AVG 8 sucks, I need a new antivirus program

I started using Grisoft's AVG a couple weeks ago, and it was great. But version 8 is out now, and it is slooooow. I don't mean when it does scans that I initiate (I haven't done any yet anyway), but ever since I got it my computer freezes for a couple seconds every 5 minutes or so, it's really annoying. Also, there's ads on the "control center" screen. And if I disable the stupid linkscanner thingy (it doesn't work in Opera anyway), it shows a big exclmation mark on the system tray icon. Oh, and it takes about 5 seconds for the control center to come up from the system tray. AVG is slowing my whole system down. It may perform better on a more powerful machine, but I'm not going to upgrade just for an antivirus program. So I guess I need a new antivirus program, AVG is just too bloated now. NOT AVAST. I've used Avast before, and I hated it for a variety of reasons.

Posted by Aeshir 10 years ago


Anti-virus

I bought a copy of PC Format today, here is their view on anti-virus software:"There is an argument against using any antivirus software at all."But, Avast! with it's exclamation mark is not that well ratedAVG comes out pretty goodThat's the free stuffPay-for-it, they rate Avira Premium Software Suite (above McAfee Total protection 2009, F-Secure Internet security 2009 and Norton Antivirus Gaming Ed 2009)See also http://www.av-comparatives.org/

Posted by lemonie 9 years ago


instant start virus alert programme

I have recently had 2 newsletters from instructables where upon opening an instructable of interest I get a virus warning and the device seems to start searching my C drive. The warning is nothing to do with AVG and upon running a scan nothing is found. I am alarmed by such things getting into my computer without my permission, what is going on? I have AVG, a firewall and windows defender all updated daily. Why does instructables allow this sort of intrusion? dougoutcanoe

Posted by dougoutcanoe 8 years ago


https://www.instructables.com/id/Several-Easy-Steps-to-Secure-Your-Computer/step1/Priority-Updates/

https://www.instructables.com/id/Several-Easy-Steps-to-Secure-Your-Computer/step1/Priority-Updates/ i was on the page above when i clicked "next":      my anti-virus program kicked in, AVG, and warning pop-ups about harmful site virus, etc came up like popcorn!

Posted by outreach 8 years ago


airsoft shower/shotgun/grenade launcher

Ok what do you guys think its a airsoft bb shower at 20-30 psi it 20 bbs goes around 200fps and100feet (rough estimations) can you rate it 1-10 if its a decent avg ill make a instructables (you probibly know how to make one but the shells are kinda hard)

Posted by gotja 11 years ago


Games now laggy but shouldent be.=

So most of my games have been laggy for a week now and they werent before. I did a virus scan, malware, almost everything I could find. Call of duty black ops was running fine then it went and stayed below 10 FPS, CoD Black Ops 2 lags and it didn't it stayed below 40. This is a fairly new computer, it is an Alien ware with a Core I5, Nvidia geforece 650M, 6GB ram. I could run these games on fair settings then it just got unplay able. I dont have avg, and I run these games from steam. Thanks

Posted by rockyjroller 5 years ago


ntoskml.exe is being contacted by a remote computer?

Hello boys and girls. I got a problem, my anti virus (norton) says that ntoskml.exe is being contacted by a remote computer, and it has an ip address. The IP address is the address of my router Also this only happens when Im receiving windows updates or if im using live messenger. As far as I know, my computer and wii are the only two things on my network. (i checked it) Does anyone know how to fix this, i searched my computer and i cant find a ntoskml, even went to the directory where it was located. I also have the opportunity to install AVG antivirus but will having two antiviruses conflict with each other, (too many cooks in the kitchen)

