I wonder how many AVG users have been tempted to abandon AVG for this very reason and give Zonealarms new package a try.Thanks again Alan for saving me a lot of time and trouble.
If everything is good, AVG should find the "New Update File". The file will be unpacked and the AVG updater window should kick off like before. When done, it will give a report that it was done successfully.
This is why I like to save my update files directly to the desktop. You have now manually updated AVG version 7 to to the latest virus signature files! This works (for now) on both XP and Vista system running AVG 7.5 Free.
When we last stepped into the theatre with our popcorn and refreshing soda-fountain beverage in hand, it appeared quite clearly that AVG Free would and/or would not stop the automatic updating component of the AVG Free 7.5 builds after June 25th. So, thanks to several kind requests in the comments of a GSD AVG post from “Grateful Granny” I’m sharing a method to manually download and install your AVG 7.5 DAT file signatures into your Windows system if you are running AVG Free 7.5.
Customers using the AVG “Paid” versions of 7.5 would continue to get updated through the end of December. This might be useful information to know if AVG does eventually decide to turn off the automatic update spigots for AVG Free 7.5 users, but continues to publish them for it’s paid version customers.
I have been using this program for years now and havent seen anything bad about it, except dat sometimes updates dont want to download, but its easy to use it than other anti-viruses which are way more complicated to use and to find updates, I recommend AVG to every person with a PC @ home or schools too.
While it might be fine for most users, letting your antivirus package update itself every few minutes isn’t great if you have a very small limit on your internet connection or it’s not very fast and constant updates are eating up your bandwidth, such as when using a mobile dongle on your laptop for example.
It’s also true that if you disable the updates or have computers that are constantly offline and not connected to the internet for long periods or at all, the virus definitions will get badly outdated in no time and your computer becomes more vulnerable.
Also, the situation could be that you can’t get on the internet during or after a malware attack to update the antivirus signatures.
I had figured out that Zonealarm was the culprit but couldnt see any instances in the program control section of AVG installer being blocked.
This problem occurred nearly 2 weeks ago for me, which does seem to rather coincide with Zonealarms launch of their Free Antivirus and Firewall - coincidence I think not.