Results can be manipulated.
I've spent so much money following 'best buy' recommendations that clog up my computer and slow it to snail's pace.
Okay you might not think much of AVG but together with common sense i.e. never open an email if I don't know the sender, it works well enough for me and hundreds of others.
I don't download stuff like music, use the computer for Ebay and photo sites.
Mind you I also do regular back -ups of my files.

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