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ztmike
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join:2001-08-02
Michigan City, IN

AVG

I'm using AVG free edition

Is there something better out there thats free?


backfeed
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join:2002-12-16
Peru, IN
I Like AVG...Works for me!!...


Stem Bolt
Aka Smiling Bob
Premium
join:2002-11-08
Cleveland, OH
kudos:2

2 recommendations

reply to ztmike
said by ztmike:

I'm using AVG free edition

Is there something better out there thats free?
AVAST Anti-virus: »www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

AntiVir: »www.free-av.com/antivirus/allinonen.html

Both have free versions and have better detection then AVG free.

cbiggers

join:2000-08-10
San Luis Obispo, CA

1 recommendation

reply to ztmike
said by ztmike:

I'm using AVG free edition

Is there something better out there thats free?
AVG is all around very good for a free product. However, the best way to protect yourself from a virus is still the same as it was 10 years ago. Avoid the situation in the first place. Don't open unfamiliar emails, use SBL's in your email, and use DNS blocking/filtering like the Netcraft toolbar or OpenDNS. Don't go looking for cracks on shady websites. Then for the random time you DO encounter a virus, chances are it's something mundane your anti virus or spyware program will pick up. It's really that simple.


Bluethunder
Thunder PC

join:1999-12-05
Duncan, SC

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1 recommendation

reply to ztmike
said by ztmike:

I'm using AVG free edition

Is there something better out there thats free?
I switched from AVG to Avast for good a while back. I thought AVG was doing it's job. When trying Avast out on one of my machines when I was bored one day, it found a virus (trojan actually) that AVG had no clue about. That was enough to make me dump AVG for good. I swing by and do an occasional "housecall" also ( »housecall.trendmicro.com/ ), but have never needed to. Avast has done it's job.

I also use Avast frequently when I get an infected computer in for cleaning. The option of a boot time scan is a big plus. AVG was unable to perform a boot time scan last I checked.


tc1uscg

join:2005-03-09
Clinton Township, MI

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reply to cbiggers
said by cbiggers:

said by ztmike:

I'm using AVG free edition

Is there something better out there thats free?
AVG is all around very good for a free product. However, the best way to protect yourself from a virus is still the same as it was 10 years ago. Avoid the situation in the first place. Don't open unfamiliar emails, use SBL's in your email, and use DNS blocking/filtering like the Netcraft toolbar or OpenDNS. Don't go looking for cracks on shady websites. Then for the random time you DO encounter a virus, chances are it's something mundane your anti virus or spyware program will pick up. It's really that simple.
I agree. I hardly use/turn on my PC anymore.. That's a sure way to stay safe. Now, to be realistic, the majority of users don't have a clue to what your talking about. They come home with a new PC. Almost unable to hook it up and not willing to pay some moron in a white shirt and tie to do it for 100 bucks, they start surfing away. When I get called about a PC running slow from family or a friend, first thing I due is run CLEANUP!. I want to see just what I'm walking into. It amazes me how a PC that's 3 months old can have over a gig of junk from a normal user. So, there will be people willing to shell out 30 or 60 bucks for a suite and feel they are safe and most do a good job keeping them safe if set up correctly. Nothing wrong with that. But, if Symantec, Zonelabs (owned by someone else who will no doubt screw it up) and Mcrappies are failing the grade. Maybe it's time to shut the box of chips down and take the family out to a movie instead of surfing porn.

ltjordan

join:2001-12-02
Hyattsville, MD
reply to Stem Bolt
I can also vouch for Anti-Vir. I've been using it for years on my computer and on the computers of friends and family members. But in the end, it doesn't matter how good or bad, cheap or expensive, your anti-virus software is, it really all depends on the user. Just be careful of what programs you open on your computer and what websites you visit.

NgtFlyer

join:2000-07-09
Marietta, GA
reply to tc1uscg
This is a big reason why laptops are outselling desktops these days. No cables other than the power cord to connect up. Many of these same people buy a router and become an instant member of what is known as the "Linksys community network".. or the Default community network..

bjbrock9

join:2002-10-28
Mcalester, OK
reply to Bluethunder
I've had AVG find viruses Avast, Nortons and McAfee's all have missed.

When repairing customers PC's, the first thing I do is uninstall their current AV and install AVG. If it's a business machine I make them pay for it. AVG has found viruses left behind by most other AV's. Avast is probably the worst.


Bluethunder
Thunder PC

join:1999-12-05
Duncan, SC

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said by bjbrock9:

I've had AVG find viruses Avast, Nortons and McAfee's all have missed.

When repairing customers PC's, the first thing I do is uninstall their current AV and install AVG. If it's a business machine I make them pay for it. AVG has found viruses left behind by most other AV's. Avast is probably the worst.
Odd ... I have had the exact opposite experience. I never uninstall their current AV and replace it with Avast without their permission, unless it is another free AV (especially AVG). I will, however, use Avast's boot time scan to clean up what others have missed, even if I leave their current one on the system. Besides the poor detection rate, the lack of a boot time scanner (BIG negative) or the ability to disinfect nested archives keeps me away from AVG. The lack of a boot time scanner alone makes AVG useless in cleaning many strains. There are some viruses that simply cannot be cleaned from within the windows environment.

AVG is actually the worst in most tests (such as this: »wiki.castlecops.com/AntiVirus_Comparison ). I have yet to use AntiVir, so can't vouch for it, but it appears in that test to be the best of the three. My main reason for excluding it is it's lack of a boot scanner. For me and my clients, I will stick with what I know works, and stay away from what I have seen has problems (and lacks needed functionality to fully clean the system).

»www.consumersearch.com/www/softw···iew.html
»www.jhoodsoft.org/av.html


jmorlan
Hmm... That's funny.
Premium,MVM
join:2001-02-05
Pacifica, CA
kudos:4
reply to ztmike
said by ztmike:

I'm using AVG free edition

Is there something better out there thats free?
For a limited time, you can get AVG Pro version for free. It's a one-year license:

»AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 Professional + Spy Sweeper 5.5 - FREE

It installs fine over your AVG free version.

hammerz
Premium
join:2000-10-16
Taiwan
reply to ztmike
Many of the latest reviews give BitDefender the edge these days...and they have a free version. I'm actually using a trial of the paid version right now while I try to make up my mind which way to go. I think I like BDAV very much! And the paid version can be found for less than US$25. It has added protection (real time scanning of files and internet access) that the free version lacks. AVG was pretty far down on the list...like 9th out of 10 top choices, but it was still very good. Another thing I think I'm liking about BDAV is that is has a SUPER small CPU and resource footprint-- which is the reason I just dumped Zonealarm Security Suite. I now use a combination of my router's firewall, Windows Defender, BitDefender, Advanced Windows Protection Pro and Secunia PSI. Oh, yeah, and OpenDNS and Calling ID Link Advisor.
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Hammerz


eedwfe

@sbcglobal.net
reply to Bluethunder
Avast can't even do autoscheduling. (I wouldn't use any antivirus that can't do that)


BinaryXtreme6

join:2004-04-20
Sparks, NV
I've been using AVG for years now and love it.


Bluethunder
Thunder PC

join:1999-12-05
Duncan, SC
reply to eedwfe
If an AV does it's job on the real time scanners, auto scheduling is useless. I see that as a useless "feature". If the virus isn't detected when it's introduced to the PC, it's probably not going to find it when it run a full scan that is scheduled. FWIW, Avast will constantly run a full scan when the screen saver is active. If "after the fact" scanning is what you prefer to trust, that would find it quicker anyway (of course if it missed it once, it's likely going to miss it again).