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      16.08.2012 18:58
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      Sometimes there is no catch to free things!

      I got fed up of paying for antivirus software that was bombarding me with adverts to upgrade to pay for something else that I just didn't need. A couple of friends had been recommending that I switch to AVG for ages and I decided to take their advice (and then kill them if it didn't work out well for my PC). I decided to opt for AVG's free service, partly to test it out to see how good it was, and well why pay for something when I can get most of it for free? I've stuck with the Free Edition for three years and I've never had a problem.

      AVG Free doesn't skimp out on features, protecting against all kinds of viruses and malware and it also has features to protect your identity and scan your emails. It automatically checks for updates and installs any so you don't have to worry about remembering to do it. When the program is open it looks sleek & professional, showing you all of the protection you have available and if they're turned on and up to date or not, and it is very easy to navigate to what you want to do. A full system scan takes about 30 minutes, which will slow down your PC if you're using it while the scan takes place, but it's not the end of the world slow unlike some anti-virus software I've used. You can also scan specific folders or files to check if they're clean and schedule a daily scan for when exactly you'd like it to happen.

      I'm pretty careful with what I download off the internet, but there's always something that can slip past you and AVG's always caught it for me; sometimes it can be a little picky and picks up things that aren't malware, but it's once in a blue moon and you can always continue with the execution.

      It features a Virus Vault where AVG has "stored" the viruses it has removed, allowing you to see where it was on your PC, what kind of threat it was and when it put it there. You can then purge these from the vault and from your PC.

      The only disadvantage I've found is that AVG sometimes stops Steam (Valve's gaming software for buying & playing games) from working properly. Adding Steam as an exception solved most of the problems, but whenever I want to use it for a long time I turn AVG off and turn on an alternative free software (Microsoft Security Essentials).

      AVG have done themselves out of a fair bit of money by making the free edition so good that people just won't see the point in upgrading to a pay version - they also don't advertise it in my face.

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        11.07.2012 23:43
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        Pretty good

        AVG antivirus is a antivirus which has a secret, its completely free! For everyone who can actually find it i should hasten to add, it does take some looking around on their site. I must confess though i have no idea how they make money out of the free version unless its just an advert for the more expensive versions, although my gut tells me advertism might play into it.

        Anyway, the good new is that its a pretty effective antivirus, and has scan and virus vault feature. Last time i checked it cost money to get the firewall and email protection, which is partly why i moved to avast free antivirus for the firewall (if i can i will do a separate review on this).

        The antivirus does have an issue with it constantly trying to sell you the version above. I get that at the end of the day they want to get some money, but it does ruin the feeling a bit. Furthermore this program is a bit labour intensive, and i really don't like the way you HAVE to install the avg toolbar into whatever internet browser you are using. I have a gut feeling its so they can run cookies and sell browsing history to advertisers for adverts that come up on google ads, but i have no evidence to back this up (again, this is another reason why i moved to avast).

        But, i would say that on balance you get a good deal. When people like McAffee and norton try to sell you protection at what 25 pounds or so a year at least, for free its pretty dang good virus protection. provided you don't often download videos, or do dodgey stuff on the net, or lots of internet shopping, this should be enough for you, it certainly is for me, i just mvoed to avast for a few extra features and the better layout, as the layout of the user interface on AVG, although completely functional, seems very outdated, and a bit irresponsive at times, amd dare i say it, boring. Also i got fed up of it telling me how much better it would be if only i paid that little amount for the pro version, also the avast version lets you alter how much CPU you dedicate to the virus scan, AVG didn't when i had it.

        Overall i give this 4/5. I know i have highlighted some poor areas, but overall its a very good package, and you can't really complain at the price of 0p. If these problems were with norton or something like that, they would be big issues, but not for a free program.

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        23.06.2012 09:47
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        Definitely recommended for purchasing for home computer security and business computers too!

        Every single day, more and more personal computers are becoming infected with viruses and tracking software! This happens when they are downloaded and installed from a website that the user visits! #
        People who do this are finding more ways of stealing identities over the internet and permanently affecting personal computers!
        This is a serious problem for some people and that's why having an Anti-Virus program installed on your computer is vitally important to keep you and your files safe!

