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Warning for users of anti-virus programs other than AVG: You must NOT run two anti-virus programs on a computer, they will conflict. When the downloaded AVG file is safely stored in your Downloads folder, uninstall your current anti-virus program. Go to Start --> Control panel-->Add/remove programs. If you already have an older version of AVG there is no need to uninstall it, the new AVG will do this for you automatically. AVG has made it difficult to avoid downloading the paid-for version. To ensure you download the free version follow these steps.

Be very careful on the next screen, click the radio button labelled Basic protection and click Next. Click Next again and select Express Install and click Next. On the next screen un-tick all four boxes and click Next. Wait while AVG is installing. A screen will appear saying Successfully installed. Don’t fill in any of the fields and be sure to un-tick the box labelled ‘I want to improve’… On the next screen click the Restart Now button. The new AVG interface is rather unpleasant being mainly black, but you will be able to see clearly how to update and scan. Always ignore the advertisements at the bottom of the AVG screen.

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AVG 9 freeHow good is AVG free? I was a great fan of AVG free, but it is no longer as thorough as the Avast anti-virus program. When AVG announced in 2015 that it was was going to sell private information to advertisers, I decided to switch to Avast. I object to having my details sold to advertisers which is why I never use Google, Facebook or Twitter


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