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AVG is it good or bad?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by vette, Oct 4, 2003.

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  1. vette

    vette Thread Starter

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    I am using AVG anti virus on my computer. Just wondering if anybody could tell me if it is a good program to use or if I'd be better off using Norton.
    vette
     
  2. telecom69

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    Hi vette, Your going to get lots of posts on this telling you the virtues of different applications,AVG is very well known and widely used by thousands of people,myself included,its dealt with 2 viruses Ive had over the years very well and Im more than satisfied wth its performance,for me Norton caused lots of problems,stick with AVG ;)
     
  3. vette

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    Thanks telecom69, do you know if there is a setting in AVG that it will warn you of a virus in your email etc. when your email is downloading to your computer and before you actually try to open it? Ive had viruses in emails that it did not warn me about till I tried to open the mail or scaned it for viruses.
     
  4. putasolution

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    Have a read of this page

    Telecom is quite right, this can become a very emotive subject (for some unknown reason!!)

    I, too, use AVG and consider it the best on the market for the money and better than some that you pay for
     
  5. telecom69

    telecom69 Gone but never forgotten

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    Hi again vette, see the site that putasolution gives it explains the situation about email ;)
     
  6. suesman

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    I've been using AVG for quite some time now & it's never let me down once. Keep it up to date & it will serve you well.
     
  7. Miz

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    If you want to test AVG's email scanning, go to this page read the instructions there and download one of the "eicar" files linked to at the bottom.

    This file is NOT a virus. It will fool your AV program into thinking it's a virus. Once downloaded, email it to yourself as an attachment. If AVG is working properly, it will stop you from emailing it. Then turn off AVG's email scanning long enough to get it sent, turn the email scan back on and check your mail. If AVG is working correctly, it will notify you it found a virus and quarantine it.

    I've used that eicar file a number of times to check AV programs on different computers and it is safe to use.
     
  8. starman2002

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    I use Avast on one of my machines and AVG on the other and for me they are both better than Norton.Its seems that with each passing year Norton becomes more bloated and troublesome.I'd keep the AVG updated and use that...its worked well for myself and lots of people on here.
     
  9. vette

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    Thanks for the input guys, I'll give the suggestions a try. I'm using AVG free edition and not the pro version if that makes any difference.
    Have a great day, vette
     
  10. putasolution

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    You don't think I'd pay, do you? ;)
     
  11. vette

    vette Thread Starter

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    Not if you don't have to, like me, right?
     
  12. putasolution

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    Got it in one, as long as it's legal :D
     
  13. Luthorcrow

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    Here are a few links with a different opinion than those expressed. To specifically answer the question, AVG is better than nothing and no it is not a good program. Yes, you would be better off with Norton, but you can do better than Norton.

    http://forums.techguy.org/t125766/s.html

    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/rem...t~start=20#end.

    http://forums.techguy.org/t120667/s.html

    http://forums.techguy.org/showthrea...BEST+ANTI+VIRUS
     
  14. putasolution

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    Luthorcrow, that is purely a matter of opinion,

    As a professional IT network manager, I would never have Norton on any pc or network of mine, nor would I recommend it to anyone.

    That is my opinion.
     
  15. brindle

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    I've said that over and over about norton. It was okay back in the 3.1 days but with utilities like avg and the winme defag why bother with all the false readings etc. that one gets with symnatic products.
     
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