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    AVG Free 2015

    I'm using AVG Free 2014 and I'm getting a notice box from the system tray that I should update to AVG 2015. Has anyone had the experience of updating their AVG Free from this notice box? I'm always wary of these free programs trying to get you to update into their full or trial programs. The notice box says "your AVG Free 2014 needs to be updated to AVG 2015 for better protection". Notice that they say AVG 2015 and not AVG Free 2015. This worries me and that's the reason for this question. If anyone has updated their AVG FREE in this manner and got the newer FREE version and not a paid or trial version, please let me know. Also, is it really necessary to update to the 2015 version? My 2014 version still gets regular signature updates. Are there any problems or new annoyances with AVG Free 2015? I'd appreciate any input on this, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEScott View Post
    ...is it really necessary to update to the 2015 version?...
    Short answer is YES. There are some noticeable improvements in the 2015 version.

    I have been using the 2015 version since it was released about September 2014; no problems. Always upgrade customers' computers that are running AVG2014 to AVG2015, again no problems.

    But it is safest to uninstall 2014, reboot, then install AVG2015.

    You can download the offline installer from: Download AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 (AVG US website).
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    During the upgrade from AVG 2014 to AVG 2015 it will recommend upgrading to the full (paid) version but you can choose to stay with the basic (free) version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    During the upgrade from AVG 2014 to AVG 2015 it will recommend upgrading to the full (paid) version but you can choose to stay with the basic (free) version.
    Correct Rick,

    But the average user will likely be confused by the ambiguous wording of the various prompts and ends up upgrading to the trial of the paid version. Too many time I have been called to attend customers with exactly that problem. They have been prompted to upgrade AVG (or Avast, Avira, etc.), but have ended up installing the trial of the paid version. After 30 or 60 days the trial version stops working so the customer is left without AV protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coochin View Post
    Short answer is YES. There are some noticeable improvements in the 2015 version.

    I have been using the 2015 version since it was released about September 2014; no problems. Always upgrade customers' computers that are running AVG2014 to AVG2015, again no problems.

    But it is safest to uninstall 2014, reboot, then install AVG2015.

    You can download the offline installer from: Download AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 (AVG US website).
    Okay thanks, I've done that before when I updated from AVG Free 2013 to AVG Free 2014. In that case I had to because the AVG Free 2013 was 32 bit and I wanted to get the 64 bit version since my computer is Win 7 64 bit. I agree that although it's a bit more work, it's the safest way to do it - no chance of getting messed up with a program I don't want. Thanks again for your advice.

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