AVG AV Free Edition 9.0 Review

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  1. progress

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    So we should call it 'upgrade' :D
     
  2. JRViejo

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    Sputnik, I agree with you that this new GUI advert is an improvement over the old intrusive method, now a gentle reminder for those who wish to move up to AVG IS.

    Regarding ThreatFire, although there are no reported conflicts at the present time with AVG 9.0, the old versions had a problem with TF and I personally did not want to go there. I have my WD set at SpyNet Advanced Membership and it seems to work well in my setup, without any AVG conflicts. Yet keep in mind that I don't use the LinkScanner and its components either, so what works for me, might not work for others.

    Now, if you want to try TF with AVG 9.0, you are welcome to post your findings!
     
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    ance, like I told Sputnik, I think the new advert is a great improvement and not so much in your face. I like its gentleness. :)
     
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    To see how the newest version 9.0.704 compared to the first version 9.0.686, I decided to perform a Scan whole computer and the results are similar. First, a Task Manager check:

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    Here are the scan results:

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    The total time was 13 minutes less than reported in this Post, taking into account that total objects were 31,696 less than before. This is the Task Manager when the scan was completed, right after checking emails:

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    Info on above Processes

    avgchsvx.exe (AVG Cache Server)
    avgcsrvx.exe (AVG Scanning Core Module - Server Part)
    avgcsrvx.exe (AVG Scanning Core Module - Server Part) child process of avgemc.exe
    avgemc.exe (AVG Email Scanner)
    avgrsx.exe (AVG Resident Shield Service)
    avgtray.exe (AVG Tray Monitor)
    avgwdsvc.exe (AVG Watchdog Service)
     
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    I thought the new advertisement replaced the bottom banner, but they are both there. Ugh.
     
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    clocks, that's strange, because every new version always came with the 4 files (avgfree_us.mht, avgmwdef_us.mht, avgresf.dll, avgsbfree_us.mht), except for this one, or at least what I downloaded via Normal Update. Can you confirm the file dates?
     
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    The dll is Sunday, Sept 20th. The others just show today's date.
     
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    clocks, did you receive the new version via Normal Update or did you download it from AVG?
     
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    I did not currently have it on my PC, so I did a fresh install. I went to AVG, which then routes you to cnet for the installer. After it installed, I manually clicked update to get the latest version.
     
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    OK, I see. The files were present during the fresh install of the previous version, then the update gave them today's date.

    I wonder if ance can confirm that new files were not downloaded with his updated version?
     
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    Hi - Not sure I understand. I had no AVG files on my PC prior to tonight's install. Nothing left over from prior installs, as I also make sure old programs are completely removed. All the files have a date of Nov 9th. The dll I can actually see the signed date, which was what I mentioned about.
     
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    clocks, assuming that you are using the Free version, the Installation Files page does not route to CNet, it downloads directly from their site.

    Can you share the page link where you first found AVG?

    Edit: Never mind clocks, found the page ( http://free.avg.com/ww-en/download?prd=afg ) that takes you to CNet and I see that they have AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.698, as of the time of this post.
     
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    I got AVG Free 9.0.704 via integrated updater and I can confirm that the ad files were not downloaded again :)
     
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    ance, thanks for the confirmation! That's what I saw as well. Take care.

    FYI to all. My Windows Defender was not disabled upon this morning's computer start.

    JR
     
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    FYI. Received Program update AVG Free 9.0.707, via manual update, today.

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    AVG 9.0.707 Free - Release Notes
    After installation, the new update disabled Windows Defender again.
     
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    I just discovered that it takes the same trick(as the bottom banner) to disable the ad in the interface.

    1. Locate the 'avgui.exe' file and rename it to 'avgui.exe.new'

    2. Locate the 'avgui.exe.old' file and rename it to 'avgui.exe'

    3. Voila!

    Note: I noticed this restored the original interface loading time(was slower after the interface ad addition). Also as usual when updating online, AVG Free will attempt to download the ad again.

    ;)
     
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    Yesterday I went to install AVG 9.0 over 8.5 via exiting 8.5 then planting
    the 9.0 version into the existing AVG\Program Files Folder - opened it to run
    and it looked as though it was unloading it's files but didn't get far before
    I got an Error notification,

    Error: MSVC Redistributables installation failed -AVG cannot continue.

