6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Good Program, Nice New Features,
This review is from: AVG Anti-Virus 8.0 ,1 Years Subscription (PC) (CD-ROM)(It should be 3 Stars not 4)
I can't understand where the other reviewer got 4mb of RAM used for this program I just upgraded from AVG 7.5 Pro Edition to AVG 8.0. The program has a few new features over 7.5 it now comes with a Anti Root kit, Anti Spyware, Web Shield & Link Scanner.
Now if you can run all them including the Anti Virus scanner, e-mail scanner, resident shield & update manager on 4mb RAM then the programmers are good. My current system which is a AMD 64 X2 3800+, 2GB DDR RAM shows in Windows Task Manager that AVG 8 is in total using around 45mb RAM (6 services running) this is after using IE7 and Outlook 6. The memory usage may start off low upon start-up (no way would it be 4mb to start with) into my Win XP Pro SP2 but using these 2 programs bumps it up to around 45mb-50mb due to the features kicking in.
Because there is a lot more to start-up than AV 7.5 I noticed it took a a little longer to get to the desktop on my machine. My HDD is defragged everytime I install something or transfer a big file like DVD etc on to it because of this is looses 1 star but onto the pros & cons.
The extra features:
Anti Rootkit Scanner:
After the fiasco of Sony illegally installing rootkits in there CD's to prevent copying and it causing serious issues with owners PC's and also getting sued for breech of privacy. Anti Virus companies now have Anti Rootkit scanners AVG 8 now comes with 1 inbuilt it's updated long with the Anti Virus I believe so it's a good extra to have.
Spyware has been on the grow for quite some years it's used for hackers (actually crackers) to try and use it to get private information off your PC this program also blocks Adware and Malicious code. I use it along with Spybot S&D 1.5 and Spyware Blaster 4.0 both are free programs that are excellent to use together against such threats.
This new feature blocks websites and check links with popular search engines to see which websites are harmful. AVG 8 also can install a security bar to work inside your IE browser to manage potential websites that are a threat during installation you can install or not the security bar if you wish I didn't. If you search with google you'll see a small icon spining (culd be slow could be fast depending on connection) it shows a green tick for safe red for a threat site this is that feature working.
This little program scans network traffic along your Ethernet/modem connection for signs of threats and stops dangerous connections if they should try to attempt to hack your connection.
Like Norton and McAfee AVG Anti-Virus 8 is using a lot of memory 45mb is starting country for a security suite in my eyes I'd hate to see what the AVG Internet Security 8 software uses with the firewall and other features if there are any. The interface has been improved over 7.5 it's easy to use now use but there are no options to disable certain programs in case it conflicts with others. Say for example IF the Anti Spyware conflicts with Spyware Blaster & Spybot you cant turn it off and would have to remove the other 2 luckily it doesn't but there's always 1 other program someone's using that might.
These little knacks are nothing to worry about if you have a good amount of memory installed 2GB with Win XP and you're at the sweet spot. The new features are welcome and give that little extra protection if your AVG 7.5 is running out on its license then upgrade. If using the Free Edition of 7.5 wait for the 8.0 free edition that will be out soon.