AVG Anti Virus - No Longer Free?

by Dena Gottlieb 34 replies
Is AVG no longer free?
If so, is there any good FREE anti virus out there?
TIA.
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  • Profile picture of the author fypnlp
    Originally Posted by Dena Gottlieb View Post

    Is AVG no longer free?
    If so, is there any good FREE anti virus out there?
    TIA.
    Just checked. It's still free if not check out softpedia
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Hi Dena

    Try Avast:

    avast! - Download antivirus software for spyware and virus protection

    They have a free version that only requires an annual registration to get the software key.

    Another one (that also works on Windows servers as well as workstations) is ClamWin:

    Free Antivirus for Windows - Open source GPL virus scanner


    Bill
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Gannon
      Originally Posted by mywebwork View Post

      Hi Dena

      Try Avast:

      avast! - Download antivirus software for spyware and virus protection

      They have a free version that only requires an annual registration to get the software key.

      Another one (that also works on Windows servers as well as workstations) is ClamWin:

      Free Antivirus for Windows - Open source GPL virus scanner


      Bill
      I used to use avg until it let a virus threw, then i switched to avast, so far no viruses slipped threw, but I guess it could happen to any anti virus if there definition files aren't up to date or if the virus is still unknown by the experts.
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      • Profile picture of the author MarkMilan
        AVG usually make you jump through hoops to continue using the anti-virus for free. I think about once every one or two years, they say something like "This version of AVG is no longer free", to encourage people to get the paid version. All you actually have to do is download the latest free version and upgrade to that -- you don't even have to uninstall the old version, if I remember correctly.

        I personally use Comodo. It's a free firewall and anti-virus in one package.
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  • Profile picture of the author kavi
    try commodo - Firewall and AntiVirus Free Software Download from Comodo . It won't hog your resources.

    Kavi
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    AVG is still free. They also have a paid upgrade, but the basic level is still no cost.
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    • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
      NOooooo Not Avg... Get Avira..

      The charts on download.com say a lot for Avira, and I praise it like I do life.
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    • Profile picture of the author flattop
      Originally Posted by VegasGreg View Post

      AVG is still free. They also have a paid upgrade, but the basic level is still no cost.
      Still free as long as you are not using it for business...

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  • Profile picture of the author TheInternetWorkshop
    AVG is still free - download it here: www.free.grisoft.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author PhilG
    Still free - Another good site for free downloads is FileHippo.com - Download Free Software

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  • Profile picture of the author ebizman87
    I'm currently using AVIRA and I've to say that it's a "great WARRIOR" in defeating trojans and viruses.

    Free antivirus - Avira AntiVir
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    • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
      I used to use AVG, but once I switched to Avast I never looked back.
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  • Profile picture of the author zoobie
    AVG is still free. It is good for marketing and brand awarness just like iTunes. Everyone got the software now I think..
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  • Profile picture of the author askloz
    becareful with free anti-virus software, you get what you, erm, downloaded for free.

    Get Kasperksy, best software out there, operated by professional russian hackers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Scott Burton
      Personally, I've had great success with AVG. I used to use a major name brand paid anti-virus, and one of my sons managed to bring a virus home from a free MMORPG site.

      I could see the virus (just not all the parts of it), my high dollar paid anti virus couldn't see it. A few weeks passed and the high dollar paid anti virus could finally SEE it, but not remove it.

      I went to AVG in hopes of finding a solution. Installed it, and it immediately recognized the virus and was already prepared to remove it.

      Later, I went to AVG's site to find that the free AVG had been able to remove this virus for several months before my son brought it to my computer.

      I've noticed some slowing of my systems with the current version, but only during scheduled full system scans.

      Also, I tend to not like to use 'all in one' packages, since a vulnerability in one component of the all in one could make the rest of the all in one package useless against a threat. (just my personal opinion)

      You know that's part of why there are so many security updates for MS products. Almost every security update for each of their products is to 'close a vulnerability that could permit a remote attacker to take control of the target system' interwoven products work well together, but also allow overlapping vulnerabilities.
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      • Profile picture of the author MarkMilan
        Originally Posted by Scott Burton View Post

        Also, I tend to not like to use 'all in one' packages, since a vulnerability in one component of the all in one could make the rest of the all in one package useless against a threat. (just my personal opinion)

        You know that's part of why there are so many security updates for MS products. Almost every security update for each of their products is to 'close a vulnerability that could permit a remote attacker to take control of the target system' interwoven products work well together, but also allow overlapping vulnerabilities.
        You have a point. One advantage of Comodo in particular is that less people use it, and that makes it less of a target. It's for this reason that I generally stay away from Windows and use Ubuntu.

