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Why is AVG now charging for their "free" anti-virus program not free

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#1 rikkidegraz


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 05:25 AM

I ran the free version for years and never had a problem. Suddenly I find that AVG no longer has a free version. Is that true or is it hidden somewhere?

Edited by hamluis, 12 December 2017 - 07:10 AM.
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#2 Condobloke


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 05:45 AM



I found it HERE

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 08:12 AM

Condobloke's first link takes you to the FREE version of AVG. Be aware that the free version WILL install adware such as the Ask Search Protect.

After installing the free version you should check your add-ons in your browsers and remove the ones installed by AVG. Double check using

Malwarebytes and AdwCleaner. Check your list of installed programs for programs AVG has installed other than its antivirus security program.

Avast bought AVG last year.


Watch for boxes to uncheck when installing AVG. There will be an offer to install Google Chrome...be sure to UNcheck if you don't want it.

AVG will install Google Chrome during updates to the program without asking according to comments in its forums.

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 09:18 PM

All free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software (and annoying ads or prompts to upgrade) except Bitdefender Free, Sophos Home, Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows 8/10 Defender. Kaspersky Free does not have ads but does prompt users to purchase their full Internet Security suite. Bundling software combined with unnecessary features (bloatware) tends to drain system resources and slow performance.
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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:42 AM

I still run Avast 2015 and No Popups , settings set at 2 Secs to prompt ,,,,never see em.


Still updated for Dat files and no issues.


Sorry but gave up on AVG 10yrs ago , and we`ll see what Avast does with it now or in the future.

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