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AVG Free is best free anti-virus

AVG Free is best free anti-virus

AVG Free is not only free, but actually quite secure too. All those paying £30 a year for protection should think again...

Our sister-site pcpro.co.uk has published its findings from its recent Anti-Virus Labs test and has found that AVG Anti-Virus Free 9.0 is effective against 93 per cent of threats. Pro summarises its review by saying, ‘[AVG Free 9.0 is] not quite an infallible malware detector, but it’s free and very lightweight.’ and give it a 5/6 overall rating. Not bad for a freebie.

However, Pro does point out that the paid-for Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 is more secure and offers more features than AVG Free 9.0, and that the lesser-known free version of Avira Premium Security Suite 9 detects 4 per cent more malware than AVG Free 9.0.

The extra peace of mind from Avira comes at price however, even if not a monetary one, ‘Avira’s free product is a terrible nag,’ says Pro, ‘bugging you every day to upgrade to the full version, while AVG comes with a minimal [system resource] footprint and a pleasingly low profile.’

So, a bit of a relief for all of us that cheap-out on the anti-virus then? And this writer includes himself in those now glowing smugly that he hasn’t spent £30 a year on a subscription to prevent things he’s (hopefully) sensible enough to avoid anyway.

If you haven’t heard of AVG Free, follow that link for free protection against interweb nasties. If you’ve been using it for years, go give yourselves a pat on the back in the forums.

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Motoko 11th February 2010, 14:39 Quote
I ditched Avira Free because of those annoying nags, the nag that forced me to do it was when I was playing Mass Effect and it popped up making the game tab out and after wouldn't let me back in :angry, so I uninstalled it, fill in the questionnaire telling them they ruined my game and installed Microsoft Security Essentials, which so far has been alright.
paisa666 11th February 2010, 14:43 Quote
I already knew this... that's why i use it :P

Seriously, good to know is actualy a good anti-virus, but as you say I am sensible enough to avoid dangerous places or mails or whatever too. (pat pat)
oMonarca 11th February 2010, 14:46 Quote
I use Avira Free and made it work to my favour. I just scheduled the auto-updates to about 1:20a.m. Now it works like an alarm clock, telling me to stop gaming and go to bed, since my work requires me to be awake :)

The pop-up is jarring, but very easily avoidable - just reschedule the update to run when it's most convenient to you.
TWeaK 11th February 2010, 14:52 Quote
I used AVG for a while about a year ago but left it when reinstalling OS'. Now I'm using Avast, and I'm quite happy with it. Avast also monitors IMAP email traffic, although this can be a bit annoying as I use SSL and it needs that disabled to scan it, but at least the warnings stopped themselves after a couple attempts.

At the end of the day, for an advanced user a virus scanner only needs to be there as a safety net or to scan a file you already think is suspicious. If a virus breaks my computer, I can just reinstall the OS and restore my backups and as such there's no need to go for the full fat security suite.
tonyd223 11th February 2010, 15:12 Quote
+1 been using it for years and I try not to go to dodgy sites... Wish it was a little less resource hungry but that's what multi-core cpu's are for...
eddtox 11th February 2010, 15:28 Quote
I would have liked to see a comparison with MS Security Essentials, which I'm using at the moment and I think is excellent. I've used Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky, Panda and AVGFree before but since MSSE came out it's been installed on all my machines. I'm also trying out Sandboxie for anything that looks suspicious.
xaser04 11th February 2010, 15:32 Quote
Using the Free version of Avast here, never had any problems and its 'light weight' too.

I don't see the point in paid for 'internet security' suits outside of a corporate environment (and only then because of the licencing).

Common sense if a far better security monitor than most of the available suites put together.
l3v1ck 11th February 2010, 15:33 Quote
That's like saying "Syphilis, the best of the sexually transmitted diseases".
I stopped using AVG free as it missed viruses that paid for suites found. I wouldn't go back from Kaspersky now.
Dave Lister 11th February 2010, 15:45 Quote
I used avg for a while but found a couple years ago that avast free was better than avg. I also run Spybot S&D (also free) at the same time and between the two my systems seems to stay clean.
Xir 11th February 2010, 15:50 Quote
I run AVG on one, and Avast on the other computer.
Must be an older version though, as it doesn't nag every day, it just autoupdates.