        Resolving these sorts of problems!

        Luckily, AVG are here to help us with these problems. There free edition of AVG is very helpful if you don't want to pay!

        Personal Experience!

        Only 4 months ago did my brand new Windows 7 computer get infected with a severe virus which permanently affected it! I lost my files including music, videos, photos, documents and programs! Luckily, I got help quickly and they were removed for good. After this, I thought I don't want this to happen ever again so I looked for Anti-virus software and found AVG 2012 Free Edition! Since then, I have had no trouble at all with viruses!

        Introducing AVG 2012 Free Edition!

        The new AVG Free Edition is a great reliable tool to have installed on your PC to help fight off any viruses, trackers, Trojans, backdoors and many more malicious programs!

        When you open AVG, you will see an overview screen which shows you all of the anti-virus components on your computer!
        It's basically the same as a folder such as 'My Documents'!

        Components!

        Anti-virus, protects your computer from viruses etcetera,
        Linkscanner, tells you whether links are trustworthy,
        Email Protection, neutralises any mail that is infected with a virus,
        Anti-Rootkit, prevents rootkits from taking over your system or even network,
        Identity Protection, hides your personal details from potential attackers!

        Why should I choose AVG 2012 Free Edition?

        AVG 2012 Free Edition is entirely trustworthy and reliable so you don't need to worry about viruses,
        It can automatically scan your computer and update its software so you don't need to bother,
        Doesn't take up valuable memory on your drives and doesn't use many resources,
        Its compatible with many different PC's and works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7!
        Last of all, it's free! No pennies at all!

        Overall, AVG 2012 Free Edition is a great alternative to purchasing Anti-virus software which does the same! It's useful features are absolutely brilliant because they help keep your PC safe and secure in every way, everyday! It's great for home computer protection and even business computers too!

        There's nothing better than AVG 2012 Free Edition Anti-virus software!

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        20.10.2011 16:23
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        Extremely good free software

        I was recommended AVG free by a friend for personal use. I've been using it for the past 3 years.

        AVG is easy to install and use, although you do have to be careful not to install the web browser toolbars and other undesirable extras during the installation. AVG keep their databases up-to-date, and I have to upgrade once every few months.

        AVG runs in the system tray on the Windows OS and the control panel has separate areas for anti-virus, spyware, resident shield, scan options and other options like Family Safety which I haven't used.

        Performing a full system scan on my 500GB hard drive takes about 40 minutes using a quad-core processor. At the end of this you're presented with a summary of infected files. I haven't had many of these but AVG has astutely dealt with any of the minor problems. It can detect rootkits and trojans, and doesn't treat every executable as a threat like some other antivirus apps.

        Exceptions can be added just in case AVG thinks a legit executable isn't legit, but this has only happened once to me.

        One of my main issues with some other publishers' products is that their antivirus will actively restrict a lot of OS operations, like opening an application or altering a registry file. AVG does no such thing, the only time it ever gets in your face is when it has found a legitimate threat, which doesn't happen very often thanks to its antivirus/rootkit tools.

        There is an option to install an addon onto your web browser which will rate links by safety, but I haven't used it.

        AVG is one of the few anti-virus softwares where the free version doesn't attempt to scare you into buying the full version. In the past with other packages I've been working offline using Bullguard or Symantec stuff and I've got the warning 'Danger! Someone is trying to hack you in the internet right now! Upgrade to the full version to stop them'.

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          06.06.2011 11:18
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          Free!

          My operating system - Windows XP
          Netbook - Samsung NC10
          Virus Protection - AVG free (2011)
          Back up virus protection - Spybot Search & Destroy
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          As we know with recent cyber attacks on big corporations and governments a new kind of warfare and computer delinquency is developing online. In fact it would not surprise me if a rival electronics company keeps attacking Sony online through freelance hackers. It certainly wouldn't surprise me if the bulk of the £600 million pounds Cameron has put aside for cyber defence will go on cyber attacks of other countries and companies. We know the Cheltenham spy centre has already taken down some Al-Queada supporting websites and it's clearly a powerful weapon to help bring down governments and corporations with in the near future. Menwith Hill, the UK owned but U.S./NSA staffed listening station in the north of England is known to actually steal sensitive commercial information from European markets to aid U.S. businesses, why its still there.

