Tired of intrusive anti-virus software?

March 23, 2007

Sometimes an anti-virus software like Symantec Norton or McAfee actually causes quite a few headaches for you. It’s as if you’re taking medicine to prevent a really bad disease — but the medicine’s also making you feel really bad as well. And you gotta pay a YEARLY fee for the privilege of feeling bad? Fergetit.

AVG LogoThere’s a fantastic anti-virus program that’s relatively low-maintenance. And it’s FREE. It’s Grisoft’s AVG Anti-Virus Free, version 7.5. And it has a companion anti-spyware program also, AVG Anti-Spyware Free, also version 7.5. Together, these two programs do a good job in screening your emails and programs for viruses and spyware, and does a anti-virus scan every day at a time that you designate (i.e., starting at midnight). Both programs are not “intrusive” like Norton or McAfee, and I would put this in my mother’s — nay, my grandmother’s computer. In fact, I have both programs on MY computers, and like I said, I’m a proud geek. And did I mention their cost? FREE.

AVG VirusesSo, go ahead, disable your anti-virus program on your PC (dunno about Mac’s, tho), uninstall it, and then install AVG Anti-Virus Free and AVG Anti-Spyware Free. Your computer’ll still be protected, and your sanity and pocketbook will thank you.

I should note that Grisoft has several more versions of AVG that cost money and have more features: some protect against spam (but if you use a good on-line email service like Yahoo or Gmail, you’re already protected), some come with firewalls (but your PC already has a fair built-in firewall), or stops phishing attacks (but the updated Internet Explorer does that already). That’s why the two free Anti-Virus / Spyware programs are such a good deal.


3 Responses to “Tired of intrusive anti-virus software?”

  1. BEG Says:

    BTW, not kidding on uninstalling any old antivirus programs. You can seriously bunge up your computer that way.

    I’ve been using (on my windows at work; linux only at home!) Avast Anti-Virus for the last couple of years and it’s an excellent program. Also free, just needs a yearly registration process which I’ve found to be very straight forward & I don’t get spam from them at all. Its self updating with the virus database, and will let you know if the program itself needs updating.

    There’s some real gems out there, if you know where to look. I’ll check out the AVG, I’m always on the look out for good anti spy ware stuff (have used spyblaster for a long time, but they seem a bit tired these days or something).

  2. Hello,

    I’ve been using AVG Free for long time. I also recommended family and friends to try it out!

    Just one friendly reminder: AVG Anti-Spyware Free will run automatic-scanning your hard drive daily for first 30 days. After that, you will have to manual to get it started otherwise it will not scan your hard drive till you purchase it.

    The best thing to do is get Microsoft Defender as 2nd Anti-spyware and it is free.

    Other optional: Try Ad-Aware SE Personal – it’s free, too.


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