Never noticed any real difference between the two.
theskirrid 11th February 2010, 15:50 Quote
I used to use AVG and Spybot together, good coverage, and never missed anything. On 7 however AVG9 just didn't run well.
Now using MSE, much smaller, faster and tiny footprint. None of that AVG background pre-scan bollocks either.
mi1ez 11th February 2010, 15:50 Quote
AVG free is what I recommend to all of my friends when their "30 days free" with a new PC runs out. I personally use NOD32. £40 for 3 years, job done!
Mr T 11th February 2010, 16:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by eddtox
I would have liked to see a comparison with MS Security Essentials, which I'm using at the moment and I think is excellent. I've used Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky, Panda and AVGFree before but since MSSE came out it's been installed on all my machines. I'm also trying out Sandboxie for anything that looks suspicious.

+1 for this.
jbloggs 11th February 2010, 16:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Motoko
I ditched Avira Free because of those annoying nags...

You might want to try This to remove the nags...

The only thing AVG (free) ever did with me was make my desktop freeze, have found Avast, MSE and Avira (free versions) quite superior...
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cybergenics 11th February 2010, 16:38 Quote
You ca
cybergenics 11th February 2010, 16:39 Quote
You can never take anything a mag like PCP says as you never know if its going to be biased. AVG is ok, but it misses lots of stuff. I think MSSE is better, many people share that view.
Morrius 11th February 2010, 16:41 Quote
A combo of MS Security essentials, Malwarebytes and common sense does the trick for me.
FelixTech 11th February 2010, 16:51 Quote
Where did Comodo come in? I know it's not a standalon anti-virus but I like my Anti-virus and Firewall packages to come bundled up together and decided not to pay for the AVG suite.
SteveU 11th February 2010, 16:56 Quote
MSE +1 here too
EvilRusk 11th February 2010, 16:56 Quote
I had my PC blessed so I wont need antivirus.

No seriously, many bank acccounts and ISPs offer free antivirus like kaspersky - worth looking into.
alpaca 11th February 2010, 17:07 Quote
i don't have a virusscanner. i run linux

(someone had to do it!)

on the other hand, i don't have any on my gaming rig (win7) neither. there is this slight possibility that i'm infected by some virus, but as long as it doesn't give porn popups, doest slow my computer down noticeably, and doesn't use the internet in a way i can detect it: live and let live i say!
ed_456 11th February 2010, 17:17 Quote
Switched to MSE from this and won't look back. AVG is all very good, but I just prefer the fact that MSE looks after itself most of the time. Plus it seems to use less resources in my opinion.
LucusLoC 11th February 2010, 17:31 Quote
@alpaca: thanks for helping the botters >:-(

I am surprised no one mentioned blink from Eeye (eeye.com). it is the only free all in one package that i know of that also has HIPS built right in. i use it on all my personal comps.

as far as i am concerned if my security solution does not have HIPS it is not a real security solution. protect the memory so the bad guys cant cause damage in the first place. . .

seriously, bit really needs to at least give it a look over.
mjm25 11th February 2010, 17:38 Quote
Avast me hearties!
Redbeaver 11th February 2010, 17:39 Quote
microsoft security essential is ok.....
UncertainGod 11th February 2010, 17:44 Quote
Hardly a surprise Avira's detection rate has always been right up with the best and it's unobtrusive way (to get rid of the nag screen just browse to the application directory, right click on avnotify.exe and in the security tab edit the permissions so that you deny it read & execute ability) mixed with fast response and low footprint make it the obvious choice.

EDIT: Oh god just noticed the source of this proclamation, not any reputable av comparative site but yet another arm of the ever more retarded dennis beast, shame I was happily going to spread linkage around until I saw that.
s3v3n 11th February 2010, 18:05 Quote
Quote:
Pro summarises its review by saying, ‘[AVG Free 9.0 is] not quite an infallible malware detector, but it’s free and very lightweight.’ and give it a 5/6 overall rating. Not bad for a freebie.

I now use Comodo Firewall and MSE.

But AVG is lightweight? Very lightweight? Has AVG changed in the last year? Because the very reason I moved away from it was because it was not lightweight, ontop of the numerous false positives. Avast was kind of lightweight to me, and MSE is VERY lightweight.
flibblesan 11th February 2010, 18:18 Quote
So how much did Grisoft pay PC Pro for the favourable review? AVG caused me nothing but problems on several computers and other reviews of this product show that it misses viruses which other free anti virus tools detect and clean.

