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    Hello all. When I visited my local computer shop this last week the proprietor suggested I change from AVG to Avira saying it is much better, any comments on this advice please. Regards Dave. [attachment=84359:Avira.png]
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    [quote name='Silver Fox' post='780723' date='19-Jun-2009 19:52']Hello all. When I visited my local computer shop this last week the proprietor suggested I change from AVG to Avira saying it is much better, any comments on this advice please. Regards Dave. [/quote]
    Sorry. Never heard of it?
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    AVG's reputation used to be high, but it has gone down considerably of late. Avira Antivir has been getting good reviews.

    There are antivirus programs that score even higher, but they're not free (Eset NOD32 for example).

    On the other hand, unless you've had problems with AVG, I see no pressing reason to switch.

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    [quote name='Silver Fox' post='780723' date='19-Jun-2009 18:52']When I visited my local computer shop this last week the proprietor suggested I change from AVG to Avira saying it is much better, any comments on this advice please.[/quote]

    avast! - Download antivirus software for spyware and virus protection home version is free. There are several Loungers who use it and are pleased with it.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='780737' date='19-Jun-2009 22:13']avast! - Download antivirus software for spyware and virus protection home version is free. There are several Loungers who use it and are pleased with it.

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    [quote name='Silver Fox' post='780723' date='20-Jun-2009 00:52'][/quote]
    I have the free versions of Avast and Avira on a couple of PCs/laptops, and they seem to work fine. So does Kaspersky Internet Security on my main home PC. At work, we have a couple of versions of AVG (Network edition, Internet Security), and they work fine, too.
    That said, I can't remember them ever reporting a 'real' virus, since nefarious attachments get pre-filtered out.
    However, they often object to perfectly valid administrative-type programs, e.g. from Nir Soft.

    The problem with antivirus software is that you never know it isn't working correctly - until it's too late!
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='780749' date='20-Jun-2009 02:00']Second that. [/quote]
    Are we talking about Avast or Avira here?
    I have used Avast for some time now and do endorse it but Avira?
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    [quote name='viking33' post='780794' date='20-Jun-2009 12:07']Are we talking about Avast or Avira here?
    I have used Avast for some time now and do endorse it but Avira? [/quote]
    I'm talking about Avast. I've heard of Avira, but not enough to make me interested.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='780804' date='20-Jun-2009 18:41']I'm talking about Avast. I've heard of Avira, but not enough to make me interested.[/quote]


    Thanks for all the comments, I seem to remember that a customer in the shop at the time the comment was made also
    made reference to Avast as being his preferred choice so the jury is still out as to which one is best. Whilst one swears by one product there are others who prefer an alternative. I can't recall having experienced any great problems whilst using AVG so maybe I will leave well alone. Many thanks again. Dave.
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    [quote name='Silver Fox' post='780808' date='20-Jun-2009 19:21']I can't recall having experienced any great problems whilst using AVG so maybe I will leave well alone.[/quote]
    As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

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    [quote name='IanWilson' post='780823' date='20-Jun-2009 22:31']As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

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    Too true Ian. "Leave well alone" is to say the least prudent especially for novices like me. Regards Dave.
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    Seems like Avira has at best been somewhat 'damned by faint praise' by you folks, so I thought I should step in and say that I have used Avira for well over a year now, and have found it very reliable. It is unobtrusive. And it seems to get some of the best reviews in head-to-head comparisons with others.

    I'm not sure I agree with the tenet "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!." Preventive maintenance is much better than trying to recover from a breakdown. That's not to say that AVG is "broke". Just that I found myself increasingly unsatisfied and frustrated with AVG, and that caused my move to Avira. I have had no qualms about that decision since.

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    [quote name='wartaaids' post='780833' date='21-Jun-2009 00:33']Seems like Avira has at best been somewhat 'damned by faint praise' by you folks, so I thought I should step in and say that I have used Avira for well over a year now, and have found it very reliable. It is unobtrusive. And it seems to get some of the best reviews in head-to-head comparisons with others.

    I'm not sure I agree with the tenet "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!." Preventive maintenance is much better than trying to recover from a breakdown. That's not to say that AVG is "broke". Just that I found myself increasingly unsatisfied and frustrated with AVG, and that caused my move to Avira. I have had no qualms about that decision since.

    Chris[/quote]


    Thanks Chris.... that's what this forum is all about, honest frank opinions which help guys like me make the right decisions.
    I must say the shop owner who recommended Avira has given me some great advice over the past 7 years like that of AVG, Zone Alarm, Spybot S & D & SuperAntispyware which latter claims to get rid of gremlins other AV app. leave behind. Apart from the BackdoorFlood virus which Duchess 843's post on 7/11/07 helped me purge from the HD I am delighted to say the expert advice from Jay [the shop owner] has kept me one step ahead of the nutters who have nothing better to do than cause maximum damage, frustration and cost to innocent surfers. Keeping my Regards Dave.
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    I like Avira Antivir.

    I have a number of PCs at home, but they all share their files via one PC that acts as a server. I run a range of different anti-virus programmes on the different PCs to maximize the chances of finding nasties. The Avira product works well, it regularly intercepts nasty things on websites that I can't stop my (adult) kids from visiting, and it uses very few system resources.

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    [quote name='StuartR' post='780860' date='21-Jun-2009 10:13']I like Avira Antivir.

    I have a number of PCs at home, but they all share their files via one PC that acts as a server. I run a range of different anti-virus programmes on the different PCs to maximize the chances of finding nasties. The Avira product works well, it regularly intercepts nasty things on websites that I can't stop my (adult) kids from visiting, and it uses very few system resources.[/quote]

    Thanks Stuart.... seems to confirm what "Jay" said about Avira so I may disable AVG and give it a go. Regards Dave.
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