AVG issues

livenliven Member Posts: 918
Does anyone use AVG free version 8.0?

I have been using AVG for years and it works great. Well It has stopped updating correctly. I have rebooted, uninstalled reinstalled blah blah blah. I have looked on the AVG website and they say they are having server issues.

The weird thing is that I have a bunch of machines and only some of them are having this "unable" to connect to update server issue.


I am posting this message from the same machine that his having issues so obviously i-net connectivity is not the problem. And I am having no other issues with my home network.


So does anyone know a work around or, an equally equivalent free anti virus program?


Thanks gents (and ladies).
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  • KasorKasor Member Posts: 919 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I think PANDA AV still free, too.
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  • HeroPsychoHeroPsycho Inactive Imported Users Posts: 1,940
    Once AVG 8 came out, I switched. Numerous problems with various features in it. It's a shame.

    I use Avast Home Edition now. Works great.
    Good luck to all!
  • livenliven Member Posts: 918
    HeroPsycho wrote:
    Once AVG 8 came out, I switched. Numerous problems with various features in it. It's a shame.

    I use Avast Home Edition now. Works great.


    Yes I am switching as we speak....


    Thanks
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  • AldurAldur Juniper Moderator Member Posts: 1,460
    I have a problem with avg 8.0 in where it will never do a full system scan on my vista comp. If I uncheck the "scan system environment" checkbox then it will do a full system scan.... I'm trying avast home edition now.
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  • RussSRussS Member Posts: 2,068 ■■■□□□□□□□
    All you need to do is look at the name ... AVGerage and it kind of sums it up icon_lol.gif What they did for AV they are doing to AS as well. Ewido used to be very effective - now it just kind of works.

    Looks like a few here have gone for Avast as an option - it is a great one. AntiVir is another good free one and there are also a few others. If you do some researc you will find that there are certain scan engines that power those that finish high on the comparison charts.
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  • bertiebbertieb Member Posts: 1,031 ■■■■■■□□□□
    I agree with you all, AVG8 sucks.
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  • JavonRJavonR Member Posts: 245
    AVG used to be great... then Norton bought it out and released AVG 8. Avast is the way to go, IMO.
  • skrpuneskrpune Member Posts: 1,409
    JavonR wrote:
    AVG used to be great... then Norton bought it out and released AVG 8. Avast is the way to go, IMO.
    WOW, Norton bought out AVG?? That explains a LOT of the issues I've seen with it! icon_lol.gif

    But seriously, most freeware AV programs are pretty much okay, but I have seen a bunch of problems lately with AVG. I use it on one of my machines and it periodically does the 'no connectivity' thing when I know I have connectivity, and I've had a missing file error among some others.

    I kinda like Avast - I use that on at least two of my other PCs and it does its job well at a nice cost of zip. The only thing I hate about Avast is that, if I forget to turn down my speakers, it screams "VIRUS DATABASE HAS BEEN UPDATED!!!!!" and scares the bejebus out of me!! :D
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  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,314 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Does anyone use ClamWin? I used to hear a lot about them, but not so much anymore.

    I've really come to like ESET NOD32. I don't mind paying for it at all. Kaspersky comes behind it as a close second.
  • AhriakinAhriakin SupremeNetworkOverlord Member Posts: 1,800 ■■■■■■■■□□
    ESET and Kaspersky definitely lead the field. ESET is lighter on resources and a better choice for less intrusive protection (and it has a slightly higher rated AV engine that Kaspersky) but Kaspersky Internet Security has more features (like a full HIPS, SSL interception etc.) that I prefer. Both are great choices though and the only reason I went from freebies back to commercial solutions.
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  • AldurAldur Juniper Moderator Member Posts: 1,460
    skrpune wrote:
    The only thing I hate about Avast is that, if I forget to turn down my speakers, it screams "VIRUS DATABASE HAS BEEN UPDATED!!!!!" and scares the bejebus out of me!! :D

    lol, I've been using avast for a couple of days now and the first time that happened to me it scared the bejebus out of me too. I can only imagine how awesome it would be to be having a phone interview and have it go off like that.
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  • nelnel Member Posts: 2,859 ■□□□□□□□□□
    i say buy a copy of kaspersky. You can pick it up for pretty cheap (compared to others) if you shop about. Best AV imo.
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  • TalicTalic Member Posts: 423
    I always preferred AntiVir to AVG, it was more polished and usually beat AVG in detection tests.

    http://www.av-comparatives.org/

    Both NOD and Kaspersky did pretty well but I always preferred NOD since it is lighter and I don't demand all the bells and whistles that Kaspersky has.
  • deadpool287deadpool287 Member Posts: 113
    JavonR wrote:
    AVG used to be great... then Norton bought it out and released AVG 8. Avast is the way to go, IMO.

    I haven't been able to find one bit of information supporting this statement. Can someone please verify this for me?
  • HeroPsychoHeroPsycho Inactive Imported Users Posts: 1,940
    JavonR wrote:
    AVG used to be great... then Norton bought it out and released AVG 8. Avast is the way to go, IMO.

    I haven't been able to find one bit of information supporting this statement. Can someone please verify this for me?

    I would if it were true. icon_wink.gif
    Good luck to all!
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