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    AVG internet security, what are the for's and againsts?

    Was thinking about not bothering with Norton this year and going for the Free AVG. Does anyone know what the for's and againsts are? Is it just as good as Norton/McAfree?
    Any help appreciated x

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    hi

    i used avg for a year or two, but then it corrupted when i tried to update it.

    since then (and for about three years now) i've used avast, which is really easy to use, runs in the background, updates automatically and generally fits the bill for my anti-virus needs. free download for personal use.

    I have been using it for a few months having used both McAfee and Norton before that, it definitely runs better and doesnt slow the machine the way the others did.

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    scrumpypaul;2068292

    hii used avg for a year or two, but then it corrupted when i tried to … hii used avg for a year or two, but then it corrupted when i tried to update it.since then (and for about three years now) i've used avast, which is really easy to use, runs in the background, updates automatically and generally fits the bill for my anti-virus needs. free download for personal use.



    Oh, not heard of that one.Thanks x

    IMO it is better at finding viruses too.

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    ljfx;2068290

    I've been using AVG for years and never had a problem. With automatic … I've been using AVG for years and never had a problem. With automatic updates almost daily its always up to date with the latest viruses



    Thnks for that x

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    Do I need to uninstall my norton 1st?

    Free AVG is not the best in finding viruses
    AVAST is a resource hog (takes a lot of your CPU and memory space)

    for freeware, use AVIRA antivir instead, combine it with threadfire and comodo firewall
    for paid software use kaspersky or NOD32

    The smart money, I've always found, is to not use AV at all.

    There's two good reasons for this. First, is that viruses generally aren't all that bad. I mean, really, what do they do? Slow your system down, get in your way, cause you bother? Precisely what a virus scanner does, then. The only difference being that the virus scanner is there all the time, the virus is only there when you're silly enough to pick one up.

    The second reason is that you really do have to be silly to get yourself infected. Viruses are easy to avoid. Simple as this -

    1) Enable automatic updates (this will keep you safe from worms in a way that no virus scanner can)
    2) Don't download anything you don't want (that's to say, if you go to a website and a popup comes up telling you to download and install Setup.exe for whatever reason, just don't)
    3) Don't use pirated software (or if you do, check the comments out first to see if anyone's had trouble)
    4) Be wary of anything offered to you, and always ignore internet popups

    Basically, be dubious of everything, and you'll never get a virus, spyware, adware, a worm, a trojan, or anything. Malware doesn't just install itself. It's you, the user, that choses to let it or not. So don't let it, and save yourself the hassle of a virus scanner.

    hannah19790;2068299

    Do I need to uninstall my norton 1st?



    Use the ]Norton Removal Tool to make sure you remove it all

    ]This will be a helpful read too about what is free antivirus is available aswell as firewalls etc :thumbsup:

    dxx;2068340

    The smart money, I've always found, is to not use AV at all.

    :w00t:

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    dxx;2068340

    The smart money, I've always found, is to not use AV at all. There's two … The smart money, I've always found, is to not use AV at all. There's two good reasons for this. First, is that viruses generally aren't all that bad. I mean, really, what do they do? Slow your system down, get in your way, cause you bother? Precisely what a virus scanner does, then. The only difference being that the virus scanner is there all the time, the virus is only there when you're silly enough to pick one up.The second reason is that you really do have to be silly to get yourself infected. Viruses are easy to avoid. Simple as this -1) Enable automatic updates (this will keep you safe from worms in a way that no virus scanner can)2) Don't download anything you don't want (that's to say, if you go to a website and a popup comes up telling you to download and install Setup.exe for whatever reason, just don't)3) Don't use pirated software (or if you do, check the comments out first to see if anyone's had trouble)4) Be wary of anything offered to you, and always ignore internet popupsBasically, be dubious of everything, and you'll never get a virus, spyware, adware, a worm, a trojan, or anything. Malware doesn't just install itself. It's you, the user, that choses to let it or not. So don't let it, and save yourself the hassle of a virus scanner.


    I wouldnt agree that the smart money is on your tactics. Each to their own but some viruses can completely blitz your system before you have a chance to run any scanner.

    Original Poster

    Yes, with my knowledge of computers and anything technical I don't think I can take the risk of not having any AV at all - it would be just my luck..!! Thanks for info though x

    The title of the thread suggests you're thinking of getting AVG Internet security which to the best of my knowledge is not free. If it's AVG Antivirus you're thinking of that is free, but to replace Norton Internet Security (as opposed to just Norton Antivirus) you will also have to install alternatative software for Firewall, Antispyware, Antispam etc).

    with regard to dxx's advice about not using any protection at all - that's fine advice for an experienced user, but these days it only takes one mistake when clicking on a link to take you to a dodgy site that will result in you ending up in a hell far worse than a pc with resource intensive security software.

