The warning for my AVG free virus protected computers appeared again today only I noticed the difference is that the deadline was extended from January 15 to February 15 2007.
I decided to finally clicked on the link in the popup dialog for one of the computers running the free version of AVG virus protection. The link takes you to the Grisoft home page. Once there, it was not clear where you click to go to get the new 7.5.432 free version.
So I dediced to type free.grisoft.com to see if that would be easier. That was an improvement as there was a link on the top of that page. After clicking that, one more click was required on a page with a pitch to get the commercial version that got me to the download link page. If the link does not work for you, then try starting at free.grisoft.com as I did.
I noticed that download file name is same name as the file I downloaded December 11, 2004. Generally in new software versions the install file names are changed as standard operating procedure. Perhaps the idea was to delete as many old files as possible. I renamed my old copy just in case. The 12/11/04 file was 10.4 megabytes. The new file is 17.8 megabytes.
The first item I noticed is that the install program does not check for available disk space and on one computer that runs with a near full c disk (the computer is only used for print sharing at this point) had the NT 4 operating system complain and stop the install. To overcome the problem I moved the 17 meg install program to another drive on the computer and the install proceeded through 7 dialog screens to the finish button and then after pressing that it stopped while the progress bars were running. It provided an error details button which reported lack of disk space.
Cleared up some disk space and it then went all the way. Then a reboot was required and it seemed to be running with the new version.
A bit later, the program’s task bar icon indicated it needed servicing. On clicking that it required a priority update and then a program update. They went fine and the icon returned to its normal state colors.
The user interface seems to be identical to the 7.1 version. It is just the bare bones you need with few options. This was great news. The only other item I will want to know is if they improved its scanning speeds which are among the worse in virus software.