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    Alternative to AVG

    I'm looking for a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> alternative to AVG. Any experiences? Maybe Avast! Home, or AntiVir Personal Edition?

    I appreciate any input
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    Re: Alternative to AVG

    I've used Avast! Home for a couple years without any problems. Seems to work just fine.

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    Re: Alternative to AVG

    I have been using Avast for over a year on two computers and find it to be very effective in detecting real or potential problems in my email and browser activitiess. I use Thunderbird and Firefox.
    Avast checks for definition and program updates which it downloads and installs.
    I would recommend that you at least give it a try.

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    Re: Alternative to AVG

    Thanks Joe and Ken for your replies.

    I've downloaded Avast! Home and am watching it perform. I'll post back to let you know how I like it.

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    Re: Alternative to AVG

    I gave Avast! Home a go and thought it used up too much resources. My Pent III 550 Mhz took forever to finish any task. Otherwise it seemed a good product.
    I then tried AntiVir Personal Edition, but it lacked a mail scan feature.
    So I ended up upgrading to AVG 7, which I don't find as bad as I thought. When I first saw it at a friend's house I somehow believed that there was some kind of interaction between the program and their server when mail scanning occurred (which I didn't like), but that doesn't seem to be happening. I would like to be able to disable the AVG certification in outgoing and incoming messages, though, as one could do in AVG 6.

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    Re: Alternative to AVG

    You still can - open the Control Center, click on E-mail Scanner, then in the bottom panel click on Properties, click on Configure and then Un-tick Certify mail under Incoming and outgoing mail. No more certification messages on incoming or outgoing mail.
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    Re: Alternative to AVG

    Hello Ed,

    Thanks for the tip. I went through the settings but I passed this one by <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>
    Now it's less intrusive and feels more like the good ol' AVG 6.
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    Re: Alternative to AVG

    I found the e-mail component to be similarly burdensome. Rather than disable it, which greyed up the tray icon, I uninstalled and reinstalled without the e-mail component. I consider the e-mail component to be "fluff" anyway, since the resident portion will pick up on anything it identifies as a virus when it is accessed or "run". Maybe it's safer for less aware users, but for me (and I suspect you) it's really just doubling up on what's already there + your own common sense. <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Alternative to AVG

    Hello Alan,

    I'm not sure whether you refer to AVG or to Avast!
    <hr>I consider the e-mail component to be "fluff" anyway, since the resident portion will pick up on anything it identifies as a virus when it is accessed or "run".<hr>
    I thought that too, but since I'm not absolutely sure how AV programs work, I'll just leave it on at the risk of using more resources unnecessarily in case I might be leaving a gap doing otherwise.
    Anyway AVG isn't so much of a burden as compared to Avast! In fact, when I get new mail in my inbox, what clogs my system a little is SpamBayes rather than AVG. But it's much better than doing the job oneself <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: Alternative to AVG

    Sorry, I was talking about AVG. But yeah <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>, each to their own. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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