Freeware AVG 8.0 now has protection from spyware too.

AVG 8.0 Free now has the basic antivirus and antispyware protection too, for Windows. However, AVG Free 8.0 doesn't have all of the features you get in the commercial version of the application. There's no rootkit protection or linkscanner. And there's no email or instant messaging integration either.

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I've used both Avast and AVG free editions extensively, as well as Norton and PC-Cillin paid subscriptions. One day, I decided I had enough of that. They all turn snappy machines into sluggish ones as far as I'm concerned. They try to do too much, and they all end up using way too many resources. I'm not sure that they are even that necessary nowadays. With malware protection already installed, I think it's now just as possible to protect oneself from viruses by manually calling up a scan of any new files you download or get from a disc. I just use Clamwin now for that. The only possible downside is that you have to remember to scan files when necessary. But this is a lot more resource-friendly than having a resident virus scanner running all the time for no reason.
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Moonfleet,
I agree that there are many AV programs out there that are both Paid or Free to the user.
I have never used PC-Cillin but I have used Norton software extensively. The original Norton
Utilities software was a program to reckon with.......it was quick, effective and reasonable
as far as price goes. (To be continied)
AVG, on the other hand, was loaded onto my computer just after I had the hard drive replaced
and added more memory. It seemed to work fine (as far as I was concerned) as I got no "bugs"
on my computer which I always considered a plus. But, as they came out with their updates, it
consumed more space, memory and resources. It became bloated as has happened with several
utilities software that are available. So, I decided to go with Avast software....This has worked very
well with me as it seems to work along with me on the sites I choose to use. I do not have any stock
or any other investment into Pirif*, so this will exclude the full name as I has used the beginning
letters with the wild card.
Bottom line...................... Norton utilities was a program to have because it was good at what
it could do and did not try to impress you with something it could not do nor was interested in at
the time...........but it was taken over by syman* and it changed to a program that would do as
advertised to a program that tried to do everything including (basically) taking over control of
your computer with it's talent to become almost impossible to remove because it tied itself into your
entire system software.
I am not picking on just the companies that took over Norton software but everyone that buys
and sells software to look into the money angle without considering the customer. From personal
experience of trying many, many software programs for security, safety, peace of mind, etc., I
can personally state that every time I had gotten what I consider great software (free or not), there
always to be an outfit that buys it out and everything goes down the tube from that point on...
Guess I had better get off my soapbox before I get considered crazy.....Have a great day
and stick with Avast for a little while longer (until they get too big to be of any use to the little
guy)
Dazeydog

I've used both Avast and AVG free editions extensively, as well as Norton and PC-Cillin paid subscriptions. One day, I decided I had enough of that. They all turn snappy machines into sluggish ones as far as I'm concerned. They try to do too much, and they all end up using way too many resources. I'm not sure that they are even that necessary nowadays. With malware protection already installed, I think it's now just as possible to protect oneself from viruses by manually calling up a scan of any new files you download or get from a disc. I just use Clamwin now for that. The only possible downside is that you have to remember to scan files when necessary. But this is a lot more resource-friendly than having a resident virus scanner running all the time for no reason.

Wow, was amazed by the amount of crap it found.

Also glad they changed the black part of their icon to blue. Looks much better.

The stuff it found for me are the registry entries created by SpywareBlaster to protect my PC. -_-

If only they can improve on the scanning and maybe go deeper and detect the ActiveX kill bit then omit those friendly registry entries.
In my POV its AVG's incompatibility as SpywareBlaster is kind of using a feature in XP.

Hope AVG improves further without bloat.

thanks to Avast! we see some nice rivality with features for free products ...
i'm glad that all 3 A (Avg, Avira, Avast!) are able offer for free very good protection

I just want the ability to scan stuff I download - I could do that in AVG 7.5 by disabling everything, don't want to switch to 8 as it's heaver on resources. How long will 7.5 be supported for?

Avast seems good. I put it on my brothers computer and it's caught a few viruses. I used to use AVG for him, but it always had update issues and generally false detections. I'd like to try Avira for him. Of course I use NOD32.

Funny. All you guys bashing AVG Free and I was using Kaspersky before I switched to AVG and I'm 100% satisfied.

