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      07.12.2010 21:49
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      pretty good

      This is a review of the 8.5 version of this piece of software which is generally quite similar to version 8 but obviously has been slightly updated. This piece of software came with a 1 year license and I could use it up to 3 times. The price of this product was relatively cheap being around the £10 mark but this was bought more than 6 months ago now. There is now a newer version available with an rrp of £40.

      I have used the AVG free version before and was quite happy with having an anti virus for free instead of having to pay for more expensive suites such as Mcafee and Norton. I decided to upgrade to this paid version as it seemed to offer more protection and regular updates. This piece of software came with the tag line-" Complete Internet Security that doesn't slow your PC down."

      As well as the usual Anti Virus and Anti spyware and firewall features you would expect , it has a number of other tools which include identity protection, anti rootkit and email scanner. The user interface is quite straightforward and easy to use but it does seem to have alot of features which may not all be totally necessary. This can result in usage of more of the systems resources then would be considered ideal which can slow performance but not usually to a great extent. You can though customise this setup by deciding which components you require and to what extent. The basic settings are easy to customise and use but the more advanced settings are slightly hidden away and the user interface in this aspect could be improved.

      Another downside is the fact that AVG appears to have started promoting Yahoo! search. On installation it asks to change your default search provider to Yahoo.

      Overall though this suite offers good protection and is a reasonable piece of Anti Virus and security software from AVG. It offers a good detection rate on malware and viruses and other harmful files. There are others that could be considered better but it is straightforward and easy to use as well as offering good value for money. I would give it 4/5 stars.

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        15.09.2009 18:20
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        good for basic use

        this is a very good virus protector for most home computers and for any computers that are not connected to the internet. it allows regular updates which can be done either daily or by a set schedule so that you are constantly protected from new virus's. it also give you an AVG toolbar for your google search engine which checks pages before you view them and warns you if it feels they are unsafe or are known to contain virus's. the main problem with this anti-virus software is that it slows down the computer dramatically during updates and scans. i would recomend only doing updates and scans when you are not using the computer otherwise it can take a long time to complete. also you can get this protection for free, although it will not be as effecient and have as many features as the proffesional paid package. It is however still very good if you do not use the internet very often and do not want to pay for the full package.

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          06.09.2009 04:40
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          Good for stand alone PCs

          Personally, I was excited to see that there was some cheap and reliable software available for internet security. I had purchased the downloadable version, as being a boring hermit makes it difficult for me to purchase things from the outside world. It was simple to download, with easy to follow steps and it didn't take too long, either. It has a fair amount of features, the interface is easy to follow and the installation process is a breeze. All in all, the first steps are simple. As for the software itself, I was disappointed with the performance in particular areas such as cleaning, scanning and protecting the system. After uninstalling the software and installing another internet security package, there were a number of problems shown by the new software that AVG had not picked up. I found that AVG also conflicted with some of my other software. The manual and automatic updates however, were very impressive and made it easy to keep the database up to date. I would recommend this software to people who do not use the internet very often, and also persons who are not very computer literate.

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            27.07.2009 15:54
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            Fantastic piece of software, everything just works like clockwork

            In the past I have had experience with Internet Security applications such as McAffee and Norton. I felt they were very laggy and were constantly causing unwanted problems for my PC. So when I went in search of something else, I discovered AVG. Many people in online forums reccommend the free version (Anti Virus). It worked so well that I decided to buy the full Internet Security suite and have never looked back.

            This piece of software is the most user friendly, non-cluttered security suite I have ever used. The amount of features that come with it makes your computer so secure; included is a firewall, anti virus, anti spyware and all sorts of other features that will ensure a safe computer in ALL aspects of using the internet. Whenever any risk of spyware or virus has entered my computer, AVG instantly tells me and blocks the threat.

            Of course, any Anti Virus scanner can slow down your computer a bit, especially when running intensive tasks such as Gaming or Video/Photo editing. If you need the power, all it takes is one click from your desktop to disable the scheduled virus scan.

            Overall, I can't believe how good this product is - I've never had any problems with it - in value for money. If you want an Internet Security suite which isn't bloated abd will protect your PC in all forms of internet usage then buy AVG Internet Security.

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              14.07.2009 17:02
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              Overall i would say that this software is cheap, however not reliable.

              I have had AVG now for about 3 years, and i have to admit, i am very disappointed by this product, and am currently searching for a better alternative as i speak. At first, it seemed very good, it is very simple to install and it seemed to pick up some viruses on my computer. However after a while of using it, i soon realised that it was not as good as it appeared. It stopped detecting problems in my computer, and came up with silly warnings such as "do you want to delete this potentially harmful programme, deleting it may cause problems with your computer". This made me extremely confused and the job of the anti-virus software should be to sort out problems like that out by itself, not ask me, surely? AVG did not seem to update much, meaning that new viruses would not be recognised on the sotware, making me prone to catch viruses on my computer, not good. Overall i would say that this software is cheap, however not reliable. There is better freeware available on the internet if you just search around for it.