          So, in this world of commercial and malicious hacks you need decent cyber security, right, Great Britain by the far the biggest target for regular cyber crime in Europe. We all look at naughty websites or open e-mails we shouldn't now and then and that's where the viruses and malware live. We go to them in most cases, especially where men are concerned. Whilst email phishing scams catch out the gullible (mostly older women) the free porno will send many a blokes computer to be repaired.

          I have used many a virus protection in my time. Some have been free, some have been borrowed and some on the kit I bought. It's hard to say which was best although it never ceases to amaze me how often you start to get viruses sneaking though your defences when the virus software is about to lapse and your subscription is due. This may well be a ploy to get you to buy another year through an update to get rid of those very same viruses the software suddenly has no problem with when you do. My brother works in I.T and insists most viruses out there are invented by the same people offering the protection. In this cynical world we all live in that is extremely feasible.

          We need protection in the U.K because most cyber crime emanates from abroad and soft touch Britain with its greedy human rights lawyers is an easy target for organised foreign criminals to set up camp here, many claiming the very same human rights law as protection if they do get caught here, but they part of the very same crime gangs that they claim to be threatened by in their homelands, ironically. Our leniency allows for all manner of crimes to be more prevalent here. Bet you didn't know that 40% of all credit card fraud comes from our petrol garage forecourts, and seven out of the countries ten credit and identity theft fraud hotspots are in the capital, Nigerian gangs the worst offenders. Again we need to protect our money and personal information and access to it. The United Kingdom is the number one target for online fraud.

          So if we do stray and look at naughty websites and click on the wrong emails we need to treat being online like having sex with someone we don't really know, our virus and malware protection our condoms and coils if you like, infections most likely to be picked up in certain parts of the cyber world, China, South East Asia and Russia currently transmitting the most amounts of viral attacks. Good virus protection software will run a map that will highlight where the current global cyber threats are, MacAfee good for that.

          Incidentally if you are also worried about having your lap top stolen or you are likely to lose it then there is some great software called 'Hidden' now available on the market. It works like this. You set up a username and password with the Hidden website and if your kit is stolen you then log into that website on a friends PC and alert them to the theft. The program is then activated and tracks your lap top by pinpointing where it was when accessing the internet. But the best bit is it secretly takes pictures through the webcam of the person using it, the thief perfectly centred in the screen and staring right at you.

          -Pay or Free AVG-

          AVG has set out to go big this year with their 2011 protection and there has been a huge take up of the software. Interestingly, as pointed out in another review on this product on this website, 87% of those who have downloaded AVG this year have gone for the free version. That number parries with people online not prepared to pay for music. Never offer anything free online is the lesson. Amazon lost £270 million pounds recently by discounting Lady Ga Ga's record by too much. We don't want to pay for things online. AVG expect quite a few users to upgrade in December though to make their money back.

          -Downloading-

          Just go to their website and away you go. You can pay for the full security protection for £33 or the anti-virus version for £26. The more expensive option offers their anti hack and email phish protection. That price is for the first year although you can keep it thereafter but pay a little bit more for updates the next year. The free version offers some identify theft and virus protection and highlights unsafe websites and helps to police your social networks. You don't expect this to be the perfect protection but it's free so you don't argue, right?

          -Components-

          Anti-Virus
          Anti-Spyware
          Link Scanner
          Resident Shield
          Email Scanner
          Update Manager
          License
          Anti-Root kit
          PC Analyzer
          Identity Protection

          Options available...