I didn't even know KAV was slowing down my PC as much as it was till I switched. I'm being dead honest about that.

Edit: I hate v8.0. Huge jump in resource usuage and if you disable anything, you have to deal with a tray icon with an exclamation point. I dislike it and am going to try AntiVir now and see how that is.

(solardog said @ #9)
NOD32 does it all better, faster and stealthier than anything else....you hardly even know its there.

NOD32 is free? I wasn't aware of that

I used to like AVG, but am I the only one sick of overly aggressive AV programs that automatically put everything in quarantine, or worse, delete files automatically by default? I mean, yeah, you can tweak settings after it's installed, but that's such a hassle if I want to put it on all my machines. This trend is getting worse, and AVG is far from the only guilty party.

I just installed AVG 8 and scanned my system. It automatically quarantined my Daemon Tools installer, because of the (known) adware component it includes. I can handle Daemon Tools, thank you very much. Wouldn't it be easier to prompt me the first time around, and remember that setting for that file?

n_K if you don't like AVG fine but don't call it a trojan and accuse it of being useless in stopping viruses. If you use AVG along with Firefox and avoid doing blatently stupid stuff like installing Limewire then you have a very low chance of getting a virus. practically zero. I have recommended AVG over paying for antivirus to dozens of people and none of them have gotten viruses.

(Tha Bloo Monkee said @ #6.1)
Agreed. I think AVG is the best free anti-virus out there. I recommend it to everyone, mainly cause it's free (and does the job) :D


If you look at any sites that test AVs, Avira (Free as well) destroys AVG. AVG detection is mediocre at best.

(Don Matteo said @ #6.2)

If you look at any sites that test AVs, Avira (Free as well) destroys AVG. AVG detection is mediocre at best.

Avira was a whole 1% higher on the last comparative test... hardly "destroying" anything >.>

(jpcahn said @ #6)
n_K if you don't like AVG fine but don't call it a trojan and accuse it of being useless in stopping viruses. If you use AVG along with Firefox and avoid doing blatently stupid stuff like installing Limewire then you have a very low chance of getting a virus. practically zero. I have recommended AVG over paying for antivirus to dozens of people and none of them have gotten viruses.

ClamAV PWNS a very g.....
I don't even have a virus scanner, haven't had one for the last 5 or 6 years and I'm running XP SP1, not even SP2 with any hot fixes! And I still haven't been hacked, you have to be a right stupid mug to get a virus running on your pc really

(rpger81 said @ #6.3)

Avira was a whole 1% higher on the last comparative test... hardly "destroying" anything >.>

Take a look at all the tests @ av-comparatives. AVG doesn't come close to reaching the overall detection performance of Avira. I don't care wtf av anyone uses, I'm just trying to point out that there are better alternatives for the same price

(Don Matteo said @ #6.5)

Take a look at all the tests @ av-comparatives. AVG doesn't come close to reaching the overall detection performance of Avira. I don't care wtf av anyone uses, I'm just trying to point out that there are better alternatives for the same price :)

That's where I did look :P

AntiVir PE Premium: 99.6
avast! Professional: 97.6
AVG Anti-Malware: 98.1
Kaspersky AV: 98.3
NOD32 Antivirus: 97.7

"Freeware AVG 8.0 now has protection from perfectly fine files too, including (but not limited to): any install creator program, any MMF2 exe, including empty applications, any useful free program but support has now been dropped from picking up any kind of threat such as: trojans, worms, viruses and other kinds of programs that can destroy your PC! Instead of downloading a trojan disguised as a good program, download AVG which is a trojan, Undisguised, the first and only kind."

Note this is the free version... and still is the best free version that exists

However , when I tried AVG trial version it just kept finding viruses/malware that was perfectly legit.

(nunjabusiness said @ #2)
No email integration? That seems to make it nearly worthless as most viruses are caught through email.

The news post is incorrect. There is email integration. I've installed it and the following are the installed and active components...

Anti-Virus (on demand)
Anti-Spyware
Email Scanner
LinkScanner
Resident Shield

It has been reported that it is incompatible with Spybot S & D along with Spyware Blaster. There is no known workaround at the moment