Avast Home or AVG Free

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by FluxGFX, Feb 18, 2004.

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  1. FluxGFX

    FluxGFX Registered Member

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    Now between these 2 antivirus product wich one would be the optimum choice.

    Avast Home or AVG?
     
  2. bigc73542

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    In my opinion from useing both programs in the past I would have go with avast.
     
  3. F4

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    Both are good at ITW malware but overall detection goes to Avast especailly in trojan field ( Avast always identifies as Win32:Trojan-Gen ). Avast Home has more good features than AVG Free such as auto-incremantal update that amazing fast.

    IMHO, If you have a new machine with Windows XP then Avast is the way to go. ;)
     
  4. notageek

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    I would go with Avast.
     
  5. FluxGFX

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    Thanks guys for the feed back. I was looking at these 2, since these are the ones on the freeware side that makes send to have has Anti-Virus.

    Was looking to secure a Win XP system and strap on a couple freeware on their. ( personal testing ) mouahahha :)

    HI ! Phant0m'' ( god... I'm sure your clueing here ) :)
     
  6. notageek

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    I was thinking of dropping McAfee for Avast. McAfee is bloated as heck.
     
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    avast is nowhere in the same league of mcafee to drop mcafee for avast is a step or two backwards.
     
  8. notageek

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    I was going to keep McAfee and use it as an on demand scanner. But I read a few other places that Avast isn't a good stand alone AV. I read it gave a few false positives. I never had a false positive with McAfee. So I'm going to keep my set up as is.
     
  9. vlk

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    Just my curiosity - what makes you think so?
    Are these claims backed up by your actual experience or is it just sort of feeling?


    Thanks
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  10. JimIT

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    Avast is a very good stand-alone AV. It should protect you very well in day-to-day use. I have installed it in many situations when clients couldn't (or wouldn't) buy AV software, and not one of them has been infected to date. In fact, it has caught the Blaster, MyDoom, and other assorted junk on a couple of their machines. One guy told me a couple of weeks ago that it basically saved his machine from the MyDoom virus, because the worm cleaner did it's thing without much intervention from his wife--who reported the problem! ;)

    Not trying to do a commercial for Avast Home, but OT, it's the choice I would make.
    My .02...
     
  11. Vlk, I kinda "feel" the same way... I don't use McAfee, I use KAV.... I've asked this before from the Avast! Forum, can't honestly remember if it was answered... Sure, Vlk, folks that are going to go try Avast! very likely either used NAV or McAfee... Here is why I get a little "nervous"

    1. Don't see Avast! raved in tests, any tests, whether they are Virus Bulletin, VirusP, Rokop, U of Hamburg..... anywhere...In any tests I've ever seen Avast! in, it actually seems to score lower than McAfee and NAV, certainly lower than KAV...

    2. Generic Trojan Detection is a turn off, and a bit scary...(I want to know)...

    3. I don't know anything about the heuristic capabilities of your product... and I don't know anything about the unpacking abilities... which is becoming a necessity...

    That's all.. In NO way am I implying Avast! is not a good product. Actually I was quite impressed... But it seems to me it can't come near KAV in overall detection. Can it? I want a straight answer to a straight question; Yes or No? That was MY criteria... Then again, I would have been looking to buy your product.. I believe strongly in supporting the AV of choice. Freebies don't interest me...

    However, let me point out TWO VERY Strong considerations for why I think Avast! should be considered by someone...

    1. Frequency of Updates seems to be on a par, and even Better than, NAV/McAFee...

    2. The Forum Support is one of the best, and these guys really do mold and shape Avast! to their customers needs and wants... (If the criteria is good and do able)
    Thanks
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  12. LJ

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    I have both Avast and AVG up and running at the same time, Avast has alerted and stopped emails that have contained virus, AVG has alerted me to virus and trojan intrusions. So I am happy with these at the moment. :)

    Linda
     
  13. Technodrome

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    I don't see raves about many other good avs. Does it mean they are bad comparing to NAV, McAfee or KAV?
    Are these 3 really “the best” avs and will never let you down? I wish...


    Many Trojans are generically detected by Norton, McAfee or KAV.

    Avast! is able to deal with a good number of common packers(ones used the most by the virus writers).



    tECHNODROME
     
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    Very good points. Avast has good unpacking support. Better than a lot of pay-AV's, IMO. It's also a benefit to have generic trojan detection in a lot of cases. I certainly wouldn't call it a disadvantage. ;)
     
  15. Well, I think Rokop didn't have a great review about Avast!, but I can't find the review, and I'm not agreeing with Rokop... Just saying... As for generic trojan detection, ALL Trojans? I can understand some, but ALL?
     
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    I'm trialling Avast as an ongoing concern, albeit in the stage we are at now its not resident, merely on demand, but I'm impressed.

    Its got its short comings thats true, but potential is very high, I sincerely hope the Avast team dont rest on their laurels as they still have some work to do, and if they work hard they really will have a first class av certainly in the top ten.

    Dont let us down VLK and team :)



    Kev
    :)
     
  17. Uffbros

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    It is a resident antivirus..Mine runs in the background and has caught incoming e-mail viruso_O What do you mean then?
     
  18. bigc73542

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    I have used both in the past but to keep my personal opinion out of it all you have to do is go to virus bulletin or any of the other av testing sites and check the history of the test's of avast and mcafee
     
  19. notageek

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    BigC please don't take this the wrong way. I don't go by what the VB and other tests say on AVs becuase if I';m not mistaken they use certain viruses and test them on the AV's. I'm I'm wrong here please someone put me in my place. Plus I would rather take the word on an AV by people that use the porgram everyday. I don't even take the word of people that wrod for a AV CO. People will try to sell anything. :) But I'm sorry we should really make a new post with the Avast debate and not hijack this post any more. Sorry Paul and the others Mods.
     
  20. FluxGFX

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    I agree let's close this post. Just wanted opinions of users using either avast or avg. If this debate about the usefullness of Avast needs to be continued then let's open another one.

    Cheers.
     
  21. snowbound

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    Ok folks,

    No need to start a new thread.

    If everyone just gets back on original topic this thread will remain open.




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  22. bigc73542

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    The members are just very dedicated to the things that they like and that is very human. I have to confess that is me to. But back in line with the thread I would pick avast if I needed a free av that worked well and that had pretty decent support. :D
     
  23. minacross

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    I vote avast4 , I used to use AVG6 but shifted to avast4 because of it excellent support (forum/email) even for the free version.
     
  24. Muckyduck

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    I use Avast4.1.
    I prefer it to AVG.
    I like the options from the icon, I like the password feature, I like the networked/shared drives/folders scanning feature.
    Updates are quicker and more often than AVG.
    Easier to use.
    Pity it's not so well known (at least not in the PC magazine forums or general newspapers - in UK)
     
  25. bigc73542

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    If avast keeps improving at the rate that they have been I have a hunch that they will be better known for sure. ;)
     
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