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Old 11-14-04, 12:30 AM
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ATTN: AVG Free Users (Antivirus)

In December, the old version of AVG Free (6.0) will stop being updated. You need to upgrade to the free version of AVG 7.0.

You can download 7.0 free here:
http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5

Here's more info on the switch:
http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_avg_new_free_edition.php

I know a lot of people use the free AVG version here (including myself) so...to stay protected - update
Old 11-14-04, 02:22 AM
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i've been running the 7.0 beta for a week...time to download the latest build. AVG free has treated me well...i switched over from norton a year ago and have never looked back.
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Thanks for the info. I switched to AVG from McAffee months ago and much prefer it. McAffee crashed my system way too many times.
Old 11-14-04, 12:44 PM
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I switched from McAfee to Avast! anti-virus about 6 months ago. I decided to go with Avast! rather than AVG because Avast! offered automatic updates and enabled e-mail protection for Netscape's e-mail client while AVG Free required manual updates and only protected Outlook and Outlook Express.

It appears that with this new AVG 7.0 that both of those features have been added.

Can anybody who's used both Avast! and the new AVG 7.0 comment on which program they prefer?

Blake, should this be a separate thread? If so, I can move it -- or, of course, you can move it for me.

Thanks in advance.
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Thanks for the heads up!
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Originally posted by Double Down
I switched from McAfee to Avast! anti-virus about 6 months ago. I decided to go with Avast! rather than AVG because Avast! offered automatic updates and enabled e-mail protection for Netscape's e-mail client while AVG Free required manual updates and only protected Outlook and Outlook Express.
I've been using AVG since January (10 months). It's always had automatic updates.
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Originally posted by namja
I've been using AVG since January (10 months). It's always had automatic updates.
Are you sure about that? When I downloaded AVG Free about six months ago you were forced to hit the "updates" button manually to get updates. There was no way to automatically update. This was one of the main reasons I went with Avast.
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Originally posted by Double Down
Are you sure about that? When I downloaded AVG Free about six months ago you were forced to hit the "updates" button manually to get updates. There was no way to automatically update. This was one of the main reasons I went with Avast.
In AVG 6, don't know about version 7
You can schedule at a certain date and time the updates, if I remember correctly.

I took your original post as manually, meaning that you had to go to AVG's site and download the definition update and then search the hard drive to install the update.

The way that you are doing it is the way I updated. AVG did not "call home" to check for updates if I am not mistaken. AVG looks at the latest time you updated using a calendar method

Avast calls home and then will look at you def file and compare it to Avast's update number to determine whether to install a current update.
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Originally posted by 68ShelbyGT500KR
In AVG 6, don't know about version 7
You can schedule at a certain date and time the updates, if I remember correctly.

I took your original post as manually, meaning that you had to go to AVG's site and download the definition update and then search the hard drive to install the update.

The way that you are doing it is the way I updated. AVG did not "call home" to check for updates if I am not mistaken. AVG looks at the latest time you updated using a calendar method

Avast calls home and then will look at you def file and compare it to Avast's update number to determine whether to install a current update.
Yeah, by "manually" I did not mean that you had to go to the AVG site and download the definition updates. I simply meant that AVG 6 required you to press a buttom (meaning, of course, you had to *remember* to do that) and download the updates, whereas Avast checked (or, as you put it, called home) automatically.

It appears that AVG 7 now does the same thing.

So, I'm wondering which one is better now that AVG offers this feature.
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Originally posted by Double Down
Yeah, by "manually" I did not mean that you had to go to the AVG site and download the definition updates. I simply meant that AVG 6 required you to press a buttom (meaning, of course, you had to *remember* to do that) and download the updates, whereas Avast checked (or, as you put it, called home) automatically.

It appears that AVG 7 now does the same thing.

So, I'm wondering which one is better now that AVG offers this feature.
You can try:

Navigate in Windows Explorer to the following path:
C:\Documents and Settings\*your user name*\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Right click on the right side on an empty space, select New>Shortcut
Browse to"

"C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\avginet.exe"
Click OK>Next>Finish

It should then automatically look for updates at startup, provided you have an active internet connection

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You could update manually by clicking on the update button. Or you could schedule it so that at a certain time every 1-14 days (user select), it will check the AVG server to see if there is an update; and if there is an update, it will automatically update.

This option is NOT under the update tab. It's under the schedule tab.
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Thanks Blake, just updated to the new version.
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Thanks Blake!

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Thanks !
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I gave this program a shot and noticed it does scan a lot faster than Norton. But I've been running into one minor problem. Every time I start up Mozilla Thunderbird, I keep on getting a little pop-up and the message: "Mail server does not support secure authentication." What's up with that?
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AVG

Norton Sux! Glad I flushed it about a year ago & d/l AVG!

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Thanks for the update!
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on anandtech forums people posted links to various tests of virus discovery rates of different products. AVG has one of the worst, if not the worst rate. Norton and Trend Micro were at the top of the list.
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Originally posted by al_bundy
on anandtech forums people posted links to various tests of virus discovery rates of different products. AVG has one of the worst, if not the worst rate. Norton and Trend Micro were at the top of the list.
See the test results here:
http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/about/index.xml

For the past 2 years, AVG has received 100% rating for the Windows XP platform.
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Norton sucks. I still remember when I first experienced norton. It gave me flashbacks to one of those really bad mornings in which it didn't want to come out.

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You are forgetting to add McAfee to the Norton list!
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the consumer norton sucks

norton corporate edition is awesome
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I decided to give this a try. Thanks for the link.
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Originally posted by namja
See the test results here:
http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/about/index.xml

For the past 2 years, AVG has received 100% rating for the Windows XP platform.
And here is a link to yet another AV test that shows that AVG really underperforms against most commercial products:

http://www.10ts.com/reviews/antivirus-test.htm

Seriously, there have been scads of tests over the past several years that have shown pretty much the same thing. As with most tests, F-Secure, Kapersky and Trend Micro PC-Cillin did well. I must admit I was surprised to see McAfee Enterprise do so well on this one.

As for Virus Bulletin, their last test on Windows XP included 25 vendors, of which 18 scored 100%. A good test of AV products would have NO products scoring 100%.
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From my understanding AVG does not scan outgoing emails. This could be a problem???

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