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    fredg Posts: 4,928, Reputation: 674
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    Mar 22, 2005, 09:53 AM
    AVG Antivirus Program
    Hi,
    AVG Free Home Antivirus from Grisoft.com automatically scans incoming and also outgoing email using Outlook Express 6, POP3, SMPT email.
    When it scans outgoing email, it attaches it's advertising something similar to "This email is virus free by AVG". When the person receiving the email gets it, this advertising is always posted in the email.

    Two questions:
    1. How often are there "antivirus definition" updates available? Is it every week, bi-weekly, every month?

    2. The AVG Professional Edition Single Version, including a CD is around $45.
    Does this Professional Edition also add it's advertising to outgoing email?

    I have emailed AVG with question #2, but as yet, have not received a reply.
    Thank you,
    fredg
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    Mar 22, 2005, 11:30 AM
    Hahaha yeah I already know about it. I had been using the older version a few months back then they sent me a notice about a new version out. Actually doesn't really tax my old 600mhz system out
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    #3

    Mar 23, 2005, 05:13 AM
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    Hi, briggsdude,
    You didn't answer any of my questions!!
    fredg
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    Mar 23, 2005, 05:43 AM
    They really do have the slowest website I have ever seen...

    I found the answer to the first question on their site.

    Quote Originally Posted by http://www.grisoft.cz/doc/39/lng/uk/tpl/tpl01
    Regular updates are released 2 times every week, priority updates are released whenever it is necessary (whenever a new virus is spreading)
    Couldn't find anything about the second.
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    Mar 23, 2005, 07:18 AM
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    Hi,
    Thanks LT.
    After doing much, much more research, I have finally found the 2 answers.
    The "buy" AVG Professional Single Version does NOT put it's advertising on outgoing email; like the free version does.
    And, as you said, it is updated at least weekly, sometimes more, just like Norton.
    Wendy also rates AVG as the 2nd. Best of all Antivirus Programs, and it's highly rated at other sites as well.
    Thanks again,
    fredg
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    Mar 23, 2005, 12:19 PM
    Woops haha, sorry, umm actually avg will have some spyware in it. It's a update thing, the free version come on when you get on the net and updates automatically and scans the email etc. but it will advertise but hell its free!
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    Mar 24, 2005, 08:06 AM
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    Hi,
    I am using the 30 day trial version of AVG Professional Single Edition; and so far, it's great.
    I can also NOT have it put advertising in outgoing email from Outlook Express.
    Updating last antivirus definitions is much, much faster than Norton.
    It also has a boot-up option which check all boot files automatically.

    So far, I am impressed.
    It also found a Trojan file (ai.dll) in windows/system, which is an auto downloader.agent.6.ba.
    I was wondering where a Trojan Horse (Backdoor.Agent) was coming from. Norton did not find it! But, AVG did find it on the first scan.
    Very impressed with this simple Antivirus Program (which does not include the Spyware finder, stopper, pop-up killers, firewalls, etc, etc, which I do not want).
    fredg
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    Mar 24, 2005, 01:17 PM
    Yeah, umm sorry to say but the free version does the same, scans first while the computer is booting and updates pretty much every day and isn't a system hog either, just it advertises on outgoing mail which who would care really, it tells other people about it.
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    Mar 24, 2005, 03:54 PM
    When you look at the web page menu for firewalls in AVG, it may come bundled with Kerio Personal Firewall ( KPF)
    The advantage is, if AVG and Kerio "talk" to each other, then there is no clashes of each software.
    Kerio has it's own forum for help and support.
    Both programs are not system hogs either and I have had no problems with the paid versions of both.
    If you do install Kerio Personal Firewall, and you try to log in here or any other web site, it may not let you log in. You need to configure Kerio and it works fine.
    Also, the thing is today with DSL connections, get a reputable firewalled modem and router all in one.
    Many to choose from at www.billion.com ( has it's own support forum to)
    As I wrote the above line, AVG updated it's files and it took less than 30 seconds to download and install.
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    Mar 25, 2005, 06:32 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by traka
    When you look at the web page menu for firewalls in AVG, it may come bundled with Kerio Personal Firewall ( KPF)
    The advantage is, if AVG and Kerio "talk" to each other, then there is no clashes of each software.
    Umm, there should never be a clash between firewall and anti-virus software. The two do very different things. A firewall analyzes requests for access to and from the internet and controls such access. An Anti-virus will search files for suspected viral signatures.
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    #11

