Software and Tools

avg_anti_virus_logo For those who wonder what some of us geeks might use for Virus protection, I use AVG Antivirus. Why? It's not because they have a free option. (free for personal use)

It's because it doesn't slow down my computer.

I've found that Norton and McAfee, even though they are the industry leaders, are resource hogs. They are good products, but they seem to get deep into your system and slow things down. Things might change with the new Windows Vista versions, but we'll have to wait in see.

In the meantime, I enjoy my slick, quick AVG Anti-Virus protection.

Even though there is a free version (which you have to search their website for on the bottom of their products page), I bought it for my business PCs. (it's only free for personal use).

Half the price of competitors

It's half the price on Norton and McAfee's products. Well, it's the same price, but you get two years instead of one year. For a business, just that point alone is probably worth it. For home users that were paying for Norton each and every year, now with possibly more than one computer, your savings start to show also.

Free vs. Pro version

The main difference is Personal Home versus Business use. But also, I've noticed the difference in the number of updates. The free version, which I have on a couple of old home computers, updates once a day. The Pro version updates often. It keeps checking with AVG to see if there is a new update available, and grabs it immediately.

Is the frequent update important? Well, if you are online all day, checking emails and surfing the web, then Yes. Because viruses are being released constantly, and it takes a little bit of time before there is protection for each new one.

Example: You use the free version. You see the morning update (if the server is not too busy). You do your emailing and web browsing through out the day. A new virus sprouts up around noon. One you are not protected against. AVG starts working on adding it to their updates. Maybe 2 hours later, the Professional versions get the new update and are protected.

If you happen upon that virus, either in your email, or on a website (they can automatically install themselves when you just visit an infected site), you can become infected.

The Professional version offers the best protection.

This is from the AVG website:

What you get with AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

  • Easy to install and use
  • Real-time antivirus protection of files and e-mails
  • Maximum security — recent certifications include VB100%, ICSA, and West Coast Labs Checkmark
  • Regular and automatic database and program updates
  • Windows and Linux
  • And most of all ... great customer satisfaction!

What you do not get

  • Protection against spyware and identity-theft
  • Protection against spam
  • Protection against hackers
  • 24x7 Technical Support
  • High-speed updates
  • Multiple languages
  • Detailed settings
  • Consent for commercial use

I'd recommend the Pro version , just for the extra protection. (of course, I'm online constantly).

avg_anti_virus_logo But, if you want the free version, here's a direct link to it. AVG Anti-Virus Free Version
Note, there is a difference between the 'Free' version, and the Trial version.