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AnnMarieG Report 26 Nov 2020 08:39

Has anyone got the free AVG anti virus for their computor.
Ive got this and they keep popping up things that say I am at risk of this and that if I dont subscribe.
Anyone else get this with them please.


RolloTheRed Report 26 Nov 2020 09:31

The free version of AVG goes in for pay now pop ups but by ignoring them you are not at risk. If you are running Windows 10 built in Microsoft protection is fine, 3rd party apps such as AVG Norton not required.


AnnMarieG Report 26 Nov 2020 10:44

RolloTheRed, Thanks but are you saying that I dont need other virus protection as my new computor is windows 10.


Bobtanian Report 26 Nov 2020 11:08

I think that we have been brainwashed into a MUST HAVE extra protection, over the years, and its difficult letting our third party virus protection go.....I have to admit that I fall into that category.... my old toshiba satellite pro is like walking through treacle at times....having paid for AVG, I just dont know how to uninstall it!!


AnnMarieG Report 26 Nov 2020 11:16

Bobtanian, I am a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to anything technical. I pride myself that at 74 I can do a lot of things on my computor but am always worried about viruses and hackers etc. It wasnt explained to me that windows 10 had its own virus protection if that is so.

Dosnt take much to confuse me lol.


RolloTheRed Report 26 Nov 2020 11:45



AnnMarieG Report 26 Nov 2020 12:23

Thank you RolloTheRed. Much appreciated.


RolloTheRed Report 26 Nov 2020 12:23

to de-install AVG
Locate it in the Start Menu
Right click on AVG
select de-install


Florence61 Report 27 Nov 2020 22:16

Well i have windows 10 and I have the free AVG. It doesnt do any harm having extra protection and its free.

Florence in the hebrides


RolloTheRed Report 28 Nov 2020 12:47

Well Florence read this link
and see what you think then.

have a nie day


nameslessone Report 28 Nov 2020 13:26

You probably need to read to the Very end to the Update to see what Rollo is getting at.


Ron2 Report 28 Nov 2020 20:03

Oh dear Florence, AVG is a very dodgy outfit. Also as I understand things after many years using a PC,having 2 AV providers is dodgy - they will be in conflict with each other. I pay for AV protection with Trend but my Windows AV is not in use. However I think I'd ditch Trend in January 21


Ron2 Report 28 Nov 2020 20:05

Now then Rollo am I correct in thinking Win 10 AV will protect me wotever browser I use. Main one is Chrome t'other on odd occasion is Edge


Florence61 Report 28 Nov 2020 21:53

Thanks for the info. i have read the article. i have in the past had Macafee, and Norton 360 which actually slowed my PC down. But these you have to pay for!
I did try to uninstall AVG awhile ago and it wouldnt let me have access so i cant even delete the program!.

Florence in the hebrides


nameslessone Report 29 Nov 2020 09:51

You need to go to th AVG website and download their delete program. The the Windows defender should fire up again or a message will pop up telling you how to switch it back on.


RolloTheRed Report 29 Nov 2020 10:46

Everybody running Winodws 10 has Edge installed because it is part of the operating system itself. Of course that still leaves you free to choose another default browser ... but Edge is built on a Chromium core! The only wholly indie Windows 10 browser is Firefox.

Due to the fact that Microsoft are no longer primarily a company selling software but far more a services company flogging their lucrative Azure cloud products they need a reliable Windows client not BSODs. Accordingly driver management and AV have both been stepped up by leaps and bounds.

The impact of all this is that the business model of the AV crowd is crumbling. Owners of old hardware such as scanners, gaming graphics cards webcams and penpads are finding their devices no longer work unless the OEM has issued new drivers. Some have eg ATi some haven't eg Wacom. Some of the "dead" drivers spring into life when 3rd party AV is removed.

Windows prior to 8.x/10 had come to resemble a software version of Gormenghast with infinite hidden and unsuspected legacy items all set to blow up the OS or serve as a wormhole for hackers and ne're do wells. New leadership has seen the axe fall on much of this in the form of the universal Windows updates. It has resulted in a far better, leaner, faster OS. Those who dislike change may not be pleased at the changes coming during 2021. The pre release versions are easy to get from the MS website (free) if you wish to have an early preview.


Ron2 Report 29 Nov 2020 19:07

Ta Rollo. I'll not renew my Trend AV in January (if I'm still on the planet) Hoping to make it to my 80th twixt Xmas and New Year but body is knackered, cancer is terminal and now have probs with heart, BP and very high blood sugars and kidney down to 38% usage.


nameslessone Report 30 Nov 2020 10:22

Ron2 - we are all likely to be ‘off the planet’ in the New Year ;-)

However, keep strong and I wish you all the best.


RolloTheRed Report 30 Nov 2020 11:37

What can I say what can I do?
I like your occasional posts Ron, stay strong as you can.


Ron2 Report 15 Dec 2020 18:23

Just to follow up on wot Rollo has said about Win 10 and it's AV protection here's latest - well worth a read. I've started using "Edge" as my browser in lieu of Chrome and finding it all ok so far.