AVG 8 Free Edition – Try A Different Download Site?

The problems for those who are installing AVG 8 continue for some users, yet not for others. After checking on AVG’s Free Forum, I found some interesting facts that MAY, just MAY, help those who are having issues with the new freebie from AVG. I have also provided some additional links to other AVG resources:
First was this entry I found on the free forum concerning download sites. I noted this morning that beside the AVG site, others are also offering the download. Which made me think. How many people that are having issues are downloading a possible corrupted installation?

Download from a different location [www.grisoft.cz] and try installing with that…

Other hints were to clean up the registry and defrag the system:

First let’s start by cleaning up all temporary files and check for registry issues. I prefer a util called CCleaner found at [www.ccleaner.com] which does an even better job than the Windows Disk Cleanup and it also can check for registry issues. When checking for registry issues, run it about 3-4 times until it lists no other issues.

Check your hard drive for file/system errors by running chkdsk. Open My Computer and right click on Local Disk C: selecting Properties, click the Tools tab and in the Error Checking area click the “Check now” button and select both options. It will tell you that it can’t test the drive right now and it will ask if you want to schedule it for the next system startup… select Yes. Restart your computer so that it can check the drive. This test will take some time to run and at times may appear stalled but just let it run.

Follow up all of that with a full Defrag to ensure the best performance you can of the system. 

CCleaner is a freebie. Also you could use use Auslogics defragger, another freebie from here.I believe it does a better job than the built in defrag program that comes with Windows.

Oh yes, there are issues with AVG 8 and Windows 2000 SP4 that should be addressed in a follow up release.

Last but not least. Uninstall 7.5 before installing version 8. I know. Version 8 will uninstall 7.5, but some people are having issues with this.

The real last. If you have another anti-virus or spyware program on your system, remove it before installing AVG.

Free forum is here.

AVG 8 FAQ section is here.

AVG 8 user manual is here.

Comments welcome.

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  • leftystrat

    I prefer AVG to Symantec on the Windows platform. I recently updated the one in my Windows VM to 8, then noticed it wouldn’t update, no matter what I did.

    So I uninstalled, reinstalled 7, waited a while, then tried 8 again. In two installations, updating is working fine and performance hasn’t suffered.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi leftystrat,
    Thanks for sharing your experience. It does seem that some have had to do the same thing as yourself. But once installed V8 works just fine.

    I installed it today on a Win XP w/ SP3 system and it worked right away.

    Regards, Ron

  • Denny

    Hi Ron…

    I have Downloaded a New Installer From AVG’s Server
    It is an Option You have on there Site..

    Put it on 3 Clients ‘Puters No Problems so Far
    I Have it on my . XP .and my . . VISTA
    for Over a Month . Everthing . MOE–BET-TA
    —————- :-) —————-

  • Merna


    Thank you for your numerous recent articles about AVG 7.5 and 8.0 (free and paid). For in-depth reports and comments your readers might like to try the following links. I found the two April ones in early May when researching for two discussion groups and just rechecked them for additional readers’ comments before posting here.

    On the recheck I found there had been an earlier one in March (when the writer was a beta tester) and there has been a fourth one since. I would suggest reading all of them before trying anything as the later articles and/or readers’ comments contain answers/solutions to some of the problems and/or questions in the earlier ones.

    I appreciated the thoroughness of Claus Valca’s posts about AVG and his readers’ comments. (And I think I’ll be having a good look around grandstreamdreams.blogspot.com to see what else he has to say.) My husband is using XP and has upgraded his free AVG to 8.0. I am still using 98SE and free AVG 7.5.


    2008.03.02 grandstreamdreams.blogspot.com/2008/03/thoughts-on-avg-80-francaise.html (no comments)

    2008.04.24 grandstreamdreams.blogspot.com/2008/04/avg-free-version-80-releasedfirst.html (five comments)

    2008.04.26 grandstreamdreams.blogspot.com/2008/04/taming-avg-free-version-8.html (forty-three comments)

    2008.05.17 grandstreamdreams.blogspot.com/2008/05/simple-thoughts-on-avg-free-v8.html (three comments)

    An alternate link (to the one you have previously provided) for the AVG Free 8.0 manual is at http://www.grisoft.cz/filedir/doc/AVG_Free/user_manual/avg_afe_uma_en_80_1.pdf .


  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Denny,
    Thanks for the info. I also believe that Charlie hasn’t had any issues as well. Plus 6 other systems I have installed it on without issues as well.

    Hello Merna,
    Thanks for the links and information. I’m going to use your comments for another article on AVG 8. Hopefully all of this information will assist those who are having problems.

    I enjoyed reading what Claus had to say. Like him, I feel compelled to write more about the AVG 8 problems, solutions and recommendations.

    Thanks so much.

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