AVG 8.0 free edition, what's your verdict??

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Gaz, May 4, 2008.

  1. Gaz

    Gaz Guest

    I have always been a big fan of AVG, an excellent free antivirus with a
    pretty small performance footprint, excellent for older machines. Of course
    with the exponential growth of spyware, a single anti virus is no longer
    enough, but the free anti spyware by avg is also an excellent product. So, i
    was quite pleased when AVG 8.0 was announced, as it unites the anti spyware
    and anti virus database.

    However, it seems that avg have subcontracted out the programming to
    Symantec as the software is incredibly slow and takes, on my machine (1.6
    centrino 1gb of ram) over three hours to do a scan, compared to about 35 to
    50 mins on avg 7.5.

    It is not only slow to run but a resource hog in itself. I feel i can no
    longer recommend what was an excellent product to people. Anyone got any
    alternatives???

    Gaz
     
    Gaz, May 4, 2008
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  2. Gaz

    Gaz Guest

    Is avast ok by default, in terms of configuration, does it do the job
    without having to tinker it? Quick on site installation is a must........
    Doesnt it need to be registered as well?

    Gaz
     
    Gaz, May 4, 2008
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    It does require registration, but you can use it for about 30 days
    unregistered - which is about how long it takes to work out where to
    enter the registration code in the appalling GUI.

    IME it doesn't do a very good job of preventing infections and you have
    to rely on the scans. Inevitably it won't remove anything while running
    in normal mode (why can't they kill off the dodgy processes holding the
    files open?) so you have to perform a boot-time scan - of the entire
    system again, because the ordinary scan doesn't have the sense to save a
    list of what needs removing for it.

    People seem to have rather low standards of what they expect from
    anti-malware.
     
    Tony Houghton, May 4, 2008
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  4. Gaz

    Guest Guest

    "Quick on site installation is a must"

    On what fucking "site" are you on about ? Your Mums' or your Sisters' ?

    Why can't you install from "off site" if you are admin in charge of AV ?

    If you're on about proper "on site" why the **** are you asking about AV ?
     
    Guest, May 4, 2008
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  5. Gaz

    Gaz Guest

    You are not quite aware of the scenario in which i operate.

    Gaz
     
    Gaz, May 4, 2008
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  6. Gaz

    Guest Guest

    Judging by your inane rembling I doubt that you are aware of the scenario
    in which you operate in relation to the reality which surrounds you.
     
    Guest, May 4, 2008
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  7. Gaz

    Guest Guest

    Poor thrust.

    Here comes the science (My Parry)
    Quite
     
    Guest, May 5, 2008
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  8. Agreed. Spybot is a good addition to your list.
     
    Mike Tomlinson, May 5, 2008
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  9. Gaz

    GB Guest

    I did much the same. However, annoyingly, the toolbar icon now shows an
    exclamation mark, as if there is something wrong, simply because I disabled
    one of the features. That means that I won't know if there really is
    something wrong. Damn stupid, and I'm looking around for a replacement.
     
    GB, May 5, 2008
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    Johnny B Good, May 5, 2008
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  11. Earlier releases of Ad-aware were okay. Latest release is a pain in the
    bum.

    Windows Defender: well, it's written by M$. Say no more!
     
    Mike Tomlinson, May 5, 2008
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  12. Gaz

    GB Guest

    Pretty sure. I have the icon showing in the notification/status area of the
    taskbar- you know the bit next to the clock (bottom right, unless you moved
    the taskbar)
     
    GB, May 6, 2008
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