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                28.06.2009 02:43
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                cheap, good for the average computer user

                I have been using the free version of AVG internet security ever since I found a Trojan had passed through my Norton Internet Security, this was immediately found and removed by AVG. When it came time to renew my Norton account I decided to opt for the more reliable AVG.

                AVG Internet Security 8.0 protects your computer from threats such as worms, viruses and Trojans. The right of the window has large icons for Antivirus, Antispyware, Rootkit, and Update. With 12 icons in all, below each icon it tells you if that feature is active. Clicking an icon either accesses additional information about that tool or runs that scan. The left of the window has three options, overview, computer scanner, and update now.

                AVG Internet Security 8.0 also protects from threats caused by downloaded images, music, and from instant messaging and peer-to-peer file transfers.

                Overall this software provides great value for money though its anti-phishing leaves something wanting and it does not go into detail about malicious threats when if flags them up, though for the average user this is not a problem.

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                  25.06.2009 11:13
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                  Programs are similar but AVG is better

                  Like any other protection products. AVG Internet Security protects your computer from all types of threats such as viruses, worms, Trojans etc. Many of us have certainly heard about Kaspersky and that Kaspersky is the leader in the protection industry.

                  Here, I've compared some features of both programs to help decision.

                  Kaspersky has some bad features that make AVG better. Kaspersky's main negativity is that it interferes in every operation whether trustable or not (scanning Internet Explorer's activities for instance). AVG does not do that, maybe because it supports some kind of a list of known and trusted programs.

                  The latest 2009 release of Kaspersky Internet Security seems to suffer from many technical problems and bugs while AVG doesn't.

                  It's too hard to receive updates for AVG. I once spent 2 hours before begging to download latest updates. Kaspersky's updates are easier for download.

                  In general, both programs are so similar in features but in my opinion I would rather the purchase of AVG because it's affordable and provides almost the same service quality.

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                    18.05.2009 23:31
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                    Overall good pack but hard to update sometimes

                    This piece of software is designed to provide help and assistance with your PC with regards to viruses, worms or any other computer related threat. It tends to be compatible with all types of operating systems but would recommend Windows XP or Vista.

                    The user is able to run a system scan in the background while you use your computer and soon as something attacks your computer you will be notified straight away. In my opinion though I have always used McAfee Anti Virus software and this tends to do the job for me. I still think that AVG is a little bit behind McAfee in terms of stopping viruses and communicating effectively with the PC user.

                    AVG 8.0 does provide anti spam and monitors file downloads and online transactions allowing you to bank online with ease and peace of mind but updating this software on a regular basis is not always easy as access to AVG's server is not always instant.

                    Overall I would avoid and buy McAfee equivalent.

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                      02.04.2009 20:07
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                      Thanks For Reading.

                      The Internet is a wonderful thing that gives you access to a world of information from your personal computer. However like most things, the Internet can be a dangerous place. With hackers, spyware, and viruses at almost every turn putting you at risk from identity fraud, corrupt data, junk emails and worms. You must protect yourself at any cost. OK, maybe it's not quite as dramatic as that, but most of us will agree that some sort of security suite is desirable.

                      I have been using the freeware version of AVG anti-virus for a number of years now, and for the most part I found that it offered me good protection against viruses. I would usually pair it up with a stand along freeware firewall such as ZoneAlarm. So why did I then upgrade to AVG Internet Security. Simply because I wanted something that offered me more rounded and comprehensive protection than my current setup. I was hoping that this software package would give me that, and despite a few problems detailed below it has.

                      I know a few people who have had trouble installing this version of AVG, but I found the installation of the package was easy and reasonable quick. AVG Internet Security doesn't seem to noticeable drain any system resources or slow me down in anyway (unlike McAfee which made my system grind to a haul.) The user interface is simple, well laid out and easy to understand. For the most part the package simply runs happily in the background and requires little user input.

                      After the definitions updated themselves I thought that I was set and ready to go. However I decided that I would make sure that the program was up to date, so I did a manual update and it downloaded even more updates which for some reason took nearly twenty minutes. I thought it was strange that it hadn't automatically downloaded these updates, perhaps you are better updating the program yourself rather than relying on the auto update feature. I somehow managed to install a Yahoo tool-bar during the installation of AVG, which is something I didn't really want, so I had to spend some time removing it. I've never had that major a problem with spam emails so sadly I can't comment on the effectiveness of AVG's spam filter.

                      The bottom line is that the software does what it promises, offering real-time online security to keep you and your computer safe. Overall, I thought that this is a reasonably good package for a reasonably good price. If you are on a budget it is ideal as it offers more protection than the free version.

                      (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

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                      Detects and removes viruses, worms and spyware. Stops junk email and spam-based identity theft attacks