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An easy guide to AVG anti-spyware!

By Rik ยท 10 replies
Jan 18, 2007
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  1. Here is a nice and easy to use guide on using AVG anti-spyware.

    Once you have downloaded AVG you will be presented with this screen.
    The first thing you should do is update it.


    The next thing you need to do is ensure that the active protection is turned off.

    Next, you need to do a complete scan.

    Next, the recommended action should be set to quarantine automatically (as you can see mine isn't because I've had AVG for a while). You need to quarantine all nasties.

    Next, you need to create a report as outlined to post along with your HJT log.

    AVG anti-spyware is a very easy to use piece of software but a lot of people seem to have problems with it, hopefully this short guide will help with this issue.
  2. drag0nslay3r

    drag0nslay3r TS Rookie

    Nice TUT...

    Pretty simple
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801


    >ensure that the active protection is turned off.

    Why do you make this recommendation? Personally, I've always left it Active.
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    The reason for turning off the active protection is it can interfere with any fix that`s being run with HJT. This also goes for other monitoring tools as well. Obviously, if you don`t have any issues or a need to have something fixed with HJT etc, then you should leave the protection turned on.

    Taken from HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    On the whole, AVG7.5 Anti-Malware is wonderful :)

    For my laptop however, I've gone to disabling the Resident Shield feature.

    First, I periodically scan manually with specific extensions disqualified
    (why scan code that obviously can not be executed)

    Most importantly, when the laptop boots, avgrssvc.exe (Resident Shield) consumes the system
    with heavy i/o and CPU to such an extent that the laptop is virtually unusable (imo).
    When operating at a hotspot, the laptop is on batteries and time is
    precious, so the impact here is EXTREME!

    I've posted a suggestion with GRISOFT to force the runtime priority to IDLE,
    so as to allow the user to continue working -- it's an open item at the present.

    I've always distained boot time processing for this kind of reason -- they frequently
    are intrustive and redundant day after day after day.
    (ps: The only schedules a have are updates and no scans).

    Again AVG is a good product.
  6. fludlite

    fludlite TS Rookie

    AVG antivirus

    AVG is a free GOOD product but it's not the Resident Shield at boot time that I was referring to that cripples machines. A small executable called AVGAMSVR.exe is run at startup. I have no idea what it does? AVG runs fine without it(I can attest to that) I suspect it's a "game server".
    I like and will continue to use AVG.
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    AVGAMSVR.EXE is definitely not a game server lol.

    Summary : AVG Alert Manager

    Description : Alert manager for AVG Anti-Virus System

    Company : GRISOFT, s.r.o.

    Threat Level : Threat Level : 0
    Category : APPLICATION

    Processes : AVGAMSVR.EXE

    Regards Howard :)
  8. fludlite

    fludlite TS Rookie


    Howard: I yield, you're correct, I should have done the search before I posted.
    I would like to say however that I'm running a lot faster without it and my AVG is working fine, I think. Thanks for the info and my regrets if I misdirected anyone.
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Your computer will run faster without AVGAMSVR.EXE running. However, since it is AVG`s alert manager, if your system becomes infected, it won`t alert you to the fact. Therefore, you need to realise the risks of not having it running.

    Regards Howard :)
  10. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Detect Malware so far: 3820!?!

    How do you have so much malware? :D
  11. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,012

    AVG Anti-spyware is very good. I have the full version and like it alot.

    Great guide Rik..

    Well done!

    Regards Jase

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