Beware of latest version of Free AVG

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Pfsszxt

The latest version does stuff that you probably won't like.
It puts an AVG tool bar on every browser you have abd they're
installed in some manner that even Hijack Pro can't remove them.
(Does a BHO prefis mean something in this regard?)
Also, it has disabled the really nice "Fix Performance" feature.
In it's place, it downloads something names "CleanMyPC".
It's one of many of these things that say something like "found 218
errors on your machine and fixed 10 -- for $27 Ill fix the rest."
 
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Nil

The latest version does stuff that you probably won't like.
It puts an AVG tool bar on every browser you have abd they're
installed in some manner that even Hijack Pro can't remove them.
(Does a BHO prefis mean something in this regard?)
Also, it has disabled the really nice "Fix Performance" feature.
In it's place, it downloads something names "CleanMyPC".
It's one of many of these things that say something like "found 218
errors on your machine and fixed 10 -- for $27 Ill fix the rest."
Did you carefully watch the screens and prompts during installation and
deselect any options you didn't want or need?

Did you attempt to uninstall the unwanted components as described by
AVG?

http://www.avg.com/us-en/faq.num-5200
 
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Ghostrider

The latest version does stuff that you probably won't like.
It puts an AVG tool bar on every browser you have abd they're
installed in some manner that even Hijack Pro can't remove them.
(Does a BHO prefis mean something in this regard?)
Also, it has disabled the really nice "Fix Performance" feature.
In it's place, it downloads something names "CleanMyPC".
It's one of many of these things that say something like "found 218
errors on your machine and fixed 10 -- for $27 Ill fix the rest."
It is always silly for any user to download and let install
any application without first deciding which options to delete.
The AVG toolbar can be omitted by a "custom" install of Free
AVG. Similarly, it is not necessary to initiate the "Fix
Performance" button or activate the Free AVG firewall (if
another is already functioning satisfactorily) or to dowload
and install any of the other options being offered.

If one wants to remove Free AVG when uninstall fails, Grisoft
offers a complete uninstallation application that can be
downloaded from its support site.

GR
 
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The Other Guy

The latest version does stuff that you probably won't like.
I ran AVG for a number of years, until they did something
I didn't like about 3 years ago, then I switched to Avast.

I HAVEN'T looked back.








To reply by email, lose the Ks...
 
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Zaphod Beeblebrox

<snip>

Please do not multipost. If your post is relevant to more than one
newsgroup, crosspost it so that replies can be seen by all.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

<snip>

Please do not multipost. If your post is relevant to more than one
newsgroup, crosspost it so that replies can be seen by all.
+1

Or maybe +10
 
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Zaphod Beeblebrox

On Thu, 5 Sep 2013 16:50:07 -0700, "Gene E. Bloch" <not-
(e-mail address removed)> wrote in article <417flxm60387
$.dlg@stumbler1907.invalid>...
+1

Or maybe +10
Or maybe +1 in each multi-posted group? ;-)
 
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Guest

Gene E. Bloch said:
+1

Or maybe +10
So just how do I acomplish that in Agent? I see no option but to list
the groups?
I've used Agent foer a decade or so.
 
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Monty

So just how do I acomplish that in Agent? I see no option but to list
the groups?
I've used Agent foer a decade or so.
If I wanted help with crossposting, the first option I would try is
the HELP menu. Then I would select the INDEX tab and in the Keyword
panel I would enter CROSSPOST. There you would find Crossposting as
the first item in the list. If you click on this item, what follows
is a very good explanation of crossposting.

If that explanation doesn't meet your needs then I would suggest
heading over to alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent.

The easiest path to this newsgroup is go to TOOLS > Newsgroup
Directory and then do a search for Forte, This will reduce the list
to just a few newsgroups. Select a.u.o.forte-agent and drag it to
which ever desk you want to use (I suggest the same desk as you are
now using).
 
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Gene E. Bloch

So just how do I acomplish that in Agent? I see no option but to list
the groups?
I've used Agent foer a decade or so.
In any newsreader, the idea is to list the two or three destination
groups on the post-to line. I have no idea how you do that in Agent, but
it might be as easy as typing or pasting the group names one after
another with commas separating them. Or maybe semicolons.

My newsreader supplies a trick. I control-click on each newsgroup in a
list and it appears as described above.

Netiquette discourages crossposting to more than a couple or three
groups, and it discourages multi-posting altogether.
 
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Steve Hayes

In any newsreader, the idea is to list the two or three destination
groups on the post-to line. I have no idea how you do that in Agent, but
it might be as easy as typing or pasting the group names one after
another with commas separating them. Or maybe semicolons.
Typing them in, separated with commas, works for me.
 
