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I currently have the AVG freeware loaded onto both my laptop and my husband's computer. It seems to be working fine as long as I keep it updated on a regular basis. My question is this: How much more reliable is the $$ version of the software? I know it has the anti-spyware, anti-spam and a firewall, but in the long run, is it worth the $70 per year to cover both computers? I had Norton on the computers, until my son suggested and downloaded the AVG on the two computers.

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Sorry, I dont want to Hijack...

But.....I have another AVG question.
I cannot get the new version 8 to install on my pc.
It says the installation and certain files are corrupt.

Has anyone else had this problem?
 

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I have avg and have no clue if it works on my computer. Everytime I try to update, it freezes my computer and wont install. I have avast and it is great! It is a free download. Try it, It has found many viruses.
 

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I know that my hubby likes Norton the best, and that is what he installs on most of the computers that he fixes.

I don't know anything about the AVG software, sorry.
 

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Had Norton on both computers. It kept freezing my iTunes and a certain iTunes updates rendered the virus software useless. I dumped it and my son loaded the AVG on both computers. It seems to be running fine. I guess my question is whether or not it's worth the $$ to upgrade. It's not sounding promising!

Also, I've been using Firefox as my browser, trying to stay completely away from Internet Explorer. Is there another browser out there that's just as reliable? (I know my son uses a different one, the name escapes me at this moment.)
 

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ok Hubbys a IT guys so I go by what he says..... Microsoft Defender works the best and its free!!!! Norton can cause lots of problems later on and if you want to get if (completly off not just you dont see it) its darn near impossible. He also reccommends Bit Defender!!!
 

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I love AVG anti-virus and firewall. I upgraded to the new version 8 with the full works and after a few days, removed it and reinstalled ver 7.5 AV+FW. The new version isn't ready for prime time, IMO. And I let them know it, too. I'm going to stick with 7.5 as long as I can.
 

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Avast advocate too. I removed Norton from all the computers in the school I work in. It eats system resources like no tomorrow and imo isn't that great for its rip off price.

I use Avast at home, which is free for home users. At work I bought 11 licenses for 2 years and it was still less than half the price that Norton wanted for one year.
 

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I work for a non-profit and we use the free version of AVG at the office. I should point out that this really shouldn't be taken as a solid endorsement, we're very security conscious, just not very tech savvy.

At home, I have My Own Personal Geek (he is a computer programmer), and he has installed ESET Node32. No clue what that means, but he took Norton off. Norton used to be the best (Symantic) but now it is more of a pain the the tushy than anything. (how can spell-check not recognize tushy??)

Anywho, I don't have any advice on whether to pay for AVG or not, but I have been told the free version is actually pretty good. At work we don't need the anti-spam from the pay-version because we use Postini, and we have a firewall built into the server, so the free version is fine for us.

At home we have a magic unicorn protecting our network with faerie dust. *hangs head in shame* I know, I really should know what we have at home, but my head starts to implode when my geek gets his geek on...
 

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Sorry, I don't mean to hijack the thread.
I'm running the free Avast and it has done wonders to make my computer more stable. It has made such a difference that I'm going to get the full paid license. :)
 

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I'm running the free Avast and it has done wonders to make my computer more stable. It has made such a difference that I'm going to get the full paid license. :)
Why? The paid for professional version isn't any different. (Just don't want you to spend money you need not spend)
 

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At home, I have My Own Personal Geek (he is a computer programmer), and he has installed ESET Node32. No clue what that means, but he took Norton off. Norton used to be the
You know, it's interesting you should mention that your Geek installed ESET. I'd never heard of it before until I heard it mentioned favorably on the radio just within the last couple days. I'll have to look into that. Thanks!! :)
 

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Smirkitty said:
At home, I have My Own Personal Geek (he is a computer programmer), and he has installed ESET Node32. No clue what that means, but he took Norton off. Norton used to be the
You know, it's interesting you should mention that your Geek installed ESET. I'd never heard of it before until I heard it mentioned favorably on the radio just within the last couple days. I'll have to look into that. Thanks!! :)

Is that one FREE?
 

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I was just thinking when someone said about Avast letting 3 virsuses through. Don't forget unless a virus does typical things that a virus tries to execute, and it is a new virus which hasn't yet been picked up the anti virus won't see it.
 

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....Don't forget unless a virus does typical things that a virus tries to execute, and it is a new virus which hasn't yet been picked up the anti virus won't see it.
A good anti-virus program will have the ability to analyze a process to detect if it's doing something harmful, and kill it, even if it's not in the virus definition list. Heureristic (sp?) analysis is what it's called and AVG has that capability.
 

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Just FYI, there is NO anti-virus software that will catch everything. And the best anti-virus software the the world means NOTHING if you don['t update regularly. (Bare minimum is every week)

P.S. Apparently ESET has a trial version, but it is time-limited I think, so after that you pay.


ETA: you are also much more likely to get a virus if you download fancy wallpaper, cursors, screen savers, sound files, etc, from websites that you don't absolutely trust. And you should probably trust fewer than you do :)
 
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