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hi all,

all good things must end I guess :(

when my AVG free antivirus updated this morning I had a notice that the free version is ending in January 2007, they offer an upgrade to a paid version for USD$29.95 per year.

Is there anyone using another free antivirus that is effective ?

If not I guess it would be reasonable to pay for AVG, at least it seems to work and it does not cause problems like some other antiviurs programs.

Anyone have any suggestions ?
 

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Re: AVG antivirus no longer free

Free AVG 7.1 will be discontinued in January, but there's a new AVG 7.5 which is also free. I've been using it for a number of weeks now.

Take a look here, and download from here.

Cheers,
GP
 
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Re: AVG antivirus no longer free

Thanks for that GP, I will run the update now :D
 
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Re: Anti Virus programs

Avasti http://www.avast.com/

It is free and it works. Does not occupy a lot of memory, like the Norton or McAfee.

Besides I do not install any software, unless it is from a recognized company. Haven't failed me yet.
 
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Re: Anti Virus programs

I use Nod32, it's stopped everything so far, it has a really small footprint and has no noticeable effect on the speed of the computer.

I play a few first person shooter games online and need something that doesn't bloat the system like Nortons. i leave it running while playing and never have to deactivate it to install anything.
 
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Re: Anti Virus programs

Agree with Mayk, used Avast for 5 years, free for personal use and caught plenty of nasties, and use on 2 personal and 3 family, just excellent with Outlook protection... heard good things also about Nod but happy with Avast, but have heard bad things about McAfee and Norton, not as anti-virus, but concerning performance with start up time and also over scanning things like Java apps etc ... actually experience the latter at work with McAfee ... launch a Java app it is time to grab coffee because McAfee gets into a fit with its default setting.

Anyhow, highly recommend Avast.
 

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Re: Anti Virus programs

What anti virus software do you use and why?

I am using Norton and a few free programs.

I have used Norton over the past 2 years and found they are a big suck on computer time on start up and page loading.Like it has to check everything with a fine tooth comb.Block this, check that, scan this, remove that.Sheesh, what a time drag.Like someone inside the processor with a chainsaw.
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Anti virus is a huge drag on cpu and thus time but necessary for all the cyber ticks lurking out there. :2twocents
 

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Re: Anti Virus programs

I've found the same with Norton... to much load.

Currently running Avast free version in conjunction with Spybot, SpywareBlaster and CCleaner along with some tweaks to XP Antispy.

The only bit of an irritation is the automatic voice notice that comes with the pop up window and says 'your antiviris has been updated'.

Anyone know how to shut it up?
 
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Re: Anti Virus programs

I've found the same with Norton... to much load.

Currently running Avast free version in conjunction with Spybot, SpywareBlaster and CCleaner along with some tweaks to XP Antispy.
Snake

If you want a good email protection you cant go past PGP (Pretty Good Privacy).
Its free and it works!!!!

But whoever your emailing to needs to install the same program.
But still the cheapest bulletproof system!
 

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Re: Anti Virus programs

I have been looking for AV software recently too, will give Avast a go.

derty, what first person shooters do u play online?
 

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Re: Anti Virus programs

I use good old AVG Free. It hasnt failed me yet. (Now it prob will this weekend :eek: )
 
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Re: Anti Virus programs

Avasti http://www.avast.com/

It is free and it works. Does not occupy a lot of memory, like the Norton or McAfee.

Besides I do not install any software, unless it is from a recognized company. Haven't failed me yet.
Agree with Mayk, used Avast for 5 years, free for personal use and caught plenty of nasties, and use on 2 personal and 3 family, just excellent with Outlook protection... heard good things also about Nod but happy with Avast, but have heard bad things about McAfee and Norton, not as anti-virus, but concerning performance with start up time and also over scanning things like Java apps etc ... actually experience the latter at work with McAfee ... launch a Java app it is time to grab coffee because McAfee gets into a fit with its default setting.

Anyhow, highly recommend Avast.
i also use avast. it's free and have had no problems re virus or computer performance since i started using it 2 yrs ago.
 
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Re: Anti Virus programs

I was using NOD32 and thought it was the clear winner untill one got in and wrecked havic on my laptop.

Switched to Kaspersky and very happy now. Uses little resources and seems to be a good product. Wish l had bought Internet Security instead of just Anti-Virus. Not a bad price range and always seems to trump everything else out there on the market hands down.

http://klacampaign.kaspersky.com.au/front.aspx?campaign=go02
 

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Re: Anti Virus programs

I use good old AVG Free. It hasnt failed me yet. (Now it prob will this weekend :eek: )
I used good old AVG up till a year or so ago too.

I spoke to the IT tech at a listed financial institution that I was banking with a year or too back and to my surpriose he said he only used AVG free.

But since then I've pretty much followed this guys recomendations here http://home.comcast.net/~SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html and considerably improved my PC performance including getting rid of some stuff that had infiltrated my system.

I'll have to check out his latest recommendations, because at the time he recommended Avast over AVG free that I was using.
 
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Re: Anti Virus programs

I use Nod32 and am very happy. Not system hungry, and has caught everything so far. Kapersky sounds interesting though if it's better than Nod.
 
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