AVG recommended product upgrade – do you need it?

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I’ve been using and recommending AVG antivirus (free for personal use) since 2004.  It does a great job, uses minimal system resources, and you don’t have to pay for it every year like you would for Norton or McAfee.

AVG logo

The most current version of AVG is version 9.  If you use AVG, and I know many of you do, this is the version that you should have.  You can tell what version you have by opening the AVG interface, and checking in the lower left corner.

On a few computers recently, I have seen a window pop up offering an AVG Recommended Product Upgrade.  It looks like this:

AVG Recommended Product Upgrade

So you have the option of installing it, or clicking Exit and never seeing this offer again.  The message talks about LinkScanner, but the window does not tell you if this upgrade costs anything, or if it is a trial version of something (it is in fact free).

Do you need to install this?  No.  Here’s why:

If you are using the most current version of AVG (or even a version or two back), you won’t even be able to install it.  That’s because this software is already included in your AVG free application.  This is what you will see if you try to install it:

upgrade error

Why it pops up on computers that have AVG 9.0 already installed, I don’t know.  But you can click Exit and not worry about it.

And if you aren’t using AVG 9.0 as your free antivirus program, you can get it here.

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September 11th, 2010

Clicked exit. Thanks for the post.