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    nicknack;2068460

    The title of the thread suggests you're thinking of getting AVG Internet … The title of the thread suggests you're thinking of getting AVG Internet security which to the best of my knowledge is not free. If it's AVG Antivirus you're thinking of that is free, but to replace Norton Internet Security (as opposed to just Norton Antivirus) you will also have to install alternatative software for Firewall, Antispyware, Antispam etc).with regard to dxx's advice about not using any protection at all - that's fine advice for an experienced user, but these days it only takes one mistake when clicking on a link to take you to a dodgy site that will result in you ending up in a hell far worse than a pc with resource intensive security software.



    Arrh yes, my mistake. Thanks for that x

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    csiman;2068484

    I like commodo suite and its all freeNo renewal or update fees ever!] … I like commodo suite and its all freeNo renewal or update fees ever!] ]FREE Comodo Firewall ] ]FREE Comodo Anti-Malware ] ]FREE Website Authentication ] ]FREE Comodo AntiVirus ] ]FREE Email Security Certificatehttp://www.comodo.com/



    You use this? no problems?

    I unintstalled Norton a year or so ago.. and went with AVG. No problems... and recommended!

    dxx;2068340

    The smart money, I've always found, is to not use AV at all. There's two … The smart money, I've always found, is to not use AV at all. There's two good reasons for this. First, is that viruses generally aren't all that bad. I mean, really, what do they do? Slow your system down, get in your way, cause you bother? Precisely what a virus scanner does, then. The only difference being that the virus scanner is there all the time, the virus is only there when you're silly enough to pick one up.The second reason is that you really do have to be silly to get yourself infected. Viruses are easy to avoid. Simple as this -1) Enable automatic updates (this will keep you safe from worms in a way that no virus scanner can)2) Don't download anything you don't want (that's to say, if you go to a website and a popup comes up telling you to download and install Setup.exe for whatever reason, just don't)3) Don't use pirated software (or if you do, check the comments out first to see if anyone's had trouble)4) Be wary of anything offered to you, and always ignore internet popupsBasically, be dubious of everything, and you'll never get a virus, spyware, adware, a worm, a trojan, or anything. Malware doesn't just install itself. It's you, the user, that choses to let it or not. So don't let it, and save yourself the hassle of a virus scanner.



    I agree, but again I am a very experienced IT person. What I do use however are spyware removers. Spybot S&D and Malwarebits are two of the best for this type of ****.

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    hannah19790;2068560

    You use this? no problems?


    Yep - commodo firewall is one of the top rated free firewalls. its great and works well.

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    bazzaric;2068598

    I agree, but again I am a very experienced IT person. What I do use … I agree, but again I am a very experienced IT person. What I do use however are spyware removers. Spybot S&D and Malwarebits are two of the best for this type of ****.


    I use ad-aware too which seems to find quite a bit these others cant

    As others have said, it is important to know the different type of threats around, and get the appropriate tool.

    If you JUST have an anti-virus product installed that is not enough, if you JUST have a firewall installed that is not enough.

    Some security suites do cover many of these things, but as a minimum you need:

    Anti-Virus - Is use AVG free, but there are others

    Firewall - I use Zonealarm free, but there are others

    Spyware - I use Adaware free, but there are others

    Note that Microsoft have stared to get into the security game a bit more, particularly with Vista and products like Defender. I am not saying they are the best, but if you have Vista you may already have some security products installed.

    Check with the Security Center, which is available in XP and Vista.

    nuabdi;2068336

    ......... combine it with threadfire




    Threatfire? :thinking:

    SuperAntispyware is getting a good name (but like Spybot & Adaware the free version doesn't provide "real-time blocking").

    When I've had to clean up badly infected PC's, I've this detects and removes more spyware than Spybot and Adaware put together (although I do run them as well just to be sure).

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    avoid norton and mcafee at all costs a massive resource hog

    csiman;2068429

    I wouldnt agree that the smart money is on your tactics. Each to their … I wouldnt agree that the smart money is on your tactics. Each to their own but some viruses can completely blitz your system before you have a chance to run any scanner.



    But only if you're silly enough to allow them to run in the first place. And if they can blitz your system before a virus scanner can do anything (as is the case with most viruses, as scanners tend not to be able to pick up on new threats that arise), what difference is a virus scanner going to do anyway?

    yellowsticker;2068568

    I unintstalled Norton a year or so ago.. and went with AVG. No … I unintstalled Norton a year or so ago.. and went with AVG. No problems... and recommended!



    Ditto for me and Norton REALLY slowed my computer down. AVG is much faster

    I use AVG at the moment and have had stuff through from them about upgrading to 8 with trialpay. Does anyone know about this?
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