          Family safety (block various websites and messengers)
          Live Kive (online security storage and back up)
          AVG Toolbar (safe search and other buttons)

          ---Usage---

          It's best to run the scan facility when you have a quiet moment. A full scan doesn't take too long (about 30 minutes) and you can also scan certain parts of your computer, including a separate root scan. Anything like a slow browser or typing going up slow could be a virus. If you have a malware or virus attack then the AVG sensors should pick it up and bag it, a little pop up confirming that. It's always worth remembering these viruses are getting increasingly sophisticated and can bypass firewalls by disguising themselves as genuine downloads. The more gullible of us may well accept what we think is helpful online shareware, only to be nuked by a virus when we accept it. By-the-way, if your little red Microsoft windows shield is showing in the bottom right hand corner then your computer may well be infected guys. Anything that claims to be virus protection and announcing your system is under attack and is not carrying the moniker of your current virus software is almost certainly malicious and you must kill the webpage quickly. Quickly run your software to stop it getting its claws into your system. Then reboot so AVG can clean up your root boot.

          The Vault facility allows you to see all the attacks and viruses on your PC or netbook that have been killed and quarantined by AVG. It's worth looking at the root or path layouts of infections to try and understand which areas viruses target and maybe how to delete those files and DLL pathways through diagnostic kit on your windows or Mac compatible computers and Laptops. Tools like Regedit allow you to manually delete viruses if your software protection doesn't do the job so always worth a probe.

          -Any Goods-

          I have been running the software for about three months now and it has been ok. I was briefly cut off the internet by something malicious but ran a deep scan and got back on and the issue solved. It's always worth downloading a back up virus software and with plenty more free ones on line it's again straightforward. Because most viruses tend to attack your Direct Link Library and registry, I have found 'Spybot Search & Destroy' to be pretty effective at quarantine and killing that type of virus. Spybot is also free and reliant on donations rather than a pay version. You can also do a decent free online scan on the Symantec website that will list all the infections on your computer or PC that you can try and manually destroy if you know how to get to them on your system.

          -Value-

          So, AVG fits the bill if you are short on cash or have reasonably safe surfing habits. It's great for families too and with its back up firewall good for your office use to if you are self employed or running a business.

          -Download here-

          http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage
          http://www.avg.com/gb-en/homepage

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            01.06.2011 18:55
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            An very efficient antivirus program

            I've been using AVG for around 4 years now. A friend recommended this to me as my Norton Antivirus was about to expire. I've found such a difference in this 2011 version compared to the previous ones. The scan time on this one is so much quicker the program itself installed a lot quicker and also the updates do so as well.

            I think AVG is very simple to use. There are 3 tabs to choose from on the main interface. These are :
            * Overview
            * Scan now
            * Update now


            * Overview tab
            You can view all the components of the AVG program and see the status of each. Double clicking any of these components displays a brief summary of what the component is and what it's used for.


            * Scan now tab
            Pressing this tab will automatically start the scan. This can be set using the scan options which is within this tab. You can choose from a whole computer scan, specific files and folders scan or an anti root kit scan. Within the scan options you can view your scan history and the virus vault; this is where anything that has been quarantined will be listed.


            * Update now tab
            Clicking this button will search for any new available updates for the program and if any are available you'll be asked if you wish to install this update.


            The interface of this program is very straightforward to use so this is ideal for people that may not have much experience of using these types of programs.

            You can set up a scan schedule whereby a scan will be performed on a certain day and time and you just need to specify the type of scan you want to run. I always run whole computer scan which takes around 25 minutes. When the scan is complete it will detail the results of it. If any infections are found it will say how many and what action has been taken - these will either be removed and healed or not removed and healed. Clicking on the infections link will show where on the system the infection was found, the type of infection and the result which will be moved to virus vault.

            During my college years as an IT student this antivirus was recommended by lecturers who said it was one of the best free antivirus there is and can do as good a job as many that you have to pay for. This is definitely a program that I trust to protect my computer and I'll definitely continue to use it.

            Security components of AVG Free edition 2011 are:

            Anti-virus
            Anti-spyware
            Link scanner
            Resident shield
            Email scanner
            Update manager
            Anti-rootkit
            Pc analyser
            Identify protection
            Security toolbar

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              07.05.2011 11:13
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              Why don't you have this?

              Whether or not you already have an anti-virus for which you have paid installed on your computer, AVG free edition is a massively beneficial piece of software for your PC. AVG, an abbreviation for Anti-Virus Guard, is something I have come to regard as more reliable than both McAfee and Norton, which often fail to detect problems that AVG finds. Most people (that I know anyway) use AVG free to complement their paid for protection.

