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#1 cyclernyc

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 11:56 AM

Does anyone know when AVG Free 2010 will expire? It seems that there are a lot of unresolved bugs in the new one so I want to wait as long as possible before updating.
Also - if they don't fix it before it does expire, which is the best free antivirus?
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 12:11 PM

Yes, there seems to be a lot of issues and complaints with AVG 2011.

As far as alternatives, I would recommend any of the first three in this list:

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 12:18 PM

Of course it's just my opinion, but I think Avast is by far the best free one out there. I use it in combination with few other programs like Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 06:16 AM

Avast and Microsoft Security Essentials are both anti-virus programs.

Using more than one anti-virus program is not advisable. Why? The primary concern with doing so is due to conflicts that can arise when they are running in real-time mode simultaneously and issues with Windows resource management. Even when one of them is disabled for use as a stand-alone scanner, it can affect the other and cause conflicts. Anti-virus software components insert themselves into the operating systems core and using more than one can cause instability, crash your computer, slow performance and waste system resources. When actively running in the background while connected to the Internet, they both may try to update their definition databases at the same time. As the programs compete for resources required to download the necessary files this often can result in sluggish system performance or unresponsive behavior.

Each anti-virus may interpret the activity of the other as suspicious behavior and there is a greater chance of them alerting you to a "False Positive". If one finds a virus or a suspicious file and then the other also finds the same, both programs will be competing over exclusive rights on dealing with that virus or suspicious file. Each anti-virus may attempt to remove the offending file and quarantine it at the same time resulting in a resource management issue as to which program gets permission to act first. If one anit-virus finds and quarantines the file before the other one does, then you encounter the problem of both wanting to scan each other's zipped or archived files and each reporting the other's quarantined contents. This can lead to a repetitive cycle of endless alerts that continually warn you that a threat has been found when that is not the case.

Anti-virus scanners use virus definitions to check for malware and these can include a fragment of the virus code which may be recognized by other anti-virus programs as the virus itself. Because of this, most anti-virus programs encrypt their definitions so that they do not trigger a false alarm when scanned by other security programs. Other vendors do not encrypt their definitions and they can trigger false alarms when detected by the resident anti-virus. Further, dual installation is not always possible because most of the newer anti-virus programs will detect the presence of others and may insist they be removed prior to download and installation of another. If the installation does complete with another anti-virus already installed, you may encounter issues like system freezing, unresponsiveness or similar symptoms while trying to use it.

To avoid these problems, use only one anti-virus solution. Deciding which one to remove is your choice. Be aware that you may lose your subscription to that anti-virus program's virus definitions once you uninstall that software.

Anti-virus vendors recommend that you install and run only one anti-virus program at a timeYou can always supplement your anti-virus by performing an Online Virus Scan.
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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:31 AM

Good point quietman7, but I don't run both in real time. I guess I should have mentioned that.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 01:14 PM

Yes, there seems to be a lot of issues and complaints with AVG 2011.

Thanks for responding!
Yes - but as long as the one that I've got is still working I'll wait until they no longer support it.
I believe that I had Avast before I got AVG so I think that I will get that when I need to.
Do they tell you the best way to switch when you download it?

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 01:33 PM

Do they tell you the best way to switch when you download it?

No you will have to read up on that. You may need to use the AVG Removal tool if you are not able to completely uninstall when that time comes.

Before removing your existing anti-virus, you should download and save the setup file for the anti-virus you are going to replace it with. After doing that, disconnect from the Internet, uninstall your current anti-virus, reboot and then install the replacement. Reboot again to ensure it is working properly before reconnecting to the Internet.

Good point quietman7, but I don't run both in real time.

It doesn't matter it only one is used in real-time...there still can be issues.

As I said, even when one of them is disabled for use as a stand-alone scanner, it can affect the other and cause conflicts. Anti-virus software components insert themselves into the operating systems core and using more than one can cause instability, crash your computer, slow performance and waste system resources.
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 01:01 PM

I wasn't aware of that. I was told in the past it didn't matter if they both weren't active and only used as scanners.

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 04:03 PM

I don't know you advised you that information but as you can see in Post #4, many of the major anti-virus vendors do not recommend doing so.
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Posted 05 December 2010 - 01:46 PM

Before removing your existing anti-virus, you should download and save the setup file for the anti-virus you are going to replace it with. After doing that, disconnect from the Internet, uninstall your current anti-virus, reboot and then install the replacement. Reboot again to ensure it is working properly before reconnecting to the Internet.


Thanks for that! I wasn't sure how to do it safely online.
I've got DSL - do I just shut off the box?

And while we're talking about safety - I saw someone mention that it is a great idea to download Malwarebytes to a disc (I've already got it installed) in case of an inability to get online. Do you think that is right? Will it work from a disc?

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 06:02 PM

I've got DSL - do I just shut off the box?

If that disallows Internet connection, then yes...or just pull out the cable plug.

You can download and save Malwarebytes' to a disk but then it needs to be installed on the hard drive.
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Posted 08 December 2010 - 02:27 PM

I wasn't aware of that. I was told in the past it didn't matter if they both weren't active and only used as scanners.

So in your in opinion what is the better antivirus program? I really don't see a difference in things either Avast or Microsoft Security Essentials catches when they scan.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 02:39 PM

Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no best anti-virus. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs. For more specific information to consider, please read Choosing Your Anti-virus Software.

No single product is 100% foolproof and can prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. Just because one anti-virus detected threats that another missed, does not mean its more effective. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense, safe computing and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.


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