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by R. F. Mariano

UPDATE: October 2009

Please go to the AVG Site, www.avg.com, we are in the process of setting up and doing a comprehensive review of Version 9 Home & Business.  As we have seen in the past, AVG is the best protection that is available - Version 9 is a step forward in protection and efficiency.  Check back for all the updated information.

 

UPDATE: April 2009

Since the last episode with MS Windows Live OneCare, we've seen many new threats and "alleged" threats come and go. The one threat that remains however, is the threat of having the wrong Security Suite working for you.  While MS announced they were discontinuing Live OneCare, a user can still install the trial version thinking they have the latest definitions and are protected. Unfortunately, they do not have the very latest definitions and are not fully protected.  Avoid that one care noise for all you are worth.  I'll stand behind AVG and emphatically state for all to hear; AVG does the job!

AVG does the job in every way imaginable, security, support, updates and best of all, non-intrusive operation. For example, in the most sensitive resource intensive area, Online Games - AVG runs continually while Red Orchestra, Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Call of Duty:World at War Clients and Servers are running.  No slow downs, no lag and certainly no inconvenience whatsoever. My friends, that alone screams loudly about the quality of the programming put into AVG.  Of course, all the applications we've run with AVG running full time protection have performed flawlessly.  Most notably, Maya and Adobe's resource intensive Photoshop.  Never a problem with AVG.  We've tested all the so-called "Big Guns". Truthfully speaking, they're all an exercise in mediocrity when compared to AVG.   

UPDATE: August 2008

It appears that Live OneCare's newest update patch, version 2.5 has struck as update version 2.0 did. Why am I not surprised. Seems a new or so OneCare surmised, Trojan was found. What does OneCare do??  It jumps up and want to clean the Trojan by deleting the files.. Wunnerful!!  Now comes the very, very sad part.  The files it wants to delete are system files. So once you OK OneCare to "clean" the files they are in fact deleted! Then OneCare in its marvelously intuitive manner states insert your CD so the proper files can be restored.  Brilliant!!  Well, not really... you see, most of the systems out there have service packs installed. As a result the CD is no longer compatible with many systems.  Especially XP systems with Service Pack 3 installed.  The bottom line is a total disaster is inflicted upon those machines affected. I might add, there are thousands. They get a BLACK SCREEN and a WHITE MOUSE POINTER.  That's it!! Nothing more, nothing less ...even in safe mode. The last time it occurred, OneCare was trying to nail nVidia network driver software - this time it was another imaginary culprit called Service Pack whatever.

Unfortunately, those affected, must either CLEAN install, format the C Drive and reinstall Windows or find a software technician to manually restore lsass.exe in two locations. Then do ALL the updates all over again. 

Microsoft should get out of the Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, Anti-Aunty and Anti-User business and concentrate primarily on Operating Systems.  Windows Live OneCare is obviously a disaster just waiting to happen. Again and Again. Live One-Care is a bad joke.

 

May 02, 2008 A review and "Hands on" comparison of the BIG 3 against Grisoft's AVG 8.5 Suite.

Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Spam, Web Shield & Firewall
Comprehensive protection for your computer! AVG ensures your safety while you search or surf the net, download music, documents and pictures, send emails or instant message by scanning documents, files, Web pages and Web links before you open them. AVG Internet Security is a reliable and easy-to-use solution for home and small office users.

There comes a time in every computer user's life when the machine in use is Nailed by some sort of Virus, Worm, Trojan, Malware and/or Spyware. Countless computerists take extraordinary steps to protect themselves from these threats but rarely if ever, pay attention to exactly what's going on.

Most users install their protection software and rely on "blind faith" in hopes the software publisher will ensure timely updates and top notch protection from known and newly discovered threats. Blind faith is NOT the way to go.

For the past year, we've been testing the BIG three on various machines in our offices. The big three being McAfee, Norton and MS Live OneCare. Sure, there are others "out there" but let's face it.. the big three have the lion's share of the market so, most users are involved with them.