Posted by thematthatter 9 years ago


Need some help with hookin up my solar setup

Hi i hope someone can help me with this im not totally new to electronics but some things still kind of not sure about, that being said i bought three 4.5V/90mA (mine avg 3.2V in direct sun) solar cells and a http://www.bgmicro.com/SS1203A.aspx and i know how to hook it, up but what im wondering is if i bought 3 more of the 4.5V/90mA cells could i hook 2 sets of 3 cells kind of of like this --[ + - ]--[ + - ]--[ + - ]-- --[ + - ]--[ + - ]--[ + - ]-- and tie each set together and hook them in the controller am i right in thinking that the volts would not’t go up but the amps would, and also if anyone could give me an example on the math how i would figure out the mA of the cells all hooked up this way if it would work. the math parts the biggest prob i have with all the electronics ( should have paid more attention in school lol ) Thank you in advance for any help William

Posted by World of warcraft junkie 7 years ago


clicking on links in email from instructables causes timeouts and lockups

I love getting the email from Instructables showing new things I can build. Unfortunately clicking on the links from within the email sends my computer into a tizzy. My computer locks up. If I wait long enough, part of the page shows up and then it blanks out completely and tells me the page couldn't be found. Ocassionally another website shows up instead!!? Perhaps it's because my connection is slow, though I don't have this problem with other links in my email. And I don't have this problem if I go to Instructables directly. Still, I try everytime I get your email. Most of the time, I have to go directly to instructables.com and search for the topic on the email. Most of the time I find it within several minutes (it takes longer if there are more than one that match my search) I don't have this problem with links in my usual email. Just from Instructables. I've run several anti virus scanners - AVG and Norton - they both show I'm clean. Is anyone else having this problem? Or is it just me? Thanks, Joan

Posted by jroco 9 years ago


gmjhowe - Apple Fanboy

Well, I made a purchase this sunday just gone.I have bought one of the original Macintoshes from 1984, the model I bought was the Macintosh 512k, called the 'Fat Mac' due to its upgraded ram from 128k to 512k. It was the second model of Macintosh released.The Specs are as follows, Processor Speed: 8 MHzSystem Bus Speed: 8 MHzROM Size: 64kData Path: 16-bitStandard RAM: 512kBuilt-in Display: 9" Monochrome - 512 x 384 1-bitAvg. Weight: 16.5 lbs.Introduction Date: September 10, 1984So, now the question is, what do I do with this? The spec makes it useless as a machine, and I have no OS disk.So far, I have three options, Gut the inside of the mac, and install a new mini-itx system, and make it into a Hackintosh.Gut the insides. Try and fix the free ps3 thats heading my way, install linux on ps3, install inside of macGut the insides, and use it as the shell for a 'companion' tower for my iMac, housing back up drives, USB devices, and my small USB powere 7" mimo screen.Let me know what you think, or suggest new ideas!- gmjhowe

Posted by gmjhowe 9 years ago


solar panel cooler party fun guidance on circuitry..

I am making a "party cooler" i want to add a fm radio and aux port and a usb charge station for atleast 3 devices one multi color time changing led and a removable flashlight white led for the inside (nothting fancy), i have 4 6x6 solar cells rated at .5v 3.5w 6.89a i also want to have the battery bank be able to be plugged in to the wall. i am having problems determining the type of battery to use in the bank (rechargable) i also want it to work for atleast 5 hours(not including device charging), (avg kegger/bonfire/beach fun). if anyone knows what i can add to this thing that would be helpfull. i was thinking of AA batts or possibly a few cell phone batts but if their is a better way. the speakers are 3w each running 5v i havent ben able to determine the fm reciever as of now. or a 3.0 usb charger do the volts and amps have to be specificly 4.7v 5a? or does the +- 25% still apply. if any one has any references to help with simple pcb or freeform wiring are most portable speakers/radios rated 5v? (was in a car accident, lost alot of brain buzz.. be nice (used to build beam bots :P) i would like to try to pick up the basics if anyone has any good refrences. circuit/ electric theory. 38 can cooler bigger rubber wheels will be putting the batt bank on the side under the handle.

