Avast has changed its "Full Scan". Now you are not allowed to actually "Scan all files" My system has a good 300k files + and Avast scans 64k of them.
This is one of those mistakes a company can make, that will cost them their customers for good. People won't come back for years.
Even the trial of Avast Pro is the same thing. The only difference between the paid version and the free version (Trial vs free) is 2 new shields.
Realtime protection is cosmetic, the most powerful and most important thing of any anti virus, is scanning.
People with Avast (Trial or free version) are at risk. Because it does not fully scan all files.
AVG has updated their program. They have given the same engine into their free program as in there paid version. Very good move on their part.
Now with AVG and Avast, Cnet download count alone, AVG is twice as many downloaded than Avast.
How many currently using each program is unknown.
As for me, i am on a balancing beam, not knowing which side to take.
On one hand Avast has really good all around security. But not being able to scan "All files" is the biggest mistake any anti virus program can make.
Even though a 1 time 30 day trial of any program, would NOT make any company lose any money, but gain money. Another huge mistakes is Avast trial being as limited as the free version.
Now for AVG, they have MANY new features. And AVG has made small mistakes, but it does no in any way exceed the biggest mistake a anti virus program can make. (As in not being able to "Scan all files".
Realtime shields are NOT very effective, in any security software. Its all about the scan!
I am on the trial of Avast pro, i will be going back to AVG very soon.
I was planning on buying Avast pro, but not being able to see if it is worth it or better than free version, it is Avast's fault.
One mistake can ruin a company, and when people find out, and notice their system is not being full scanned, they will change to AVG.
And with the recent downloads of AVG being so high in a few months, it has already begun.
AVG downloads were a few 100 thousand more than Avast 6 months ago. But AVG has now doubled Avast downloads, and Avast downloads are almost at a stand still.
Switching from Avast to AVG now is what i will be doing. Because you cannot scan all files. So you really don't know if your infected until you can scan all files.
If Avast changes back to being able to scan all files in free version & trial version, i may consider going back to Avast.
Because realtime shields are the bonus, and not what fully protects a system (Anti virus wise) Scans are what truly finds infections not realtime shields.