Best free anti virus is still, in my opinion, Microsoft Security Essentials.
Spigsy 11th February 2010, 18:40 Quote
^ +1
I've had nothing but grief from AVG over the years and tbh find it extremely difficult to believe it has such a high detection rate. Unless it has changed considerably since 8 (The last I tried) then I wouldn't personally recommend it to anyone. It has regularly missed viruses easily detected by Avast, Housecall, MSE & Vipre amongst others. I have also found it's ability to effectively remove many viruses even after detection is hit and miss.
frontline 11th February 2010, 18:41 Quote
Haven't used anything since a bad experience with Norton a few years back, until recently, then installed MS security essentials. I'm impressed with it so far.
Faulk_Wulf 11th February 2010, 18:52 Quote
AVG missed a lot of what seems to always infect me. Spybot I consider malware in and of itself. I hate that program. I run Avast and am quite happy with it. Is Bit considering an antivirus comparative study? I think they did one a few years back, but an update would be cool.
brave758 11th February 2010, 18:57 Quote
MSE very happy found what norton missed, light weight and quiet. It's just a shame that microsoft don't bundle it in..... But i know why lol how many people would that piss
RichCreedy 11th February 2010, 19:03 Quote
i use a paid for version of avg, only because the free one doesn't cover servers

the free versions don't offer full protection, but do give good basic protection.

for the average user i would recommend a paid for version over the free one. only because the average user doesn't have a clue, there is no support for free versions, except via somewhere like here, which average users wouldn't necessarily find.
javaman 11th February 2010, 19:26 Quote
Use avast here. No intention of going back to AVG either, it was a pile of tripe when I last had it as was avira. Both failed to stop virus's and their scanners where just as useless. Never had a problem with avast at all so far. GF's dad uses a payed version of norton and its crippled the PC.
bradders2125 11th February 2010, 19:29 Quote
Avast user here. Been using it since 2005 I think. Only slight niggle is the registration to use the free version, but no big deal.

Having installed AVG countless times, most of the time failing the install, then having to reboot to start the install again. This was with free and Pro versions.

Brads

Edit: Looking on the PcPro website the only mention of Avast I could find was this

Verdict: A distinguished history, but outclassed by the competition.

Review Date: 20 Jul 2007
pimonserry 11th February 2010, 19:51 Quote
Personally, I tried MSE for a month and thought it was awful. It took 4 hrs to scan 750GB, whereas Avira Free and Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware can scan all 750GB concurrently in a total of <1hr 30 mins..

Avira also has a high false positive rate apparently, but I prefer to be on the safe side ;)
tad2008 11th February 2010, 20:09 Quote
By the looks of it, the bias on the PC Pro review was clearly in favour of AVG as they announced that the competition, including both Avira and Norton offered better protection. AVG may provide a free offering but at risk of giving away personal data is not one I would consider acceptable.

I have found MSE to be a more robust solution and is also free and I also make use of the open source Clamwin Anti-Virus along with the standard windows firewall, the rest comes down to applying some common sense and sensible browsing, for which I use a combination of Chrome and Firefox for the most part.
Booga 11th February 2010, 20:30 Quote
AVG -> Avira -> MSE

Used to use AVG read somewhere that Avira was better. Avira add crashed me out of game during raid and also read that MSE was better so am using that now.
Easy to use and no nag/adds to worry about.
mikkig 11th February 2010, 20:43 Quote
I'm using Comodo Firewall and Avira Antivir Personal. Seems to do the trick. I think we should remember that unless you are going to warez site all the time or opening navisexclip.exe in your email the chances of getting any serious infection are realitivly low.
ssj12 11th February 2010, 21:04 Quote
AVG Free + Spybot is my winning combo
pimonserry 11th February 2010, 21:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikkig
I think we should remember that unless you are going to warez site all the time or opening navisexclip.exe in your email the chances of getting any serious infection are realitivly low.

