This is a nice article on tweaking avg (using avg as a backup) (the article is a couple of years old, but it still works )
The new AVG8.0 Antivirus Free Edition is now out.
I’ve installed it on both XP and Vista, and it seems to work fine, however unfortunately as is the trend with security products (especially free security products), the latest version seems to contain more intrusive and annoying things than before.
The interface itself is OK:
However there are a range of things you should pay attention to while installing and configuring AVG8.0. First make sure to uninstall AVG 7.5 Free if you have it on your system. Then:
These instructions were updated as of 30 June 2008, but the latest version of this advice can be found in the PC Security chapter of the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion
- After downloading the AVG setup file, right-click on it and select ‘Create shortcut’. Now right-click on this newly created shortcut and select Properties, then in the Target box, one blank space after the last character, enter the following text exactly as shown:
/NOAVGTOOLBAR /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch
Run this new shortcut and it will start the AVG setup file with the parameters specified above. This will prevent AVG from installing the Linkscanner feature, AVG Security Toolbar and related web-browsing protection, all of which can result in increased CPU usage and slower web browsing. These features cannot be properly disabled from within AVG, so they need to be removed using this method. If you’ve already installed AVG then you can still follow this step and it should remove these components from your system. More details about this method can be found in this AVG FAQ.
During the installation of AVG, make sure to select the Custom option, and I recommend unticking the ‘Email Scanner’ and ‘Plugin for Microsoft Office’ components, as I feel they are unnecessary. Note: More recent versions of AVG also may have a Linkscanner option, untick this as well (if Step 1 doesn’t already remove it).
Once AVG has installed, start it and go to the Tools menu, then select ‘Advanced Settings’. I recommend the following settings:
- Under the Appearance menu untick the ‘Display system tray notifications’ box to remove the unnecessary AVG icon in the System Tray/Notification Area.
- Under the Linkscanner menu untick all available boxes.
- Under the Scans menu you should tick all boxes except ‘Automatically heal/remove infections’ in each case - this ensures that should AVG detect a false positive, it won’t automatically delete it from your system.
- Under the Schedules menu untick every available option - instead I recommend updating prior to doing a manual scan at a time of your choosing.
- Under the Resident Shield menu untick the ‘Enable Resident Shield’ box to disable this background functionality, as it can and will interfere with other programs and may reduce overall performance and stability.
I hope you guys like it
edited: I removed some material just to be safe (I don’t want to break any copyright laws)