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12 Nov 2009

Are any of the AVG versions (free or pay)compatible with Windows 7?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, AVG9 will work on Win7.

Posted by:

14 Nov 2009

I've been happily using AVG for years, through version 8.5. Therefore, I was quite confident about upgrading to AVG 9. Big mistake ! AVG 9 is awful ! No exit button, web pages only partially load, incompatible with many programs, computer speed reduced to a crawl, frequent freezes, Link Scanner must be disabled for anywhere near normal operation. AVG's forums are loaded with similar complaints. I am saddened to see a very good product ruined. I changed to Avast! Antivirus, rather than deal with all this nuisance. I'll never understand why companies feel the need to "fix" a product that wasn't broken. Oh well, it's definitely broken now.

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14 Nov 2009

I have been using AVG for years and never had any problems with it. I use the free version for AV protection and Commodo firewall. Once in a great while malware sneaks in, but is rare and it is removed with other spyware programs I use. AVG is consistently in the top five AV free applications. I have been happy with it !

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18 Nov 2009

i tried to upgrade my avg to Ver 9 at first i think its good, up & running but after a few hours i tried to play online games.... it sucks!!!!!!!! i also found out it has a high memory usage that causes pc to hang/freezeeeeee.... what i did is to uninstall the avg9 and go back to lower version... and my pc's applications are working.... avg is forcing us to upgrade with a deadline?.. to test their newly unstable av9... thats it!!!!

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25 Nov 2009

I was running AVG 8.5 and tried to update to 9.0 when I received the on screen prompt to do so. However after receiving the "can't install because of MSVC Redistributables installation errors" message (over and over again) I've spent the last week or trying to get 9.0 to install. I have followed all of the instructions on the AVG Q&A News and Hot Topics page outlining how to install when receiving the MSVC Redistributables installation error to no avail. I have gone through the complete instructions twice!!!

I have also tried reinstalling both the 8.5 and the 9.0 .The 9.0 will not install no matter what I do and now the 8.5 email scan has quit working so now I can't even get back to a working AVG program.

I had no problems with the 8.5 and would have been quite happy to leave it alone as it worked quite well for me. Now, if I can't at least get back to a fully working 8.5, I will have to find another program that has all the features of AVG that I can trust!!!

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25 Nov 2009

Yeah Guys, I am suffering with the same Freezing problem with AVG 9 in Windows 7. The machine freezes like anything; only Power and Reboot button works. It really sucks... I face this issue while browsing the Internet (no matter what browser you are using IE8, Firefox 3.5 or Crome etc.) Now, I am not using any ANTIVIRUS cuz I removed AVG 9 (thinking of installing v8.5 again)

Hay BOB, can you suggest the best compatible Antivirus programme which works fine with Windows 7 64-Bit.Thanks - Danish

Posted by:

25 Nov 2009

I've been using AVG Free for some time now, but then switched to VIPRE because of the all-around great reviews about the product.

It's good to see, though, that AVG has a faster scanning time and other improvements.

Posted by:

26 Nov 2009

I have been using AVG Free for many years (first version I remember using is 6.0.) All that time I was reasonably happy with the product as it kept me free of virusus all that time (W98SE/W2K/WXP). I installed it on all numerous friend's computers. This year I noticed a significant (yet inconsistent) performance degradation just opening folders or accessing folders over the network. I have now uninstalled AVG8.5 and won't install AVG9. I am now trying out a different free AntiVirus product. What a difference in overall performance (speed). Now remains to be seen if this product keeps me safe as AVG did.

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27 Nov 2009

Ever since I upgraded to AVG 9, I began getting the BSOD often...but never had it before in older versions.

I have subscribed to AVG for almost 7 years now, but it seems that in these last two years or so, this software has become very top heavy on my system, as the developers add more and more so called "bells and whistles" and have raised the cost too much.

I'm up for renewal in January 2010, but have decided to say goodbye to a once inexpensive and trusted software, by taking my chances another VP that seems more promising and less expensive.

Even after uninstalling AVG 9 I was having issues with it, and found that it was interfering with my newer VP installation. Although AVG is completely uninstalled, and I used the AVG clean tool to get rid of it...deleted the program and data directories, it still remains on my system in some form. I think that AVG took a once fantastic software such as AVG 7.5, and somehow managed to turn it into something that many no longer want.

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R Lim
27 Nov 2009

I'm a loyal AVG Free user. I tried 9.0 on my Windows XP netbook. Next day it would hang on Explorer or Outlook Express. Had to reboot 5-6 times. The IT people at work said that AVG 9 was only for Windows 7, but I was skeptical. Yet when I re-installed using an old AVG 8.5 (then updated it) my netbook now works fine. I am now wondering if AVG 1.) will fix AVG 9 for XP, if indeed it is incompat and 2.) will AVG continue to support updates on AVG 8 users like me. I am afraid of going to AVG 9.0.

EDITOR'S NOTE: If your IT people said AVG 9 was only for Windows 7, they are worthless. The AVG website says "Compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista."

