AVG 2011 – Turning Off Link Scanner May Work For You – Here’s How FAQ

Unfortunately, AVG 2011 slowed my system, so I uninstalled It. I will be using avast! for now.

There will be no follow-up report.

Back on October 5th, 2010 I wrote an article about the effects that the new version had caused, and the article generated many opinions and suggestions. [See original article here.] First of all, thanks to everyone who has commented and has made suggestions about switching to a different anti-virus program. Yesterday I even uninstalled AVG 9 and took another AV program for a trial spin. I chose to give avast! a try since it has a long record of success, similar to AVG, and Virus Bulletin gives it high marks. But last night I received a comment in which reader Drag stated:

I have been using AVG for years; I’m not ready to jump ship yet.

Well, Drag, neither am I. AVG is like an old trusted friend. I know how it functions and know what to expect. This is not to say that other programs are not as good. But as free programs go, I like AVG the best. Just my two cents.

I am giving AVG 2011 a second chance. I reinstalled the software last night and will use it for several weeks and see how it works for me. I will than do another review of AVG 2011. I went on the AVG site and found how to turn off LinkScanner from AVG’s FAQ section, which I have listed below:

If you wish to uninstall the LinkScanner component from AVG 2011 Free Edition, please proceed as follows:

  • Download the AVG 2011 Free Edition installation package from our website.
  • Run the installation file by double-click.
  • Proceed through the installation wizard and in the Select Setup Type window please select the Add or remove components option.
  • Then proceed through the steps of the wizard to reach the Component Selection window and uncheck the LinkScanner component.
  • Afterwards complete the rest of the steps of the installation wizard. The LinkScanner component will be removed from AVG.

If there is no AVG on your computer yet, then please proceed this way:

  • Download the AVG 2011 Free Edition installation package from our website.
  • Run the installation file by double-click.
  • Proceed through the installation wizard and in the Select Installation Type window please select the Custom installation option.
  • When you reach the Component Selection window, uncheck the LinkScanner component.
  • Finish the installation wizard. AVG will be installed without the LinkScanner component.
  • So far everything appears to be working OK. I have set my calendar for a follow-up report on or about November 3rd, 2010.

    Source – More http://free.avg.com/us-en/faq.num-2962#num-2962#ixzz12tce2BuK

    Virus Bulletin – Vista – Which Virus Programs Passed – Which Failed

    Virus Bulletin is a independent website that is dedicated to featuring analysis of the latest virus threats, but most importantly, they provide evaluations of current anti-spyware and anti-virus software programs. And they test these softwares and provide a grading on their effectiveness, or lack of effectiveness, in catching real live ‘bugs’.

    Note: In order to view any of the results of their testing, you must register which requires name and valid email address which you need to confirm, prior to accessing the site.

    Virus Bulletin has what they call a VB100 Award for those software programs that catch 100% of the ‘bugs’ broken down by Windows operating systems. The February results included Windows Vista and which products passed or failed the testing:

    Some of those that passed were AVG and Avast. Norton made it as well.

    Some of those that failed were McAfee and Microsoft’s own One LiveCare.

    [This is only a partial listing of A/V vendors]

    To view the entire list and see what products passed or failed for any Windows Version take a look here. Remember you need to register first.
    And please note that both AVG and Avast passed all testing. And as I have mentioned in the past, they both offer a Free version. :-)

    [tags]virus bulletin, vista, avg, avast, norton, mcafee, microsoft, [/tags]