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Bob Henson

The said:
I ran AVG for a number of years, until they did something
I didn't like about 3 years ago, then I switched to Avast.

I HAVEN'T looked back.
Other readers may need to bear in mind that Avast! does the same thing of
which the OP complained. It now tries to install Google Chrome and the
Google toolbar, I think it was, when you install it, or install an update,
from the last screen with the "finish" button - which most folks do not
read. You need to untick both boxes to get a clean installation. It may be
the price you have to pay when getting a very good program for nothing -
but I still think that the way it is done is a dirty trick.

Like you though, I prefer Avast! - but there is little to choose, and I
only switched because of the concealed "sneakware", shall we call it, in
AVG. I install MSE on other peoples computers because (so far) Microsoft
have not descended so low, and I don't want the folks to be conned when I'm
not there to help.

--
Bob
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England

Bank Manager: A man who lends you his umbrella on a sunny day, and demands
it back as soon as it rains. - Mark Twain
 
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Steve Hayes

Other readers may need to bear in mind that Avast! does the same thing of
which the OP complained. It now tries to install Google Chrome and the
Google toolbar, I think it was, when you install it, or install an update,
from the last screen with the "finish" button - which most folks do not
read. You need to untick both boxes to get a clean installation. It may be
the price you have to pay when getting a very good program for nothing -
but I still think that the way it is done is a dirty trick.
And it means that, even if you don't install it, it takes far longer to
download, because Google Chrome is much bigger than the anivirus program it is
"piggybacking" on.
Like you though, I prefer Avast! - but there is little to choose, and I
only switched because of the concealed "sneakware", shall we call it, in
AVG. I install MSE on other peoples computers because (so far) Microsoft
have not descended so low, and I don't want the folks to be conned when I'm
not there to help.
I switched to MSE for that reason, and because I was getting annying flase
positives.
 
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Mike Tomlinson

Bob Henson said:
Other readers may need to bear in mind that Avast! does the same thing of
which the OP complained.
A warning too about aTube Catcher (a screen/video/media grabber), which
installs the Ask toolbar on ALL installed browsers even if you
explicitly tell it not to by unticking the boxes during the install
process. Very underhand.
 
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Stan Brown

So just how do I acomplish that in Agent? I see no option but to list
the groups?
I've used Agent foer a decade or so.
Perhaps the relevant question is not "how do I?" but "should I?"
People tend to crosspost because it's easy, but very seldom are two
newsgroups equally relevant to a given issue.
 
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Stan Brown

If I wanted help with crossposting, the first option I would try is
the HELP menu. Then I would select the INDEX tab and in the Keyword
panel I would enter CROSSPOST. There you would find Crossposting as
the first item in the list. If you click on this item, what follows
is a very good explanation of crossposting.
Beautifully done!
 
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Stan Brown

Other readers may need to bear in mind that Avast! does the same thing of
which the OP complained. It now tries to install Google Chrome and the
Google toolbar, I think it was, when you install it, or install an update,
from the last screen with the "finish" button - which most folks do not
read. You need to untick both boxes to get a clean installation. It may be
the price you have to pay when getting a very good program for nothing -
but I still think that the way it is done is a dirty trick.
And as we discussed a while back, in at least one of its updates it
did that WITHOUT giving a chance to opt out. I was gobsmacked.

(You might think I was simply inattentive, but I check screens
carefully before clicking Next. Plus, some others had the same
experience.)

I'm still using Avast, but I allow updates of virus definitions, not
of the program.
 
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Stan Brown

I switched to MSE for that reason, and because I was getting annying flase
positives.
I had heard good things here about Microsoft Security Essentials
(MSE), but recent reviews on the Web make it sound pretty mediocre at
actually protecting you from malware.
 
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Bob Henson

Steve said:
And it means that, even if you don't install it, it takes far longer to
download, because Google Chrome is much bigger than the anivirus program it is
"piggybacking" on.
I guess that it triggers a downloader for Chrome rather than contains it -
as I've managed to avoid it so far, I don't know.
I switched to MSE for that reason, and because I was getting annying flase
positives.
I've had a few with Avast!, but I guess that's a result of them being on
the cutting edge, rather than incompetence. There's no doubt that MSE is
not quite as good as the others, but it's probably adequate for most
purposes. I guess that most average folk keep well away from the sort of
site (and programs) where danger lurks, in which case MSE is plenty good
enough. If I get more problems with Avast! it's what I will use anyway.
 
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