# AVG Free 2013 - SUCKS !

Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Lakon, Sep 27, 2012.

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3. ### LakonValued Senior Member

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Since my last post almost 6 months ago on this thread, I've been using Avast without any problems (though it's advice pop ups were annoying, until I found how to cull them).

So I've had no need to concern myself with AVG - for or against. Then while visiting my add ons, tool bars, etc, I noticed there was still an 'AVG Secure Search Security Tool bar' there. Funny, I thought I had uninstalled all AVG and it's components, and deleted residue files in 'program files' - in fact, I'm sure I had. Nor could I find anything about it in add / remove programs and features. Yet there it was, and the 'remove' tab was grey so I could do nothing about it. WTF ??? So I searched the web, and was rather aghast, once again, to find ..

http://dottech.org/101609/avg-secure-search-toolbar-is-malware/

WTF ???

Still can't get rid of the stupid thing (AVG secure search toolbar) no matter what I do, and worse, I went into the other users accounts (with their permission) and discovered it had embedded itself on their accounts too, in HIDDEN FOLDERS, ie, I had to go to 'show all hidden files and folders' before I could see it.

WTF ???

Anyone know how to kill this piece of garbage ???

5. ### C CConsular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy"Valued Senior Member

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Lots of luck. I vaguely recollect resorting to manually removing all lingering AVG folders in their scattered refuges, on a netbook that had once used it. Needless to say, afterwards two AVG toolbars still appeared in the addon manager of internet explorer, though they were in disabled mode. Since I stopped using IE altogether some time ago, I just forgot that former annoyance. Also seldom use that netbook for anything, too.

7. ### CocoRegistered Member

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Irritated AVG sucker

I downloaded AVG 2013 a few days ago and since then my PC has been running like a geriatric on Prozac!..I'm in the midst of uninstalling it as I type.I should have known better than to trust a FREE upgrade & install AvG 2013, but now I've learnt my lesson to check out these things before pressing the button!! ...Just restarted my PC & all looks good now

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Free is nice but it is never as good as paying for it

The old adage , you get what you pay for

And its cheap , 5$a month not bad for most security downloads 9. ### mathmanValued Senior Member Messages: 1,503 If you don't like AVG (I have been using it for a while with no trouble, but I keep to the basic version), there are at least two other free anti virus programs you could try, Avast and Avira. 10. ### KittamaruNever cruel nor cowardly...Staff Member Messages: 13,782 Go to Avast... much better than AVG anyway. 11. ### kwhilbornBannedBanned Messages: 2,088 I have the AVAST FREE on one of my computers. I am a NORTON FAN, however this year there is currently a special. You may see it for$39.99 but I'm pretty sure if y go to their website you can get it for half of that.

It is called Webroot. I wish I had bought the extended version for my other computers but I am paid to moderate on an International Website and would hate to be embarrassed by a virus or rootkit stealing my email account or something.

I have to admit I am VERY impressed with both WEBROOT and the FREE AVAST. NOTE: When installing free avast make sure you do not install any toolbars etc as is customary with free software.

WEBROOT is awesome. Likely as good as my Norton as it was Editors Choice of a PC magazine, and a steal at $20. http://www.webroot.com/En_US/sites/aff-wsc-29/?ref=cj&rc=2614 make sure you go through this PCMAG link or you will pay double. Follow this link and you could download this amazing anti virus for just$20. Go to PCMAG reviews of all software if you want the reviews.

AVAST FREE is also amazing, and had caught things my AVG had missed. It has features like a Boot up scan feature and it talks to you and tells you when it has updated itself. She sounds so pretty. :deal:

http://www.avast.com/index

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PLEASE NOTE HOW MANY USERS SAY AVAST LIKE I HAVE INCLUDING THE ABOVE POSTER. I DREW SOME LINES TO ATTRACT ATTENTION TO THIS POST AS I FEEL THIS IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR 2013 BASED ON GEEK KNOW HOW.

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I also provided the necessary links..

Make sure to uninstall AVG before (or after). click on the uninstall tab when requested.

12. ### mathmanValued Senior Member

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The main reason I prefer AVG to Avast is that you can schedule regular scan sweeps with AVG. Avast free does not have that feature. What is good about both of them is that they check incoming e-mail (Avira free does not).

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14. ### KittamaruNever cruel nor cowardly...Staff Member

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Webroot is... well, I do highly recommend it. We use it here at Geek Squad and it is ace - uses heuristics detection methods so it can catch viruses that attempt to hide via randomized startup entries / file names, able to stop most self-replicating infections and root/boot kits, etc. It uses a randomized startup entry so OS Hooks have difficulty finding and disabling it... yeah, it isn't foolproof, but no antivirus is

And it doesn't use much in terms of system resources!

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22. ### JanP4Registered Member

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*their*

Everyone confuses their and there most of the times.....this irritates and old secretary....sorry!!

23. ### JanP4Registered Member

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My "free" Avast doesn't talk to me....how do you get it to do that?