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AVG 8 Reviews and FAQ's

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Jack1000, Apr 27, 2008.

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  1. Jack1000

    Jack1000 Thread Starter

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    Hi All,

    I created this thread as an FAQ for the release of the new AVG 8. I thought we could use this for any discussions or issues about the new release. Here is what is known so far:

    1.) It is unknown as to whether or not AVG 7.5 users will be automatically updated to AVG 8, although a comment on the board said they didn't think an auto update pushed will be forced.

    2.) It has been known to be buggy and slow according to some of the C-Net reviews. This could be the sign of a new release or hopefully not a bad omen of what is to come from a once-great company.

    3.) There are 3 versions of AVG 8.0:

    a.) AVG Anti-Virus 8.0 Commercial Version: This is a paid version that includes Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Resident Shield, Root Kit Remover Real Time Protection with a Link Scanner that scans sights before you go to them and a Link Search, that indicates the safety of a sight before you go to them similar to McAfee Sight Adviser.

    b.) AVG Internet Security 8.0: A paid version with all the features of (a) plus a software firewall

    c.) AVG Anti-Virus Free 8.0: The free version that includes Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware scanning and the Link Search (Site Adviser clone)

    Please indicate in this thread: (Discuss each that applies to you.)

    1.) The version of AVG 8 you have installed.

    2.) Any problems with the download or installation

    3.) Any slowdown of your system.

    4.) How different is the Free AVG 8 interface compared to the paid versions?

    5.) Whether or not you use Link Scanning and Link Search (All versions can have this option turned off if desired.)

    6.) If you use the Site Adviser plug in from McAfee and if this plug in conflicts with conflicts with AVG's Link Search.

    Any other comments.

    Jack
     
  2. golferbob

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    i have the free one and my startup has slowed down ,almost like when i ran mcafee.
     
  3. DarqueMist

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    1 - I have AVG free 8 installed on XP home
    2 - downloaded and installed over 7.5 (their FAQ said this would be ok) had no probs
    3 - I have experienced no startup slowdown and full scans are faster than before
    4 - can't comment as I don't use the paid but pictures appear to be the same for both
    5 - I turned off link scanning, it slowed down the loading of search results to much (didn't seem to effect general surfing though)

    only issues I have run across so far is how to enable it to scan file transfers coming through windows live messenger (as expected their forum is proving to be useless in finding an answer). I figured out what executable to use and thought I had the parameters set right. AVG appears to scan the file being transfered and reports it clean or safe with a pop up from the notification area BUT when I check the scan logs it reports the scan result as being ok or infected for 0 files (so this is either a bug in the logging process or I have the parameters set wrong)
    and the antispyware module reports warnings about hooks placed in the registry by spybots immunization as potential threats.
     
  4. Jack1000

    Jack1000 Thread Starter

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    I did find out from some other forum that AVG 7.5 products will be supported until the end of the year. I am waiting for a confirmation on this. Paid customers who have 7.5 licenses should probably wait to install 8.0 until AVG requires it. This does two things:

    1.) You'll get the most out of your paid version. Might as well finish off your subscription as close to the end as you can.

    2.) If another 7 months is supported with 7.5, this will give AVG time to work out the bugs in 8.0.

    Jack
     
  5. shiprock520

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    Lets Review: I changed over to paid 8.0 Security from paid 7.5 as I contacted them and recieved a new Lic. number. I downloaded to my, desktop, got off the internet, and watched as 8.0 automatically uninstalled 7.5, then installed 8.0. put the new number when prompted, rebooted then went back online. Updated. Had to redo Gmail, different numbers, got that going. I also have AdAware 7.0 and Spywareblaster, the newer version 4.0. Now the AVG 7.5 ran every day, usually finding one or two files to put in the virus vault, one or two deleted or cleaned. Since April 15th according to the 'scan results' this AVG 8.0 has found NOTHING no infections, no spyware zero. That's in History, scan results with one million, two hundred thousand plus tested objects. These are their words. AdAware, though, usually finds average 3 TAIs every scan. I am fully protected and up to date with a green check the interface tells me. I update every day all the updates, virus, spyware, antispam, firewall active and vista firewall not on. I don't know whether to be happy or worried. On the other hand it always has over 100 warnings, benign I guess. I almost wish (careful) it would find something, just to let me know it knows how to put something in the virus vault thats been empty since day one. Comments anyone???
     
  6. Gizzy

    Gizzy Malware Specialist

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    you could use the eicar test file just to make sure it's actively scanning,

    http://www.eicar.org/anti_virus_test_file.htm
     
  7. shiprock520

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    I could but having that old nasty habit of reading up first, it would appear I'll be stuck with that test. Makes me leery with the 'possible damage' warning also. I could download another free AV, disable AVG and run that?
     
  8. cycler

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    How do I upgrade to the free 8.0 from the free 7.5 that I've got now? I went to the site and clicked on the lnks but when I chose to upgrade from the free it asks for a license.
    What do I need to do?
    I received a message from them saying that 7.5 will only be supported for upgrades until the end of this month.
    Thanks!
     
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    What's the difference between getting it from them and getting it directly from AVG?
     
  11. Gizzy

    Gizzy Malware Specialist

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    I've used it before and the only trouble you could probably have removing it is if your anti-virus quarantines it but then you can just delete it out of quarantine,

    it's basically just a text file with random letters that make the anti-virus think it's a virus,

    I happen to think the only reason anti-virus's detect it though is because it's so widely used to test and make sure a person's av is running so av companies put it in their signatures,

    if you don't want to try it then thats fine but I would highly suggest AGAINST installing a second anti-virus with avg already installed you should never have more than 1 anti-virus installed on the same computer,

    some people used to get away with having avg 7.5 and another anti-virus installed without troubles but the 8.0 version is another story and I don't think that one gets along with other anti-virus's.

    no difference it's just a download site a lot of people use,

    if you want it from avg's website then here's the link,
    http://free.grisoft.com/ww.download?prd=afe
     
  12. tomdkat

    tomdkat Retired Trusted Advisor

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    I ended up downloading the AVG 8.0 free edition from the AVG site and simply running the installer. It detected I have AVG anti-virus AND antispyware 7.5 installed and told me both would be uninstalled as part of the AVG 8 installation process. I accepted all defaults and the installation process went smoothly. After the files were copied over, I was asked when I wanted AVG to scan my system and I was later informed I had to reboot to complete the process. This was on a Windows XP Home Edition w/ SP2 system.

    Peace...
     
  13. NICK G

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    Windows XP Pro Sp2
    AVG 7,5 Free
    Had a popup once informing me of AVG 8 available.
    Good FAQ thread. Makes me want to wait a while.
    Thanks.:)

    Didn't need a popup when this is in the Control Panel.;)
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  14. cycler

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    Same as me - thanks for letting me know that it installed easily but what did you enter where it requested the license?
    Or did you download it from another page on the AVG site where it didn't ask for it?
     
  15. tomdkat

    tomdkat Retired Trusted Advisor

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    I was never prompted to enter a license. I downloaded the free version here.

    EDIT: Are you running the free version of AVG 7.5?

    Peace...
     
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