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AVG free versus McAfee?

by Marie Boyer / March 8, 2006 8:36 PM PST

XP Pro/Zone Alarm free firewall/Thunderbird/Firefox/AVG

I just uninstalled NAV Systemworks 2005 (thanks to help from people on this forum). I downloaded the AVG free edition. I am finding the scanning of outgoing emails takes a VERY long time, but otherwise it seems okay.

My ISP is Comcast, which now offers McAfee for free. I saw that McAfee was highly rated in a recent review in PC World (much higher than AVG).

I am considering making the change to McAfee (where it is free), but I do not want another resource hog like NAV.

Any advice on this one? Thanks in advance!

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by tomron / March 8, 2006 9:25 PM PST

Don't know about Mcafee

Here's a LIST of free programs


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Free McAfee AV?
by jrfoleyjr / March 12, 2006 11:20 PM PST
In reply to: Marie

It is free with a provision... it is free to Comcast Broadband Subscribers ONLY! Actually I think they have a one year trial arrangement or some such thing but to us it is free for a year. Will Comcast extend it after a year? Who knows?

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by Alan Copeland / March 9, 2006 3:04 AM PST

Marie, I had AVG free for about a week, and was so impressed that I bought the full version. I dodn't notice that it took any real time to check outgoing emails. I had Norton V for many years and was happy enough, but AVG is much more usuer friendly and is cheaperas well.

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by radbrat / March 13, 2006 12:34 AM PST
In reply to: AVG

I'm having a hard time removing Norton, I download the free version of AVG but keep getting an error message that won't allow a full download. I've had Norton for many years too, but truly want to try AVG. Any suggestions on how to get rid of Norton?

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Removing Nortons
by beatboxx--2008 / March 14, 2006 4:22 AM PST
In reply to: AVG

The fastest and easiest way I have found is to uninstall first, then after reboot, delete the PROGRAM FILES directories for Norton and Symantec if no other products are installed.
Go into the ALL USERS- APLLICATION DATA and delete the Symantec folder.
After that use the registry cleaner of your choice. Install AVG and enjoy.

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McAfee WILL Use More Resources Than AVG But...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 9, 2006 3:34 AM PST

..on the other hand, it's a better detector of viruses..

Only you can determine which works best for you..Since they're both free, try them both.

Just a suggestion: Before installing McAfee, be sure that all of Norton and AVG are gone and uninstalled completely. It can snag the installation of McAfee's programs.

Hope this helps.


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Switched from McAfee to AVG
by Reenee / March 12, 2006 9:12 PM PST

I used McAfee since it first was available until early last year when I decided to switch to AVG Free on a trial basis. I'd never go back! It's compares well to McAfee and Norton, doesn't use nearly the system resources, and I have a number of techie friends and family members running AVG Free without hitch or complaint as well. Works like a champ, the price is right, and I'd recommend it highly.

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AVG Vs McAfee
by texasric / March 12, 2006 10:33 PM PST

I have been something of an AV "gypsy", having used or tried Norton, McAfee, Grisoft AVG, Avant, Trend-Micro and Panda. I finally settled on Grisoft AVG because it is fast, uses minimum resources, and of course the price is right. I had no problem with McAfee *except* it was a real bear to uninstall; it took 3 tries plus editing the registry to get 'er done!

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Worts on McAfee...
by jrfoleyjr / March 12, 2006 11:38 PM PST
In reply to: AVG Vs McAfee

I had the McAfee security package that I had purchased. Midway through the subscription period it informs me that my subscription has expired... after wrangling with that for a week, I went through the hassle of uninstalling McAfee and have never looked back. AVG works GREAT and the no hassle install and operation are wonderful. Speaking of uninstall hassles, Norton is famous for that too. It wedges itself in so that manual deletion of entries to the registry are necessary to remove all vestiges. I dont know if it is still necessary, but upgrades from one version of Norton to the next used to require an uninstall of one before the new install. The above mentioned nightmare was what took place before a successful install could be accomplished.

I have 5 computers on my home network and as the Norton subscriptions expire I am converting to AVG. McAfee is long gone.

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Comcast Free McAfee
by MRCarpenter / March 13, 2006 12:06 AM PST

The catch with Comcast?s free McAfee offer is that it is available only to those using Comcast?s email system. If you already use another email program and don?t want to switch, the free McAfee will not be available.

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(NT) AVG v McaFee
by jodoinbigbear / March 13, 2006 1:23 AM PST

I have ued both of these products and i find that mcafee is in many ways much better if you get the complete security center it has a trackin program that is super in stopping hackers
Vincent j

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MacAfee Security
by Maisie663 / March 14, 2006 8:44 AM PST
In reply to: (NT) AVG v McaFee

MacAfee Security was on my Dell computor when I got it, it took alot of resources and finally came to point I lost my address book, home page and pages turn upside down. I called Dell and she suggested I remove it, as my computor system was overloaded. I had hard time getting it out which she said I would and put AVG Free in and my home page came back, pages straighten out--I never did get my address book back so had start that over. I later switched to paid version of AVG Pro and have tech service which don't have with free version. I have two years AVG with right to run on 3 computors withou extra charge I have it on two and my son has it on his, plus a backup disc, when I renew it be 1/2 Price. It is good program and good tech help if needed. I have an XP Home.

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