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open source anti virus stuff for XP

paul wheaton

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So I have a crappy little XP machine that my son uses. Apparently the AVG stuff is about to expire - and it appears to now be advertising that it is going commercial.

Any suggestions on anti-virus stuff that one could just download?

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Gregg Bolinger
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AVG has always had a commercial version along with a free home use version. I am not seeing anything on their website that suggests otherwise. Do you have a link?

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Jim Yingst

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The free version is still alive and well - you just have to ignore the links along the way that go to the commercial version. The download can currently be found here: http://free.grisoft.com/doc/5390/lng/us/tpl/v5

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Sanjaya Sugiarto
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If I understand correctly, you asked an opensource AV.
You should look at ClamAV ( http://www.clamav.net/ ).

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anand phulwani
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AVG is having a Free Edition,
But its not Open Source.
And There is lot of difference between the two.

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Pj Murray
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I think that you are just getting caught in the method AVG uses to encourage users to upgrade to the commercial (i.e. non-free) version of their product. A lot of free products do it that way because it dramatically increases the conversion rate.

There's a long list of free anti virus products here:


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