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by: MarcelG4mer November 8, 2009 5:37 PM PST

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AVG Free 9.0: Worth It?

by MarcelG4mer - 11/8/09 5:37 PM

Every time I clicked CNET's download button for AVG Free 9.0, after I'd saved the file and tried to open the installer (clicking Run), I'd get a message saying the file was too small for the operation to complete or something along those lines. Now, it's finally worked and taken me to the 9.0 download manager/setup program. However, I have not proceeded with the installation because...

I'm wondering, is it worth downloading at this point?

I've been reading all the horror stories here in the forum, and elsewhere on the Internet, about people experiencing problems with the program, downloads not working, even having their own Internet and other programs blocked/deleted, and having malicious viruses actually get through. Three examples from the review page:

"I loved the previous versisons of AVG as they were not only free but better than all of the other products I'd tried. Something happened with v. 9.0 as all of a sudden I'm having trouble with all of my other programs. I have programs I need (Internet Explorer and others) blocked then disappearing from my computer all together. I've also had more malicious viruses getting through. Now I don't trust anything that goes on on my computer. None of this happened until after I installed AVG 9.0. At least (I think) AVG 9.0 catches them eventually. My experience was so bad that I uninstalled 9.0 and went back to 8.5, which I would wholeheartedly endorse."

"Cons: I dont appreciate AVG disabling windows Defender behind my back and I dont appreciate some extensive CPU usage needed for my XP. I would expect a virus to act this way not AVG
Summary: I happen to right click the AVG icon in the tool bar to open up and show me the current version but too many times I instead get a 100% CPU usage that last more than 5 min without any control on my XP.
What good is that new version supposed to do ?"

"Cons: Blocks Outlook. Kills Windows Explorer. Does weird things to Microsoft Firewall. Locks up your log out.
Summary: In addition to the Pros (none) and Cons (probably more than I found), DO NOT allow the toolbar to load (there's NO way to get rid of it). Be very careful, it wants to hijack your browser. I wonder about this piece of junk being released just after PCWorld did a positive review on 8.5?"

I find this all very worrying, as I'm on a 6 year old Emachines running Windows XP, SP 3, with 1 GB of RAM... So back to my question, is it worth downloading at this point? Or should I be looking towards Avira/Avast to protect myself?

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