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AVG Product Names and Abilities?

by MissVeeCee / December 28, 2013 5:09 AM PST

I have a license for AVG AntiVirus 2014. I saw on a review or article that there is an AVG Internet Security 2014, AVG Premium Security 2014 (and also PC TuneUp which I know I don't have). Is my license actually for the free version or a lesser version of AVG security product? I have a license # and registered last night. I'm thinking that what I have is not enough because the AVG antivirus scan indicates that my system is one heck of a hot mess, so I need to buy PCTuneup to fix things. What exactly do I need to stay secure and not fret over viruses and other infiltrators? Can I have my AVG AntiVirus and run a free tune-up program to be covered? Sorry for all the questions...I should have asked them before I got the AVG Anti-Virus.

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Re: mess
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 28, 2013 5:20 AM PST

I can't believe the antivirus says your system is a mess. It should only report viruses and other malware.
And I can't believe that you think you need to buy PC Tuneup to fix things, because whatever it fixes (that's a mystery) it doesn't do anything against viruses and other malware.

So can you be much more specific and detailed about that reported mess?


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UPDATE--more info.
by MissVeeCee / December 28, 2013 8:08 AM PST
In reply to: Re: mess

Thanks so much for your responses Kees_B and wpgwpg.

I have AVG AntiVirus 2014--the licensed version which I activated yesterday afternoon. When I opened AntiVirus 2014 last night, all the subgroups (Computer, Web Browsing, Identity, E-mails, Firewall) were red and indicated I was "not protected". I clicked on Firewall which had the option to "activate now" and that brought me to the choice to upgrade from Antivirus Free to Internet Security 2014. Weird! since I had registered with AVG and already had a license number. This morning, when I had the AVG AV scan my system, the subgroups were all red again and telling me the system has no protection, and when I clicked on something having to do with activating system maintenance--I forgot what it was--I was given the choice to purchase PC Tune-up . Right now everything is green, but the firewall box still says "activate now" and clicking on it still brings me back to the upgrade to Internet Security 2014 page. Is the AVG licensed version of AntiVirus not enough or not as thorough as Internet Security?

My computer system (Windows Vista) has been really slow and acting buggy for about a week--I was using the trial version of Advanced Care System, and when my computer is on but unattended, my screen has this warning/notice that a phishing program was stopped from taking over my system. Last night I uninstalled a lot of programs I don't use anymore--a couple of which I have no idea what they were--and my system hasn't coughed up this weird notification that my new hardware needs a driver. I have no new hardware...and I just want to know what I need to keep my system in order. I decided to make a commitment to AVG's products, but do I have to buy all of them just to be protected?? I don't feel like I'm off to a good start...I apologize for writing so much, but I'm trying to give you an idea of what has me concerned and feeling like my system is a huge mess. I appreciate any assistance you can give me.

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by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 28, 2013 7:01 PM PST
In reply to: UPDATE--more info.

As you can see in the link wpgwpg posted, the AVG firewall isn't included in what you bought (you bought the leftmost product on the Antivirus tab, I think). Neither is the Tuneup program, that's on the middle tab.

It's up to you to decide if you need another firewall than the one that already comes with Windows, and - if so - if you buy the one from AVG or another (Comodo is free and well-regarded). And if you already have Advanced System Care (oops, we don't recommend any of those programs!) there's certainly no need to buy a comparable program like PC Tuneup.
But as long as you've got issues with AVG Antivirus (being red in stead of green) I wouldn't even think of buying another of their programs.

The first thing to do now seems scans with other programs, as given by Grif in http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6122_102-5509131.html?tag=posts;msg5509131 .All are free.

If that helps against 'slow' and 'buggy' and 'weird', and AVG behaves as it should, I'd say: leave it as it is. If not, come back here to see if we can suggest more.


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by MissVeeCee / December 29, 2013 3:18 AM PST
In reply to: Re: AVG

Thanks, Kees, for the suggestions. I think I'll do some research this time and figure out for sure what I need for my system (and peace of mind). That link and info you provided was really helpful, and I appreciate the time you spend online helping people with your comments. Thanks again! --VC

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Here's a list of their products comparing abilities
by wpgwpg / December 28, 2013 5:36 AM PST
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List of Products!!
by MissVeeCee / December 28, 2013 8:21 AM PST

Thanks so much for the link to AVG's products. I thought all they had was the Antivirus and the PC Tuneup, but I admit to not researching like I should. I think I'm going to stick with the AV 2014 and shop around for a good Tune-up program.

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Be careful about those tune-up programs
by wpgwpg / December 28, 2013 8:52 AM PST
In reply to: List of Products!!

Outside of an occasional defrag, there's not much you can do to tune your software. And Windows has a built-in defrag program. Be especially careful about the so-called registry cleaners. They are nothing more than snake oil! They are not needed, do no good, and can cause problems that're difficult to diagnose and resolve.

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