              At only 163mb (2011 edition) it is fairly light and the classic demand for ever faster scans is satisfied better by the 2011 edition, and probably with every new version after that. Installation was very easy and lasts only five minutes, slower than some but definitely fast enough. If you don't want an AVG toolbar or your default search engine set as yahoo you must say so during installation. The userface is as simple as can be and shows why AVG is the most popular free anti-virus around. The Eastern Europeans, who lack the funds and time that America gives its Ivy league graduates and Indian visa collectors, are increasingly creating the software we need and really know there stuff.

              It also compares favourably with other free anti-viruses. Windows Defender I find to be the least effective of the lot and I no longer use it. Avast! has two comparative disadvantages: the real time protection is excessive and it expires within twelve months. AVG free is better, but not perfect, in both of these regards. The real time protection reports far less false positives, but misses a few viruses and Trojans that Avast! captures. AVG is free forever unless you choose to upgrade whilst Avast! expires in a year.

              Besides the anti-virus other features included without upgrading are: anti-spam; firewall; a linkscanner (which now scans links on face book as well); a resident shield; e-mail scanner; update manager; online shield; anti-rootikit and more. A PC analyzer that can be used once was helpful as well, if only once.

              If I have a couple of minor improvements to suggest I would prefer to not have as many prompts to upgrade, but there really don't bombard you with them, and they do give you the same level of basic protection for both types of account. A boot scan would have been a welcome addition as well, but really not necessary and you really cannot ask for everything in freeware. It seems to me that AVG is missing a beat by giving you so much for free and still hoping you will upgrade. When I searched for AVG here on DooYoo I saw that there are eighty seven reviews for the free edition and only two for the paid version.

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                24.12.2010 20:47

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                AMAZING!

                I've been using AVG now for about 6 years and it's NEVER ever failed me once! AVG has always been there unlike my best friends :) But thats another story! AVG recently released AVG 2011 which saw some great new features like Social Networking Protection and Smart scanning which only scans the files that have been changed since the last scan or optimization scan. Not only that they also managed to make AVG scan faster and decrease the amount of resources that AVG uses. With my little netbook it runs like a dream, AVG hasn't even effected how long it takes my netboot to boot up! I also like the way AVG have other options for you if your already infected for some reason. They have a rescue CD which you can run off a CD or a Flash Drive which allows you to scan your computer fast and remove infections without having a popup every ten seconds from a fake security centre saying you've got thousands of infections :) It's an amazing product and everyone should have it!

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                15.11.2010 19:59
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                Top Notch!

                Like so many other computer users, I used to have Norton AntiVirus which was packaged free with the machine for a limited period. Of course, when the free period expires, most of us just renew, but at a not inconsiderable cost.

                There's no issue with Norton Antivirus. I was quite happy with it, but a couple of years ago, following some on-line research, I felt sufficiently confident in the free version from AVG that I cancelled my subscription when it had run its course and downloaded the AVG software from a safe source (in my case download.com.)

                It does everything for you, so if you have no technical expertise, don't worry. You don't need any. It is genuinely free - you just have to be careful of the frequent upgrade messages you get or you may inadvertently click on something for which they will charge. The upgraded paid for version is more comprehensive, but for a casual user like me, who doesn't visit dodgy websites, doesn't open suspicious looking emails and doesn't click on email links I can't recognise and whose usage is fairly standard and careful, I genuinely believe you should look no further.

                I have even had two free updates since downloading the free edition, with 2011 version now safely on board. You have some control over the settings in a very easy to use graphic interface, but most folk will leave the software to do its scheduled scans and alert you to any problems.

                The security components you get with AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, Version 10 are:

                Anti-Virus
                Anti- Spyware
                Linkscanner
                Resident Shield
                Email Scanner
                Update Manager
                License
                Anti-Rootkit
                PC Analyser
                Identity Protection

                You can check at any time that these are all active and also check for the time of the last scan just by clicking on the toolbar icon. Scans run in the background and do not interfere with your work or delay you in any way. You can also run manual scans if you so choose.

                I think it is fantastic value for no money at all and cannot see myself ever returning to a paid for service.

