AVG released the 2013 upgrade of its free version about a month ago. Most users will have been asked to upgrade by the software itself. Some people go ahead and complete the process without any problems, while many other ignore the request in the hope that it will either go away, or that they’ll get around to somehow.
Upgrading, as opposed to the regular updating that AVG does on its own, is very important because by ignoring it you will eventually be left with an out of date version which will be pretty useless at doing what it was originally designed to do – protect your computer from viruses and malware.
So for those of you who have continued to use the older version on a wing and a prayer, here are the few steps you need to follow:
- Click on this link to go to the AVG download page on the cnet.com site.
- Click the green Download Now button.
- Click the Run button at the foot of the screen if you’re using Internet Explorer.
- Firefox and Chrome users download settings work. In Firefox, double-click the file once you’ve downloaded it. In Chrome, once the file has been downloaded you get the chance to click on a link at the foot of the screen.
- Follow the instructions on the screen.
- Remember to stick to the basic protection offer, avoiding anything to do with the a free trial.
- Sit back and wait for the installation to complete. This may take a few minutes depending on your computer. If you mess up, you can always start again, by clicking the Cancel button in the Installation window.
- Click the Finish button when it appears.
Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for taking control of a vital piece of software on your system.