Is the free antivirus software AVG good?

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by asp, Jul 1, 2004.

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    asp Guest

    Is it the only free antivirus software in the world? Is it worse than the
    norton or mcafee?
    asp, Jul 1, 2004
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    Robert Moir Guest

    As I'd rather run without a virus scanner than install either of those two
    heaps of junk... I am sure you can see where my answer is going from here.
    Robert Moir, Jul 1, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    I have had them all and this is the best; and the help is way better than
    Norton. They are the best on the internet. I had a problem with a double
    firewall and they solved it. Norton help just told me to take my firewall
    off and use another one.

    If I had money I would buy it but another out of
    work I.T. with no money and they keep me going on.
    Guest, Jul 2, 2004
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    Robert Moir Guest

    Well AVAST and AVG are both fairly good, especially for the price.
    Personally I use F-Secure and the Windows version of Clam AV.
    Robert Moir, Jul 4, 2004
  5. You know the old saw: "You always get what you pay for."

    Donald McDaniel
    Donald McDaniel, Jul 4, 2004
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    Robert Moir Guest

    That ain't a bad rule of thumb, but there are always exceptions. Clam AV is
    a very good free scanner, within its current limits, and there are several
    very popular "pay for" scanners that i would not use if you paid me.
    Robert Moir, Jul 6, 2004
  7. IM currently testing ZoneLabs Security Suite. So far, Im pretty happy with
    it. I'd better be. I had to hock my step-children to pay for it.
    Donald McDaniel, Jul 7, 2004
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    Anon Guest

    Didn't catch the start of this thread, but a friend used AVG and we got into
    an arguement about why they didn't keep the reply to my original email (in
    their response) - apparently AVG snipped it.

    Like your friends calling in the middle of the night because McAfee just
    updated itself and now the computer blue screens on boot or Norton's half
    baked registration system leaves 25% of the user without a updated system
    and on the phone to tech support. Antivirus and Backup software suck in
    general and the biggest, most recognized companies tend to suck the worst.
    Anon, Jul 7, 2004
  9. I have since removed ZoneLabs SecuritySuite. I began having problems
    downloading web pages, and my Launchcast Radio started playing media files
    very intermittently.

    I have tried several Security Suites in the past week, none of which worked
    well with my hardware/software.

    I tried:
    McAfee Internet Security 6 -- this product does not allow for streaming
    media over the Internet, unless you disable a very important module of the
    TrendMicro Internet Security -- the firewall is very light-weight,
    although the AV is award-winning. One thing I liked about Trend Micro:
    They include a GREAT stand-alone uninstaller program, unlike the rest of the
    pack. This uninstaller will run even AFTER the product has been uninstalled
    via Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, and will remove all vestiges of
    the program, including all Registry keys. If you want to remove it
    completely, look for "PCCTools.exe" in one of their folders and run it.
    ZoneLabs Internet Security -- an excellent antivirus (the Vet antivirus
    engine), but needs a little work on the firewall. The antivirus is
    very-well incorporated with the firewall. The product looks just like
    ZoneAlarm Pro, with an added entry "Antivirus". However this product is not
    quite ready for prime-time.
    eZ-Trust Internet Security -- Much like ZoneLabs Security Suite. It has
    CAI's antivirus, with a licensed version of ZoneAlarm (v 4.5) as the

    Currently, I am running Outpost Firewall Pro 2.1 and Eset's NOD32 Pro v2.x

    It seems that releasing Security Suites is the newest thing antivirus
    companies are doing to stay on top of the heap. However, they are not
    designing them very well, and are releasing them in more or less a beta
    state instead of RTM. Because of this, people are having many problems with
    them. The manufacturers want the money, but don't seem to want to spend any
    time or money to release a finished product.
    Donald McDaniel, Jul 7, 2004
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    Robert Moir Guest

    Ah.. Zone Labs... speaking of products I wouldn't use if you paid me...
    Robert Moir, Jul 7, 2004
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    Robert Moir Guest

    Well people have to realise that being an expert in Firewalls doesn't mean a
    company knows jack about AntiVirus, and vice versa. I find it interesting
    that you note Trend's program as being a good virus scanner but poor
    firewall, and Chris' reply notes something about the ZA suite having what
    i'd describe as a fatal flaw in the antivirus part.

    Kinda goes some way towards making my case for me, doesn't it?

    I think the answer is to get separate "best of breed" products from each
    sector. Sure you don't get a pretty interface that ties everything together
    in one place, but you do get products that work, don't have weird
    interdependencies, and won't get dropped in 6 months time when the producer
    realises that the new market isn't working out for them and they decide to
    go back to just their core competency.

    Rob Moir, Microsoft MVP for servers & security
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    Robert Moir, Jul 7, 2004
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    Dick Kistler Guest

    See: for other free antivirus
    programs that have been voted the best by alt.comp.freeware newsgroup.

    Note also that the pricelessware website is one of the most useful on the

    Dick Kistler
    Dick Kistler, Aug 26, 2004
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    N. Miller Guest

    You did something wrong with Norton. While AVG is decent, NAV isn't so
    grossly incompetent that it will miss maltase so badly when compared with
    N. Miller, Aug 27, 2004
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