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When to Update AVG Free Anti Virus

written by: Aaron R.•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 4/20/2011

Viruses are constantly evolving. In order to counter this, you'll need to keep your anti virus software up-to-date. Picking a good time to update your AVG Free Anti Virus software is important. You'll have to find a good time when you can sacrifice a little power and bandwidth.

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    Reasons to Update

    Warnings about viruses constantly changing are not just a fancy sales pitch. The definitions for anti virus software must be updated fairly often if you want your protection to actually work. It's a little annoying to manually update, so configuring your automatic updates should be one of the first things you do.

    I've already covered why AVG Free is a pretty good anti virus package to have. If you're going to use it, then you will need to decide when exactly you want to do your updates. Picking the right time for you and your computer is very important. Find out below what is the best time to update AVG Free anti virus.

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    Considerations for Update Time

    What's the Best Time to Update AVG Free There are two real considerations to make when deciding when to schedule your update. You have to pick a time when you won't be doing much on your computer but also a time when the new update will have dropped.

    Now, AVG updates aren't exactly power hogs. They'll barely take any CPU and they won't use much bandwidth either. Usually your update will just consist of getting some new definitions loaded into the system. A full update to the software is pretty rare and you'll have to take care of that one manually. That said, it's still pretty rough on a gamer. If you're in the middle of a game of Left 4 Dead 2, then having a little window come up on the right hand side of the screen can be annoying. It will cause a bit of lag and can potentially cause you to minimize the window and drop back to desktop. That's really annoying.

    So you have to make a decision. If you're really worried about this, then you just need to get in the habit of manually doing it. Turn off automatic updates and click the "Update Now" button when it's time.

    The other thing to consider is when they usually drop their updates. I'd try to shoot for midday. That's about when they'll drop for the most part. To be honest, I wouldn't really worry too much about it. In general, there isn't going to be a catastrophic disaster that you absolutely need the latest definitions to avoid. As long as you get on a regular cycle of updating daily, then you should be just fine. You can always do a combination of manual and automatic if you really want the latest. Just jump on and check for updates.

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    How to Schedule Automatic Updates

    Once you've decided on what is best time to update AVG Free anti virus, you can set it by firing up your copy and double clicking the "Update Manager" button. On the button of the menu, you should see a button to set the time for your daily update. Note that you cannot do anything besides daily with AVG Free. Periodically is only an option if you have the paid version.

    Just click the buttons to adjust the time frame when it will search for updates. All you have to do is key in your preferred time and you'll be all set. Note that you can still tell it to check for updates at any time. This will not upset the automatic update schedule.

    If you want to do all updates manually, then just uncheck the box labeled "Automatic Updates."

    This should tell you everything you need to know to keep your AVG updated.

    Product information and screenshots courtesy of AVG