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Old 29th May 2008, 14:44
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AVG Free, upgading to version 8

Hi guys, looking for some advice here.

Have had a couple of pop ups regarding my current AVG free antivirus, apparently there will be no more updates and AVG are recommending the use of AVG ver 8.at 39.99 or AVG free 8.

Has anyone any experience of these version 8.

I use AVG as it is well recommended and doesn't slow my machine down like McAfee or Norton.

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Old 29th May 2008, 15:13
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Hi Cymruman, I upgraded to AVG 8 free 2 weeks ago without any problems. There are a couple of changes from V7 but it is as fast and as stable as ever. The only difference that I have noticed is that carrying out a full scan is slower, posibly more thorough. As you say it doesn't slow the computer down as some do. More freebie info at http://www.techsupportalert.com/dr/b..._utilities.htm
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Old 29th May 2008, 15:23
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Hello Cymruman, I also upgraded to 8 (free) and, like Ken, have had no problems.
The full scan does take much longer, but it's no problem if you run it overnight or when you're off the computer for an appreciable length of time.
Also use Lavasoft and Spybot and that appears to keep the machine healthy.

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Old 29th May 2008, 15:52
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My wife uses AVG version 8 on her laptop with no problems.....only difference she notices is when it updates there is no progress bar in the middle of the screen!

I use Comodo anti-virus & firewall ... along with Spyware terminator.

All free!!
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Old 29th May 2008, 19:04
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You can download the latest free version of AVG (8.0.1) here:-

http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Vir...dlPid=10834624
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Old 29th May 2008, 21:44
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Although, since I updated, it seems to do everything, on the tool bar it is saying it's last update was days ago.

But it seems to work ok.

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Old 29th May 2008, 21:49
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Avg free version 8 seems to work fine, but I can't open Internet explorer anymore from Icon on desktop, I have to do it through running off the administrator internet explorer
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Old 29th May 2008, 22:10
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Ditto - I have been running AVG 8 (free version) sucessfully for couple of weeks now. No problems.

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Old 29th May 2008, 23:46
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been using AVG for 3 years now. best I have found.
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Old 30th May 2008, 01:51
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Agree.It is a first class system.It is worth checking the the AVG website to check on the systems available.There are three. Free AVG 8 only has an antivirus defence:AVG Antivirus+Firewall is the next one up and AVG Internet Security is the third.This is the system that costs 39+.You have to add VAT to that.It is a brilliant program that copes with all the nasties.The scan is slow-takes about 1hr.20mins on our Vista.The Press Release on Free AVG 8, that you will find on their site, gives a detailed breakdown on what what system will do

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Old 30th May 2008, 01:58
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Have used AVG free since it came out...downloaded and installed the latest AVG 8 about 3 weeks ago, no problems at all, good improvements on other editions...it even scans the sites when you do a search on line and tells you if it is a safe site to open, puts a tick by the site if safe. and if you drag your cursor along, a pop up box appears and gives you the info on site..updates and scheduler scans the same, and good interface,complete scan takes a while...but an all round good update and its still free..
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Old 30th May 2008, 22:40
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AVG is excellent. I've been using Kaspersky av 7 for a while, but it threw a wobbler a couple of days ago and have reverted to AVG again. That plus spybot search and destroy usually keep everything nice and functional.
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Old 6th June 2008, 02:03
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The biggest changes to AVG 8.0 are that the spyware program, previously a separate program, is now integrated into ver. 8.0 which is 1 of the reasons it runs slower.
The other change to the program is the inclusion of the Prevalence Monitor, which checks the security certificate of web search results giving you info of potentially unsafe sites, which it also reports back to Grisoft. (the sites not the person doing the search.)
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I am not 100% chuffed with AVG8, in my experience I found the avg toolbar a nuisance and was not given the option of not installing it. I also dont like the fact that it moans at me because I have turned off automatic updates. "your antivirus may be in error" sort of messsages. Its my choice to turn them off, I have reasons why I do things. Personally I feel they have turned a very capable bit of software into pretty looking bloatware in an effort to keep up with the trend for pretty bloatware. However, having said that I still think its a very capable and efficient programme and way ahead of norton and a few of the other more overpriced antivirus offerings out there.
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Old 6th June 2008, 11:21
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I have AVG pro at the moment....Think the free version was better. Still the best AV on the market though.
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Old 6th June 2008, 11:46
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Hi everybody,

