Solved Is it worth to upgrade AVG anti-virus package, paid version?

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September 25, 2014 at 05:14:46
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 256 RAM
I upgraded from the free version of AVG in 2013 and again in 2014 as the free version no longer included a firewall. I am 3 months away from renewal for 2015,. I received a message from AVG about yet another upgrade, a better version for 2015, renew now. I thought I should ask the techies on Tom's guide first. Does anyone know if this will really be better? Also I am used to the graphics. The advert says it is "clearer" but I might not get on with that.

I need all the help I can get as I still have Win XP, on an old HP Pavilion. I cannot upgrade to Win 8 on this old PC, for example. Therefore I think the anti-virus is important.
I'd be grateful for any comments, please. I cannot afford new equipment (am retired). I do not use the PC for banking, music, games. Thanks.

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#1
September 25, 2014 at 06:29:39
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I have used the paid version of AVG for many years now, and i love it. They improved the GUI from the older versions from late 2013 and have made more and more improvements to it to date. From the many years i have used AVG what i can tell you is that my machine has become less and less infected over the years, it is not solely down to having AVG but it has helped considerably. To answer your question about will it actually be better, well i dont think it will be any worse than what you have right now, however being a beta version there may be bugs that will hinder your user experience, i personaly dont like beta version because they are still in the 'development' phase and will have many bugs. If i were you id wait until your current subsciption expires and then renew online, it only take a few minutes so you dont have to rush and renew now.

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September 25, 2014 at 07:47:18
Thank you. I'll stick with what I have got. However, do I understand that in any case it will be "beta" in 2015? My renewal date is 31st December. I have been a user for several years and am very pleased with the past three paid installations. As I said I swapped because of the firewall issue but in any case I felt I'd had my free turn. Could I ask for the same version as now?
The message said that by renewing now, there would be a financial advantage - though I hadn't got to the price window yet!

I don't know what beta means. I presume that's something that will be geared to new MS stuff.
I am glad I don't have to face those pesky tiles. Many people have had trouble with Win 8, people more knowledgeable than I. What chance would I stand?
I was warned that other providers would withdraw gradually from XP.
You obviously know about AVG. I am sure the company was East European when I started using it, but now it appears to be American.


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#3
September 25, 2014 at 11:34:39
Beta just means it is not the final approved version - kinda experimental.
Sorry if you already knew that and I misunderstood what you said in #2.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
September 25, 2014 at 21:11:44
XP is fine for the older machines. If you were upgrading, you probably could still purchase a machine with Windows 7 on it which would be much easier of a transition for you. There are probably used/restored machines with Windows 7 on them available locally with a decent 90 day warranty and a much better price than a new system.
If you do go with Windows 7 eventually, you can trust the Windows Firewall again rather than use a 3rd party one.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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September 26, 2014 at 07:43:22
Thanks for the enlightenment, Derek.

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September 26, 2014 at 08:26:17
Hi Fingers. It is Win 8 I can't upgrade to on this machine. Thanks for your interest. I neither want nor would use the "new" technology.

Re the Windows firewall I understood from someone else ages ago that it was weak. That's why I took the paid version of AVG. There are other features on the paid version too. I can do the basic clean up of the PC. I will see what happensby December.

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