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AVG Antivirus - Does it suck?

By DonNagual ยท 14 replies
Oct 3, 2006
  1. One of the more popular antivirus software packages on the web is AVG antivirus. It is free and it doesn't use too much of the system's resources.

    I see over and over again most of the senior users on this site recommending it to other users (I also have been recommending it). I currently have it installed on all 3 of my computers.

    However, according to PCWorld's latest rundown on all the antivirus packages, AVG performed quite poorly on their tests:
    Of 10 antivirus packages, AVG ranked last. Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,124475-page,1/article.html

    As antivirus software is something crucial to a smooth running system, the purpose of this thread is a discussion on what is good, and what is not. Should we really be suggesting AVG? Is PCWorld's testing faulty/misleading?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    The fact that the info is from PC World makes me suspicious. Take a look at this review of antivirus programmes and compare.

    Look what`s in the top five on PC world. McAfee and Norton, two of the worst antivirus programmes around.

    I`ve used AVG for years without any problems whatsoever. The Avast programme is also very good so I`ve heard.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    I too have had AVG installed for some time now, and never had a virus to date which does say a lot. Then again, I am also carefull when opening attachments I don't know.

    Howard, am I reading your link correctly? It doesn't look like AVG did very well on that test either, ranking 24th (even worse than PCworld rated it) and again loosing out to McAfee and Norton.

    It did VERY well when only heuristics where used. Granted that is significant.
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    The reason I gave you the link, was so you could compare the results from PC world etc. McAfee and Norton aren`t in the top ten in that link I gave, nevermind the top five and look where Avast is.

    All I know is I see a lot more problems from members who have Symantec/Norton or McAfee installed.

    I know AVG isn`t that good with Trojans, but I don`t think any antivirus programme is really. I prefer to use specialised tools for trojan removal.

    Like you said, you`re careful in your browsing habits, as am I.

    No antivirus/firewall will protect anyone who clicks on everything in sight.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    Well, you ARE the spyware virus guru on this site, without question!

    (off topic comment: I am always amazed at how much you help out Howard. You do not get enough credit for all the assistance you provide).

    My reason for starting this thread really, is simply I want to have the BEST antivirus software. The absolute, unquestionable best, even if I have to pay.

    It looks like Kapersky and Bitdefender both did very well on both of the reports you and I have quoted. Any thoughts Howard?
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Without a doubt Kapersky is consistantly the best antivirus programme out there. If I was ever going to pay for an antivirus programme, that`d be the one I`d choose.

    I think I`ve had plenty, maybe too much credit to be honest. Hell, I even have my very own tribute thread in the meeting spot lol.

    I have plenty of time to help out and it`s something I really enjoy.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    Alright, I'll look into Kapersky a little deeper then.

    Anyways, with my flashy thread title "AVG Antivirus - does it suck?", I may as well open the debate. Is AVG antivirus adequate enough to warrant how often we here at Techspot have been recommending it?

    Based on the fact that I have never had a virus while using it, I'd have to say yes. Just the data on both sites listed above has shaken my confidence in suggesting it.
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I currently recommend both AVG and Avast, along with the free Zonealarm or Kerio firewall programmes.

    Untill such time as I come across a problem with doing so, I`ll carry on recommending them.

    I haven`t actually tried Avast, but have heard and read some very good things about it.

    I guess I`m so used to having AVG on my system without any problems, I see no reason to change.

    Regards Howard :)
  9. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Thanks to Howard, I now have AVG and ZoneAlarm free firewall. My system is completely clean, fast, and smooth.
    I don't know why PC World says that the crap called Norton is better than AVG.

    I had Norton some time ago, and I quickly catched a virus when I was updating it.

    But AVG is working excelent. Highly recommended program.

    Another off topic comment: WOW Howard, more than 12,300 quality posts mate :eek:
    Congratulations Howard, and thanks for all the valuable help you offer here in this great Techspot! :)
  10. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    here's the catchphrase: Nothings perfect :)

    Even if one would have the best AV + suite there is, once they've clicked on a dodgy link/file and it gets into the system well, its there..

    For being a free little program, i think it does pretty well especialy with features of being lightweight on the system (meaning you can still use the PC while scanning, unlike others...) although only doing a light scan (registry check, major files check, quick once-over other files..) as far as i could tell.. and doesn't bugger-all your system when you (god forbid :D) uninstall it hehe..

    Come to think of it, i think i still have the paid version of AVG from 12 years ago on a cd somewhere in the house.....
  11. nbthor

    nbthor TS Rookie Posts: 35

    I had the free AVG for a short while. My P-cillin was somehow buggering up my system. I switched away from Norton, cause it was always eating itself, causing me to have to reinstall the entire thing every few months. The last glitch ate AVG and I couldn't uninstall or reinstall, so I went back to P-cillin. I also like the network monitors that came with it. I have seen a review that put P-cillin very high on their list, but also seen AVG really well rated. I don't know who to believe. I do know that virus software is a huge necessity and it would be nice to know which one was truly worth spending money on.
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Thanks mate.

    I`m not sure what you mean by 1300?

    Regards Howard :)
  13. MrNoname

    MrNoname TS Rookie

    It's ok, but recommand Bit diffender 10.0

    I have used AVG for almost a year.
    To be fair, I never had a virus, it's free and doesn't use that much CPU ressoruces.

    But, there's a Pro version. GUESS WHY. Because the FREE one is not a complete solution and doesn't take care of everything.

    From now on, I use Bit Diffender. (NOT FREE)
    - Update every hour. (without taking CPU ressoruces)
    - Scanning c:\ takes alot less time than AVG.
    - Firewall, Antispam, Antispyware included

    ......This is my opinion, but I have read alot about AV software, and I my decision came to Bit Diffender.
  14. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    I switched from Norton to AVG Free about a month ago. What difference! My computer is old and slow, but with the switch to AVG my comp seems to be 're-born'! I didn't have any viri with Norton and haven't had any with AVG. Like many others here, I am careful where I surf. So I give a big :grinthumb to AVG free. Its great for what it is.

    If I wanted to spend money I would go for Kapersky.
  15. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Sorry, my mistake. Corrected now :) I meant more than 12,300 quality posts :)
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