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March 17, 2009 2:32 AM   Subscribe

Is there something similar to AVG Free Antivirus for Vista Business?

Using Kaspersky, but it wants £. I figure there must be a decent free option out there. TIA.
posted by chuckdarwin to Technology (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Is there a reason that you can't run AVG Free on Vista? There's also Avira Personal and avast!.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:04 AM on March 17, 2009

Response by poster: Couldn't find a Vista version!
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:04 AM on March 17, 2009

AVG has a single installer for all modern versions of Windows, so you don't need to hunt down a Vista specific one.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:09 AM on March 17, 2009

Response by poster: Cat Pie Hurts, I couldn't get the b*stard thing to install on Vista. Hrmph.
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:14 AM on March 17, 2009

Not in front of a Vista box right now, but if you right click the installer, I'm pretty sure that there should be an "install as Administrator" option. That should get you through.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 4:10 AM on March 17, 2009

Doesn't vista have the defender built in? I've been using vista for over a year and although I check from time to time with clamwin, I think never a virus, though I have connected to many infected usb devices.
posted by peter_meta_kbd at 4:28 AM on March 17, 2009

I run AVG fine on my Vista 64-bit box. I'm pretty sure I didn't have to do the right-click, install as admin trick either.

If you're unable to install, then there is something wrong...
posted by wfrgms at 5:07 AM on March 17, 2009

Err.. The free versions of the products people are mentioning are free for personal use, not for business use..
posted by devnull at 5:16 AM on March 17, 2009

I successfully installed AVG Free on a 32bit build of Vista Business SP1 just this week. I didn't do anything special, just downloaded the installer that was linked from here.

You'll need to be an Administrator on the machine and acknowledge any UAC prompts.
posted by BOfH at 6:05 AM on March 17, 2009

Actually, I downloaded the installer direct from the AVG site.
posted by BOfH at 6:06 AM on March 17, 2009

Best answer: I run AVG on vista. Are you sure you have administrator rights? Did you get a UAC pop up or anything asking you for your password? If youve done something silly like disable UAC then I suggest you turn it back on. UAC isnt just prompts, it a whole security layer. Some anti-virus programs might be dependent on it.
posted by damn dirty ape at 6:53 AM on March 17, 2009

Response by poster: damn dirty ape, you have hit it. I did disable UAC.
posted by chuckdarwin at 8:19 AM on March 17, 2009

devnull - just because you have vista business, doesn't mean it's used in a business. It's the vista equivalent of xp professional, and is common on higher-grade laptops. The corporate-only version is vista enterprise.

Glad you got it sorted chuckdarwin, I've used AVG on vista for a while. If you did want to stick with kaspersky and have a barclays account, they're doing a free years sub for kaspersky through their online banking.
posted by ArkhanJG at 2:17 PM on March 17, 2009

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