                If you're currently paying, then it's worth at least considering whether you can get what you need for nothing via AVG. You have the reassurance of knowing that millions of people are now using this product globally.

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                  A very good free, reliable piece of software that will keep you safe!

                  I installed AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 about 3 months ago, since then I've had no issues with my PC security, I just love AVG. A lot of Anti Virus programs give you all kind of annoying alerts and popups, which can normally be disabled fairly easily, but AVG just stays quiet and keeps you secure. I've had the software 3 months and haven't been given a single message asking me to update or change a setting, etc.

                  I love the GUI of AVG, it's very user friendly and easy to use, doesn't require any skill to use it. I don't know when these features were added, but I don't remember seeing the Anti Spyware and Rootkit included in the free version before, so that's my anti virus and anti spyware all in one, which is what I love. I hate having loads of security related programs, but with this I can just have one, along with Windows Firewall and I do quite nicely. Occasionally I scan my PC with Malware Bytes Anti Malware just to be on the safe side as they have a very good record for being great and picking up just about anything!

                  I also love the fact that unlike other anti virus programs, you don't need to register this, after 30 or something days you have to do that with avast! Anti Virus, which is fine because it's free, but still, as I say again, AVG just gets the job done without telling you to do these things.

                  Overall, a great piece of software that has highly improved as the years have gone by, I recommend it to anyone, because it's brilliant.

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                  Great way to stay protected from viruses

                  ** The Good **

                  It's free! What's not to like about that?

                  Bye Bye viruses - If you pick up a virus AVG software will inform you of this, you can then chose to heal the virus, or if you are unable to heal it move it to the virus vault so that it is no longer a threat.

                  Daily Checks - You can programme the software to check for viruses at certain times of the day or every time you switch on your computer. I find this very useful as i usually can't be bothered to run virus checks but as it automatically runs at certain times i have no need to make any effort to make it run. It also runs in the background so doesn't interrupt whatever i am doing at the time.

                  *The Bad*

                  The AVG toolbar is a huge annoyance to me as it is quite bulky and a lot of the time when i chose to hide the toolbar it reappears as the programme believes that i accidentally removed the toolbar when in fact i don't really want it there!

                  *The could be better*
                  It doesn't get rid of all viruses - i recently picked up a virus that AVG did not detect so could not heal. This was a real pain for me as i almost lost a lot of important documents that had not yet been backed up.

                  *Conclusion*

                  Overall i am really happy with this software as it is a great way to protect your computer and as it is free even people who can't afford to buy anti-virus software can stay protected.

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                    Unreservedly recommended

                    Ever since the internet became the mainstay of the home computer, consumers have been literally bombarded with anti-virus, anti-spyware, and security software. About 10 years ago, we started with McAffee; all well to start with, but soon after it began to interfere with other programmes and change computer settings. Our second experience was with Norton; all very easy to set up, but after a while, the same thing happened. We were then given a free copy of Kaspersky; this must have cause the most damage to the computer out of all of them! Of course, some of these had upfront costs and annual subscriptions, so they certainly weren't cheap.

                    I was recommended AVG by a computer expert, who said that it was nonsense paying this much for anti-virus protection. I was initially sceptical about this, but my experience of AVG Free thus far has been entirely positive.

                    **DOWLOADING**

                    AVG Free is available to download at no cost through the AVG website; you can even download it without including any details like e-mail addresses. Watch out though, as whilst trying to download the free version, AVG are very keen to market their paid-for software. Equally, check that you're downloading the right thing: I was fooled the other day when I was downloading it to a new computer; I clicked on what I thought was the correct download link, but it turned out to be a very cleverly disguised advertisement for Norton which then started downloading.

                    **INSTALLATION**

                    AVG Free was quick and easy to install; when you've installed it, it does need to configure itself alongside your computer system, and this takes a little bit of time - I tend to just leave it to get on with it. Once you've done that, you're up and running, and at no cost.

                    **USING THE PROGRAM**

                    You can set the software to scan on any day or time, regularly or irregularly. Mine is set to scan at 10am every morning; it scans quickly (on the 'automatic' setting) in the background and doesn't in any way interfere with other programs. I used to find that particularly with Norton, it took up so much computer power, one had to leave it for a morning without being able to do anything else. You can also scan manually.

