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Free For Personal Use Anti-Virus Software
« on: May 25, 2008, 10:38:44 PM »
With the changes in AVG 8.0 (aside from the Yahoo Search bar disguised as a "Security Tool" -- their link scanner -- See How to install AVG without LinkScanner), I have read in a couple of private forums that some folks have had some serious computer problems with AVG 8.0.  Of course, anyone who was using an antivirus software and AVG 7.5 Anti-Malware needs to realize that AVG 8.0 is both an anti-virus and anti-malware application.

Although I should point out that some people have had no problems with AVG 8.0, others have had dreadful results from being unable to boot into normal Windows to lock-ups, BSOD, poor performance, etc.  As indicated in this thread at Wilders, it appears it is necessary to be prepared for "warnings" if you have Spyware Blaster. 

For those folks who don't wish to use AVG 8.0, what is left?  Two I am aware of are avast! and Avira AntiVir. 

avast! 4 Home Edition
Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic

I've heard pros and cons of both.  To benefit anyone looking for a replacement for AVG, please provide your experiences (good and bad) with either software. 


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Re: Free For Personal Use Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2008, 11:58:50 PM »
Doing a bit of research on both Avira AntiVir and avast!

Avira Support Forumhttp://forum.avira.com/wbb/index.php?

Avira AntiVir supports Windows 2K, Windows XP and Windows Vista (32 and 64 Bit).  I found this interesting.  With the Premium (19.95 Euro/$31.50 USD) & Security Suite (39.95 Euro/$63 USD), Avira makes a 5 Euro donation to Auerbach Foundation:
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With every purchase of Avira AntiVir Premium and Avira Premium Security Suite 5 Euros from every sale are donated to the Auerbach Foundation. This charitable foundation, which was founded by Tjark Auerbach, the company founder of Avira, supports social, scientific and cultural projects with these donations. In this way, a purchase of the Avira AntiVir Premium also implies that you are providing some support and security apart from protecting your digital data.

Avira also has the following free tools:

Avira AntiVir Removal Tool
Avira AntiRootkit Tool
Avira Boot Sector Repair Tool
Avira UnErase Personal
Avira NTFS4DOS Personal
Avira AntiVir Rescue System


Avast Support Forumhttp://forum.avast.com/index.php

One thing I noticed is that it appears that a good many of the features of the licensed version are available in the avast! 4 Home Edition:  http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-compare-home-professional.html

It is difficult to locate compatibility on these sites.  However, I did find this:

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all avast! antivirus editions, including the free Home Edition, now fully support the new Windows x64 platform

I didn't follow all of the links at the avast! site to get price comparisons for the licensed version.  They strongly encourage a 60 day free trial before purchase.   


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Re: Free For Personal Use Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2008, 05:49:05 PM »
thanks for the info!

i was unaware of avg v8 or its toolbar inclusion.  that is horrible.

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Re: Free For Personal Use Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2008, 02:32:37 AM »
I have AVG 8.0 and have had no problems with it and do have Spyware Blaster installed on this machine also.

I have Avast on a Vista machine and it seems fairly easy to set up but to be honest have never tried to infect that machine to see how Avast would perform.  If I have time I will throw it on a virtual machine to see how it does.

Has anyone ever used or heard of ClamWin Antivirus?
http://www.clamwin.com/

I have seen some people mention it but never heard any reviews on it.
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Re: Free For Personal Use Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2008, 03:21:36 AM »
ClamWin Antivirus-----Open source program, Slow scanning, no real time protection..
You're only as safe as your last update.

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Re: Free For Personal Use Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2008, 04:24:06 AM »
I ran AVG 7.5 for years until I saw that it was being replaced with AVG 8.0 along with reports of numerous trouble users were having with it while browsing around the forums.

I immediately uninstalled AVG 7.5 from my systems, installed Avast 4 Home Edition with good results.  I like the option of a scan at startup which can be skipped if you are in a hurry by pressing Esc.

I have since put it on all four of my families systems this week so can only recommend it to others. So far so good with all six computers.
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Re: Free For Personal Use Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2008, 09:16:08 AM »
I ran AVG 7.5 for years until I saw that it was being replaced with AVG 8.0 along with reports of numerous trouble users were having with it while browsing around the forums.

I immediately uninstalled AVG 7.5 from my systems, installed Avast 4 Home Edition with good results.  I like the option of a scan at startup which can be skipped if you are in a hurry by pressing Esc.

I have since put it on all four of my families systems this week so can only recommend it to others. So far so good with all six computers.
I un-installed AVG 7.5 when it started to pop up that I needed to upgrade to 8.0

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Re: Free For Personal Use Anti-Virus Software
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2008, 01:12:37 AM »
I moved to Avast! on my Vista laptop when AVG v8 (free) started to turn off it's 'resident shield'. I would turn it back on, only to have Vista's Security Center warn me it was de-activated again. Frustrated, I went over to Avast, which is workinig fine (apparently) and not slowing the system down at all.
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