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    AVG Free 8.0 released

    You can read about the new features in Download Squads Review here.

    A comparison chart of the free and paid versions can be seen on this AVG site.

    Highlights of the license can be viewed here.

    AVG Free 8.0 can be downloaded from here.

    Note: The download page also offers a Trialpay method of getting the commercial version.
    Freeware enthusiasts will want to steer clear and just choose the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware version only.

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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    And a really welcome feature I've discovered already - an "exception" list for the resident shield... for those items you know for sure are generating false positives. <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    Please tell us how to simply and permanently prevent the Scanner from from moving to the virus vault all those absolutely vital programs which AVG considers to be Potentially Unwanted Programs!
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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by AlanMiller on 26-Apr-08 01:56. )</P>Can you get to the dialog shown? If so, I'd imagine you just click "Edit List" and paste in the paths of the apps you want to be treated as exceptions. Hang on... <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> it seems to work the way I guessed.... [edit] <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15> it treats every entry there as a directory! Maybe you'll have to nominate numerous folders, or move all your false positives to the one folder (as I was able to do easily). <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    Or, you could use Avast or something... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    I had problems using the Paid For Version of AVG 8.0. I got false warnings when doing a scan because I also have SpywareBlaster installed. Worse, the computer would crash when I switched it off with a winlogon.exe error. I also found that when scanning a single file the control centre would fully launch and not quit after completing the scan. I contacted AVG support about these three issues. They basically told me to stop using SpywareBlaster and rely on AVG alone. They asked me to use their diagnostic tool regarding the winlogon.exe issue which I did, but it tried to install an Outlook Express account in order to send the report. Why it couldn't use Thunderbird which is my only email client I don't know. I got no reply on the file scanning issue. So I'm currently back with 7.5 but the whole experience has soured me towards Grisoft and I'm looking for an alternative.

    I'm leaning towards getting Online Armor Plus with the Kasparov antivirus engine added but may try out Avira Antivir. If anyone has any recommendations I'd be glad to hear them.

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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    I shouldn't have commandeered Alan's thread as I did, Chris, but I meant to tease about AVG, nothing more.

    If you have had problems not to your liking or possible resolution, then by all means, you should switch to another AV product. As you browse around here in The Lounge you'll find MANY posts and threads which recommend a number of AV products, both free and fee-based. There's probably not any need for me to compound this thread with such recommendations. Every product seems to have its merits for some and pitfalls for others. I've had excellent performance from Avast for the past couple of years and I'm sure you'll find one that you are satisfied with, whether it's one of the two you mentioned or something else.

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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    You might also consider reporting the false positives to them. Such a small gesture of assistance would seem appropriate
    "when you consider how much they have to spend to produce the software and keep it updated." <- <post:=707,441>post 707,441</post:> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    They seem very efficient at dealing with such problems -> <post:=692,852>post 692,852</post:>

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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    How about reading the AVG 8.0 Free Edition FAQ? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Under General, see "1309: How to set up exclusions for Potentially unwanted programs?"

    NOT the same as: "How to exclude some directory from AVG Resident Shield scanning" (found under Resident Shield in the FAQ).

    The Resident Shield Exceptions explicitly talks about "Directory Excludes". PUP exceptions excludes files (as one would guess from its name) from AVG Resident Shield and AVG tests. (From FAQ: "These exceptions can be created for files only, not for folders.")

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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    Argus: Thank you! The only information missing from your post was that the FAQ numbers are 1309=1325 and 1326!

    Alan: unfortunately it seems that many AV manufacturers are tending to categorise essential systems administration tools like many of the Nir Soft suite (e.g. Protected Storage PassView), CrossLoop, and suchlike as evil and dangerous, and so flag them up whenever they are encountered.
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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    True. I get the same problem with anything compiled with AutoIt, depending of the latest def file.
    But following Argus's hot tip, such individual programs can now be run OK.
    Still, AVG have appeared very responsive to (and appreciative of) user feedback as well.

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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    Does AVast have an "exception list" capability?

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    Re: AVG Free 8.0 released

    I had no idea until you asked, so I had to look. Looks like it's not quite what you're looking for. The funny thing is that I use my AV program (and I've been through several "brands" over the years) almost in default state. I don't think I'd need all the fingers on one hand to count the number of times I've had false positives, so maybe I'm just lucky or a pretty simple internet user.
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