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#1 jamminjodi

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 08:00 PM

Hello,

I've always used the free version of AVG, and decided to buy the full version. I have had nothing but trouble since. I've recently uninstalled my avg(8.5) and requested a refund. When it ran it's DAILY scan. it just about rendered my pc useless, or slowed it down so much that if I were on internet, pages would time out. Games or any other prog. would mess up. My cpu would be at 100% and it would take 4-7 hrs to complete scan. If I stay completely off the pc, it would then only take about 3 hrs. Anyway, My question is, before I buy or use any anti virus prog. what are some suggestions?



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#2 MrBoo

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 09:42 PM

try malwarebytes anti malware and dr web cureit. Malware bytes anti malware full version adds in daily updates, scans, and real time protection and works great. Its stopped 2 viruses from attacking me so far since ive had it :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 03:02 PM

there plenty free avs out there that do the job.avira/avast sprin to mind.
if your going to pay for a av product then NOD32 is what most would say is one off the bettter (some say its the best) av product/s.



malwarebytes is not a replacment for your existing av product.
its made too complement your existing av product.(including the piad for version)
that info can be found on there site,the admin themselves say as such.


edit due to typos.

Edited by colids, 14 May 2009 - 03:04 PM.


#4 Stang777

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:04 PM

I have always felt that ZoneAlarm was well worth the initial 30 bucks for the av/fw and 20 for the yearly renewal.

As stated above, Malwarebytes should not be used in place of an antivirus program or firewall. It should only be used to supplement them

Edited by Stang777, 14 May 2009 - 10:06 PM.


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Posted 15 May 2009 - 01:35 AM

AntiVir free is an excellent AV. It has great detection (better even than most paid AVs) and is very light on resources.

Avast is also very good.

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 05:48 AM

I want to Thank everyone for their replies. I am going to check them out!
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 06:13 AM

LOL.

On this subject you will get many opinions as to what is best, but I have tried most of them and always seem to revert to AVAST which I have been running for years and am very happy with it.

I back it up with ThreatFire, SuperAntiSpyware Pro and WinPatrol Plus.

Works for me.

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 11:18 AM

Just a note on the original problem as described.

When it ran it's DAILY scan. it just about rendered my pc useless, or slowed it down so much that if I were on internet, pages would time out. Games or any other prog. would mess up. My cpu would be at 100% and it would take 4-7 hrs to complete scan. If I stay completely off the pc, it would then only take about 3 hrs.

Since AVG 8.0 many people have been having problems so I no longer recommend AVG to anyone, but having a full system scan hog your CPU so that you can't really use your PC is pretty common for just about any antivirus. Before version 8 of AVG was a bit of an exception, but I never did like how AVG would scan whenever you logged into your computer and would not allow you to scan on your own schedule. It was not as noticeable, but it still slows down a computer. Any scanning that happens is CPU intensive. With the sophisticated malware out there now in today's internet landscape, scanning has gotten even more CPU intensive--which is a good thing, really, because you know it is digging deep--so you should not expect to be able to use your computer while conducting a full system scan.

For this reason, among others, I require my AV to give me the ability to schedule a scan when I know no one will be using the computer--in my case in the middle of the night. Until AVG 8.0 came out, Antivir was the only one of the three major free AV's (AVG, AVAST and Antivir) that allows scheduling of scans and updates. When AVG 8.0 came out, they allowed scheduling also, but when I tested it, the scheduler was still flaky--don't know if that's improved with 8.5 or not. The point is that you might have been able to work around the problem you describe by using the AVG scheduler. People like you who have been using it for a long time may not know that you can set your own schedule now--I recently had a discussion with a so-called guru who was giving out a tip to get rid of AV's altogether because AVG 8.5 was slowing down his startup. He obviously had left the scheduled scan at the default of scanning on startup and didn't know you could change it now.

As I said, you may be having other problems with AVG so I think you are wise to switch and my preference is Antivir. Avast is good too but the free version doesn't allow scheduling of full scans. You must tell it when to scan. If you go that route I recommend that you not use your computer until scanning is complete. Find some other way to occupy your time--walk the dog, make and eat a sandwich, etc.

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