[pcductape] Re: Farewell, Free AVG?

  • From: trapper <trapper@xxxxxxx>
  • To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004 10:57:44 -0800

installed it, but you made no mention of its cost?
According to the information below it cost.
I am finding contradictions here..One part says at years end it will be no 
longer available. then it says a version is in the workings and will be 
I have "DL" ver. 7 twice now and can't get it to work..
I gave it all up and switched over to the anti vir one. Dropped IE and went to 
Mozilla, trying to figure out what is the dif between mozilla and firefox..Will 
be dropping the outlook express and going over to Thunderbird for e-mail. The 
pattern here is I am trying to get away from MS as fast and as far as possible, 
but without a lot of hassle.
Doing it slowly and bit by bit..My dream in the end will to make MS a distant 
bad dream.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Huntress 
  To: PC-Ductape Freelists 
  Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2004 9:34 PM
  Subject: [pcductape] Farewell, Free AVG?

  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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