    Mar 25, 2005, 07:25 AM
    Advertising
    Hi,
    After only 2 days of using the AVG Professional Trial Single Version, I can assure you there is no Advertising associated with this Antivirus Program.
    The only advertising would be when the option is selected to show others that outgoing email has been checked and is virus free... it then shows the name AVG.
    It also has no "firewall" built in. That was determined by first, nothing running, and second, from Windows Explorer, scanning files, looking at Program Files folder, etc, etc.. . and also checking the Registry, and msconfig startup files.

    I am well satisfied so far.

    fredg
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    Mar 26, 2005, 05:37 PM
    In my opinion, ANY version of AVG is better than any paid anti-virus software from anybody else. People will have their own favorites, I know, but AVG is just my personal favorite for simplicity and effectiveness. I use the free version because it provides the same protection as the paid version... so why would anyone actually pay for it?
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    Mar 27, 2005, 02:18 AM
    Exactly, why pay for a few more features :confused: when the free one is just as good. I've been using it for years and I can't complain
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    Mar 27, 2005, 04:48 AM
    Why Pay?
    Hi,
    Why pay for it?
    The free AVG version attaches it's advertising to every outgoing email from Outlook Express.
    The "buy" Professional Single Version gives the option of not doing that.
    I send personal emails, some on a business level, and don't want advertising stuck to the bottom of those emails.
    That's the only difference I see between the "buy" and free version.
    It's a matter of choice, and for $33 US, it's a great buy for me.
    Have a Happy Easter,
    fredg
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    Mar 27, 2005, 07:45 PM
    It's an ad for its own product as opposed to spyware and popups for anything and everything. No big deal. It's self promotion. A common business practice.
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    #16

    Mar 27, 2005, 10:00 PM
    Yes that and it shows the way for someone else to use it
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    Mar 28, 2005, 01:09 AM
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    My question is what crazy person would pay for a free Anti virus program like AVG, the main differences in the paid version is minimal, and who cares about a little add at the bottom of your email, when you receive you have to scroll to the bottom of the email to even see it and who cares, its just letting your email friends, know you took the time to scan it before sending it.

    You actually paid for a FREE Anti Virus program, tell me your kidding, just to not have that add at the bottom of the emails.

    I use Free AVG and Free Avast and Free Anti Vir, and believe me, no one does or goes as many places on the net as I do and does as much to get noticed by viruses, trojans and spyware/adware, so I need the best, and I use them in those 3 programs, I got rid of Mcafee,Norton and Panda, my old big 3.

    They fell behind the pack, Please tell me you really did not pay for a Free program just because of the ads, :D
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    Mar 28, 2005, 06:31 AM
    Ok, I have to put my 2 cents in here.

    First, maintaining an anti-virus program costs money. To be effective, an anti-virus program has be kept up to date. This requires researchers and programmers to disect new viruses and fine ways to detect and clean them. For that reason alone, it makes sense to pay for an A/V, even a "free" one to make sure they have the funds to stay viable and up to date.

    Second, making your e-mail a billboard for another company is a personal decision. In my personal mail, I don't care that much, but in my business mail I do and would not want that to happen. I can fully understand why someone would be willing to pay so that such ads would not occur.
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    Mar 28, 2005, 07:59 PM
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    Actually on my business email, I would want the persoanl Anti Virus ad, even more, that way, the people I do business, with, would have even more assurance and trust in me, that I use Anti Virus protection, I would think they would like that.

    :)
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    Mar 28, 2005, 08:17 PM
    Well I just got a email from a friend that I got to use the newest avg free version, only thing attached to the email was
    (No virus found in this incoming message.
    Checked by AVG Anti-Virus.) and that's it, and I don't have the avg free version on my comp. I'm using now.

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