The AntiVirus Software from AVG is Itself a Virus
Posted by robkraft on November 8, 2014
I’ve been personally trying different anti-virus packages for Windows 8.1 and I must report deep disappointment with the free version of AVG anti-virus. I have two complaints:
- When I apply an upgrade of the software it changes my browser homepage to their own URL. I did not ask it to do this and did not even see any option where I could prevent it. But the default behavior of an upgrade should not be to make changes that I don’t want to my computer. That is the definition of a virus, software that changes my computers in ways I don’t like to benefit the writers of the software.
- The second problem I had was that my settings in the browser telling Internet Explorer 11 what to do when I open a new tab would not stick. Every time I rebooted the computer they changed back to the default settings, a blank tab. It took me a while to track down the cause and the cause was an addin that AVG Antivirus installed in my browser. I don’t mind the addin, but I do mind that it kept changing my IE settings.
I guess it is time to try a different package. Microsoft Essentials does not do anything unexpected and can be trusted, but it also has the reputation as being the poorest at catching viruses.