        It is actually very easy to get very worried when you start reading about computer security. I was reading there was a security hole in Apple's browser Safari, and Apple's advice, apparently, was to turn javascript off. They didn't fix it for a month, I believe.

        Edit: I wasn't quite right. Here's the story if anyone is interested: http://db.tidbits.com/article/10352
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  • Profile picture of the author hatch84
    Here is the site for the free version of AVG. I just downloaded it this morning again to make sure. free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition
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  • Profile picture of the author waysofmylife
    Originally Posted by Dena Gottlieb View Post

    Is AVG no longer free?
    If so, is there any good FREE anti virus out there?
    TIA.
    Mine is still free where did you read it isn't free?
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by Dena Gottlieb View Post

    Is AVG no longer free?
    They keep moving stuff around on their page to make getting the free version difficult. You have to invest some time in finding the right link, but it's still free.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dena Gottlieb
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      They keep moving stuff around on their page to make getting the free version difficult. You have to invest some time in finding the right link, but it's still free.
      Thank you all.
      I could not, for the life of me find the free link. I only saw 2 different price options!

      Now I have to decide which one to go with..... You Avira guys are making it sound quite attractive!
      Do I have to uninstall the version of AVG before installing something else or does it not really matter since it's not working anyway?

      Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Avira all the way. I ditched AVG last year.
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  • Profile picture of the author CA3LE
    Originally Posted by Dena Gottlieb View Post

    Is AVG no longer free?
    If so, is there any good FREE anti virus out there?
    TIA.
    Check out Comodo AV comes bundled with there firewall however can choose to install one or another during installation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Goatboy
    We run the free Avira on one system and paid Norton on another. I don't really see that Norton is all that much better than Avira, if it is anyy better at all.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dena Gottlieb
      Originally Posted by Goatboy View Post

      We run the free Avira on one system and paid Norton on another. I don't really see that Norton is all that much better than Avira, if it is anyy better at all.
      I actually have a paid version of Norton but I stopped using it years ago because it prevented me from ftp'ing. Drove me completely nuts.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dena Gottlieb
        I installed Avira btw.
        Thanks. You guys are all great!!
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        • Profile picture of the author WendellC
          I used to recommend the free AVG although with the latest 8.x version it seems to have gotten really fat and slow.

          Now I recommend Avira Antivir if you're needing to go the free route. It seems to be much easier on the system resources. Free antivirus - Avira AntiVir.

          As for paid antivirus programs, Kaspersky and Nod32 are both quite good. Also, I have read that the latest Norton 2009 is lighter and faster than the previous versions. I haven't used Norton for about 5 years because it became bloatware so perhaps they've finally seen the light..

          ...software that is.

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  • Profile picture of the author josephmorris90
    If you are running a business, and have a lot of information (critical or not), passwords, etc. you should certainly buy an anti-virus.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Sullivan
      As far as I know the basic version is still free, but there is an upgrade I seem to remember.

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author JMac
    You need my site... see my signature.

    Yes, AVG is still free
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    • Profile picture of the author Stefan Vee
      Avira Antivir Free is an incredible package.
      Not only is it a perfect malicious code preventer/killer, it preserves the speed of you machine as well.
      Anyone I know is amazed about this kind of power, and "NO" I am not affiliated with Avira. (I just happen to know a lot of IT people)
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  • Profile picture of the author TrevorB
    After all this discussion I have decided to ditch AVG and go with Avira.

    AVG does seem to have slowed my machine incredibly recently.
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  • Profile picture of the author jlxsolutions
    OK i didnt read even half the posts in this topic as i know what they contain anyways.
    Well AVG i have seen many times used to exploit computers running it.
    Avast is good but a pain in the A**.
    2 i recommend that are free is Comodo and avira.
    Comodo has defense plus and firewall to wich is nice Avira detecs amazingly well unknown viruses and spywares.
    that concludes my proffesional imho
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  • Profile picture of the author xc-mikey
    Trend Micro has done pretty well for me, I installed that in my office and as long as you were patient in the morning when booting up it was pretty much un-noticed. And really anti-virus at $40 per year is way better than spending 5 days restoring your computer.

    I think Google offers spybot and a norton in their Google pack for free.
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    • Profile picture of the author jlxsolutions
      Well i have had clients whit MCafee installed and had to clear up the mess of things detected by other software and Well sometimes even clear up the mess after mcafee.
      And well the word norton is forbidden in my world
      enough said.
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