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I'm having trouble updating AVG. When it automatically updates it says,"General Error". I have shut off my firewall to update,still didn't work. Any Help I would appreciate it?

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I don't mean to be one of those guys that won't fix your problem... But switch yourself over to Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free, keeps itself updated without yelling at you and my system is running a lot faster since I switched (AVG and Avast are nice, but they are resource hogs).

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I don't mean to be one of those guys that won't fix your problem... But switch yourself over to Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free, keeps itself updated without yelling at you and my system is running a lot faster since I switched (AVG and Avast are nice, but they are resource hogs).

i dropped security essentials for avast lol. i didn't like security essentials at all, it let a lot of things through. avast has done really well for me since i've had it and hasn't slowed my system down. but thats off topic anyway...

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I don't mean to be one of those guys that won't fix your problem... But switch yourself over to Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free, keeps itself updated without yelling at you and my system is running a lot faster since I switched (AVG and Avast are nice, but they are resource hogs).

i dropped security essentials for avast lol. i didn't like security essentials at all, it let a lot of things through. avast has done really well for me since i've had it and hasn't slowed my system down. but thats off topic anyway...

The new avast does seem a little better, but for some reason the old one was killing my memory usage. I haven't had a problem with SE yet, but then again, I also run Malware-bytes every week, have Spybot immunize my system at least 2 times a month and I occasionally scan my PC with Trend Micro's HouseCall and Rootkit Buster.... Paranoid?

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I haven't found a free program yet that comes without some major bugs and problems.

Since last year I'm paying for my protection now....I learned my lesson the hard way.Those free programs are not worth it.Buy the softwares and you'll get much better protection.

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id do the following:

1. reboot (if you havent)

2. try to download the update and run it on your machine (save to desktop and execute from there)

3. google the exact error and look for support

4. install MS updates (including Service Packs)

5. email AVG

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Ever since the new update for Avast I was having problems with it identifying false positives and downloading updates.  I had a similar problem with AVG a few years back.  I have switched to AVIRA (free) and I have not had a problem with it at all.  Just my 2 cents.

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I haven't found a free program yet that comes without some major bugs and problems.

Since last year I'm paying for my protection now....I learned my lesson the hard way.Those free programs are not worth it.Buy the softwares and you'll get much better protection.

X2!

Just about one year ago, I woke up to a near fatal virus on my computer protected by Free AVG.

One brand new computer a week later, and I installed Norton 360.  No virus problems, but several attacks were caught the instant they tried.  Less than $70 protects 3 computers for a year. 

Spending $23 a year on each computer is a whole lot cheaper than a new hard drive, or in my case a whole new machine.

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I haven't found a free program yet that comes without some major bugs and problems.

Since last year I'm paying for my protection now....I learned my lesson the hard way.Those free programs are not worth it.Buy the softwares and you'll get much better protection.

X2!

Just about one year ago, I woke up to a near fatal virus on my computer protected by Free AVG.

One brand new computer a week later, and I installed Norton 360. No virus problems, but several attacks were caught the instant they tried. Less than $70 protects 3 computers for a year.

Spending $23 a year on each computer is a whole lot cheaper than a new hard drive, or in my case a whole new machine.

As long as your computer comes with Windows (so you can reinstall) there is no way a virus can kill your PC or Hard Drive to the point that you need a new one... Just about every anti-virus has it's weaknesses - free or not. These programs are written to detect viruses that are known, people are always writing new viruses faster than anti-virus companies can protect against them (have to know WHAT to stop before you can stop it). There's no 1 program that's going to stop everything. That's why I have so many haha. (just don't let them all run at the same time, they will yell about each other being viruses...).

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I agree with grimlin. I'm running Norton Internet Security and always come back from lunch and find a message saying that tracking cookies have been removed. The security software will scan when the computer has been idle for a period of time.

Nate, I agree that new viruses are being written faster than anti-virus software companies can probably keep up with. I just don't think that a free one would really care to keep up to date than one you've paid for. I paid short money for mine and like Lund Explorer says for $70/year and up to 3 computers, it's short money.

Every morning I run a live update thru Norton and have at least 4 security updates a day being installed. I'll probably run out of hard drive space before I get a virus...LOL

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CommonSense2011 is the best antivirus program you can get, but you can't download or buy it.

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CommonSense2011 is the best antivirus program you can get, but you can't download or buy it.

