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by mil / August 16, 2004 12:12 PM PDT

My Norton antivirus program is ready to expire soon and I have been told of a free antivirus system (AVG) available for home computers. Just wondering if such a free system is effective in stopping posible virus assults or would one be wise to invest in a system such as Norton or McAfee. Any advice would be welcomed.

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Re: antivirus questions
by Kees Bakker / August 16, 2004 5:41 PM PDT
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Free AVG is certainly good enough, IMO. And, reading through these forums, it gives a lot less problems than the two other programs you mention!

Download it from

Note that it's a bad idea to have to competing products active at the same time. So completely uninstall Norton before installing AVG.


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On the other hand. . .
by Coryphaeus / August 17, 2004 11:16 AM PDT
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You'll never convince me that a free AV product will protect my PC.

I've been using Norton products since the late 80's with zero problems. I'm currently running NAV 2003 and have renewed my subscription on three PCs.

Your machine, your choice.

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Re: On the other hand. . .Norton is Symantec
by gearup / August 17, 2004 11:24 AM PDT
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and has no relationship to the original product whatsoever! Both Norton and Mcafee can create more problems than they solve on some computers. If you feel safer paying for something use the AV sold by Grisoft instead of the free version!

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Re: antivirus questions
by jtx472a / August 17, 2004 8:23 PM PDT
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I'll co-sign that. Norton is just way too bloated and I always had problems with McAfee. I had used Norton on one computer and McAfee on another. On this computer I used the AVG freebie for two years and it always performed well - did exactly what it was supposed to do without all the fluff. I now use the AVG professional and out of all the five or six scanners I've used, I like it the best. Go for the AVG freebie. It does the job and it's simple to use.

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