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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by JeffM, Jul 4, 2008.

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  1. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    After Grisoft forced an upgrade in May (AVG7 is no longer supported),
    by default, the new version
    **pre-fetches EVERY link on every page users surf to**
    and it reports a bogus User Agent

    NOTE: All these links are to different points on the same page;
    if you drag & drop them onto the original tab/page,
    it will hammer Slashdot less.

    Slashdot says this is causing an extra 6 percent load on them
    and is screwing up their stats.

    Methods have been suggested
    for how site owners can deal with the rogue behavior:
    If you run AVG8, you can disable this garbage "feature":

    For those who require a free AV,
    ClamWin(GPL) & Avast are available--and are less bloated
    (and less clueless and/or evil).

    ....and, of course, if you run a Gecko-based browser
    with NoScript, AdBlock, FlashBlock, etc.
    and use a little common sense, you avoid most of the crap anyway.
  2. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    The updates to AVG7 are still coming through right now (me being the type to upgrade only when I know something's

    Maybe they realised it was an 'anti-update' so prolonger the updatesa fter the announced date ?

    Is it adversely impacting everyday performance ?


  3. IanM

    IanM Guest

  4. Next is to tarpit the buggers - make the poor sap using AVG wait for a
    looooong time along with the nigerians. Or maybe BOFH at some backbone could
    route traffic to/from avg's domain across some wonky modem line.
  5. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Any suggestions for Opera ?

  6. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    I seriously dig Der Ring Des Nibelungen. The James Levine/Metropolitan
    Opera complete cycle has been out on DVD for a while and is a solid
    traditional interpretation. Siegfried Jerusalem, Hildegard Behrens,
    Jessye Norman, James Morris, Matti Salminen. W00T!

    Oh, and the Opera browser is pretty good, too.
  7. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    LOL !

  8. Guest

    I've been running avast.
  9. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    I think that you may have misspelled "Internet Explorer."

    Seriously, though, please continue bashing Opera. If more people start
    using it then it will become a bigger target for the black hat crowd.
  10. IanM

    IanM Guest

    Avast has a boot time scan you can schedule from the menu - a good feature I

  11. Just turn off the feature.
  12. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    AVG seems to have a recurring habit of shooting itself in the foot
    (and screwing their users in the process).
    I would have thought that the word would be out on them.

    ....but I'm not really interested in the *users* of AVG.

    I'm wondering whether WEBMASTERS have looked at their stats
    and whether SITE OWNERS are taking steps
    to deal with AVG's moronic new "feature"
    and the backscatter from their imbecilic default configuration
    (which AVG users are unlikely to know about--much less turn off)
    and the DDoS-like effect that selfish/clueless "feature" produces
    WRT increased bandwidth requirements for web sites.
  13. T

    T Guest

    I had to switch a client to FF3 because IE was just dog slow on his
    system. He was amazed how fast FF3 runs on his system. It's quite
  14. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    Mention has be made of how
    the pre-fetching could endanger an AVG user's freedom:
    If you drag & drop the links onto the same tab/page, that's best.

    Another of Grisoft's bad habits has been mentioned:

    Here's the big A site that focuses on broadband news & information
    ( ) started a campaign against Grisoft,
    recommending that people uninstall AVG and find another AV.

    Grisoft took a powder:
    The brain-dead version has been pulled
    and the "feature" will no longer be included.
  15. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    It uses ~ 60% of your PC's resources is how it works.

    Avoid like the plague.

  16. Guest

    I got tired of playing that game to find the free AVG file. Avast is
    free other than a registration hassle, and that is pretty simple. I
    run it on all my windows boxes. It didn't occur to me to check the CPU
    efficiency, but I did do a google search about two years ago that had
    information on comparing the effectiveness of various antivirus
    software, i.e. how well it found viruses, and periodically check how
    it currently ranks. Avast comes in at different levels over the
    years. Sometimes good, sometimes "standard", which is about as poor
    as they rank.,

    You can check this source out:

    I have one 64 bit box, so pretty much I need to run avast. And the
    price is right. ;-)
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