My personal opinion is that the security software is always worth the expense as far as it permits avoiding catastrophic damage nowadays. So I prefer purchasing a full version rather than using a free one.
Here is a site which publishes antivirus comparatives among the most known softs.

http://www.av-comparatives.org/

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Old 6th June 2008, 12:48
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I am not 100% chuffed with AVG8, in my experience I found the avg toolbar a nuisance and was not given the option of not installing it. I also dont like the fact that it moans at me because I have turned off automatic updates. "your antivirus may be in error" sort of messsages. Its my choice to turn them off, I have reasons why I do things. Personally I feel they have turned a very capable bit of software into pretty looking bloatware in an effort to keep up with the trend for pretty bloatware. However, having said that I still think its a very capable and efficient programme and way ahead of norton and a few of the other more overpriced antivirus offerings out there.
reklaw, if you want to get rid of the tool bar and it won't uninstall, all you have to do is uninstall the whole AVG8 program and then re-install the program this time during the installation make sure that you remove the tick from the toolbar box, the job should take no more than 20 minutes. Download the new AVG8 program first and save the file in a folder.

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Old 6th June 2008, 15:46
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Thanks for the replies guys, now have AVG8 sitting comfortably on puter, everything scanned and working a treat. (Just like its 7.5 version did)
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Old 6th June 2008, 17:03
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I also have AVG 8 and it is working great no problems. I think the time it takes for a full scan depends on how many files you have on your computer that it has to scan.Nothing wrong with something for free when it works.
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Old 6th June 2008, 19:39
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My confuser (I use the word in it's proper sense) has been running AVG 8 for quite some time now and I have had no problems. However how do I get rid of those damned spyware Progs or are they already erased???
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Old 7th June 2008, 01:56
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I am not 100% chuffed with AVG8, in my experience I found the avg toolbar a nuisance and was not given the option of not installing it. I also dont like the fact that it moans at me because I have turned off automatic updates. "your antivirus may be in error" sort of messsages. Its my choice to turn them off, I have reasons why I do things. Personally I feel they have turned a very capable bit of software into pretty looking bloatware in an effort to keep up with the trend for pretty bloatware. However, having said that I still think its a very capable and efficient programme and way ahead of norton and a few of the other more overpriced antivirus offerings out there.
reklaw,
Just right click the AVG icon on the toolbar and unselect (un tick) AVG Security Toolbar. It will still be installed, but hidden.

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Old 6th January 2009, 07:22
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i have avg 8 works well on my laptop
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Old 10th January 2009, 10:28
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I upgraded my AVG free 8 as soon as it came out. I have found it is faster, safer than ever.
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Old 10th January 2009, 11:34
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Hello there,

Welcome boyo.

I have never used free internet security, but can vouch for Trend Micro PC cillin Internet Security. You have to pay good money for good security. First up it costs $99.95, but I have used it for seven years, it is excellent, and each year you can purchase an update version $79.95.

I was born Swansea, 1927, Entered the Mecantile Marine with Shaw Savill Lines, as an Elect.Engr. in 1950/55.

Served on Dominion Monarch, Wairangi, Taranaki, Gothic, ( including Royal Commonwealth Tour 1953/54 ), Waiwera, Suevic.

Joined British Phosphate Commission in late 1955, served on Triaster, Triadic,
came ashore in 1959, settled in Melbourne Australia 1959.

Been here eversince!.

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