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post #1 of 19
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I have used AVG 8.5 for a long time and just "upgraded" to AVG 9.
Machine: XP Pro SP2. Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz, 2 Gig RAM.
I had troubles the whole time, starting with install, getting the known "MSVC Redistributables Installation Error." I went through the remedies posted on AVG site.

Downloading Microsoft Visual C++ libraries (per AVG site) did not work, since when clicked, vcredist could not locate the source folder.

I was finally able to install AVG 9 using msvcfix.bat file method. However, ever since then, AVG hangs up during scan. I have found my PC hung up and frozen many hours after scan started. Reboot/repeat always same result. When AVG is hung up, I cannot open any other applications, and restart is the only option. Other strange things are happening also. Even when AVG is not scanning and just active in the gackground, my PC sometimes just freezes and does not respond. All this resolved once I uninstalled AVG 9 altogether.

Now my PC is without an anti-virus program, and unless I can resolve this issue, I will be forced to use another program.

BTW. Which other "free" anti-virus/anti-spyware would be recommended?
post #2 of 19
I have no problem at all with AVG 9 on Win 7. You can try Avast, but the free edition doesn't have schedule scan and it is slower than AVG.
post #3 of 19
Microsoft Security Essentials.

The answer to all your problems.
post #4 of 19
AVG has been pants for a long time. I switched to Avast about 2 years ago. AVG kept on asking to restart system for update. Kinda annoying if you get a update 2 or 3 times a day.
post #5 of 19
As free A/V software goes Avast is pretty good, I've also had good luck with Comodo.
It can be used as Anti-Virus, Firewall, or both.
post #6 of 19
Never had problems with AVG 9 (I disabled its browser protection add-on though). Currently trying out Avira AntiVir and pretty happy with it as well.

Cheers!
post #7 of 19
Working in a computer repair shop, we are regularly asked about anti-virus programs. We actually use AVG free V.9 w/o any appreciable issues. Our selections of AVG is primarily due to the facts that it's comparatively good at identifying and dealing with threats, and, important to us, the only free app of its kind that has no annoying pop ups constantly asking you to upgrade to their 'for pay' version.

There are numerous review sites, such as this one: AntiVirus Software Review 2009 - TopTenREVIEWS

As you can see, this is a 2--9 review, and among those listed, AVG is the only one that also offers a free, not trial, version of their software. We have almost never run into conflicts with other commonly installed software, so my thoughts are that you have something installed, other than MS Office, VLC media player, etc, that is bumping heads with AVG version 9. You could search on the web for known issues with AVG and software compatibility issues and see if any of those apply to you (I know Roxio used to cause issues, maybe it still does).

As far as other decent free anti-virus programs, I've used Avira for quite a while and find it be very effective. A review from last year can be found here: Www.freeantivirous.com - Top 5 Free Antivirus Software | Technize.com

Create a restore point in Windows before installing a new one to test out so that you can restore your system back the way it was before the new install, and have no worries about application remnants from just "uninstalling" it. A cleaner solution. If you need any help doing that, let me know.

Hope that helps a bit, regards.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Zorander View Post
Never had problems with AVG 9 (I disabled its browser protection add-on though). Currently trying out Avira AntiVir and pretty happy with it as well.

Cheers!
I installed AntiVir, and it definitely installs and scans faster than AVG 9. However, I can't seem to figure out a way to set up regular scheduled scans. How do you set this up?
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by iriverdude View Post
AVG has been pants for a long time. I switched to Avast about 2 years ago. AVG kept on asking to restart system for update. Kinda annoying if you get a update 2 or 3 times a day.
You can turn that off actually.

Anyways, I think anyone should just go with what works best for them, I haven't found many real differences for as far as quality goes between the few free anti-virus programs.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jon L View Post
I installed AntiVir, and it definitely installs and scans faster than AVG 9. However, I can't seem to figure out a way to set up regular scheduled scans. How do you set this up?
Administration (left-hand side tab) -> Scheduler and tick 'Enabled' for 'Complete System Scan' item.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
I had posted my query on AVG support forum and went back to check a couple days later. Apparently, problems are rampant with the new AVG 9, as I see tons of posts about problems with AVG 9!

AVG Forums - AVG 9.0 Free Edition
post #12 of 19
I had a problem with an older version of AVG where a background update completely disabled a bunch of the Lenovo Thinkvantage software. It took me days to figure out what was causing it, and I was actually able to diagnose it for a bunch of other users on the Thinkpad forums. I switched to Avira back then, and it's been working okay. They do give you an annoying pop-up once a day, though.
post #13 of 19
i got fed up with AVG, it used to scan every media file i played [even if it scanned it before] this cause seriously annoying lag, got false postives etc, i tried commodo, to 'messy' now use avast!, and all good
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by LeonWho View Post
Microsoft Security Essentials.

The answer to all your problems.
x2...
It does what it's supposed to do and doesn't slow down the computer.
And no, I'm not a Microsoft fan, but this app is just plain good.
Otherwise I can recommend AntiVir.
post #15 of 19
FWIW, I've not had any issues with AVG 9 on XP Media Center or my wife's Vista laptops. I've had plenty of problems with about everyone elses scanners/nagware before I switched to AVG 7 but never with their products.
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