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Giovanni
22 Jan 2018

I found few minutes ago that AVG has an Androyd system version. Think I'll give a try

Posted by:

Frank Cizek
22 Jan 2018

Re: "-- use only one real-time (always on) security program at a time.", I'm wondering which suites will play nice with each other. AVG + Advanced System Care + Microsoft Security Essentials + Malwarebytes AM +...?
Which to keep running, which to use occasionally, & which to uninstall? Has anyone looked into this?

Occasionally something runs using a TON of my 2GB Win7 resources, but I can't seem to find out what it is with Task Mgr, but maybe that's a subject for another time?
Thanks for all your support! I always look forward to it!

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SteveG
22 Jan 2018

Seriously? AVG! I haven't tried it in years. It was more like a virus than an antivirus several years back. The uninstall never worked properly leaving behind remnants that corrupted systems. Maybe they have improved, but I would not go near it with the proverbial 10-foot pole. There were problems for years with AVG.

Avast full version is good - but I have had these problems with it: (1) The support page: first the logon works, then it doesn’t. It is frustrating trying to logon to online support. When I ask it to do a password reset, then it no longer recognizes my account. (2) Brother laser printer goes offline several times a week. Cannot access printer unless I disable the Avast Firewall. Avast support says no fix for this as yet.(3) The Internet Explorer BHO “Avast Online Security” keeps crashing Internet Explorer. Avast support says it is conflicting with “one” of my add-ons (they do not name any specifically), but I need all of those. I removed Avast in 2014 and have not used it since. Maybe they have fixed their issues, maybe not, but why go near them when there are better alternatives.

Lately my favorites are ESET, Kaspersky, and Norton.

Posted by:

Lee Dalzell
22 Jan 2018

I could not get AVG Free to download last spring and gave up. Maybe that is when they were combining. I will try again next time I go visit my bff and her excellent wifi. Mine is poor and keeps shutting down when trying to download big files.

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Doug
22 Jan 2018

I used to use Avast and pre merger switched because of update and pop up issues if I remember correctly. I have thought AVG superior but did get periodic win7 slowdowns I'll blame on them. In my new larger ram laptop I'm so far just using Defender and not unhappy.

Note: to Steve... I have hated Norton for decades for its intrusiveness and interference with other programs. Never trusted the Russian Kaspersky and don't know ESET from Adam.

I always used the free version of AVG and was relatively happy with it and yes , I shut off Defender when I did.

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Doug
22 Jan 2018

I used to use Avast and pre merger switched because of update and pop up issues if I remember correctly. I have thought AVG superior but did get periodic win7 slowdowns I'll blame on them. In my new larger ram laptop I'm so far just using Defender and not unhappy.

Note: to Steve... I have hated Norton for decades for its intrusiveness and interference with other programs. Never trusted the Russian Kaspersky and don't know ESET from Adam.

I always used the free version of AVG and was relatively happy with it and yes , I shut off Defender when I did.

Posted by:

JoelB
22 Jan 2018

The internecine struggles between these programs has gotten very problematic. A recent download of "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware" refused to accept "Advanced System Care" as anything but a virus. I had been happily using "Advanced System Care" for years, and finally uninstalled it as the lesser of two evils. Malwarebytes now advises me at least twice a day (with a pop-up window)that my "Free Trial" of the Premium (Paid) version has expired. How long does this have to be tolerated? A few months ago I un-installed AVG Free because it insisted on reminding me that there was a better, "paid" version available, again with pop-up windows. I got such reminders at least every 2 hours. Finally got fed up and un-installed. I have now settled for the free version of Malwarebytes, and the free version of Panda Security, and have had no problems for 4 months... I'm retired, on a fixed income, and simply cannot afford a little fee here, another little fee there, etc., etc.

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Bryan Turnbull
22 Jan 2018

Avast now comes as a recommended product with Ccleaner.... with the installed button turned ON.
I object to that type of behavior, and thought you did also.
Even worse, you cannot uninstall Avast via the windows uninstalled. You need to download a program from Avast.
How can you even consider recommending this type of program???.

Posted by:

Tom F.
22 Jan 2018

have used both Avast and AVG at different times in the past, and aside from occasional nags to upgrade, both have worked quite well for me. Have used AVG exclusively the past 2 years, after Avast seemed to go overboard on nags and using resources, and have no complaints. AVG plays well with my system, and I've been virus-free, thanks to AVG, a firewall, Malware-bytes and cautious clicking, plus dumb luck I guess. Just updated to the latest version of AVG, so will need to see how that goes.

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Troy R
22 Jan 2018

Have used Avast for years without any issues until 2 years ago when I installed it on my teenagers laptop, 2 months later laptop started locking up, no one could figure out why. Ended up buying another laptop a year ago to replace the locking up one, 2 months to the day later, it started locking up. Removed Avast, instant repair. Went back to the old laptop, removed Avast on it, again instant repair! Still running it on my desktop (6 years) with no problems!

