AVG Network Scanner Service, how to disable

By hipinidaho
Feb 26, 2009
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  1. This new AVG Network Scanner Service was not only blocking my web surfing when I blocked it at my firewall but it was using major resources by reporting every site I visited just like a trojan or spyware.

    Here's the fix:
    Go to Start then Run and type in MSCONFIG. Hit OK and select the SERVICES tab and un-check AVG Free8 WatchDog. Click APPLY, then OK.
    When you restart your computer AVG won't be running.

    Simply undo this procedure when you want to run a scan.

    AVG's Tech's fired back at me and said:
    "its processes and services should be always running due to security reasons"

    Yes, that is true when the anti virus program is running in the background and doesn't compete for resources or bandwidth but when your free software bullies your resources plus sends out all the info on users such as websites they visit and more, at this point you have a conflict of interest.

    You'll read plenty of people are mad about this new addition to the AVG software. Some where to the tune of over almost 3/4 of a million....so its not just me complaining.

    With that said, most folks know if they're going into virus territory by clicking on free computer scans, congratulations win free products banners, porn sites, limewire, eMule or cracked application sites. So unless you're going to these types of sites then it is safe to disable your AVG anti virus and then enable it once a week for a scan. In my opinion.

    I simply offered another solution where as their solution wasn't making anyone happy.

    Look at the comments they got on the AVG site if anyone don't believe me.

    The "remove Link Scanner" option is the AVG tech option and I have "how to disable" as another. Its all good as people like choices.

    Stand up against the NWO - Uphold the US Constitution. God Bless
  2. mflynn

    mflynn Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,793

    Good info!

    I will add that to my notes!

    You are right on!

    Mike
  3. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Why use it at all. It is very ineffective in detecting and removing the most recent evils.
  4. hipinidaho

    hipinidaho Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    More on AVG 8 Free

    I found AVG to do a decent job on virus, trojan and spyware detection and removal. It found a couple of things Norton, Spybot and Giant missed. So thumbs up there!

    The only issue is that if something is for free, there's a price to pay at the back-end.

    Just like this current stimulus package.

    We're all gonna pay in the rear in spades if you know what I am saying...
  5. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    The enemy of "Good" is "Better" and AVG no longer matches up to Avast, Avira, or Kaspersky to name three.
  6. hipinidaho

    hipinidaho Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    3 programs mentioned.

    Thanks for the other 3 free anti-virus suggestions. I have not bench tested them but I'll give them a go and do a write up as long as I can't find any complaints in blogs.

    Biblical insight of the last days, "men will say good is evil and say evil is good".

    If its too good to be true then it is. Keep in mind, no liars will enter in.
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