Posted by CD_tatro 5 years ago


Custom built Mac PC for sale or trade -- SOLD

I AM OPEN TO OFFERS. This is a unique, one of a kind PC built inside of a macintosh Powermac 7200. It features: -Intel D945GTP Desktop LGA775 motherboard -Intel Pentium D 3.2GHz dual core processor -1GB of DDR2 ram -200GB SATA hard drive -CD/RW drive -Built in ethernet The computer needs a little work on the rear ports and power button, but it works flawlessly. It has the ability to control the speed of the CPU fan and the power supply fan via Speedfan Software. It has AVG 2011 installed It runs Windows XP with a genuine Powermac 7200 start up tone. It has 4 on-board USB ports and the ability to add 4 more. It runs rather cool and can makes little noise from the fans and the hard drive. This unique Mac is a must have for PC and Macintosh enthusiasts alike. I am looking to get $80 for it but I am open to any reasonable offers, i will also trade this computer for a netbook, it does not have to have a functional screen, the main electronics just have to work, the top half can be broken, and it needs a working battery and charger. There is no monitor, mouse or keyboard, just the computer. I will ship it free of charge anywhere within reason. **NOTICE** The computer has been sold locally, i may be able to build another with a different case design by request if anyone wants one.

Posted by zack247 7 years ago


A fix; Error 500 & inability to download pages fully

For some time I have had issues fully downloading pages from this site. Firefox seems to hang when just a little of a page is left to download, and I have had the same on sites that use the animated Flash spinning wheel. I found the following two fixes. Just over a week ago, Firefox asked to update to 3.5.6 which I allowed. Today looking for fixes, I tried Firefox >help>Check for updates, and got a error message saying not posible as Update XML file malformed (200). Therefore I downloaded Firefox and installed it over the top of my existing Firefox, in order to retain my settings. I also changed settings in Firefox >tools>options>content and clicked on Fonts & Colours Advanced, there under Character Encoding, I changed Default Character Encoding to Unicode (UTF 8) and I made sure that "allow pages to chose their own fonts instead of my selections above" remained ticked as always. (for me) My reasons for the #2 fix, was that I have been monitoring fault reports for code coming off Instructables for the last 2 days, and the code was showing lots of failures with defining the display properites of each Instructables' page I downloaded. My MS Outlook broke about the same time Firefox asked to update, as mentioned in #2 above, and I had been useing a work around, while thinking about what to do, after Outlook's Detect and Fix  failed to help. After doing #1 & 2 above, I find Outlook has fixed itself. Sometime ago, I had lots of trouble, becuase a friend was sending postings to a Yahoo News Group, from Unbuntu/Evolution (An app like Outlook but Open Source) The group moderator had to manually release from the sin-bin each posting by my friend. At that time, I was the only person replying via the newsgroup to my friend, and Yahoo's robot moaned to my ISP that I was sending out spam/virus. I have good relations with a senior team leader with my ISP and he got on the phone to me. And gave me a date of when it happened. I went into the headers of my emails out that day, and found the trouble was my replies to my friend via the newsgroup was encoded in UTF-7. I preview all incoming email on the WWW in Mailwasher, I had already been telling my friend his emails were mucking up my Mailwasher. I checked out UTF-7 on Wikipedia and found the email standards authorities strongly advised against its use. Having some UTF-7 encoded emails on my computer, caused my whole system, to slow down, or lock up for minutes at a time, AND I was having trouble with Instruibles page downloading then too. Yahoo I discovered, saw UTF-7 encoded email as spam/viruses because its filters could not read UTF-7 very well, so stuck them into the sin bin, for the human moderator to check over. AND UTF-7 encoded email on my PC could not easily be checked by AVG, so AVG was locking up my system while trying to scan these emails. I had to purge all the UTF-7 email off my PC before things went back to normal. Normally, that newsgroup postings are archived on my PC for 6 months before deletion. My reason for discussing UTF-7 is to show what incorrect formats and coding can do to a PC, and why I chose UTF-8 for #2 above, the option i had there was something beginning with Western... I would appreciate hearing if the above has helped anybody, otherwise I will never be sure if it was not just plain luck. Peter

Posted by Lateral Thinker 8 years ago