AVG 9.0 is a free antivirus download. I have been using and recommending AVG for years, and it continues to perform well without using a lot of system resources and slowing down the computer. Earlier this month, version 9.0 was released. It is still free for personal use, and the company is claiming some more advantages with this new version:
– 50% faster speed
– improved performance
– easier to use
I did not conduct any formal speed testing, but it seems to be at least as fast as it ever was. One big improvement is that you can choose what files AVG scans. For example, if you have a folder full of pictures and the contents of that folder never changes, why should AVG scan it every day for a virus? This feature will greatly reduce the time it takes to scan your computer for viruses.
I know many of you are already using the AVG free antivirus download. Here are the steps to follow in order to upgrade to the new version 9.0 (you can click on any image to see it full size):
1. Go to http://free.avg.com and click the “Get it now” button on the free side:
2. You will see a 3-column chart comparing the free version with the 2 paid versions. Click “Download” under the free version column:
If you are using Firefox, you will be prompted to save the free antivirus download file. Click Save, and the installation file will be saved to your desktop. Then you can double-click to run it. If you are using Explorer, just click to Run the installation file.
5. Now you are about to run the AVG setup program. When you see the screen below, choose your language if it’s other than English, and click Next.
11. This next one is a little tricky. I have to say I am a little disappointed with AVG in the way they set this up. Apparently they have made a deal with Yahoo, and Yahoo will pay them a few bucks for every user that installs AVG and makes Yahoo their default search engine. So they set up the checkboxes to trick you into doing that.
There are two checkboxes in this window. One is to install the AVG toolbar, and the other is to make Yahoo your default search engine. You want both of these UNchecked, but if you uncheck the top one first, the bottom one is ghosted and cannot be unchecked. So uncheck the bottom one first, then the other one:
12. The next window will list the programs that you currently have running that need to be closed in order for the installation to continue. You can go and close these one by one yourself if you want, or you can just click Next and AVG will close them for you. Of course, be sure you have saved any open files before doing that.
13. Now AVG will continue the installation process. Not much for you to do during this time.
14. When that installation is complete, you will see the window below. You will have the option of checking the box to provide anonymous information to AVG to help them gather information about potential viruses. This takes up virtually no resources on your computer and it helps them, so I usually check this box (after all, they are providing you with a free antivirus download). Click Finish.
17. This next step is optional, but I definitely set mine up this way. If you don’t do this step, AVG will check every incoming email and put a note at the bottom of each one that states that AVG certifies that that email is free of any virus. If you do this step, AVG will still check every email, but it just won’t tag every one of them with that note on the bottom. Since I don’t care to see that certification, I do the following to remove it.
Click Tools – Advanced Settings.
In the “Email Scanner” category, UNcheck the box that says “Certify email” under the “incoming” side. I also uncheck the box to check or certify outgoing email, but that’s up to you if you want to do that.
Remember – just having an antivirus program is not enough. You need antispyware software as well. They are equally important in order to avoid headaches down the road.
In this week’s video, a Food Makeup Artist shows us how a hamburger is made to look so juicy and delicious for an advertisement – even though they never turn out that beautiful in real life: