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AVG Anti-Virus: update glitch?


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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Peter McM

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Posted January 29 2009 - 10:12 PM

I run the highly-rated AVG Free Version for my anti-virus software. It seems to do a really good job, but lately the update manager is frequently prompting me to restart my computer, even when no new updates have been downloaded. Can I still count on the updater to do its job?
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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   Bryan X

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Posted January 29 2009 - 11:16 PM

I used to use AVG Free and switched to Avast! free anti-virus. You may want to look into that one. I've not had a single problem with it. I would sometimess have problems with AVG not updating properly.

#3 of 9 OFFLINE   Peter McM

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Posted January 30 2009 - 01:27 AM

Thanks, Bryan. Can I run Avast and AVG simultaneously? I know some anti-virus/spyware programs interfere with each other.
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#4 of 9 OFFLINE   David Norman

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Posted January 30 2009 - 05:12 AM

Highly doubtful, I don't know any AV programs that coexist. Several won't even install if another AV is in place.

I will occasionally uninstall my main AV and run a second (or even 3rd program) a couple times a year just to make sure the computer is clean. I'm currently using ESET on 2 of the main computers (got it for 10/yr) and AVG Free on my wife's laptop. Avast works well, but AVG has such a long history and she's not a Internet Surfer so I figured any good free program would be fine.

Back to the OP, I've never seen any problem with unnecessary reboots.

#5 of 9 OFFLINE   Joe Maiurro

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Posted February 14 2009 - 10:40 AM

I use free edition Avast for my anti-virus and SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition 4.24 for my spyware. Works great together and it's all free. I was using AVG but I was having nothing but problems with it.

#6 of 9 OFFLINE   Joe D

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Posted February 15 2009 - 12:02 AM

Like others here, I switched to Avast.

I could never download any updates from the AVG free server. Unfortunately the free server is the only server that AVG allows you to download updates from.

#7 of 9 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted February 15 2009 - 12:56 AM

I'm surprised to hear that so many people have had problems with AVG. I've been using it for years and years and have only had a problem once: A couple of years ago it kept hanging during update downloads, probably due to a damaged or corrupt file. I uninstalled it and reinstalled it and haven't single issue (with the program itself or with a virus) since. Obviously YMMV, but I thought that folks reading this thread should know that lots of people are very happy using AVG and have not experienced the problems described here.

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#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted February 15 2009 - 02:55 AM

I use AVG, and occasionally get a message that the automatic update has not downloaded due to a busy server. If I do a manual update, though, it almost always works. Otherwise, I've experienced no issues with the program.

#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Eric Samonte

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Posted February 15 2009 - 11:54 PM

Same thing here, have used AVG for several years now. I have it set-up to d/l updates automatically in the background. Unless my internet connect is down, it usually gets the update fine. I have it on all 4 PCs inthe household.