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Jim
22 Jan 2018

I used Avast! free version for a couple of years and it has way too many pop-ups. Very annoying. It would keep telling me my free version was going to expire soon and to buy a new version. Finally said my license had expired. Why would a free version expire?
Went to Bit Defender and am very happy. But my daily driver is Linux and prefer it. Just have to keep Windows on one computer for certain software.

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Bob K
22 Jan 2018

I used the free version of Avast for years, and found it to be good. But, the constant pop-ups to get me to upgrade got very annoying. And, when I did upgrade, they were still there, wanting me to upgrade to more enhancements. Like JoelB I also am on a limited income and hate this nickle and dime stuff.

Kaspersky came out with their free version. But, it completely botched my ability to receive emails. At that point there was no support from them on the free version, but found it difficult to even get it uninstalled.

My ISP was offering the full McAfee for free. Problem with that, that used CPU time like crazy. A good solid 50% constantly. The Avast had pegged the meter at about 20%, which I considered a limit. And, Kaspersky was still sitting somewhere in the lower intestines of the computer sending every site I visited to their labs. That was a difficult thing to stop!

I went with AVG -- the free version -- and it seems to be working well. CPU load isn't enough to show. There are occasional pop-ups, but nothing I find too annoying.

I think careful surfing is also important these days!

Posted by:

Doc
22 Jan 2018

JOEL B:
About six months ago Bob explained to me (and us) -- well he didn't explain, but said that MBAM could work with ASC -- No real instructions that I recall - but ADVANCED SYSTEM CARE AND MBAM PLAY WELL TOGETHER- though MBAM eats up more RAM than ASC.

It's a round about way to get it to work. First I ran MBAM to clean my system of any potential problems. (it wiped ASC from my computer) Then I ran it again just to make sure I had NO trace of ASC on my computer.

Then you download ASC again, go to MBAM and click on 'settings' - then you look for folders to exclude (under the exclude tab) -- use your start button to go to computer--> (for me x86) and click on the ASC folder - it will move into the exclude folder in MBAM.

You can't type the path in the 'exclude box' - or copy and past the folder name -- maybe on the paid edition - Once you see it in the exclude folder -- you are home safe.

I like the system resource setting so I can see how my RAM and such are doing - once it was THE ONLY WAY I could troubleshoot a problem of a Hot-Cold Boot and losing the use of my keyboard - the Ram would run up to zero (100% usage) then drop down to zero, then up to full again - in seconds. I'd never have seen that without the resource setting) - the fix was easy once I knew what the problem was.

So that's how you can run ASC and MBAM on the same machine - just go to where ever you put the folder to dump ASC into, then click on it, 'open' (I think without going through all the checks), and it moves it to MBAM and MBAM will NEVER scan that folder again. Though I do have to turn on the system monitor every time I boot - hot-or-cold.

For me that's not much of a problem since I run World Community Grid using a LOT of system resources 24/7 -- so rarely do I ever hot or cold boot my computer, I just keep it clean so the chip that is running at 90% capacity doesn't over heat.
On the Second Tuesday of every month I download all the windows updates, and that is when I get my boot.

Bob mentioned a program named CORE TEMP that monitors the temp(you can choose °F or °C) and I backed down from 95% of TjMax (the max recommended temp of your processor) to 90% in the summer because of outside heat, in winter 95% seems fine to me. I just found it on Google, but it comes from C-Net - and I won't use them for downloads because they often bundle crap I don't want with ANY download. I'd look for another place like Puma or such to down-load the gadget. It's a handy AND nifty program I only get into a couple times a year, but when I do get into it, BOY-HOWDY am I glad it's there.

So while Bob said that HE didn't have much problem with the 'new' MBAM messing with ACS, and said 'fixing it is easy' - it took me about half an hour to figure out I had to navigate to the folder, then click on the folder rather than type in the C:\directory\sub directory\ etc. Just 'click' on the folder once, 'open' it - and MBAM had it. I used to uninstall ASC, load MBAM, unload MBAM, reload ASC and be happy.

But I spent about fifteen minutes on day trying to figure it all out once I'd dumped ACS then reloaded it - and it wasn't really 'intuitive', but it got the job done.

So they do work togehter - but you have to tell MBAM to stop picking and playing bully to ASC -- thus the start button to computer, to local disk, etc - read the directory it is being installed into when you load it - and you'll do just fine when you go to find it to tell MBAM to leave it alone.

Good Luck!!!! Sounds long and hard, but it's easy, the LONG part is loading and running MBAM, then ASC, (call that 5-10 min) then locating ASC - which comes up when it asks you where to put the folder when you load it -- you'll figure it out - if I can, anyone can, just stick with it - and you will have the best of both worlds!!!!

