is it worth it to use AVG (Free) instead of KAV?

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  1. fce

    fce Registered Member

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    I'm using AVG (Free) + window firewall in my old laptop (Toshiba Portege).
    My sister use it for internet browsing (Yahoo, Friendster, Wallmart Website, etc. etc.)

    just to check how's AVG protect my laptop, i run online kaspersky scanner and it detected 26 trojan downloader/spy (which AVG didn't detected)

    so i downloaded KAV (30days Free Trial) and clean/deleted trojan viruses.

    right now its already clean (base on KAV scan result) and i installed Returnil for added protection....do you think it still worth it to use AVG (Free) instead of KAV since my sister use it for internet browsing only?

    other advise is acceptable.
     
  2. larryb52

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    based on your findings I'd say no, she's obviously onto sites full of the bad stuff. I'd do the Kav, it's cost is worth less aggravation of a clean up...just my 2 cents...
     
  3. dan_maran

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    As stated above you need more protection for your system, if you feel compelled to purchase KAV go for it as you can see from the results it works in your situation. Another free option would be compliment AVG with Comodo Boclean, I know many users here have an issue with Comodo and Kevin being a "sell out", but that doesn't detract from the fact that the piece of software works well and is free. This is the setup I use on an older box that cannot handle much in the way of running the large processes of newer AV programs and is used solely by the children in my house.

    I hope my answer doesn't cross the line between "my AV is bigger than your AV"
     
  4. the Tester

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    I'd go with KAV.
    Or you could supplement AVG with SAS pro or a similar real-time program that will offer spyware/trojan protection.
     
  5. ASpace

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    @fce

    Just browsing or not , personal data is always being retrieved . If you care about privacy , protect the machine properly.

    AVG Free is one of the worst products , IMO.
    If you can afford it , simply buy a license for better security product , install MVP's Hosts file , make her run as limited user with limited user accout for the everyday browsing and you are ready. :thumb:
     
  6. dogma

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    You may replace it with Avast Home/Avira PE Classic (both free).

    But as likuidkewl suggested try running BOClean alongside it first. As BOClean specialises in trojans.
     
  7. ccsito

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    KAV usually received better detection rate scores than AVG. A lot depends on what type of websites that the user surfs to. KAV does have a minor issue regarding object IDs tags, but its performance scores may be a bigger factor in using it.

    P.S. I hope the detections were not false positives. You should also try sending suspected malware to other sites for analyis (such as virus total, dr. web, or jotti.org).
     
  8. Wordward

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    I use AVG and have never been infected and I can't say I have always been a safe surfer, but maybe it's been safe enough because when ever I ran antispyware's like a-squared, AVG AS, or SAS, I only got cookies. I will add that I have used AOL Active Virus Shield in the past which has the KAV engine and afterwards my Second Stage CHK DSK scan began taking over 5 minutes to start. I have recently put in a new HD and the CHK DSK only takes about 5 minutes now. Sooooo. Also there is also Online Armor Free you can add which has some HIPS capabilities. Or the new Webroot Desktop Firewall that also has a HIPS program called Dynamic Security Agent with it which is quite good at malware detection. Both are stable and very easy to set up and use, and WDF has a learning mode.
     
  9. JerryM

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    I know a lot of people who use AVG free and have never been infected. However, in your case I would purchase one of the top AVs. As a fall back you could continue to use AVG free and, as has been suggested, add something like SAS or if you want a free real time monitor try BoClean. I have not used BoClean. The addition of a good AS would increase the detection capabilities of your system.

    My own solution would be to go with Kaspersky since you have mentioned that option. If you want other options, I suggest that you go to AV Comparatives and check the test results.
    The only way you will know how a particular AV runs on your system is to trial it. I would always trial before buying. You might find the one you wanted to use does not run well on your particular system.

    The best is the one that runs for you, and has a detection rate that gives you confidence.

    Best,
    Jerry
     
  10. xandros

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    every 3 or 4 month i change my antivirus
    to be sure my pc clean and good

    before i use kaspersky internet security
    now i use antivir premium coz i can use it 6 month free , i have the offer lol
    and i use with it comodo pro firewall

    after that i will use eset smart security when the final coming

    any way i dont like free antivirs , never trust free antivirus.

    good luck
     
  11. fce

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    but its still free. :D




    me too i never though i've been infected with AVG antivirus installed in my old PC, but when i try to run online Kaspersky scanner i got 26 infected files. :eek:

    btw, i uninstalled SAS Pro from my new laptop (since i have KIS installed) and put it to my old laptop....SAS Pro doesn't help protecting my old laptop with AVG Free.

    i guess i might look for other good free Anti virus first....

    Regarding CHKDSK/Kasp issue, i really don't care about that issue..... its not big deal to me after using KIS7.
     
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    That's a load of crap!
     
  13. Wordward

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    I don't think many people are having any CHKDSK problems with the latest version, and I hope you are happy with it. Take care.
     
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    Nothing wrong with free antivirus programs. Dont post bad info!
     
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    I don't agree with xandros but I believe he should be able to express his opinion.
     
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    Is that just your opinion or do you have facts to support why someone should never trust free antivirus?
     
  18. drkoopz

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    Free AVs can offer superior protection is one key way: It doesn't expire. Lots of people I know have run with expired security software for a year or more.
     
  19. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    this forum is biased!
    doesn't the oxford dictionary label those as the stupid people. o_O
     
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    I don't think of them as stupid. They treat the computer as another "white box" machine. In their minds, it has almost zero maintenance.
     
  21. dawgg

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    I dont understand the theory behind this o_O
    What if you change to an AV which doesn't detect a malicious file or has poor detection or protection in relation to your previous AV?
     
  22. xandros

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    With 26 infections i would suggest you go for something like KAV which has better detection capabilities. However you could also use multiple free products. For example AVG free realtime and antivir as on demand.
     
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    And if you add the appropriate 'other' missing features/protections you can have the same or even better protection. I noticed that you didn't show Avast's comparison. If you look at it is very similar to the paid version except for script blocking and tasks.

    I've used both Avast and Avira free and they worked just fine :). A free 'suite' nowadays is just as good or better than some paid versions. Be thankful for free AVs and other free security softwares as malware is only free until it gets someone's information. Then we all pay ;).
     
  25. xandros

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    u make me change my mind about free antivirs
    i think after i see the site avast antivirus free very good but there is no script blocker ?? its important or its ok ? im not sure
     
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