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Avira nagware

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Amoeba, Jan 3, 2013.

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  1. Amoeba

    Amoeba Thread Starter

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    I have been through more antivirus programs than I can count. My most recent were Bullguard, AVG and Avira, though I have tried many more over the past few years. I make sure they're updated all the time and run daily full scans.

    Bullguard used to be very good actually but they became incompetent, started blocking my games (support admitted there was no user fix and I'd just have to wait for a fix to come out), and started letting in a flood of infectious software (no, I don't go on dodgy websites or click links I'm unsure of) and when it let in some ransomware and it took me about half a week to fix my computer that was the last straw and I replaced it for AVG.

    By the way guys, I only visit sites I trust, how was this even happening? I ask because I definitely believe prevention is better than the cure, and if I'm doing something wrong to get my computer infected, I HAVE to know.

    Anyway, AVG seemed to be keeping my computer nice and clean, but it slowed it down like nobody's business. My computer became a jittering wreck most of the time, not just when there was a scan. So I decided to give Avira a try.

    My computer was back to its old swift self after I installed this, and it's been kept clean ever since. I haven't had any performance issues nor have I had anything try to attack/lock out my computer as far as I know. But something gets on my nerves, something that automatically minimises my game windows when I'm in the middle of trying to play and drives me up the wall - their nag screens. Every day, several times a day, nag nag nag, busy trying to do something? NAG NAG NAG OVER THE TOP OF YOUR OPEN WINDOWS! It seems to choose its moment too, like when I'm trying to type it interrupts my sentence (but I may not notice until I look up, thinking I have typed a paragraph when I haven't).

    Once a day maybe I could put up with it, but every hour or so is way too obnoxious. It makes me want to NOT pay for their product, no matter how good it is.

    Anyone out there know an antivirus that's just as good as Avira, but will let me take my own time to decide whether or not I want to go premium? Or is there a way to get rid of the annoying nag screen? I've looked up solutions for it but they're all outdated and no longer work. I don't want to get rid of this one either until I have found a suitable replacement.

    Also, as for Bullguard and AVG, I am pretty sure I was using them properly, but if these symptoms seem characteristic of misuse or misconfiguration of the software, please tell me.
     
  2. etaf

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    are you looking for a security suite with firewall
    what windows version do you have

    i would suggest MSE , the main reason I swapped my clients to this application, was because of the Nags - most of my clients are OAPs and not very computer literate and Avast/AVG etc nagged , and often i would get a call that the trial was over - as they had updated and chosen a premium trial instead of the free version


    Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) I personally use and install in the computers that I work on.
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security_essentials/default.aspx
    If you are using windows 8 - you already have this product and its now called windows defender (different to the earlier windows versions, also known as "windows defender")

    i also add the following (but not loaded with windows) and teach them to run a scan every few weeks

    these Two programs are also recommended to be on the PC and can be on with any of the above antivirus programs.

    Malwarebytes I personally use and install in the computers that I work on.
    http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

    superantispyware I personally use and install in the computers that I work on.
    http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html
     
  3. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Amoeba,

    I've edited your post for language. Although it may seem trivial and wasn't fully spelled out (regarding Bullguard) it's not necessary on a family friendly web site. Thanks for understanding.

    If you're only visiting sites you trust then it's possible one of those sites has been compromised with malicious code injected in one or more of their pages. This happens frequently these days. It's also important to keep all of your software up to date (not just the anti-virus program) and that includes Windows, Java, Adobe Reader and Flash, among others as older versions contain vulnerabilities that can be exploited. :)
     
  4. Amoeba

    Amoeba Thread Starter

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    I apologise, I didn't realise this site had kids on it. I was just trying to make a joke... *sigh* one day I will tell a successful joke. I've never told a joke that made people laugh before, only stare at me in confusion.

    Everything I use is up to date, yes. I am scrupulous with updates and do them immediately.

    I have tried Windows Defender but I found it less than reliable and it blocks some of my games and the games that it didn't block performed poorly, but only while windows defender was running.

    I have a reliable and easy to use firewall (comodo) and I run Malwarebytes and Sophos anti-rootkit twice a week, I have been fine with this, so all I'm really after is an antivirus. While I've had the combination of these software my computer has been swift and harmful software gets detected immediately before it can do any harm. I'm happy with this set up, aside from the nags.
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Even if you keep you programs up to date, vulnerabilities are often only discovered and patched by the vendors after they've already been exploited by the bad guys, which is often how they get discovered. It can be a small window but all that's needed if you're unlucky enough to land on a compromised web page. :)
     
  6. lunarlander

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    Well, I would say go buy Avira if you like it. If you think about how much time it would cost you to repair your computer after an infection, the price of an antivirus is cheap.
     
  7. Amoeba

    Amoeba Thread Starter

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    :confused: I think we're all aware it's impossible to be 100% safe. I don't see how stating it changes anything or what I'm supposed to do about it.

    I'm not going to buy avira, I don't like their shove-it-in-your-face marketing. If that changes for the better I might consider buying. It's out of principle and I'm not going to change my mind.
     
  8. Elvandil

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    Having used Avira for several years and not having had the "nag" screens you mention, I'm not sure why you would get those. Updating more than once a day is a waste of time. By far the greatest threats are from older viruses out there. The only time I get any screen is on an update. There is a single one that I click shut. It seems more than fair for that small sales pitch in exchange for a free anti-virus. Try setting the updates for once a day at a time you will not be disturbed.
     
  9. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    I stated that because you seemed to be wondering how you could get infected if everything is kept up to date. Just trying to be helpful. :)
     
  10. Amoeba

    Amoeba Thread Starter

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    I just didn't understand, that's all.

    It's set to update once a week. I get a nag screen about once every 45 minutes. You have the latest free version?
     
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