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AVG Antivirus and Windows XP Home

March 11, 2012 at 17:48:13
Specs: Vista Ultimate, SP2, 3.0Ghz/2Ghz
Recently, while trying to install AVG Antivirus 2012 on a friends computer, I received a message saying that this version of Windows (Home) is not supported by AVG. Is this true? I looked system requirements up on AVG's site and all it mentions is XP; it doesn't go into the different versions of XP. On another site, I saw where XP 64 and server editions are not supported, but it also didn't mention Home edition. My friend has an EMachines T2862 with 512 MB of memory. I'm thinking I might install AdAware if AVG can't be installed; at least it protects from viruses and spyware.

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March 11, 2012 at 18:02:37
I might install AdAware
OMG...stuck in the stone ages..LOL...Why not just install Avast Free which IMHO is one of the best free AV's out there

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions 7 Golds

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March 11, 2012 at 19:10:55
AVG should install on XP Home so I don't know what went wrong. I have seen problems in installing programs on particular computers (not just AV's), which I can only put down to a conflict with the software mix already existing. I regard AVG as a bit bloated so that might have some bearing on your problem too.

If AVG it is causing issues then there is a lot of sense in going to another AV. As Avast is considered by many to be a better bet than AVG then I would endorse the advice already given. You will have to re-register the free version of Avast annually but that is quite easy to do.

I understand that AdAware do now offer a proper Anti-Virus, unlike their old product, but it is fairly recent. As they are (presumably) still in a learning curve then what I've said still stands. Better to run with what the forum members know is satisfactory.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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March 12, 2012 at 04:57:04
Microsoft Security Essentials

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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March 12, 2012 at 06:54:54
Thanks folks! I hadn't heard of Avast Free. I'll check it out.

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March 12, 2012 at 19:09:27
Did you know AVAST Free requirement is XP SP2. My friend has XP SP1! I had an issue installing SP2; it wouldn't run at all. I think now it may be because Windows firewall was enabled. Going to try again with the firewall disabled.

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March 12, 2012 at 19:47:30
Your friend should have SP3 installed on Windowsxp already? Is it a legal version of Windowsxp? Or is it a illegal copy?
The firewall is setup to allow Microsoft updates, so I do not recommend connecting to the internet with it switched off. Or you will end up with problems!

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