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26 November 2009 @ 01:01 pm
AVG: that's not an antivirus, that's a virus  
If you are using AVG, it's probably bugging you to upgrade to 9.0. Don't, I beg you. At least if you have XP. I did so, and it apparently 9.0 thinks it would be a good idea to scan every interaction with the hard disk, reducing the machine to effective unusability. And since there is no way to shut down AVG apart from removing it, I spent a day and a half doing that. That's how slow the machine was. It didn't help that I had to run the removal program THREE TIMES to remove all the bits.

Stay awaaaaay from AVG antivirus -- even if you have something other than XP, any company that QAs their product this badly is going to be a bomb in your computer at some point.
Ne invoces expellere non possiskijikun on November 26th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
*hugs avast*
Lauratavella on November 26th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of moving to Avast as a replacement.
Shooting You with My Smilebox_in_the_box on November 26th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Well, shit.

I have the free edition of AVG, just as a backup, but I've been ignoring its requests to go to 9.0, because that would require me to pay, and I already have McAfee as my paid antivirus.
Lauratavella on November 26th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
There is a free version of 9.0 -- they just aren't linking it from the upgrade page you get, you have to go to the AVG Free page in downloads instead.

But I would strongly advise staying away from them all, unless you want to share my pain of the last couple of days.
Neaneadods on November 27th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Ditto. I've got Spybot too, but so far AVG is behaving for me.
Kentkent on November 26th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
I switched from AVG a while ago to Microsoft Security Essentials (on XP) and it runs beautifully. I haven't had any problems so far, and it never bugs me for updates or slows down my PC. Of course, I might be overrun by bots, malware, and virii without knowing it.
Lauratavella on November 26th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm, might check that out. They have a version for XP, so presumably they will not blow up my computer.
saphira112: Yuu - Boredsaphira112 on November 26th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the warning. I have AVG and Vista, but I don't dare upgrade it. Ugh.
Capncaptain_boots on November 27th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
That's incredibly awful! AVG has done 'ok' with me in the past. I've only ever taken the free version. For me it's always had to work in hand with other software, though.

My turning point came when I bought this current computer. It came with ESET NOD32 on it. This thing runs quietly in the background, even updating itself without interfering with my playing video games. (multi-core CPU though) It's even done something no other software I've run has ever managed. It UTTERLY blocked a few trojan attacks before they even got a single file onto my system. Usually those things get the uploader onto my system, and they then detect the primary programs firing up. That's not a lot of help. I've been quite happy with it. I'm highly tempted to remove the free AVG since I doubt it's doing much anymore anyway.

Edited at 2009-11-27 05:41 am (UTC)
Lauratavella on November 27th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
I wasn't too thrilled with AVG recently, as weekly scans were starting to take a whole day, but the exploding my computer...yeah, I'd remove AVG if I were you.
Titaniasummer_queen on November 27th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Ugh ugh ugh. I second the recommendation for Avast. I've been very happy with it so far.
Lauratavella on November 28th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
I'm currently checking out the Msoft one Kent mentioned, but I plan to try Avast if it doesn't work out.
Titania: Tide Chibikosummer_queen on December 3rd, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Avast just had a very similar glitch with today's update. Just uninstalled it and installed MS Defender myself. UGH.
Lauratavella on December 3rd, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Bleah! Yeah, the free MS product has at least not been hurting my computer, and the scans are quiet and in the background.