We are often asked how we recommend installing AVG, since there are an ever growing number of optional components. There are a few suggestions we usually make that we believe provide the security you need without compromising nearly as much performance as is sacrificed in the default installation.It should be noted that we are not affiliated with AVG. We make these suggestions based on countless installations and our experience troubleshooting issues.These recommendations apply to AVG Anti-Virus and Internet Security.
-Prior to installation, uninstall all other security programs. This includes things like Spybot and Adaware. They can conflict with AVG and keep the installation from succeeding. You can re-install them later as needed.
-Disable any firewalls loaded on your computer, such as Windows Firewall or ZoneAlarm. Uninstall them if you intend to use the firewall in AVG Internet Security. We always recommend using a hardware firewall over any software firewall, including AVG's.
-Always download the latest version of the installation file from AVG
-Make sure your system meets the minimum requirements
. Though the requirements are quite low, some people will try to install on Windows 98 or Windows 2000, which are no longer supported.-(Power users only) When installing AVG, perform a Custom Install. Just execute the installation as normal, and choose "Custom Install" rather than "Quick Install". If you're running Vista or Windows 7 you'll see the option to install the Sidebar widget. We recommend disabling this, because you can perform all of the actions it offers just by right clicking the AVG system try icon. This will give you the option to uncheck Online Shield and LinkScanner. Power users don't really need this protection, and some of it is already provided by Google and other search engines. Read below for more details. No need to install the AVG Toolbar, either.
-(Normal users) When installing AVG, perform a Custom Install. Just execute the installation as normal, and choose "Custom Install" rather than "Quick Install". If you're running Vista or Windows 7 you'll see the option to install the Sidebar widget. We recommend disabling this, because you can perform all of the actions it offers just by right clicking the AVG system try icon. Install the default features, including Online Shield and LinkScanner, but on the next screen uncheck the AVG Toolbar. Toolbars are lame.Why do we recommend NOT installing Online Shield or LinkScanner for power users?Online Shield
scans search results and web content for malicious code. This functionality is integrated into most modern web browsers, which usually implement it better. Search engines like Google scan sites and warn you as well. There are also other problems with LinkScanner
that keep us from recommending it for power users at this time, but it's a good tool to protect normal users from those sites that look real, but are really dangerous.Why all AVG Internet Security users should install Identity Protection.Identity Protection
is a feature that on the surface seems to be for normal users only, but in actuality everyone should install it. It doesn't just prevent theft of information like passwords and credit card data, but it also scans processes for malicious code, much in the same way that SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware do. It's an extra level of protection we recommend everyone
Power users can cut down AVG's footprint considerably, while still being protected against threats. Normal users truly can benefit from the extra level of protection that Online Shield and LinkScanner provide, even if they will have to sacrifice a bit of performance.