AVG AntiVirus FREE 2013

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    "Best free anti-virus"

    September 18, 2012  |   By cnetguy7


    -faster booting
    -excellent web blocking
    -superb detection rates
    -not a resource hog
    -frequent automatic updates
    -doesn't slow down the internet or the system
    -first AV company to
    -much improved zero day protection with its identity protection component
    -nice green and block user interface, looks like andes mint chocolate
    It has improved over the 2012 version in terms of reduced boot time, design, scan times.


    This product has no cons in my experience.

    People complain about browser hijacking by AVG. This is a non-issue for me. I have installed AVG on many computers and I have always unmarked the unnecessary options. Even if somehow your url search changes from google to AVG, it's easily changeable.
    in Firefox url type->about:config->click on I promise I'll be careful->type keyword.url->click it->when you see enter string value->paste this for google as main url search- http://www.google.com/search?q=
    Also, go to Firefox ->addons->extensions->disable AVG security toolbar and do not track(if you want).I can't speak for Chrome because Chrome su(ks and i don't use it,I use comodo dragon (better version of chrome) and easily configurable.
    So all the people crying and blaming AVG, get over it.

    I also could care less for AVG's hyped anti-tracking feature. Ghostery is more effective but little buggy.
    I personally use do not track plus from Abine corp. on my Comodo Dragon and Firefox browsers.


    This is the best free anti-virus product. The best free security product I would have to say is Comodo IS but it's not for everyone. You need to set up rules for Comodo, the pop ups are frequent.
    Is this the best anti-virus? Absolutely not. Bitdefender, Kaspersky are significantly better at zero-day protection, web blocking and Bitdefender has better signatures but those products are PAID.

    AVG in my opinion is the best free AV. The first AV I ever installed was Avast! I gave Avast! a chance many times but it failed me. Avira also failed me. It was a total system disaster with Avira. AVG has let things through but never to a point of total failure. At the very worst, AVGs signatures failed but it did block the malware from functioning as intended by the malware writers even after infection.

    First, comparing AVG with Avast! In my opinion, AVG looks better and is evolving. Avast! has more or less remained static.
    Signatures-AVG has in my experience, better detection.
    zero-day - Avast! has a weak zero-day. AVGs identity protection is far superior.
    sandboxing-Avast! does has sandboxing but it is not effective. I think it's just a marketing gimmick.

    out of the box-AVG is amazing out of the box, Avast! needs configuration. you need to increase heuristics sensitivity, tick mark for PUPs which in my opinion is bad because most Avast! users use Avast! AS IS which is very poor.
    AVG with Avira. Avira has poorer signatures compared to AVG and Avast!, looks dated and most importantly, Avira doesn't have a zero-day protection component. Whether you're an Avast! fanboy (there are many) or you prefer AVG, Avira is really nowhere near these two options.
    Now that Windows 7 is the most widely used OS in the world (overtaking XP), you will notice that in the windows 7 testing in AV-TEST's website, AVG always does better than Avast! and Avira. AVG 2012 and now AVG free 2013 are the Editor's Choice for free AV on PCMAG. On the flipside, av-comparatives rates Avast! as better than AVG.
    It's not good to go by reviews alone but I am putting this info. out there for you. Just to be clear, I don't rate AVG highly because of hearsay, I rate it highly because of personal experience.
    The most important thing I want to say is that since most of us are using Windows 7, you should do your surfing on a password protected user account (your admin account MUST be password protected as well) and don't place any important, sensitive files in that account because even if you do get infected, your entire system isn't compromised so generally no need for entire reformat, hackers can't get your data. Just delete your user account and make another one. Do this especially if you visit seedy, naughty sites where the web pages generally have exploits in them.

    Updated on Sep 21, 2012

    no gps247, sorry.

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  • Reply by gps247 on September 21, 2012

    Hi Have you run "chkdsk" since installing "AVG AntiVirus FREE 2013" I am running WIN 7 64 bit and i cannot run chkdsk after installing "AVG AntiVirus FREE 2013"

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