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I have been using AVG for a few years with no problems, but lately its Outlook extension creates errors upon downloading email. Any suggestions for a freeware OR payware AV program that has a very small footprint?Thank you kindly for your replies,Noel

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There's a lot of opinion on this matter. Doing a forum search would be a good thing to do. In my opinion, for a small footprint and effectiveness, my choice is NOD32. You can find out more here: http://www.eset.com/

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Though not freeware, NOD32 is the AV of choice on most tech forums. Very small footprint and effective.

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Just you keep on with avg. Dont get the new oe 7. It mess up a lot with antivirus programs.Get firefox with addons and you are running perfect.

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Hasn't AVG gone payware only effective next month?I've been so pleased with two years of free AVG that I just sprung for two years of their payware antivirus and antispyware for 44.95 Canadian $. I too would like to find a freeware program though for my second seldom used computer. The license from AVG is for one computer only so any useful suggstions would be appreciated here as well.

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It has not. Just you download the new version from www.grisoft.com.Its called 7.5. It's free, but the old will be determinated in a few days.

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Thanks kilotango, I was under the impression they were phasing out the freeware product. I think they wanted us to think so anyway.

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I switched from AVG to Avast! over a year ago and haven't looked back since.

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And another vote for Avast.When I was using AVG I had more 'trojans' than I ever had before.

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AVG is great!Also there is another freeware anti-virus:http://www.free-av.com/Without a doubt the payware heavyweights like NOD32, Norton, McAffee, Kapersky etc will offer more than freeware but that said I have been using freeware antivirus & anti malware products for years with no problems at all.And I also highly recommend the freeware AVG Anti-Spyware:http://free.grisoft.com/doc/20/lng/us/tpl/v5After 30 days the Resident Sheild is disable but apart from that the software remains *fully functional* and free, with free updates. Used in conjunction with Spybot, AdAware & Spyware Blaster its very capable.

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This is actually a very good topic - I too have been using AVG for a few years (and have recently downloaded but not yet installed the new 7.5 FREEWARE Ver)But I have an old clunker (still useful) that I need a freeware AV that will still work under 98SE - does such an animal exist? - and how do I disentangle Norton 2002 out of it?

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I have recently found both the older and the newer versions of AVG Free to be about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. I had it installed for years, it did daily updates and scans, and most of the time found nothing, so I thought I was safe.After more research, I found the best does not come free, the best seem to be NOD32 and Kaspersky and they both have small footprints.I recently found this give away by Kaspersky and a free 1 year license, this is not a crippled program like AVG free, its small download and they will send you a 1 year license, this one is sponsored by AOL, but don't worry, you don't have to be a customer of theirs and I don't see any AOL advertising prominence in the final program.This is a free 1 year license for a far better anti virus program than AVG free, it also found 2 Trojans and several problems on my comp AVG free was blissfully unaware of.http://blog.adglobe.net/2006/08/08/free-an...e-virus-shield/

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