I don't know, where I work we get a lot of customers whose kids (or, less often, the owner) have clicked links in IM or Facebook/Bebo etc., typically adverts (another reason to not use IE... AdBlock ;)) and got slammed with malware.
You don't need to go very far off the beaten track at all (if the 'beaten track' is reliable websites) to get your machine screwed over (especially if you're not very computer literate).
HourBeforeDawn 11th February 2010, 22:14 Quote
to be honest I have found Microsoft Security Essential has been better and a lot lighter then AVG on my system and seem to catch a few more things but thats just my opinion.
UncertainGod 11th February 2010, 22:21 Quote
MSE is a good and above all quiet solution, but when it's scanning large folders with small files it flips out, it can add a couple of seconds to the launch time of some apps because of this behaviour.
JaredC01 11th February 2010, 22:23 Quote
Avira > AVG IMO... I used AVG for years, and read up on here about Avira, instantly installed it on my netbook, did the tweaks to remove the popups and startup splash screen, and have been 100% happy with it since. I've used Avira and AVG on the same infected hard drive, and Avira detected a lot more files than AVG did, and cleaned them up in a hurry. It's all I use now.
UncertainGod 11th February 2010, 22:32 Quote
JaredC01 try getting your symbols right.

Avira -> AVG = Had Avira and moved onto AVG.

Avira > AVG = Avira is greater than AVG.

Simple things can cause much confusion.
LordPyrinc 12th February 2010, 00:04 Quote
I used AVG for years without any problems. On this build though I installed MS Security Essentials and haven't had any issues so far.
zoom314 12th February 2010, 00:45 Quote
I used to use AVG, But found It was always being compromised, So I switched to Avast and It detected a trojan and a root kit and AVG never did that, for Malware I use Spybot Search and Destroy and Spybot is not Malware. I'm hassle free and encrypted @ 108Mbps(Super G wireless, WPA2 full 63bit string).
Jux_Zeil 12th February 2010, 00:56 Quote
My gaming rig has got AVG Internet Security and my other 3 have AVG Free. Not had any trouble from the full version but did have a little spell with the troublesome buyinternetsecurity.com a month or so back. AVG patched it and I'm very happy with them as they don't seem very resource hungry to me(even on my 2GB Celeron 3.9GHz(OC'd) system).
AngusW 12th February 2010, 01:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssj12
AVG Free + Spybot is my winning combo
Yep same here ;) Kept me clean since switching back to pcs from macs (sep 2009) so far!
livesabitch 12th February 2010, 02:25 Quote
i use AVG pro firewall and have no problems at all i use it on 4 machines at home and it runs great it auto detects everything i do! its been a great A/V for me and i wont stop using it!

will point out i also use SpyBot its a cracking program considering its free!
NethLyn 12th February 2010, 02:26 Quote
Went for the middle Avira package that only gives you Antispyware on top of AV, because strangely enough, the MS Firewall together with my router's worked fine since XP SP2. Ditched ages ago AVG since v6 was a complete piece of crap and told you there were viruses on the PC without removing them.

PC Pro is making a mountain out of a molehill for the sake of a popup you close with the OK button and it's gone (or hack to remove). I still have the free version on my older machines.
BioSniper 12th February 2010, 08:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
to be honest I have found Microsoft Security Essential has been better and a lot lighter then AVG on my system and seem to catch a few more things but thats just my opinion.

Ditto :)
impar 12th February 2010, 09:19 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by s3v3n
I now use Comodo Firewall and MSE.
Yep.
With occasional scans from Spybot and the AV in Comodo.
Skiddywinks 12th February 2010, 10:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by UncertainGod
JaredC01 try getting your symbols right.

Avira -> AVG = Had Avira and moved onto AVG.

Avira > AVG = Avira is greater than AVG.

Simple things can cause much confusion.

Try reading? He didn't do anything wrong.

What is so hard to understand about "Avira > AVG IMO"?
UncertainGod 12th February 2010, 10:54 Quote
He has edited it, try reading the reason.
Grimloon 12th February 2010, 11:39 Quote
Another Avast user here. I think I've only ever had to disable one function (P2P shield) when gaming and that was only when trying out the multiplayer in Two Worlds. Otherwise it just runs permanently with no issues. Once you switch off the voice and pop up notifications you never know it's there until it finds something. Just the way I like it :)
SMIFFYDUDE 12th February 2010, 12:34 Quote
I used to use AVG a few years ago, it mostly irritated me. I've been using Avast free antivirus for about 4 years now, it does what its supposed to do, doesn't slow my computer down and doesn't keep popping up telling me its just updated.
javaman 12th February 2010, 17:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
I used to use AVG a few years ago, it mostly irritated me. I've been using Avast free antivirus for about 4 years now, it does what its supposed to do, doesn't slow my computer down and doesn't keep popping up telling me its just updated.

