AVG is heavyweight to approximately the same degree as an aircraft carrier's anchor and its default behavior to do a daily virus scan, most likely as part of system startup (i.e. "Please let us make the first 45 minutes you spend on your computer today the worst experience possible."), does not help matters. The branded AVG toolbar is NOT removed by the supposedly all-purpose AVG removal tool and a couple of the other detection/removal programs I use actually treat it as malware.My Mom's new laptop needs some type of AV software. Free is preferred. AVG Free 2015 is on it now. I see it has the bad habit of trying to change the default search provider and home page. Is there a better free option or a good inexpensive pay option for her?
MSE on Windows 7 is not antivirus software, no matter how Microsoft has pitched it. It's anti-malware, and even for that it's not very effective. As a safety measure, I'd liken it to seatbelts on an airplane.Stereodude said:The various free AV solutions continue to get more and more aggressive and annoying. MS Essentials looks better and better.
Not sure to be honest. It didn't seem like a "correct" windows dialog box, so I suspect a browser popup. I'll have to take another look and see if anything got installed or if some goofy process in running. I didn't spend a whole lot of time on it as I had to get to work.Was it a browser pop or true windows dialog box?
Java is not installed. I don't have noscript on her box as it would "break" too many things. Just your anti-malware suggested tools, AB+ with additional subs, etc.Is Java installed on her PC?