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AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
« on: May 05, 2007, 01:21:52 PM »
AVG vs. Avast

There are two major things that keep myself from getting AVG:
System Restore
Boot-time scan

AVG [free] does not have boot-time scanning, or a workaround with System restore.

Avast, however, does.
And it surprises me, you would think that these features would only be for the pro version, but, fortunately, for us, the people down at Avast want happy people.

What benefits are there?
You dont have to loose your System restore data when you find a virus in the System Restore.

When Avast finds a virus in the system restore, it allows you to lock the file, and remove at startup.

If your computer is infected with a virus, and its going too slow to scan (eg: Virus slipped in because you had the scanner disabled) then you can do a boot-time scan, in which it edits your boot.ini (I believe that is the file), and it acts like a DOS scanner that is able to do a quicker scan.

Now I realize that this is a half rant post, but, the truth is there.

And I would hate to start a debate (not really), but, for the sake of all the people who hit the "Google" button for this type of topic, feel free to list other benefits of Avast or AVG.


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Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2007, 06:10:52 PM »
Avast is a fine product.

I personally would not trust a restore point that was infected at all but to each his own.

A boot time scan is a nice feature as well but i'll stick with what i've got.
   
 
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Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2007, 07:47:01 PM »
I've had too much success with AVG for this to sway me.  I will agree that Avast! is a good program, though, and worth having.  It's just a matter of preference, I suppose.
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Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2007, 07:25:30 AM »
C'mon...Zylstra is fishin for an argument.

You could at least accomodate him.

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Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2007, 07:41:11 AM »
I for one don't like Avast.
I found it to be slow at scanning, it slowed down the PC, and was ineffective at cleaning, containing and removing viruses.
You've got your argument now.

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Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2007, 07:59:02 AM »
You could at least accomodate him.
Er...um...Avast is for sissies!

That's right...I went there.
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Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2007, 08:45:45 AM »
 ;D   ;D   ;D   ;D

I know a girl who really likes the little .wav files that play when it's doing what it's supposed to...she says it makes her feel more secure.
   
 
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Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2007, 09:07:06 AM »
Heh, that reminds me of when I was helping my gal's sister disinfect her computer.  She had three different scanners going at once (big no-no) and they each played different sounds and animations, so whenever an infection was found, it was like a little party.
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Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2007, 12:56:11 PM »
I for one don't like Avast.
I found it to be slow at scanning, it slowed down the PC, and was ineffective at cleaning, containing and removing viruses.
You've got your argument now.
I found it more convenient
I like how it has different scan types, so I know that I can run a standard scan just, whenever, but run a though scan while scanning archives at least once a month.

I like its User Interface (ITS PRETTY!) I honestly believe it to be more useful, and easier to use.

As for being innefective at cleaning:
Which version were you using, Calum?
Unfortunately, I dont really get viruses, so I never got to test AVG out on this.

Avast does scan and remove most major adware applications, but I believe their scanner is focused on Viruses, not Adware. (I had a few problems with adware removal with Avast, I admit, but at least I knew it was there, and that lets me know when Windows Defender needs to be run.)


I have been told by quite a few people that Avast runs Faster then AVG.


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Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2007, 01:01:45 PM »
I hated it's UI, but everyone's different.
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Unfortunately, I dont really get viruses
Unfortunately?
If you're feeling left out, I can send you some?
LOL.
I was using version 4.something, it was around a year ago so I'm not too sure.
It was ineffective, I knew I had a virus and it did nothing at all to stop it, just let it go on its merry way.
The "Virus Vault" failed to hold some infected files too.
However, I'm not for AVG either, I use Avira Antivir.

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Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2007, 01:19:54 PM »
I hated it's UI, but everyone's different.
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Unfortunately, I dont really get viruses
Unfortunately?
If you're feeling left out, I can send you some?
LOL.
I was using version 4.something, it was around a year ago so I'm not too sure.
It was ineffective, I knew I had a virus and it did nothing at all to stop it, just let it go on its merry way.
The "Virus Vault" failed to hold some infected files too.
However, I'm not for AVG either, I use Avira Antivir.
Lol, I guess I meant "Fortunately"

Hmm. I am using Version 4... lets test it out on www.eicar.org
http://www.eicar.org/anti_virus_test_file.htm
"Caution, a virus has been detected"
Successfully moved to chest

No problems

Actually, I have one other file in the chest...
Adminx.exe... which said it was a Trogan, but I don't think it really is

I have never heard of Avira


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    Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
    « Reply #11 on: May 06, 2007, 03:11:12 PM »
    I got Avast preloaded and would never have anything else. Protected me so many times.
    I tried that Avira Callum about a few months ago when my laptop was in a bad shape, but it did my head in with the same thing popping up every time I clicked on something. Even when I told it to move it to the vault it kept coming up, so I uninstalled it. It also kept bringing up pop ups to make me by their software, which in my books is spyware. Pretty crappy antivirus if it creates pop-ups.

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    Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
    « Reply #12 on: May 06, 2007, 03:55:40 PM »
    AVG vs. Avast

    There are two major things that keep myself from getting AVG:
    System Restore
    Boot-time scan

    AVG [free] does not have boot-time scanning,
    ...


    ?

    Every time I boot, I see AVG's boot up scan run.


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      Re: AVG vs. Avast -- Two major features to look for
      « Reply #13 on: May 06, 2007, 04:03:08 PM »
      The thing I found that was really annoying with AVG was, I had it on my mom's computer and it's a slow computer and every time you booted it up it would update. So it would take you years to finally get things done. Thats why I use Avast! Can't go wrong with In real-time scanning.

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      « Reply #14 on: May 06, 2007, 04:06:26 PM »
      The thing I found that was really annoying with AVG was, I had it on my mom's computer and it's a slow computer and every time you booted it up it would update. So it would take you years to finally get things done.

      ?

      Just turn off the auto-updating.   Then you have to manually update, whenever you want.


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      Thats why I use Avast! Can't go wrong with In real-time scanning.

      Which AVG does.     :)


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