Which is the better free anti-virus program?
In my opinion, Avast. I switched to it from AVG a few months back. As soon as it was installed it detected and removed two bits of spyware and a virus that AVG had conveniently overlooked.
Would it not be true though, that AVG probably picked up / picks up some issues that Avast would overlook? No Anti-Virus is perfect, and one will always find something another wont. :) I would disagree with Rookie (hes the brains around these parts) ;) But I'd go with whichever one is easier to work with. I don't know about Avast either, but the AVG Free Edition ends January 15th.
SupaStarAshWould it not be true though, that AVG probably picked up / picks up some issues that Avast would overlook? No Anti-Virus is perfect, and one will always find something another wont. :)
Yep, this is true. That being said, I kinda lost confidence in the AVG real-time scanning engine when I witnessed an AVG 'protected' machine blatantly ignore an embedded trojan horse.
However, the two are pretty much alike in other respects so it's really up to you. Just as long as you stay away from crap like Panda Antivirus (really does live up to it's name) you should be good.
I've used avast! for about a year and a half now, having used AVG for two years before that. avast! picks up viruses before they execute, whereas AVG seems to halt programs mid-execution, which could potentially allow a bit of malicious code to execute before detection. AVG's method of catching viruses in action was needed a few years ago when PCs weren't as fast as today's, but these days avast!'s method of scanning everything before opening doesn't hinder performance.
I've been using Avast! for quite a while, but I'd been thinking of switching to AVG. Based on what I've read here though, I think I'll be sticking with Avast! My only concerns are that it has sometimes come up with false positives, and has the annoying habit of halting a virus scan the second it detects anything. This means that if I start a scan right before going to bed, I might wake up the next morning only to find it made it about a 1/5 of the way through a scan.
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I use avast! and love it. It's saved my ass a couple times by finding viruses as soon as they attempt to install themselves.
That is its nicest feature actually. I almost downloaded an infected file once by accident, and Avast! immediately detected it and prevented the download. I could have bypassed that and downloaded it anyway, but I chose not to because I trust Avast! enough not to risk it.
Avast! is by far the best anti-virus i've used. I had AVG awhile back, then i decided to give Avast a go, and sure enough, i had a virus that was never found before. I've used Avast ever since. I also think it has a much nicer (not to mention skinable) interface.
You should probably use both, but personally i like avast better. I actually despise AVG, but i use it anyway for the added protection.