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#1 infiltrator

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:55 PM


The latest version of AVG's security suite includes some useful features and is highly configurable. However, look out for hidden upsells.

Computerworld - AVG Internet Security 2011, which shipped on Tuesday, offers the full complement of tools you'd expect in an all-in-one security suite, packaged in a simple-to-use interface and offering integration with popularbrowsers and Outlook. But the software is marred by annoying attempts to upsell you to other products, and a scanning engine that may slow down your system.

AVG is aimed at those looking for a do-it-all piece of software, offering antivirus and antispyware tools, a rootkit detector and killer, a firewall, a link scanner, an online shield, an e-mail scanner, identity protection, a spam killer and more. A one-year subscription for a single computer sells for $55, a two-year subscription costs $82 -- and there are also discounts for up to 10 computers.

It uses a "just-the-facts-ma'am" main interface for accessing all of those modules, in which a single screen displays a black-and-white icon for each. Each active module has a green check next to it, so you know it's turned on and working properly. Most of the time, however, you won't see the main interface, because the modules do their work in the background. You'll only need to access it to change a setting.



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But although the interface itself is straightforward, the software uses wording that may confuse you. To turn off a module, for example, you right-click its icon and choose "Ignore the state of this component." Similarly, when you delve into the software's advanced settings, you'll find yourself occasionally scratching your head. What does it mean to "certify" incoming and outgoing mail, for example, and how does that differ from merely checking incoming and outgoing e-mail for viruses and other threats? Neither the program nor its help file offers any guidance.


On the plus side, however, those who like to configure their own securitysettings will find a wealth of options to tweak, all available from a single, straightforward advanced settings screen.


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The modules in AVG work in much the same way as modules in similar suites. The firewall, for example, comes preconfigured to allow well-known applications such as browsers and e-mail software to gain access to the Internet. When you use software that AVG doesn't already know is safe, a notification pops up asking whether you want to allow the application to access the Internet and, if so, whether to allow it just this one time or permanently. You can also tell the firewall whether to allow the application to access the Internet on every network you use (home, work, Wi-Fi hot spots and so on) or only on networks known to be safe -- an especially useful feature.


Similarly, when the antivirus module comes across what it perceives as threats, it notifies you and moves the offending software to a vault, where the software is disabled. You can leave the software in the vault, or else delete it or restore it if you decide the software is safe.


I found AVG's initial scan to be painfully slow, taking more than three hours. During the time the scan was being performed, it also slowed down my system and the operation of other applications. In later scans, I set the priority of the scan to be low, but even then it affected system performance.


E-mail attachment checking and antispam functions integrate into e-mail applications, including Outlook and any application that uses POP3, IMAP or SMTP. I tried it with Outlook and didn't find the antispam feature any more or less effective than the one already built into Outlook, although it did seem to err very slightly on the side of identifying too many legitimate messages as spam.


The software's System Tools module, which shows you all of your currently running processes, network connections, browser extensions and software that runs on start-up, is somewhat useful. But the module is bare-bones and offers no help. For example, it shows the names of files that run on start-up but doesn't explain what they do, or whether they can be safely removed from start-up.


Beware of upsells


AVG's link scanner installs as a toolbar into the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers and reports whether the page you're currently visiting is safe. But the toolbar also has a Yahoo search box and link to Yahoo Weather, which has nothing to do with keeping you secure and everything to do with whatever business relationship AVG has forged with Yahoo. In fact, during the installation process, your default search provider will be changed to Yahoo unless you uncheck the box that does that.


Installing unnecessary Yahoo features is annoying enough, but even worse is the way in which AVG tries to sell you other services, in what almost feels at times like a bait-and-switch scheme. For example, the main AVG screen shows a PC Analyzer module. Click the icon and it will check your Registry, check your hard disk to see if it is defragmented, check for broken shortcuts and see whether you have "junk files" that can be deleted to free up hard disk space. However, when you tell it to fix the problems, you are sent to a Web page that offers a download that will do the fix for a single time -- the next time you use it, you'll have to pay an annual fee of $29.99.


I also found the results of the PC Analyzer somewhat suspect, and wondered whether it overstated the severity of the problems that existed on my system. It reported that I had 677 Registry errors, even though RegistryBooster 2010reported 25 Registry errors, Lavasoft Registry Tuner reported 21 Registry errors and CCleaner reported eight Registry errors.


Bottom line


AVG Internet Security 2011 offers all the modules you would expect in a comprehensive protection suite, but its annoying habit of trying to sell you additional services, and its tendency to slow your system down during antivirus scans, make this software less useful than it otherwise would be.


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#2 Juza

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 05:48 AM

Are you a AVG seller?
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#3 infiltrator

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 12:12 AM

Are you a AVG seller?


No I am not a seller and seriously don't like AVG. I just felt like posting it up to the community to see what it had to offer, there may be someone interested in using, who knows.

I also found some features very compelling and AVG just seemed to have them copied from Avast. I love Avast would never give it up to any low grade antivirus.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 07:58 AM


Are you a AVG seller?


No I am not a seller and seriously don't like AVG. I just felt like posting it up to the community to see what it had to offer, there may be someone interested in using, who knows.

I also found some features very compelling and AVG just seemed to have them copied from Avast. I love Avast would never give it up to any low grade antivirus.

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There is no antivirus software that can't be bypassed, but they are a basic protection for windows users.
However there is one that i love it witch is Komodo highly configurable and can make your machine bullet-proof.

I recommend :lol:.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 07:56 PM



Are you a AVG seller?


No I am not a seller and seriously don't like AVG. I just felt like posting it up to the community to see what it had to offer, there may be someone interested in using, who knows.

I also found some features very compelling and AVG just seemed to have them copied from Avast. I love Avast would never give it up to any low grade antivirus.

Regards,
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There is no antivirus software that can't be bypassed, but they are a basic protection for windows users.
However there is one that i love it witch is Komodo highly configurable and can make your machine bullet-proof.

I recommend :lol:.

Regards.


Yes in deed Comodo makes very good products and one of them is the Freeware personal firewall. I have used it in the past and found it really effective in fighting against certain attacks. And now they have integrated HPS (Host Instrusion Prevention) which is a must to have on a personal computer. And if you can combine Avast and Comodo Firewall toguether, then you are pretty much safe, to a certain extend of course.

At one stage before, I was even considering in setting up a firewall box with Comodo Firewall and Avast along side fighting against attacks.





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