There have been numerous complaints about AVG 2011 causing issues and conflicts with other security tools like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Read the related discussions at AVG:
There have also been reported problems with computers after using new features like PC Analyzer
and PC Tuneup
which purport to fix registry errors in order to make the system more stable and various optimizing tools which can make changes to system settings.I do not recommend the routine use of registry cleaners/optimizers
as they are extremely powerful applications that can damage the Windows registry
by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable. The registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component
because it is where Windows "remembers
" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable
. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily
could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from booting properly. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks
Then we had AVG's decision in April 2010 to partner with LimeWire
and promote the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing
, a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections
, remote attacks, and exposure of personal information.
For these reasons, I no longer recommend AVG as a free alternative.
Edited by quietman7, 09 December 2010 - 09:31 AM.