                    I've never had a virus on my computer (which is perhaps more testament to the websites I visit!), but I gather that the software alerts you when your computer becomes at risk; likewise with incoming e-mails. On a everyday basis, when it's scanned, it alerts you to anything it's found so you can take action. Every day, mine comes across about 64 adware files which it moves to the 'Virus Vault' which can then be deleted.

                    The program automatically updates itself daily with the latest definitions etc. Occasionally, new versions of the software are made available to download for free, but again, be careful not to be lured into purchasing the upgraded version.

                    **OVERALL OPINION**

                    Overall, I've found the software to be more than adequate for my needs. It runs quietly in the background, and does what it needs to do each day, rarely requiring intervention from myself. What I like most is that it doesn't interfere with other programs; this was always such a problem with McAfee and Norton. The fact that it is free, is the icing on the top of the cake. I've been using it successfully for nearly three years, and would thoroughly recommend it without hesitation.

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                      24.08.2010 22:17
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                      Save yourself a bundle and DONT buy antivirus software, its a rip off!

                      Nobody likes to have a virus, and once you get one you may struggle to get rid of it with the wrong software. The antivirus industry makes millions every year, with the never ending stream of new bugs and trojans plagueing the internet we use everyday.

                      Many people turn to well known products which you see on the shelves in many high street computer shops, namely Mcafee and Norton who sell there services with a one year subscription for around 30 or 40 pound a pop, which is unbelievable amounts of money to spend on protecting your computer, when you can get all that protection for free with AVG and a little bit more care when using the computer online.

                      Having recently completing my Diploma in IT Systems Support i have not long since learnt many ways of preventing attacks from viruses to such an extent that i cant believe how many people spend loads of there hard earned cash on protection programs, which offer little more than lots of pretty serious looking graphics and find 'threats' which dont actually pose any danger to you or your system.

                      The first step to beating viruses is to use a different web browser to Internet Explorer. Microsoft Windows uses this as the default browser and most people who run Windows use IE for their internet, and the viruses know this. Using a browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome provide great alternatives and are much safer and sometimes much easier to use (and they are also free).
                      Secondly, be aware of what sites you go onto. Most sites are clean of bugs but some, mostly file sharing sites and websites your not supposed to be on are the ones which pose the real threat. Also adverts which seem to good to be true or look like a 5 year old made them often lead to virus attacks if clicked on.

                      The final step to beating the computer virus is to download AVG Free Edition. I have used lots of different antivirus porgrams, some better than others, but AVG by far outshines them all. It is a very easy program to use, and once installed there is only really two things that you need to do. That is update the virus database by clicking on the 'Update' button, and secondly scanning your computer for viruses. The program is extremely powerful and will find even the most mild of bugs, thats is of course if there are any present in the first place. There are lots of options, such as the ability to set up a scheduled scan for the same time everyday or once a week etc. and there are also bonus tools such as a Firewall for added internet protection and a Mail Scanner which checks your incoming emails for viruses.

                      With a bit of care AVG might not pick up viruses for a long time, i havent had a virus for over a year now so if the program isnt finding anything it doesnt mean its a dud application, its a very good sign! Other applications will find things which arent to be taken any notice of, and normally only cause worry and panic rather than reassurance that your computer is safe.

                      AVG is a very honest program and will always be the Antivirus that i recommend to people all the time. I hope this review has been useful to you and you have a happy, virus free computer for the foreseeable future =)

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                        It's free, and useful so why not?

                        Antivirus software is vital today, what with the growing numbers of viruses, hacking and spyware out there in the virtual world. AVG Antivirus offers you the bare necessities when it comes to protecting your computer, but for a home Windows PC that should be enough to justify downloading it. Luckily for us, it's easy to get hold of.

                        Installation can be easily done via the AVG website, and although it'll give you the option of buying the premium version or going for a trial of the Internet Security pack, it's not compulsory, so we just skip that and click for the free download.

