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#1 Cluless


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Posted 22 June 2012 - 02:03 AM


I have AVG free installed on my desktop and have been invited to test AVG's 2013 Beta product. I don't mind doing it after all I'm getting anti virus free but is there any down side to doing so?

Any input appreciated



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Posted 22 June 2012 - 04:58 AM

The downside is that you will be depending on a testing version of your Anti-virus to keep your computer secure.

"The main aim of our beta program is to test software changes and innovations in a “real world” environment, which cannot be simulated in our development test laboratories, and to help us improving the quality of the release version."

While I am sure AVG has done as much testing as it could before releasing the Beta version, it may nevertheless have minor bugs. You are trusting AVG to have made sure there are no major bugs that impair its functionality in keeping your computer safe.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:26 AM

I don't know how AVG organizes their betas, but it could be that this beta version contains debug and trace code which could make it slightly slower than the final version.

I regularly participate in betas, they'll probably ask you for feedback in the form of a survey.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 02:49 PM

Whenever Beta is mentioned we generally add this message so others reading will understand more.

Please note that this program is a beta version of a product and not completely tested to ensure its stability or reliability.

What is beta software?

After an initial round of in-house testing, software publishers often release new programs to be tested by the public. These pre-release versions are called beta software, usually denoted by a "b" in the version number, e.g., Netscape Navigator 2.0b5. Since the publisher couldn't possibly test the software under all possible conditions, it is reasonable to expect that wider use of the software may uncover problems that were not discovered during in-house testing. The publisher expects to be notified when users find such problems so that the program can be fixed before its official release.

In general, you should expect to run into bugs whenever using any piece of beta software. These bugs may range in severity from minor features that don't work to problems that cause your computer to crash. You should decide whether the benefit of new features in a beta program outweighs the risk of program instability before choosing to use a piece of beta software. You should also be aware that UITS will not have thoroughly tested beta software, nor will the software be guaranteed by its maker, so you should not expect the same level of support as you would receive for an official release version of the program.

Beta version software is useful for internal demonstrations, testing and previews to select customers, but may be unstable and not yet ready for a release candidate stage. The goal of a beta program is to collect information regarding the performance, quality, stability, and functionality of new products in order to iron out the bugs before they are released to the general public. If you choose to use a beta program, you use it at your own risk.

For more information about beta programs and software release stages, please read Software release life cycle

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 04:33 PM

Thanks guys common sense and practical advice as always

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