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Free anti-virus AVG - new V8.0.1 now available

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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
8.0.1 now available, to replace 8.0 - totally free version (and don't forget - the old V 7.5 is no longer going to be updated after the end of this month)

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Basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows available to download for free. Limited features, no support, for private and non-commercial use only.
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This page might be useful if you have any queries: http://free.grisoft.com/ww.faq.num-1236#faq_1236
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
Anyone know how to get rid of that annoying popup that I get each day about upgrading to the full version?
#2
I'm not paying for the full version just to get rid of it
#3
Didn't realise 8.0 was out I'm still on 7.5. Hate that pop-up too, hopefully the upgrade will get rid of it.
2 Likes #4
Just a little advise for anyone installing AVG 8.0 - you will probably want to disable 'Link Scanner' as it makes browsing unbelievably slow. To do so go to IE or Firefox Add-ons section and disable 'AVG Link Scanner'
#5
waygood
I'm not paying for the full version just to get rid of it


I dont think you understand - if you download the brand new FREE version 8, it will no longer pester you about upgrading to the PAID version of 8.

Also, lots of problems reported in this version. Like with any new software - it pays to wait a while.
banned#6
didnt think free software qualified as a 'deal'.

avira antivirus is much better than AVG anyway
#7
csiman
didnt think free software qualified as a 'deal'.

avira antivirus is much better than AVG anyway


i agree if anything it should be in freebies???? hardly a deal as everyone knows that its free and they never try to charge for their basic version therefore its at RRP and isnt a deal:thumbsup:
#8
I upgraded to 8 about 2 weeks ago and I have still seen the popup window. I think it appears after the virus update. But I did have to reinstall and exclude my LaunchinIE addon as it was picked up and removed.
(http://www.whirlywiryweb.com/q/%2Flaunchinie.asp)
#9
Yeah this sort of verges on SPM doesn't it - no offense to OP if just trying to help but you might want to suggest alternatives that are less bloated and some might say better...?


AntiVir gets my vote too but I hate that stupid popup :x
banned#10
ollyk;2191156
Yeah this sort of verges on SPM doesn't it - no offense to OP if just trying to help but you might want to suggest alternatives that are less bloated and some might say better...?


AntiVir gets my vote too but I hate that stupid popup :x

its only 1 daily click but I know what you mean. Avira found two trojans on my pc that AVG had failed to find in 3 years!
#11
jackt010
i agree if anything it should be in freebies???? hardly a deal as everyone knows that its free and they never try to charge for their basic version therefore its at RRP and isnt a deal:thumbsup:

I personally dont look in the freebies often, and was wondering whether to upgrade to the full version. But this has saved me ££s so its a 10 out of 10 deal from me.

It doesn't matter that its not in freebies does it?
#12
The dowloadlink for AVG Free is:

http://free.grisoft.com/ww.download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition#tba2

Oh, and Version 8.01 is now out. Dunno what this fixes though and remember you'll need Windows XP at Service Pack 2 or above to install AVG 8.x
#13
This really belongs in misc rather than deals or freebies.
banned#14
timwishart;2191179
I personally dont look in the freebies often, and was wondering whether to upgrade to the full version. But this has saved me ££s so its a 10 out of 10 deal from me.

It doesn't matter that its not in freebies does it?

Just because you dont look in the freebies doesnt make this a deal. Its free so not a deal.
#15
valentins
Just a little advise for anyone installing AVG 8.0 - you will probably want to disable 'Link Scanner' as it makes browsing unbelievably slow. To do so go to IE or Firefox Add-ons section and disable 'AVG Link Scanner'


Quality, thanks for that!

I'd disabled them in the AVG console and the grey box in the tray was starting to really p!ss me off!

Repped
#16
csiman
avira antivirus is much better than AVG anyway


I've heard that a few times recently, I'm considering a switch. Do you have any evidence to back that up or is it just personal opinion?
#17
I recently switched all my machines over to Avast ( http://www.avast.com ) having used AVG for years.

I find Avast superior in every way. You can run on-demand scans, not just real-time, and it has IM, P2P, email scanners etc.

Highly recommended.
#18
valentins
Just a little advise for anyone installing AVG 8.0 - you will probably want to disable 'Link Scanner' as it makes browsing unbelievably slow. To do so go to IE or Firefox Add-ons section and disable 'AVG Link Scanner'

I just want to highlight what valentins says.
AVG 8.0 is a fine A/V product. Although, it's starting to suffer from bloat and major slowdowns (with 100% CPU hogging).
Disable the 'Link Scanner', and it's just about 'business as normal'.

Of course, this could be fixed in this version. But, it isn't in the version of 8.0 that I'm running (not at my home PC, so can't state it here).
#19
I've been using Avast for years, never had a problem. People I know use AVG, and can't praise it high enough.

I'll stick with Avast though, just because it does a good job.
[mod]#20
Moved as its not a deal.
#21
like this antivirus..! hot..!
#22
I think I may have to switch anti virus programs... AVG 7 is just better than 8 somehow - less bloat, and less **** to install (link scanner is the worst thing ever...do not install it!). Upgrading to 8 on one of my other machines caused it to stop booting properly, and I had to go back to a restore point.

I love AVG7 and always recommend it to people, however they have really lost the plot with 8 - I'm so sad to see that they won't be updating 7 after the end of this month!! argh! :x
#23
For an open source free scanner try ClamWin:
http://www.clamwin.com/content/view/18/46/
#24
I thought websites don't class as freebies.
#25
Never Mind what it says on the POP up, AVG 7.5 is going to be updated until 31/12/2008, check the AVG Free forums.

