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Aside from writing, I geek for a living and my computer means a great deal to me. As you might expect, I’m fairly protective of my data and who accesses it. I value my privacy, (yes, charter member of EFF) and I want software that guarantees it.

Virus scans tend to have tentacles in every aspect of your computer and some of them can wreak some real havoc, popping on at inopportune times, erroring or failing to update.

After looking around to find software that would assist me in keeping my personal things personal, I hunted the web to find chat programs and anti virus software that was dependable, professional, easy to use and reliable.

I personally think I’ve found the best of the best.

Having purchased Norton for three years running, I became somewhat unsatisfied when I attempted to renew it after a format, only to find that it would not renew, that when it did my months of updates were no longer there, and that if I wanted to speak to tech support about that, it was nearly impossible to do and was going to cost me significant amounts of money to fix the problem. I liked the antivirus software, and in truth find it very well done, but having

I like open source and I think theres a huge group of people out there who underrate it,thinking that somehow, if its free, its low rent or less than professional.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
ANTI-VIRUS, developed by Grisoft, offers a free version of their excellent antivirus to personal computer users for their home computers.

This is the same award winning software whose corporate version is used by many Internet service providers, by private and public networks and by me, on my networks.

AVG is easily navigated, providing ease of use, easy understanding even if you are new to anti virus sofware, has won not one, but two awars from PC Answers 2007.

“Both AVG Anti-Spyware and AVG Internet Security were given the PC Answers Recommended Award. PC Answers made note of AVG Anti-Spy ware’s removal of all major threats on the infected system, its excellent real-time protection and the program’s clear alert messages.”

While AVG free does not offer technical support, to be honest, it isn’t normally necessary
I have never had an error with my AVG on my personal computer, nor have I ever needed to have tech support because the program is both easy to use and auto updates to keep my virus definitions current every evening.

If you are looking for an antivirus for your PC, and you want the best that is available, pay a visit to the folks at Grisoft/AVG Antivirus. I think you’ll be impressed!


  1. Ella Marie Hills
    September 19, 2008

    I have just switched to AVG, I had McAfee, and the only reason I quit is that they kept trying to bill me early for my subcriptions. When it was due in Sept. they billed me in July. I am very happy with AVG but I have a question. I just scanned my whole computer and it said that they put ten threats in the virus vault. My question is where is the virus vault and how do I delete them out of my system? El

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  2. LT
    August 12, 2010

    I also make my living by working on computers. While AVG ‘was’ one of the best ‘free’ AV/AS programs out there, they have fallen down and as of mid 2010 are no longer my choice of free antivirus. Contrary to what the writer of this post says, you DO get what you pay for and free is nice but usually pretty sub-par to the paid versions of their own software, the ‘free’ version is to entice you to purchase the real thing.

    With all that said, belive it or not, Microsoft’s MS Security Essentials is MUCH better right now than AVG! It catches a suprisingly lot more than AVG. In fact, 3/4 of the machines comming into my shop infected have AVG on them.

    Not only do you need a good AV program, most mistakes people make is to have more than one AV program on their computer. You CAN NOT DO THIS!!! They will conflict with each other and sometimes bring your computer to a crawl or complete stand-still.

    The best malware program I’ve found so far is Malwarebytes. As of mid 2010, it’s been by far the best and removing nasty stuff and getting peoples computers back on the road in just a hour or two…the key to remember is to run the software in safe mode with networking so the virus/malware cant run and disable malwarebytes. Watch the report when it’s finished. If you see any file paths that lead to the restore, turn off restore before you restart the computer to prevent the malware from re-enabling itself.

    Good luck


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