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    "I Miss Version 4.8"

    May 8, 2012  |   By KambeiShimada

    Pros

    -Excellent protection/detection
    -Beautiful interface
    -Low RAM & CPU usage

    Cons

    The configuration settings (expert settings) are a NIGHTMARE.

    Summary

    In order to get maximum protection, you'd need to fiddle with all the settings. And believe me, once I opened these settings up, I REALLY missed v4.8. I've honestly never seen so many frustating settings in my life. I personally didn't even bother to try and set them all. I just unistalled.

    However, I'd recommend avast! to anyone who is at least an intermediate user... One who enjoys fooling with a massive amount of settings. It is a truly great A.V. when it fully configured.

    For those who want something simple or are amateurs, stay FAR away from this program. I'm considered close to an "expert" when it comes to using computers (and fixing them), and I'm also a simple guy who enjoys simple things. Let me tell you, this program is far from simple.

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  • Reply by KambeiShimada on May 9, 2012

    Lance, I wish that were true since, for some reason, I can no longer get Avira to work properly on my computer (even after a reformatting).

    While I didn't bother with all the settings in this version, I did in version 6. I test A.V.'s myself. So, I used it with it's default settings and then I messed with all the settings to get maximum protection. It detected 4% less with it's default settings.

  • Reply by Lance B on May 9, 2012

    There is no need to fiddle with the settings. It works fine right out of the box and the settings are simple and straight-forward anyway.

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