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R Lim
28 Nov 2009

I uninstalled AVG 9, reinstalled AVG 8.5, and I went from hanging and rebooting to 100% fine. Regardless of my IT department's worth, what they recommended worked (that's all I care about!), and from my experience--and about 2/3 the comments I have read through--it seems logical that AVG has some bugs to be fixed for WIndows XP machines.

Question still is: will AVG support my 8.5 version? Or is support vaporizing after December 1? Thanks!

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29 Nov 2009

I've used AVG Free forever and loved it. Presently running version 8.5. I've tried and tried to install version 9.0 but it will install anywhere from 37% to 55% and quit. I receive a messge that suggests I retry but the same thing happens. 9.0 is way larger than 8.5 (something like 74MB compared to 45). I use a dial-up modem. Could that be causing a disconnect from the download site? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

EDITOR'S NOTE: It would take 4-6 hours to download 74MB over dialup. The likelihood of a glitch is pretty high. You might try Avira (also free) which is only 29MB.

Posted by:

01 Dec 2009

I have used AVG for a quite a while and was very pleased with it. Unfortunately, I can't say the same after I upgraded to version 9. IT SLOWS DOWN YOUR BROWSER (ANY ONE) TO A CRAWL. Try something else if you want to save yourself all the aggravation. The author of this article says this feature can be turned off, but I refuse to keep it until AVG fixes the issue. It took me a long time to finally figure it out that the problem of my "hanging on load" browsing was due to AVG buggy web scanner or whatever the feature is called.

Posted by:

Joe M
27 Dec 2009

Marie (the dial-up user). If you want to get large downloads, you'd be wise to take a flash drive and buy your favorite best buddy a drink at Starbucks and have them download all the things you keep on your "wish list." :-)

Your best bet is first of all, stay away from AVG v9. As most ALL here have said, version 9 is just plain bad. A once excellent product has gone the way of Symantec/McAfee and become useless bloatware. I used to subscribe to AVG and now pay my dues to Vipre (who still don't have a bundled firewall solution, even though they said they would by end of year). Avira is ok, but nagware. Another good alternative (although does slow the system some) is Prevx. I just use it in detection mode - I don't subscribe to it.

Posted by:

Jyotirmay Pandey
28 Dec 2009

Hi All,

Yes, most of the comments about AVG 9 are absolutely correct. I installed AVG Internet Security 9 on my Windows XP SP3 machine and it really affected the speed of my computer. Most of the times the computer could not respond and I had to reboot it manually by pressing the "Power" button because "Task Manager" was not responding. As Bob said "warnings of threats when there really are none"-Its true. AVG 9.0 was displaying threats in some default Windows programs like "Run32dll.exe", "Explorer.exe" etc. even I installed this package immediately after installing the operating system. With AVG Internet Security 8.5, everything is back up and working fine. AVG people must take an immediate action to rectify this.

Thanks & Regards

Posted by:

19 Jan 2010

I have Windows XP and Firefox 3.5.7 and am using free edition AVG 9. I have no problems. A scan with AVG took nearly 1-1/2 hours. AVG 9 does it in 40 to 43 minutes.

Posted by:

26 Jan 2010

I have been using AVG for a few years. Last year I decided to upgrade to the payed version. I got the licence number from the vendor and installed OK. I changed from PC to laptop in the summer and reinstalled the software without a problem. My laptop came with a win7 upgrade that I just recently installed. I was told during the upgrade that the AVG firewall would not work unless I uninstalled and reinstalled the software. Unistalled OK but when trying to reinstall the licence key does not work. I tried to get answers from AVG but all I can find is FAQ's which are useless. Direct help from thier tech support cost$$. So I have to pay for installing a product I already own?? Not Happy.

Posted by:

12 Feb 2010

I recently installed AVG 9 internet security paid version on my XP OS. I immediately had to disable link scanner as it is not compatible with IE8 and I could barely get the browser from site to site. Next issue is that I did not receive the firewall that I paid for. I reinstalled and it is simply not there. I went through the steps as outlines by AVG to diagnose and send results via email, but have yet to hear anything back. At this point, I doubt I will. There is no way to reach them...customer service? A joke! If anyone could provide me with a working telephone number, I'd appreciate it!

Posted by:

12 Feb 2010

Just an update...I finally heard back from them and hopefully the firewall issue has been resolved.

Posted by:

09 Apr 2010

I've been waiting to see reviews before following through with installing 9.0x over my 8.5 AVG FREE.

I'm still a bit hesitant. The recent nag screen to upgrade or else update is a nuisance, so I thought I'd check out the feature comparison page to make sure none of the current features would be forfeited with the update to the AVG Free 9.0x. From that page, it appears to me the Resident Shield would be forfeited, if AVG refers to it as the "Online Shield." Only the AVG Free anti-virus and anti-malware, and the link-scanner, are checked in the "AVG Free" column of the feature comparison.

What's the real deal?

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