Windows 10: Inappropriate behavior of AVG Antivirus

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  1.    02 May 2017 #1

    Inappropriate behavior of AVG Antivirus

    Hello Forum,
    I would like to share with you about AVG antivirus which is installed on my pc.
    When I turn on my pc, first thing is to update the virus definitions in avg, make some scan, then start doing whatever.
    Last week while reading something in the internet, suddenly a popup notice telling me that my antivirus is off, and also windows defender is off, first thing I pulled out the line plug. Then I clicked on the avg icon to turn it on but did not get any respond, avg interface did not even open. Had to reconnect to the net for some help, which said to open in the control panel where list of installed programs, right-click on avg, click change/repair, in moments I got a new unfamiliar avg interface, it said avg was repaired and to reboot the computer, which I did. After reboot, the new avg interface (whole new version) came up and started scanning the whole computer - nothing was found.
    Now I started slowly to learn this new thing which has many settings, and what is more annoying its recomandation to install the avg pc-tuneup which I got rid-off more then two years ago.
    Checked the security of my pc in the control panel, everything is ok.
    When all this started, I did not download anything, had not in mind to update avg to a new version (althogh its free), I was happy with what I have.
    I keep thinking that avg downloaded some new installation file not knowingly and installed itself not asking me.
    After this post I will send to avg a complaint about this issue.

    PS, for some moments I was afraid that a virus attacked the only one computer I have, and had in mind to restore the computer from the last backup I made a day before.
    And another ps, I have the off-line installation file of the 'gone' avg antivirus. The new version has no off-line installation file.
    Well, I just wanted to share with you this story, and will gladly have your oppinion about.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    02 May 2017 #2

    Motim said: View Post
    Well, I just wanted to share with you this story, and will gladly have your oppinion about.
    Remove AVG antivirus. But that's just my opinion.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3. Wiley Coyote's Avatar
    Posts : 859
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.319)
       02 May 2017 #3

    What little I know about all this leads me to second NavyLCDR's recommendation.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    02 May 2017 #4

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Remove AVG antivirus. But that's just my opinion.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    03 May 2017 #5

    Hello and thanks for your answers. You all sugest to remove AVG (and it is free), its simple to remove it, avg has a removal tool, but when I remove it - I do not have any antivirus replacement, therefore will not be able to use the internet.
    Can you sugest any other (free) antivirus I can download and install ?
    Answers will be appreciated.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    03 May 2017 #6

    You have w10 built-in Windows Defender. It should kick-in after uninstalling any third-party antivirus program.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 3,334
    10.6 Home 1809 x64
       03 May 2017 #7

    Every AV in the world does the same, it is a normal behaviour to auto-update itself.
    Usually you can setup in options, if you want to the program core to update itself.
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  8. dencal's Avatar
    Posts : 2,806
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       03 May 2017 #8

    If you want a freebie Bitdefender Free is to be recommended, no addons, no nag nag, you will hardly know its there and it uses the same AV engine as its highly rated paid for version.

    Other than that the vastly improved Defender is worth considering, many members recommend it.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  9.    03 May 2017 #9

    +1 for Windows 10 built-in defender. That and little common sense and I don't have any viruses on my dozen computers on my network for years.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    03 May 2017 #10

    After AVG began to be unbearable and wants me to click on additional (unwanted) tools, I decided to use my recent week before backup and restored the computer. For moments I was happy but then AVG stroke again with its ugly interface saing that I am not protected and to go online complete the installation.
    As your advise I downloaded the free Bitdefender in two versions - the offline installer and the online installer - which is better ?
    Now to get rid of AVG, have some questions first (have to be offline untill some protection is present):
    1. Uninstall AVG from the control panel or with CCleaner ? or..
    2. There is also an AVG removal tool. (Have it downloaded too)
    3. After removal, shell I remove any traces of this program from the registry (if any).
    The Bitdefender installation files (both) are downloaded already, and I am wayting for your answers to go on.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

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