    Went on the net and Googled that error - Several led to the AVG Forum
    but unfortunately the answers jumped about a bit and it would have taken me a week to bounce along trying each one.
    Returned to Google and got one which directed to AVG FAQ Hotfixes page re. that error,

    http://www.avg.com/us-en/hot-topics.num-2654
    I could see in my CP/Add or Remove Programs list that the,
    " Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable " that was apparently causing the problem was installed, but I went to M$ and downloaded another copy,

    http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/...D9-AE1A-4A14-984D-389C36F85647&displaylang=en

    just in case mine was too old for AVG 9.0.

    I also downloaded the tiny AVG zipped .Bat file (msvcfix.bat) while I was at their Hotfix page mentioned above and unzipped it into the
    AVG\Program Files Folder.
    Decided that because the C++ Redistributable file was already on my machine
    I would first try installing via the msvcfix.bat, it appeared to bypass the
    Windows Installer and used a cmd line.
    Anyway AVG 9.0 then installed
    without a hitch, picking up all my 8.5 settings as they were, only item I needed to hit the button for was, 'Optimization Scanning' which popped up
    near the finish and thanks to JRViejo's very helpful review of 9.0 I knew to
    allow OS.
    This morning I updated 9.0 OK to 9.0.707/2505 and my Emailer is working fine after hitting 20 different 'Allows' on my FW, Winsonar and OA.
    Have gone via the Cape here but if ONE strikes the problem then it might help.
     
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    MICRO, gald to hear that you sorted it all out and thanks for posting that FAQ link. Keep us posted if you encounter any issues. Take care.

    JR
     
  19. MICRO

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    JRV, I wasn't looking for it at the time but can you recall if in your review
    you mentioned the CPU spikes when scanning with 9.0 ?

    Two weeks ago I stopped scannning with S&D due to it's masssive, I thought at the time, CPU usage reaching 50%, but now monitoring 9.0 when scanning
    it's mostly 80 and 95%.
    Reminds me of Adobe several years ago becoming so bloated I had to get rid of it, same with Ad-Aware, had to go, and now AVG is getting to be a concern on it's scanning CPU usage.
    Are you seeing similar ?
     
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    MICRO, I did not mention CPU spikes because the last version that did not infringe on the CPU, while scanning, was 7.5. Since then, every AVG version (8.0 and 8.5) has suffered from high CPU spikes during its full PC scans. This new 9.0 is no exception. :(

    The Optimization Scan you performed during installation is supposed to cut down the scanning times, thus less CPU usage, and the latest version 9.0.707 did shave 13 minutes of my previous time so maybe AVG is working on it. As I concluded in my post #5, AVG, once again, rushed out a new version and now they are tweaking it as they go along IMO.

    In all honesty, the spikes do not concern me because I only do a full computer scan whenever a new version comes out. I like to scan specific files & folders more and of course, I want AVG to be active during downloads and email scanning. I do mitigate the spikes somewhat by turning off Windows Defender and ending its process, yet the spikes are still in the high 80's.

    I guess you'll have to be your own judge regarding the present CPU spikes. That's the best answer I can give you.
     
  21. MICRO

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    JRV, as usual methinks, also the brightest.
    I shall follow your path via using it's real time and right click abilities
    but hold the full scans permanently, unless a problem should arise
    where I need another checker.

    Kind Regards.
     
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    FYI. Received new Program AVG Free 9.0.709, via manual update, today.

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    AVG 9.0.709 Free - Release Notes
    After installation, the new update disabled Windows Defender once again.
     
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    FYI. Today, the Documentation page shows User Manual, version 9.0.9, dated December 2, 2009.
     
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    FYI. Received new Program AVG Free 9.0.716, via manual update, today. The Installation Files page also indicates this new version, dated December 8, 2009.

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    AVG 9.0.716 Free - Release Notes
    The GUI now shows an Identity Protection component, with an Activate Now link, that opens a new browser window to this Offer Page.
     
  25. progress

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    I didn't notice any difference in the German version?! :doubt:
     

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