Anyone still using AVG for antivirus protection on their Windows systems? AVG products such as AVG Free Antivirus are not best in class anymore as recent security tests have shown. That does not mean that they are bad on the other hand.
The company's free product is still one of a few good ones on the market. While some may argue that other free antivirus solution, Avast's Free AntiVirus for example, perform better, it is fair to say that it is still one of the better free products on the market.
When you install a trial version of an AVG security product on your Windows PC, say AVG Internet Security for example, you may run into a dilemma if you have come to the conclusion that you do not want to buy the product but run the free version of AVG AntiVirus instead.
The only option for you is to uninstall the trial version first on your system, to install the downloaded copy of the free antivirus program afterwards.
Since it may be necessary to restart the computer during the process, it is safe to say that it is not the most straightforward of methods to do things.
The AVG Downgrader application has been designed to turn trial versions of AVG products into AVG Free. You can download the application from AVG's website where it is available in the tools and diagnostic utilities section.
The software works more or less automatic, so that you only have to click on buttons twice in the interface to complete the process.
Please note that a restart of the system has to be made to finalize the downgrade to AVG Free Antivirus.
It is rather surprising that the whole process does not take longer than half a minute or so to complete. Once the system has been rebooted, AVG Free Antivirus is up and running on the system while traces of the trial version have been removed from the computer system.
Note: Some folder and file leftovers may still be on the system, but it is difficult to tell if they are still required by the free version or dead weight that you can remove to free up space.
If you plan on trialing AVG software and downgrade to the free version of the application if the trial version does not match your expectations, then you may find the downgrader tool useful for that purpose.
While a clean uninstallation and installation may make sense as well, considering that you can be certain that all unneeded files and folders get removed in the progress, it is taking more time to complete.
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