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Bluethunder
Thunder PC

join:1999-12-05
Duncan, SC

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reply to ztmike

Re: AVG

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.

bjbrock9

join:2002-10-28
Mcalester, OK
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


eedwfe

@sbcglobal.net
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).