Let's look at McAfee first since they're usually force fed to users via their Internet Service Providers (ISP). You would think that the ISPs handing out this software free to their subscribers (subs) would pay attention to more than just the monthly collections. They, like most of their subs leave the Protection up the Software Publisher. In this case McAfee. The BIG question is what do they use for their own machines? McAfee rates a 4 out of a possible 10 due to its lack of adequately protecting all email flow and content.

Norton, another 4 out of a possible 10, is an excellent package but its highly intrusive. By that I mean it gets into "every area known to mankind" on your system. Export your registry before you install Norton and then after you've installed Norton, export it again and check size... All I'll do is ask why? The speed at which Norton checks email is painfully slow. Again why? In some cases, the user is obliged to deal with Norton accessory software to gain fixes. Why? Because, in our opinion, Norton is kludged together. The fun part begins when a normal user tries uninstalling Norton! Have fun.... They have a free program available on their site to do the job since the uninstall routines are grossly inefficient.

Now comes the "Beast" - Windows Live One Care... "The new kid on the block".
Windows Live One Care simply put;
FAILS! It fell off the negative side of the scale. It FAILS miserably.

Gates should only have to deal with this beast. Nightmare one began when they started shooting updates to this thing via auto-update. Initially it was a disaster. Then seemingly, it was fixed. Nightmare two came along with OneCare v2. A large segment of the userbase was totally and completely "fudged". Left UNPROTECTED due to autoupdate software installation errors.

That means the users received the updated software via updates but when it installed OneCare produced copious errors calling for reboots upon reboots. Thus causing hours of user grief trying to retain some semblance of protection. To this very day, there is no "fix" for this joke.  Those systems in which OneCare failed to install are destined to need a "clean" install of the OS and another try. That is a very bad joke. Between using their cleaner software to remove all remaining vestiges of OneCare and then Installing again and again.. It became an adventure in repetitive torture.  Don't believe me?  Go read the OneCare Forums.

UPDATE: August 2008

It appears that Live OneCare's newest update patch, version 2.5 has struck as update version 2.0 did. Why am I not surprised. Seems a new or so OneCare surmised, Trojan was found. What does OneCare do??  It jumps up and want to clean the Trojan by deleting the files.. Wunnerful!!  Now comes the very, very sad part.  The files it wants to delete are system files. So once you OK OneCare to "clean" the files they are in fact deleted! Then OneCare in its marvelously intuitive manner states insert your CD so the proper files can be restored.  Brilliant!!  Well, not really... you see, most of the systems out there have service packs installed. As a result the CD is no longer compatible with many systems.  Especially XP systems with Service Pack 3 installed.  The bottom line is a total disaster is inflicted upon those machines affected. I might add, there are thousands. They get a BLACK SCREEN and a WHITE MOUSE POINTER.  That's it!! Nothing more, nothing less ...even in safe mode. The last time it occurred, OneCare was trying to nail nVidia network driver software - this time it was another imaginary culprit called Service Pack whatever.

Unfortunately, those affected, must CLEAN install, format the C Drive and reinstall Windows. Then do ALL the updates all over again. 

Microsoft should get out of the Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, Anti-Aunty and Anti-User business and concentrate primarily on Operating Systems.  Windows Live OneCare is obviously a disaster just waiting to happen. Again and Again.

 

As a result, the review and testimonial for

AVG's Internet Security Suite.

In a word, get this package. Do not hesitate. 

Classic Prime Example: Once installed on a system that had gone through 6 months of OneCare's "Total Protection", AVG nailed a half dozen pests that had been on the system all along.

There is no better package out there for you. AVG is truly user friendly, and affordable.
I could go on and on about the excellent support, daily updates and efficient scanning. The truth is, I am overjoyed at the reliability, performance and confidence I have knowing AVG is "on the job". Having anything further to say is simply wasting your time. Go to the AVG Website and download your trial copy NOW.  It'll be the best protection decision you can make. Perhaps, in a very long time. You won't be sorry. 

TRUE PROTECTION 100% of the time your machine is up and running.

AVG SOFTWARE
Awarded
STReport's Editor's Choice 2008 - 09



2008 - 2009

 

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AVG Internet Security Software: STReport Editor's Choice 2008 - 09

 

 

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