Posted by:

billiejoG
22 Jan 2018

I have used Avast Free for 3 plus years. I just click out of any popups. Only the paid version offers you the opportunity to opt out of ads. I use Firefox and Chrome, which avoids any IE and Bing conflicts. Avast Free works well with the free versions of MalwareBytes and Super AntiSpyware. You just have to run them manually on a reular basis.
Geek Uninstaller, Revo Uninstaller, and Iobit Uninstaller will work best for uninstalling. But there is a specific program from Avast to uninstall Avast Anti Virus, "Avastclear." Any anti virus program I have installed will shut off Windows Defender on my computer.
Whenever I uninstall any program and all of its remaining files are supposedly gone, I find that when I re-install that program, it will ask where I want to put it, and will say "There is already a file there by that name. Do I want to install it there?" That means that no matter what uninstaller you use or how it is done, not everything is removed even by the uninstallers that claim to search for any left-over or orphan files and remove them.

Posted by:

Martin W
22 Jan 2018

Two quick points to a comment or two above:
(1) I updated CCleaner (free) last week on three laptops. Two tried to get me to upgrade. (I didn't.) The third had a little button on the bottom saying Install AVG. I (idiot!) didn't see it until I had clicked. It uninstalled just fine, though, with a little help from IObit Uninstaller to get any remnants.
(2) With Malwarebytes, you can tell it to Ignore Always anything it finds as malware, before quarantining. (Or afterwards, you can restore files.) I have done this for Advanced SystemCare on all three laptops. On two Malwarebytes doesn't bother with ASC any more. On the third it sometimes finds a few "bad" Advanced SystemCare files and I just tell it to Ignore Always on them too (after checking to see what a few of them were, just in case).

Posted by:

B.B.
22 Jan 2018

If AVG want to keep my custom they'd do well to stop pestering me to subscribe to ever more of their offerings. Every time I switch in I have to clear their latest upgrades.

Posted by:

Airsleuth
22 Jan 2018

Purchased AVAST and some weird occurrence happened that started writing on my hard drive and filled it up with junk.
Had to have hard drive cleaned and reloaded system without AVAST!

Posted by:

BobC
22 Jan 2018

After trying many different security type programs, I finally settled on the paid version of Bitdefender Total Security. I have kept it update and upgraded to the new version each year. That is, until this past Sunday. Suddenly, Bitdefender (running in Auto-Pilot mode) decided that virtually every program (they are not "Apps" on a desktop no matter what Microsoft calls them), including Windows programs, were all malware on my laptop. A few months back, it had done a similar thing on my desktop by doing the same to Windows Media Player. Marking and guaranteeing them would have been fine as all I would have to do is restore them and include them all in their "whitelist." Alas, that is not what it did. It either deleted the programs outright or blocked them and I could find no way to unblock them and had to reinstall what was deleted. That was the end of Bitdefender on any of my computers.

Having said all that, this article was timely for me as it gave me a change to read about other security for my computers. However, after reading the comments here, there is no way I would use either of the products mentioned here. Too many problems and all of them somewhat different to each other. I don't have time for those problems.

So I am going to fallback to my lifetime PC Matic security. While I do not remember what caused me to uninstall it, I do know it was not as severe as what Bitdefender did and has none of the problems associated with AVG and Avast outlined in these comments.

There are old and valid expressions when it comes to free software as to many other things in life: 1) "There's no such thing as a free lunch" and 2) "You Get What You Pay For." Why would you risk your computer and files on it to free software? I know Bob raves about some of them but, frankly, companies are more willing to support paying customers in a timely manner than they are for those that use their free versions. At least, that is my long-time experience in over 45 years in the IT field.

Posted by:

Rad
22 Jan 2018

A Huge BOOOOOO to Avast and AVG. Both have been good AV softwares, free and paid, but now, it seems, every other freeware application I download offers as default to download and install AVG or Avast onto my computer. And usually, the way the installer is designed, it can be difficult to notice that the install of the (in my case, unwanted)software will take place. Imagine to my surprise when I found AVG installed on my computer and I already had another AV software installed. Of course, you say, it was my fault for not completely reading everything during the install phase, and I plead guilty, but AVG and Avast knew that unintentional installs would take place, even hoped that unintentional installs would take place. In my opinion, that indicates that Avast/AVG are run by an unethical, immoral administration.

Posted by:

Bobd
22 Jan 2018

To Bryan Turnbull (22 Jan):
Re: "Even worse, you cannot uninstall Avast via the windows uninstalled. You need to download a program from Avast.?"

Yes, this is annoying. But it could be a mechanism to thwart unwanted uninstalls. A malefactor might be able to run the Windows uninstaller without your permission.

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