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#1 aka rotten

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 07:52 AM

I have avg.free version on one pc that I have and been getting warnings that trial expires in 5 days.i,ve never had full  coverage run the free  version for few years,

Not seen this before.What do I need to do in order not to lapse coverage.Or do I let it run out and reinstall.ThanksPaul



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Posted 28 March 2016 - 08:18 AM

I suspect that this an attempt by AVG to install more adware. But see the info in link below.

You should run AdwCleaner and Junkware Removal Tool after reinstalling the free version. Look for

other crappy programs installed by AVG in your lists of installed programs.

Remove AVG trial message and continue with free prot... | AVG

 

Download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.

  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan button.
  • When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
  • Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8; instead of double-clicking, right-mouse click JRT.exe and select "Run as Administrator".
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 03:36 PM

I have been disappointed with AVG ever since they made a 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. More recently (September 2015), is was reported that AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history...meaning AVG allows the collection and sale of personal information relating to browsing history, searches, location and meta-data and sharing that data with affiliated partners, search providers and resellers.

There have been reports of AVG exposing and collecting personal data.There have been numerous complaints about issues and conflicts with other security tools.There have been reports of issues with the computer starting properly on 64-bit Windows sytems for which AVG has had to release these fix instructions.

There have been numerous reported problems with computers after using features like PC Analyzer and AVG PC TuneUp which purport to fix registry errors and various optimizing tweaks which make changes to system settings.

There have been complaints of AVG Secure Search and AVG Security Toolbar repeatedly being reinstalled after AVG updates inself even though users intentionally choose to remove them.

And finally there have been many user complaints about the lack of adequate AVG Customer Support in addressing issues related to the use of their product.

For these reasons, I no longer recommend AVG as a free alternative anti-virus solution.

I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-virus is also a good choice for the same reason. If you don't want to pay then I would recommend Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if you prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender.
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Posted 30 March 2016 - 08:06 AM

Thanks for responses. I have 3 total pc,s in same household, two in house, one in shop all under same e mail address .Other two use Avast, Should I use same on all three? I also do CC cleaner on all of them. Thanks again, i,ll be deleting AVG and be adding Avast if you recommend it.Paul

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 08:15 AM

There is no need to use the same anti-virus on all your machines. avast is fine but they too having been adding more bloat which is why I suggested Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender.
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Posted 02 April 2016 - 10:00 AM

Have one last question in this topic. To get rid of AVG. can I simply go to control panel and click on delete ?As you see I,m not pc savy. AVG. supposed to run out today so I need to do something.Paul

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 10:33 AM

AVG | Download tools and utilities

QUOTE from link above: AVG Remover eliminates all the parts of your AVG installation from your computer, including registry items, installation files, user files, etc. AVG Remover is the last option to be used in case the AVG uninstall / repair installation process has failed repeatedly.

 

AVG Remover
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Posted 02 April 2016 - 06:22 PM

The correct way to remove AVG is by using Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) in Control Panel, reboot when done, and then run the AVG Remover tool noted above by buddy215.


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Posted 03 April 2016 - 02:21 PM

Thank you  quietman7 and others for your help.All seemed to go well with no problems.Ichose Bitdefender which went well.only thing I noticed was it will need redoing every 30 day appearently.The pc I,m on now in my shop still has AVG. on it and I believe I,ll go all 3 pc to Bit defender.THANKS AGAIN,Paul



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Posted 03 April 2016 - 03:50 PM

Bitdefender is a good replacement choice.

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