Is AVG no longer free with 8.0?
Is AVG no longer free with 8.0?
It's still free. They make you go to the website to upgrade because they want you to buy their product, but you can still find the free one on there.
Go here to download.
Are they forcing us to upgrade to 8?
Yes they do this every once in a while. The upgrades are no problem. The product is a great product, and I think the whole reason for the upgrade (kinda bi-annual) is to get people who love AVG to purchase the full version for the nominal fee of $20 or so dollars. I still use the free version.
I'm still using 7.5 and have seen nothing about 8.
At some point they will stop letting you upgrade your virus definitions on the older versions and you will have to upgrade.
A virus scanner without upgraded virus definitions is useless, so pay attention to it.
I recently upgraded and purchased the full version of AVG 8.0. It cost more than $20, though, but I don't remember exactly. Maybe something like $40 - $50. A lot more features. It slowed my computer down, so I had to turn off the firewall and some sort of Internet scanner thingey, now all is well. I like having anti-virus software and other stuff bundled in a single product.
I've been using free AVG for several years and it works great. Norton sucks.
Well I un-installed AVG 7.5 then installed AVG 8.0 so far so good. Still running free, but the price I seen was $54.00 :eek:
I have no issues with my current 7.5 version so I see no need to update.
I get a prompt every few days from AVG trying to get me to update but I just deny it.
By the way AVG is the ****...:cool:
Its one of the best programs I have ever used.
Early - How do you turn off the Internet Scanner?
I think my Norton is about to expire, as well as my SpySweeper or whatever the hell Best Buy put on my laptop. Hopefully I can remove those without any trouble (I have heard about a computer with Norton and it getting a virus after more than a week disconnected from the internet, but simply because the guy wouldn't resubscribe to Norton. That was the story anyway)
Anyway, long story short, maybe I'll give AVG a try.
AVG free is great. The paid version is pretty bloated. Not as bad as McCrappy, or Norton, but still slower.
Download AVG, disconnect from internet, uninstall Norton and then install AVG. I've done that on all the computers at my wifes work, and unlike previous Norton's the new ones seem to uninstall without throwing a fit.
Their bundle terms are pretty good; $169 for 5 licenses, 2 year term. Comes out to $17 per computer a year. Do a Club Polk group buy if you feel the need for the commercial version (automatic tracking cookie and adaware removal is nice to have).
Once I disabled LinkScanner, AVG has not slowed my system down. I'm not sure of the advantages between the paid and the free versions of AVG. I figured I'd try it and see what happens. I suppose I have a bit more peace of mind about getting viruses and other junk.
The paid version is "Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Spam, Firewall and LinkScanner"
while the free is just an AV scanner. Your browsing habits, and ability to spot junk should be the determining factor in which version you use. Even the best of us can get hit with a surprise.
You might not want to ignore anything that says update. It just makes sure you have the most recent virus lists so that you catch everything and don't get any new viruses.
Now if you mean upgrade, that's another story but, I don't recall ever seeing something pop-up from AVG asking me to upgrade and I have all the free products they offer.
As I said earlier, I'm still running the free version of 7.5. And I JUST earlier today updated my virus definitions, so they're still good. I've not had anything pop up asking me to upgrade my program, though.
IIRC, 7.5 will not update virus definitions after May 31...
They've definitely been making it harder to download the free version (more insidious ways of hiding it on their website) but it's still there. It's hard to kvetch when such great software stays free for so long, though.
Yeah they play with their pages a bit, but I always just go to free.grisoft.com Its always there.
This guy here posted a very good page on spam programs and a link at the bottom to remove Norton, good luck.