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AVG no longer free
Thread poster: kwintessentiaLA
kwintessentiaLA
Local time: 02:15
Dec 4, 2009

Since a while a notice has been popping up on my PC wanting me that the AVG free edition would expire from December 1st. All it's functions seems to continue working, but I've also read on the Internet that the free AVG version 8.5 would not be available for download anymore. Have you heard anything about it? If I've been using it before this expiration date, will I be able to continue using it? Will it still maintain the same security level?
I'll appreciate any comments? In case I had to replace it with another free version, which one would you recommend?

Kind regards,

Karina Garcia Pedroche


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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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So that's why they keep buggering me with these popups :) Dec 4, 2009

I understand that the problem regards mainly new users who cannot download free version but as everyone needs to reinstall OS from time to time we'll all have this problem.

I think that in this situation I would choose Microsoft Security Essentials - it has decent reviews for a free software (http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/ )

Best Regards
Stanislaw

Edit - sample review - http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?reviewid=117961

[Edited at 2009-12-04 21:03 GMT]


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Tamer Mekhimar  Identity Verified
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Avira or Avast Dec 4, 2009

Hello;
You can go for Avira http://www.free-av.com/ or Avast http://www.avast.com/.

Also, you can use Calmwin as it's an open source software:

http://www.clamwin.com/

* High detection rates for viruses and spyware;
* Scanning Scheduler;
* Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database.
* Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer;
* Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically.

Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

Regards,
Tamer


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shfranke  Identity Verified
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AVG 9 Free Version "9.0.709" is still available Dec 4, 2009

Greetings.

Just checked and verified that AVG 9 Free Version "9.0.709" is still available.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Stephen H. Franke
San Pedro, California


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Sandra& Kenneth  Identity Verified
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AVG is still free - you downloaded the trial version of the paid variety Dec 4, 2009

Hi Karina,
Downloading the free version of AVG is a little tricky, as you are directed to the trial version first and you have to really know what you're doing.
Same story with AVG 8 and 8.5.
HTH,
Sandra

[Edited at 2009-12-04 21:42 GMT]


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kwintessentiaLA
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URL of 9.0 Dec 4, 2009

Stephen Franke wrote:

Greetings.

Just checked and verified that AVG 9 Free Version "9.0.709" is still available.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Stephen H. Franke
San Pedro, California


Hi Staphen,

Could you provide me with the right URL? I could not find it, and don't want to download the wrong one once more.

Thanks and regards,

Karina


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Andrea Re  Identity Verified
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Here it is Dec 4, 2009

kwintessentiaLA wrote:

Stephen Franke wrote:

Greetings.

Just checked and verified that AVG 9 Free Version "9.0.709" is still available.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Stephen H. Franke
San Pedro, California


Hi Staphen,

Could you provide me with the right URL? I could not find it, and don't want to download the wrong one once more.

Thanks and regards,

Karina

http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html?part=dl-10044820&subj=dl&tag=button&cdlPid=11014801

Andrea


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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
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AVG Free URL Dec 4, 2009

Here you go:
http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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Trial period Dec 4, 2009

I downloaded the trial version and was advised that I would be given the option to revert to the free version at the end of of the trial period.
How I am supposed to assess the value or the paid version, I really don't know as I am not aware of any difference!


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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AVG9 gave me blue screens Dec 5, 2009

kwintessentiaLA wrote:
Since a while a notice has been popping up on my PC wanting me that the AVG free edition would expire from December 1st. All it's functions seems to continue working, but I've also read on the Internet that the free AVG version 8.5 would not be available for download anymore.


It is quite normal for old versions of a freeware product to become unavailable when later versions become available.

I myself am happy that I have the 8.5 installer, because 9.0 gave me blue screens of death (several per hour) on my Windows XP machine. I then removed 9.0 and reinstalled 8.5, and it downloaded the latest files and it works fine again.

I wonder if it would be possible for someone to install 8.5 now, after 1 December, and still get the updates? I suppose the program would give an error message if itis not possible.


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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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Differences Dec 5, 2009

Russell Jones wrote:

How I am supposed to assess the value of the paid version, I really don't know as I am not aware of any difference!

Hi Russell,
the differences between the versions are shown on the page for which Hynek gave a link. Assessing the plus points of paying versions is indeed another question...

[Edited at 2009-12-05 11:23 GMT]


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Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
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AVG... Dec 5, 2009

AVG definitely still free, but definitely not the best option, usually slowing your machine down and often producing hoaxes. If you want to stick to free Czech antivirus, I suggest that you try Avast.
As regards commercial products, I'd prefer NOD32 or F-Secure.


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Trudy Peters  Identity Verified
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AVG 9 Blue Screen Dec 5, 2009

To follow up on what Samuel Murray said, I, too, installed AVG 9 after having purged all other AV programs, and had the same problems: blue screen several times a week, telling me that something wasn't installed properly, but didn't say what. I also got several messages saying that certain files were infected with a Trojan virus, etc. In addition, I got redirected to totally unrelated sites when I clicked on a Google link. Since I hadn't installed anything else, I was just getting ready to send Grisoft an email, when all of a sudden, after about two weeks, everything was back to normal and working "comme il faut."

Have no idea what happened, but the program apparently healed itself. Would love to get an explanation from Grisoft.


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Investment Dec 5, 2009

I upgraded to the paid version of 9.0.710 some time back. It scans much quicker, seems to find more crap and deals with it.

It hardly costs a fortune (ca. £20 p.a.), does not interfere while you are working or try and dominate your computer performance like Norton does (or at least did).

That said, I also use two other small freeware programmes for malware/spyware every now and then at the recommendation of a geek friend. It's always interesting that they variously find different gunge.

AVG has always been highly spoken of in the forums. Do I want security or freebies?

I'll take the former please.

Cheers,
Chris


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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Good experience with Avira Dec 6, 2009

This summer I got some Trojans from USB flash memories which neither McAfee nor Kaspersky could heal, so I bought a special Anti-Trojan called Prevx, which did help. Some weeks later a support specialist recommended the free Avira, I tested it with a still infected computer and it helped, too. I was so happy that I bought the paid version of Avira, although the difference is only that the free version shows some ads. One week ago it even cleaned my camera from some remaining beasts I had ignored..

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