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My Norton subscription has run out.  Being scared to death about my computer being lost on Ilkley Moor and the worms coming to eat it up, I tried to renew my subscription.  There was no answer from Norton so I took the plunge and, as recommended on here, I have taken out a subscription with AVG.  I paid 34.49 Euros for the almost all singing, all dancing version - I have so much valuable information on here and therefore decided to pay to ensure constant updates and protection.  I'm a coward at heart when it comes to computers !!

One thing that has surprised me is that the office address for AVG is in Nicosia, Cyprus !!  Not a place I'd have associated with high-tech industries.  Furthermore, their help-line seems to be based in the Czech Republic !!

Can you put my worrying mind at rest and tell me I've done the right thing !!!  I'd hate to think everything stored on here is now winging it's way around the night clubs of Aya Nappa or Prague !!!

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 I don't know about the version you have Petermac, but i have been using the free version of AVG for the last two years and i have had no problems at all.

 

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i have avg free as well no probs, only thing is with the free job you need a seperate firewall.

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I've had the free version for 4+ years and have never had any problems; would recommend it to anyone.
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Thanks Guys - I've got version 8.

I've also just installed a Maxtor 500GB external hard drive to back everything up - just in case !! It also includes a recovery system just in case evrything goes belly up.  Really, I'm just a :chicken !!

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the way things are today i would say you have done it right,
i had a few viruses anot so long back took me three days of nonestop
battle to get em out,so belt & braces is no bad thing.

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I used to have norton but it took so long to download anything and it blocked a few bits. Now i have a v g freebie and it has been fine for about 18 months.I think you have done the right thing peter,

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I have had AVG free at home for around 3/4 years, and since the start of this year paid for the top package at work, and to date have never had a problem.

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A few comments:

1. AVG has a great reputation, and I have used free versions of it on many PCs.
2. Norton? I used it for the parish computer network a few years ago and vowed never again. It basically jammed up the systems. (We now use Bit Defender.)
3. I've had a word with that night club owner in Prague and she assures me that your secrets are safe :twisted:

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 Was she one of the 'fallen' women you saved Tim:hmm:hmm

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I have AVAST.  It's brilliant!  sometimes it puts YMR in the Junk Mail folder - what a cheek! but it has a significant firewall and an alarm on every email with a virus, trojan horse; everything.  It won't let you proceed until you have dealt with the intruder. Best oif all, IT'S FREE

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I also use Avast Max and have done for a long time. I like the way it automatically updates itself too.

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Kevr wrote:
 Was she one of the 'fallen' women you saved Tim:hmm:hmm

Er, yes ... or was it the other way round :question

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rector wrote: Kevr wrote:
 Was she one of the 'fallen' women you saved Tim:hmm:hmm

Er, yes ... or was it the other way round :question


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From all your comments, I now have piece of mind.  Thanks :thumbs although I really must pop over to Prague to ask if she remembers Tim !!

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I switched to AVAST after the evil empire (micro$oft) took over AVG. I use Zone Alarm Pro as a firewall.

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I was using Zone Alarm Pro with firewall & anti-virus all in one. It was an aggresive program, even asking if I am allowed to run Excel for the first time. After one specific Windows update, I could not access the Internet so in contacting my ISP which is local here in South Australia, it was discovered that ZoneAlarm was stopping it. Furthers discussions re firewall - well ,the modem has a first class one built in  & Windows XP also has one so that fixed that, I  removed Zone Alarm & all worked well with the Internet.  I asked about anti-virus like the freebies & he hummed & aahhed & suggested that paid versions are better & so I obtained NOD32 - good price & no problems.

Two days after I did this, I received an e-mail from Zone Alarm  reporting the fact that latest updates to Windows may prevent accessing the Internet/e-mails !! & there was a update to Zone Alarm to allow the User to access the Internet.

I thought " how can I access the Internet to get the update to allow me the access the internet?".

So far, using built in Firewalls & NOD32, no problems.

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i have zone alarm security suite,it has been no trouble for ages and very reliable
till m/soft got in on the act, now it is a load of trouble.
makes one think who is stuffing who ???

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I use AVG & zonealarm with no probs.

I put Avast on my mothers new machine earlier this year but it is now saying her time is up and she needs to subscribe??  may switch her to AVG now

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Lawrence.  Avast is free.  Go back in and check, you may have selected the pro model in error.  Cheers. Max

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My 12 year old son is at that age when he every thing is a conspiricy. He is convinced that Norton invent the virus's to generate business!

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John i know some adults who believe that too.

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AVG - a small point. My mate around the corrner found in the last couple of days with the free AVG, that updates were not happening. Neither was Adaware from Lavasoft & Spybot would not even think about starting . Microsoft & Windows Updates also stuffed.

He could access the Internet & get onto any website EXCEPT AVG, Lavasoft for Adaware or Microsoft.  IE indicated that those sites non-existant & even the Diagnose Connection Problems would not even think about firing up yet other non-existant sites  did allow Network connection testing.

Off to the IT shop coz it was beyond me;

Freebies can cause problems & it was the 3rd one that day with AVG problems,., He did say the paid version is OK & it seems that an update to the freebie may have got infected or whatever causing the PC not to recognise the update cycle & caused any other program that does updates to have a hernia.

Left it with them to sort out as it needs IE resets, etc.

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Avg updates are working fine i just checked

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I paid for my version so it all seems to be working.  Occasionally, the auto-update doesn't connect so I update "manually".

The only problem I've had, and I think it must be to do with the fact that my computer is 5 years old and therefore "obsolete", is that,  because it scans literally everything in and out, it can take forever to do anything.

Sometimes, it's so bad that I just turn off and try again later !!!

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Sol i had the same sort of problem as your mate, he will find he has a virus
that will stop all sorts of legitimte sites.
spybot showed me how to deal with mine,took 2 days to do it.

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Owen, Spybot did not even start up - it was frozen. Normal websites was accessible, it was AVG & other such update sites that could not be accessesd. I could even log into YMR OK from his PC

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with you now Sol,still would suspect a nasty though ,i just tried to download some new drivers for my software and i got two trojans, just can`t win these days.

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