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Rest In Peace: AVG 6.0

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Way back on April 4, 2002, I recommended that everyone consider
downloading and installing AVG 6.0 Anti-Virus on their home computers.
This marvelous, totally free software was offered by our good friends in
the Czech Republic with no strings (like adware) attached.  Now, with
great sorrow, I must report that this software is on it's deathbed.
Grisoft has announced that all versions of AVG 6.0 will be abruptly
discontinued on December 31, 2004.  Thereafter, no program updates,
virus database updates, or technical support will be available.

The good news is that Grisoft now offers a replacement version called
"AVG Free", which turns out to be a free version of their AVG 7.0
Anti-Virus product.  You can download it now at  This
version has a much slicker interface than it's predecessor, which had
the look and feel of Windows 3.X.  So far, it appears to be a
significant upgrade, with two glaring exceptions.  

Caution #1:  The product registration is optional and provides limited
benefits such as access to an online user's forum.  However, the
registration has a user's agreement that clearly states that Grisoft can
and will use your personal information for marketing purposes and will
share it with third parties.  In other words, you have to be a real
forum junkie to register!  

Caution #2:  The personal email scanner is pretty tricky.  It initially
left my email client disabled, and I still haven't figured out how to
get it to interact properly with Outlook Express.  The problem might be
exacerbated by my use of POPfile, which runs all email through a proxy,
and POPtray, an always active inbox monitor.  I will figure all of this
out sooner or later.  If one of you beat me, please share your wisdom.  

With those two exceptions, however, AVG Free looks like a winner.


Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas

"College football is NOT important!"

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