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Get More From AVG Anti-Virus 8

August 12th, 2008
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Contributed by Terry Kirby

We talked about customizing AVG back in February.  But now you should be using the new AVG Free 8 and the instructions change a bit.  Here’s an update for you.

Turn off those annoying signatures in your email by AVG:
– Double click the AVG icon located on your taskbar near your clock
– Select the “Tools” drop-down menu at the top of the box
– Select “Advanced Settings”
– Select “Email Scanner” (halfway down the list on the left)
– Uncheck the “Certify email” box at the top of the screen
– Click “OK”

Set the time AVG will scan your computer:
– Double click the AVG icon located on your taskbar near your clock
– Select “Computer Scanner” on the list to the left
– Click once on “Scheduled scan” located in the center of the screen so it is highlighted
– Click on the “Edit scan schedule” button at the bottom of the box
(It’s best to choose a time when you are normally away from your PC for at least an hour.)

AVG Linkscanner shows the green star for links to indicate safety prior to loading.  These can be annoying.  Although not the safest idea, here’s how to disable them:
– Open Internet Explorer
– Click on the “Tools” drop-down menu at the top of your browser
– Select “Manage Add-ons”
– Select “AVG Safe Search” in the list
– Click “Disable” towards the bottom of the box
– Click “OK”

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Have you ever second guessed your antivirus software? Have you been concerned that spyware may be on your computer? We run utilities that protect us, but sometimes things still get through.

There is an online scanner available for free. You have to manually run it, but if you ever need a second opinion or you suspect problems with performance, give Trend Micro a try. It will give you a summary when done, and then resolve most issues right then!

http://housecall.trendmicro.com

Click the “Scan now. It’s Free” red link. Sometimes you then have to click “Start Scan” (DO NOT click “Get it FREE now”).

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New AVG Free 8.0

May 8th, 2008
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Windows Only

The popular free choice for virus protection, AVG, announced a new version recently:  (http://www.grisoft.com/us.93836). I just tested it out myself and it seems like a great upgrade.

Version 8 includes new features and a new, easier to use interface. It’s supposed to be faster, but its performance is questioned by some. I personally didn’t experience any additional delays after installing 8.0.  It includes anti-spyware built in, which is great for XP users.

Version 8 also includes “Link Scanner”, which I didn’t like at all. It checks each link as you browse the web. That’s too slow for me. In the options, you can disable this (I did).

AVG Free 8 can be downloaded from: http://tinyurl.com/4or34z  Or, if we routinely maintain your computer, we’ll probably upgrade you on our next visit.

!! IMPORTANT !!
The current version, 7.5 will NO LONGER receive updates after December 31, 2008.  You must upgrade before then.  This is a FREE upgrade, contrary to how AVG is presented when you visit their site. 😉

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