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avast! blog » Can you Trust Free Anti-Virus?

avast! blog » Can you Trust Free Anti-Virus? – Link to blog on Avast site

My comments on the issue concerning free anti-virus software

I always prefer that every computer has a reputable anti-virus software program running on it and, through this blog, I have always recommended AVG or avast free anti-virus solutions for home users and students. I would also consider the paid-for versions of these programs for users that don’t fit the mould provided for the free versions.

From my experience, these programs and their paid-for equivalents from the same suppliers, can do their job without placing too much stress on the computer. This is compared to the likes of the “big majors” (Trend Micro, Symantec, etc) who supply the computers sold in chain stores with trialware anti-virus solutions that can place a dent on the computer’s performance with their dominant graphics.

As well, the free programs and their paid-for equivalents work tightly with the operating system rather than take over the operating system. This is more so with the latest incarnations of Windows because of the designed-in security functionality that these operating systems have like Windows Firewall. Here, you can do most of your configuring through Windows and your default browser rather than through weird panels that take up a large part of the screen. The programs are as regularly updated as the majors and are even updated to include protection from newer infection vectors like instant messaging.

One thing that AVG, avast and the like could do is “offer” a trade-in deal where if a person who is subscribing to a “major” anti-virus solution like Norton or Trend Micro can switch over to the “professional” versions of these free anti-virus solutions for a cheaper price or for free. If the “professional” solution is sold on a subscription basis, they could offer a longer subscription deal like a “2 years for 1 year” package or a “first year is on us” deal.

This could allow the user to save money on their anti-virus solutions without forfeiting the security level that they are benefiting from..

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6 August 2009 - Posted by | Network Security | , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Hello. Thank you for this great info! Keep up the good job!

    Comment by johnny | 7 August 2009 | Reply

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  3. Didn’t understood the last part :s could you explain better please?

    Comment by molamola | 8 August 2009 | Reply

    • I have fixed this problem up – I was putting forward the idea of AVG, avast offering a trade-up option for people who are committed to a subscription to Trend Micro or Symantec to “switch” to the value-for-money option provided by AVG or avast.

      Comment by simonmackay | 8 August 2009 | Reply

  4. I love freewares and i use avg at home.Well you know what,we are technicians who offer free virus repair,free chat support and remote access.give us a visit.

    Comment by curethreat | 19 October 2009 | Reply

  5. Norton AntiVirus 2010 is the fastest, most proactive protection against viruses, Trojans and worms. The 2010 version of Norton AntiVirus offers superior performance, improved protection, and tools to help preserve the performance of your PC.

    Comment by teenoie | 20 October 2009 | Reply


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