I love its little pop up telling me its updated lol.

Ive seen a few threads around the interweb and even one on here. From those it seems MSE, Avast and avira are the most used with a few on AVG and the occasional person on norton or Mcafee
eternum 12th February 2010, 19:08 Quote
AVG started to not play nice with the firewall I was using so I switched to Comodo and have been mostly satisfied since. I had one false positive since then (had 2 I think with AVG), and had to reinstall Comodo once due to something in it getting messed up and crashing. This is the first I've heard of MSE being worthwhile though (largely because I never bothered to look into it), so I may give that one a try.
mrbens 12th February 2010, 22:02 Quote
It's funny how when you check anti-virus company websites they ALL claim to be the best lol.

I've only ever had one virus in all my many years of PC use and that was when I was using Virgin Media's PCGuard which was free with my broadband.

After that I had to reinstall windows and from then on I've been using ESET NOD which I think is a lovely little anti-virus product. Highly recommended (and according to their website it's also the best lol) ;)
Wolfe 12th February 2010, 22:38 Quote
If all you need to do is manually scan files every now and then, I recommend the www.VirusTotal.com service.

It's not very fast, but it runs your files through 34 different virus scanners. They also have a convenient little 140KB (really!) app that add a "Send to Virustotal" option to your right-click menu, and hashes the file locally to see if someone's already scanned it.
Lazarus Dark 13th February 2010, 05:56 Quote
Using Avast for 4 or 5 years with pretty much no problems.
Switched from AVG due to massive issues (this was years ago, so I won't say its still buggy, it could very well be improved by now, but Avast has been working, so I won't switch.)
Years ago, friends and family would ask me to see why their computer had slowed to a crawl. Almost always I would uninstall Norton, then put AVG on, this would fix it, but eventually I would get complaints of bugginess with AVG or viruses that had gotten through, so I started putting Avast on all of them. I haven't had to fix anyones computer in 2+ years now since switching everyone to Avast.
ufk 13th February 2010, 18:40 Quote
I used to be a huge AVG fan, but I found the last 2 versions of the free client to be bloaty and annoying, currently using avast on this machine and msse on my laptop, for a microsoft product msse is very good, which surprised the hell out of me.
Crunch77 14th February 2010, 09:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ufk
I used to be a huge AVG fan, but I found the last 2 versions of the free client to be bloaty and annoying, currently using avast on this machine and msse on my laptop, for a microsoft product msse is very good, which surprised the hell out of me.
what he said.
dyzophoria 14th February 2010, 17:06 Quote
weird, I find avg worst than msse, on a couple of systems that had avg free I found all of them infected by something imo, its one of the reasons why I just ditched "free anti virus products" and just went to the the commercial ones, since honestly, they dont cost that much
D-Cyph3r 14th February 2010, 18:02 Quote
Admittedly it was about 3-4 years ago but when I switched from AVG to Avast! I was very impressed at how discreet it was compared to AVG, literally haven't used anything else since.


Though when it comes to viruses and spyware I always wonder what people are doing/downloading/viewing to get any form of malicious software. I haven't had any even remotely dangerous code running on my machines since I shared one with my sister (4-5 years ago)....
Green Mamba 14th February 2010, 23:38 Quote
As long as magazines like PC-Pro are recieving money for advertising from people like AVG, I will pay no attention to the results. It's not the first time a magazine will have not given a AV product an independant review because they haven't paid for enough marketing.

Also a lot a testers will use completely irrelevant tests rather than in the wild viruses. As far as I'm concerned the only relevant AV Tests are Virus Bulleting and West Coast Labs. In which AVG has failed a large number of tests.

It's worth noting that it's Illegal to use AVG Free in a Business.

Free AV is free for a reason. The only product I will recommend to any one ESET which not only performs under scrutiny without chewing resources, its well priced.
DrEv1l 15th February 2010, 13:44 Quote
AVG does not have a 64bit version - what is recommended for those of us jumping to win 7 64bit?
wormy 15th February 2010, 13:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrEv1l
AVG does not have a 64bit version - what is recommended for those of us jumping to win 7 64bit?

I'm using AVG on Win 7 64bit Home Premium with no trouble
von_stylon 18th February 2010, 09:50 Quote
Comodo internet security free = WIN
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