Why do you think that AVG will no longer be available for free? They recently released Freeware version 7.5. Freeware version 7.1 will be discontinued January 15, but free version 7.5 will take it's place. I've been running Avast! lately because AVG has no Vista compatible version right now and I'm running Vista RC2. But I still have some family members running AVG.
I think (hope) it's a misunderstanding. I've been on AVG for a long time, and about 2 months ago there was a pop-up message saying that 7.1 will be discontinued in January, and to upgrade to 7.5. The link takes you to a page that shows only 2 paying options. You have to dig around a little and jump through a few hoops before you get to the free download option, but it's there.
AVG does make it very difficult to navigate from their home page to the webpage featuring their free version. But what do you expect?
I'm perfectly happy with AVAST! now, though, and won't go back to AVG even when they get a Vista compatible version. You snooze, you lose (albeit they aren't losing anything from me since I'm a free customer)
A month or so ago a friend called me asking the same thing. What should she do now that AVG wasn't going to be free. I pointed out that 7.5 would still be free. As was mentioned earlier, AVG does make it pretty difficult to sift through all the paying options to finally get to the free option. I've been using 7.5 since it was released with no problems.
it seems their tactic is working, so many people believe that there will be no more free avg anymore. it's just as easy to say "upgrade to 7.5 free", but they choose not to, and it's proven by the dozens of threads about this on computer forums.