Not always true... Even 1 of these ads on this site could potentially give you a virus without you knowing it. Not saying it will, since they are pretty on top of these babies, but it could happen on any site.

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I run MalwareBytes, AVG, and Spybot Search and Destroy. Have had no issues ever, EVER! I do the same thing for all my families computer's and only once have they had an issue, the installed NORTON!  Guess what they are all free.  Its not an enterprise solution, but works for most folks good luck.

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I haven't found a free program yet that comes without some major bugs and problems.

Since last year I'm paying for my protection now....I learned my lesson the hard way.Those free programs are not worth it.Buy the softwares and you'll get much better protection.

X2!

Just about one year ago, I woke up to a near fatal virus on my computer protected by Free AVG.

One brand new computer a week later, and I installed Norton 360. No virus problems, but several attacks were caught the instant they tried. Less than $70 protects 3 computers for a year.

Spending $23 a year on each computer is a whole lot cheaper than a new hard drive, or in my case a whole new machine.

As long as your computer comes with Windows (so you can reinstall) there is no way a virus can kill your PC or Hard Drive to the point that you need a new one... Just about every anti-virus has it's weaknesses - free or not. These programs are written to detect viruses that are known, people are always writing new viruses faster than anti-virus companies can protect against them (have to know WHAT to stop before you can stop it). There's no 1 program that's going to stop everything. That's why I have so many haha. (just don't let them all run at the same time, they will yell about each other being viruses...).

The virus I got last year Nate was a type of ransomware (?), or at least that is what my pc guru called it.  It took him several attempts to get that darn bug off my computer, which was a 4-5 year old desktop. 

In my line of work, it is nearly impossible to accomplish anything without my computer, or the programs and data files that reside on it.  Have you ever tried to work on a machine that kept popping up a warning that asked you to download a program to remove the virus every ten minutes?  Well, I can't work that way, and lost time is lost money.

By the time this old machine was fixed, I had purchased the new machine I've got now, and had been working for a week on it.  In my book, that means I made a week's worth of income.

In the last year, I have twice visisted websites that had enough wrong on that page, that Norton closed the screen right down to a one inch square, followed by a warning that an attempt was made to invade my machine. 

The last one happened in November, and happened as I clicked onto a well trusted local news site.  It was rather funny that the following day a client of mine called and said that he had been infected by a virus, and might need help recovering data files from our accounting program.  I think I shocked him when I asked if he had recently tried to visit this same site I had a problem with.

His virus didn't kill off his computer system either, but it did cause problems with those data files.  When I had to charge him for the two hour drive to get him his backup data files, I found one new customer for Norton.

I know that this is a rather long winded reply, but the point is that sometimes the old adage about that ounce of prevention does come true.  To me, Norton has been money well spent.

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Lund here is how I have my system set up to make any virus damage easy to fix:

1. Put 2 Separate Hard Drives in your pc. 1 for windows only and the other partitioned into 2 different volumes (system sees it as 2 drives but it's physically 1). 1 partition stores any programs, the other stores all files and personal data.

2. Install any and all programs, system updates and virus software.

3. Create a system image disk. Windows vista and 7 have this built in or you can use a 3rd party app.

If you get into some serious crap. Re image the computer with the disk. The programs and windows will be back to the way they were before the virus and all your data is safe and on its own partition (make sure it's clean before you start using it again).

Kind of off topic but Ive seen enough disastrous stuff in my day ;)

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the best solution is to use and old pc pc for porn ;)

image the drive and re-image as needed!

only go to trusted sites on your "gaming" computer

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I had the same thing about 2 months ago and it drove me nuts.

1. Go To AVG's website and download the whole 2011 update, do not use the thing that scans your computer and auto downloads what you need, its buggy.

2. Download the removal program from AVG.

3. Reboot and start up again in SAFE MODE.

4. Run the removal program.

5. Reboot using normal start up.

6. Load the AVG 2011.

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Don't try to load the new version while the old version is still loaded on your computer.  They don't play well together.

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Ive never had 1 issue using free products. I am currently using malware bytes and security essentials. And it has been all ive needed. And I use a ton of P2P sites. I would never pay for norton or those other expensive "suites" just to bog my computer down and alert me with a false positive every millisecond.

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My problem was zone alarm and AVG were conflicting. All is well with Essentials, and it took away the sync problems I was having with my I-phone too.

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