                        AVG is the full version, stripped-down. It has the core anti-virus and anti-spyware components, and email scanning for POP and SMTP protocols. I think the AVG software installs a toolbar on your web browser, which may be irksome to some people but its useful in some cases as it'll tell you what sites are infected before you click them.

                        Although AVG is easy to use, and has a comfortable interface, it has very few options. The main screen indicates the activity status on of the components installed. In the advanced options, AVG's update frequency can be changed as well as configuring your email to scan any incoming or outgoing connection. There's a seperate tab to obviously allow you to scan your PC or folders. Within this tab is also access to your scan history, and your virus vault (which is where the quarantined files end up).

                        AVG is effective and easy to use. It runs well alongside programs such as Spybot and Threatfire, which also help protect your system. It sits in the background and you can either update automatically or manually, so the balls in your court.

                        I've had a few bad experiences with AVG, but they were minor conflicting issues. The updating system failed to initialize on my older PC version, and I had to uninstall it completely in the end and reinstall. Those bugs seem to have since been rectified, I've had no such problems on my laptop.

                        All in all, if you're looking for a reasonably easy to use and safe anti-virus software, give AVG a try.

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                          05.05.2010 00:23
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                          Great free anti-virus

                          I have been using AVG FREE for the past few years, and it has got me through some big virus attacks- so I am very happy to recommend this product...

                          ~~~INSTALLATION~~~
                          Installation was extremely easy, and the product can be downloaded directly from the AVG website, taking a matter of minutes. Once downloaded, the installation process is also easy with step by step instructions and takes up to ten minutes to download.

                          Once you have installed it, a few configuration screens later, you are ready to scan your PC for any viruses and threats!

                          ~~~INTERFACE~~~
                          AVG has a really simple to use interface, on the left side has three tabs: OVERVIEW, COMPUTER SCANNER and UPDATE NOW.

                          OVERVIEW~ Security Components and Status Overview

                          COMPUTER SCANNER~ Scan for threats and set up scheduled scans and other scan settings.

                          UPDATE NOW~ Update the software for any additional virus data, software patches and additional add-ons.

                          The design of the interface is rather clumsy and chunky, the colour scheme is harsh and feels very Windows 98-Windows XP.

                          ~~~FEATURES AND EASE OF USE~~~
                          AVG FREE has the following features:

                          - Anti-Virus
                          - Anti Spyware
                          - Linkscanner
                          - Email Scanner
                          - Online Shield
                          - Resident Shield
                          - Updates

                          Using the software is extremely easy, and is a few clicks of a button away. Just click the Computer Scanner tab, and click Scan whole computer and it will start scanning. You can minimize the interface to the tray icon and just get on with using other computer programmes.

                          The scan will take a minimum of a couple of hours if it is your first go, I have had it take up to five or six hours if I'm simultaneously using it to browse the internet and listen to music etc. I would highly advise you to run the scan in a chunk of time where you won't be using the computer, and start the scan after you switch it on, so the CPU isn't clocked up and your computer is nice and cool and not overheating! In this way, it shouldn't take more than a few hours.

                          If there are any problems found, it will notify you on the chart display, which is split into warnings and threats, and they can all be removed at a click of a button and sent to the virus vault! You are now clean!!

                          ~~~EFFECTIVENESS~~~
                          I got this when I was in the middle of a virus crisis, and this solved the problem straight away. I was extremely pleased with the results and have trusted this software to solve my virus problems and remove threat. It has always managed to remove the issues that my computer has in terms of threat- and I am thoroughly pleased!

                          ~~~EXTRAS~~~
                          There is an AVG toolbar that you can install (it will ask during installation), which will help prevent virus attack when surfing the internet, and will warn you of harmful webpages.

                          I have this installed and it has been useful in avoiding those sites that want to give spyware or viruses.

                          ~~~PRICE~~~
                          The name says it all- it is absolutely free and worth it.

                          ~~~OVERALL~~~
                          I would highly recommend this product for those who aren't familiar with anti-virus software, subscriptions and all that. This product is so easy to use, and every technophobe's dream. Not only do they not need to do anything once they have set up scheduled scanning, they can be assured of a virus free computer. The ease of use plus the effectiveness truly makes this one of the BEST FREE antivirus software on Earth!

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