[pcductape] Farewell, Free AVG?

  • From: "Huntress" <sanneumann@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "PC-Ductape Freelists" <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004 00:34:28 -0500

From the Langa list:

2) Farewell, Free AVG?

  Hello Fred, It is with much regret that I heard that as of the end
  of this year, AVG 6 will no longer be offering free virus
  definition updates to its users. Indeed in order to get these
  updates users will have to upgrade to AVG 7 which is, of course,
  [not freeware].
  Whilst one is surfing the web one can fall prey to loads of nasties
  lurking out there such as viruses, trojans, spyware, adware and
  with regards to e-mail, spam.
  There is however and excellent free anti virus program out there
  namely Avast Home Edition and it can be downloaded from
  <ahref="http://www.avast.com/"http://www.avast.com/ and I hope that
  you cam pass this information on to your readers in a future
  newsletter. Regards, Trevor Davies

While it's true that the current free version of AVG will no longer be
updated or supported, there is a replacement in the works. Until it
ships, we won't know what it does or how good it is, but there will at
least be some kind of alternative available:

  New Generation of AVG Free Edition to Replace Current 6.0 Free
  Edition: GRISOFT is pleased to announce that the next generation of
  AVG Free will be available soon!... AVG Anti-Virus 6.0 FREE Edition
  will be discontinued on December 31, 2004, and virus database and
  program updates for this edition will no longer be
  available...[more info:
  http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/5443/lng/us/tpl/v5 ]

But there are other free antivirus tools available too, including Avast,
as mentioned. Also, the free "Microsoft Partner Pack" includes a copy of
Computer Associates' "eTrust 2005" with a one-year free subscription to
updates. You can download a copy at
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4390.html or http://langa.com/u/6q.htm
or direct from Microsoft at
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/partnerpack/ (although the official
Microsoft downloads are actually more cumbersome than the third-party
sites.) You can also order the "Partner Pack" on CD
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/partnerpack/cd.aspx ; the CD is free,
but you have to pay shipping. eTrust isn't generally regarded as a top
choice among AV tools, but still, it's a cheap way to get a year's worth
of at least basic antivirus protection.  8-) 

Lots more free antivirus tools and info:

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