AVG 8 is a much heavier load than 7.5, but it does more. As long as you only scan when you are not using your PC, its OK, but do NOT install the link scanner or toolbar and disable the drop down bit.

Method is as follows

Download the AVG free file to say c:\temp

Open a Dos Box. (XP command in run or Vista cmd run as administrator

Type in


cd:\temp
avg_free_stf_en_8_100a1295.exe /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch


Then Wait, it takes what seems an age

Restart your computer after install, open another dos box

Type in

cd "c:\program files\avg\avg8"

ren avgresf.dll avgresf.dll.bak

ren avgmwdef_us.mht avgmwdef_us.mht.bak


Best of luck

Nick
#26
I can't really say why but when I trialed AVG and Avast (another free AV program) I decided on Avast. Despite a voice telling me that the "Virus database has been updated", it's probably still less intrusive than AVG.
#27
I was all set to upgrade to avg 8.0 a few weeks ago but i read somewhere that there was no email scanning function on this version,does anyone know if this is true or not?
#28
NOD32 everytime for me, you pay for what you get, if free anti virus floats your boat then go for it :)
#29
Get ClamWin instead, free, no spam pop-ups and works on server o/s as well.
#30
thx for that, heat added. One question; i do all my finances online, i.e. banking, shopping does anyone know if avg is enough to be safe
#31
download took ages because everyone was doing it!!!
nice find though newbold!
#32
munz007
thx for that, heat added. One question; i do all my finances online, i.e. banking, shopping does anyone know if avg is enough to be safe


You should really have at least a firewall as well (e.g.: http://www.comodo.com/, free and reviews well) as the built in Windows one is rubbish and probably should have an anti-spyware program (e.g. http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html) too, although if you have Vista the one built in is adequate enough from what I've read about it.
#33
Moved to Misc as free software downloads are no longer allowed their own threads in Freebies as there's so many of them!!

Software downloads can now be found in the FREE SOFTWARE, APPLICATIONS AND GAMES DOWNLOADS thread.
#34
megalomaniac
You should really have at least a firewall as well (e.g.: http://www.comodo.com/, free and reviews well) as the built in Windows one is rubbish and probably should have an anti-spyware program (e.g. http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html) too, although if you have Vista the one built in is adequate enough from what I've read about it.


ive got the sygate personal firewall (free version), is that ok
#35
munz007
ive got the sygate personal firewall (free version), is that ok


There hasn't been a "free version" since 2005, if that's what you're using get rid now as it is seriously out of date.

In-fact there isn't really a sygate personal firewall anymore. Afaik what's left of it is now part of the Norton suite and known as "Norton Internet Security", as sygate were taken over by symantec (who own Norton) in 2005.
#36
I was going to upgrade to v8, but then started to read some of the customer reviews - which seemed to slate it, with many people uninstalling it. V7.5 has served me well and been an improvement on Avast which I used previously. I use it with Zone Alarm and Spy Doctor which seems a good freebie route! It has come up with a few false positives though, which would be my only gripe. If I were to go the paid route, from teh research I've done, Kaspersky would the one I pick.

If anyone does install it - I'd love to know your opinion (especially if you're upgrading).
#37
mooncaller
I was going to upgrade to v8, but then started to read some of the customer reviews - which seemed to slate it, with many people uninstalling it. V7.5 has served me well and been an improvement on Avast which I used previously. I use it with Zone Alarm and Spy Doctor which seems a good freebie route! It has come up with a few false positives though, which would be my only gripe. If I were to go the paid route, from teh research I've done, Kaspersky would the one I pick.

If anyone does install it - I'd love to know your opinion (especially if you're upgrading).


Installed V8 this morning (moving from 7.5), and it works fine, without any problems I can see. I use XP, though. Most of the problems seem to have been reported using Vista.

The main point of the post, though, was that this is V8.0.1 - any problems in 8.0 may well have been fixed. Another member of my family is using 8.0.1 on Vista with no problems at all.

I have not installed the toolbar, which may also be the source of the problems people have reported with 8.0.
#38
arch stanton
I was all set to upgrade to avg 8.0 a few weeks ago but i read somewhere that there was no email scanning function on this version,does anyone know if this is true or not?


It's not true.

I updated to 8.0 a couple of weeks ago and can see no change in everyday operations of my PC (Windows XP), except for the different appearance of pop-ups whenever scanning etc are in operation. Speaking personally, I cannot understand the complaints elsewhere in this thread - I have had no problems whatsoever.

I still get a temporary pop-up when receiving or sending email (Outlook Express), reassuring me that the messages are being scanned.

My neighbour runs a PC repair shop, also constructs and sells PCs. He and his staff swear by AVG and install it on every new machine unless the customer insists otherwise. They say that in their experience more problems are caused by "paid for" anti-virus products.
#39
have 7.5 free do I have to uninstall this if i download 8.0 free in order to avoid having them both running or will it simply upgrade my existing 7.5 version?
#40
valentins
Just a little advise for anyone installing AVG 8.0 - you will probably want to disable 'Link Scanner' as it makes browsing unbelievably slow. To do so go to IE or Firefox Add-ons section and disable 'AVG Link Scanner'


This is so true! Thanks for the tip :thumbsup: !! Cheers ;-)

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