is avg free spyware

is avg free spyware? soimeone said it collects data, and if it is, then what about the pro version: spyware too?
davenseopenAsked:
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JoeWeb Application DeveloperCommented:
I would recommend Avast over AVG. I do not see why they would integrate spyware into their software.

http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html (free gor home use)

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llafnwodCommented:
davenseopen,

AVG is not Spyware, People spread rumors like these online to try to destroy other companys with their own products. If you think it is spyware try this, get a spyware, an antivirus and what not. Download Avg but do not install it, then scan your PC with your antivirus/spyware, Once you finish this install AVG and run the scans again. Which will wield no spyware or anything of the sort.

I also agree with Joe, Avast! is much better.

Good luck.
Yves AccadNetwork Security EngineerCommented:
I have been using avg free for 3 yrs now and love it. It has proven very reliable in protecting my machines against viruses.
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Lyndy333Commented:
AVG is not spyware, I also have used it for years...but one would wonder why the CPU is maxed out until avg processes have been turned off in task manager. Hmmmm.
llafnwodCommented:
Maybe because it is scanning all the incoming files? hmm.......
SunBowCommented:
AVG is not spware --- ditto any and all above who said that.
Rich RumbleSecurity SamuraiCommented:
It's not spyware, but you can also all but eliminate your need for Anti-Spyware and AV by using best practices. M$ is doing this in Vista.. finally, and more admin's and professionals should remember the Principal of Least Privilege. Certain folks at M$ do... http://blogs.msdn.com/aaron_margosis/archive/2006/06/02/614226.aspx

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1826269,00.asp and http://www.matasano.com/log/332/matasano-interviews-ie-lead-pm-christopher-vaughan/
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/online/logoff_admin_account.mspx
http://richrumble.blogspot.com/2006/08/anti-admin-vs-anti-virus.html

eWeek's article on this "secret weapon" http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1891447,00.asp aka LUP
http://nonadmin.editme.com/WhyNonAdmin http://nonadmin.editme.com/

It's a lot of links, but that's the plain and simple truth, over and over. People say this app is better than that app, or that app slows down your pc, and try this one it worked for us... But overall, they do not hold a candle to LUP. I finally got our company to switch 3000+ users to LUP, and cut the help-desk ticket load by 90%. Not only that, I get congradulations from people still, but I shouldn't, we should of been doing this since NT/2000 came out, I even advocated it then.

-rich
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Agree with all above that AVG is NOT spyware.  I, also, have been using it for a number of years and only have great things to say about it.

Any machine I work on gets an install of AVG (with owner's permission of course) and all other AV goes away.

I also use SpyBot and AdAware to clean up spyware.

AVG catches things that McAfed and Norton don't and it uses MUCH less system resources.
rpggamergirlCommented:
I shouldn't think so.
Anyway I'm using Avast(shifted from Norton) and would recommend it, lol and it has the same scanning engine as Kaspersky, :)

Former Ewido is also now called AVG Anti-spyware.

davenseopenAuthor Commented:
thanks all, how do i split points? :)
llafnwodCommented:
there is a split points button on the right hand side at the top of the post comment area.
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