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How to Update Your AVG Antivirus

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AVG offer a free version for personal use of the antivirus software which you can download here [1]. Here is simple guide to make sure your work is protected from the latest viruses by showing you how to update your antivirus if you are on campus. Note if you go off campus you must disable the proxy setting in AVG for it to update again.

Updating AVG while on campus

  1. Right click on the AVG icon on your desktop

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  2. Click 'Launch Control Center'

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  3. In the control centre scroll down until you can see the 'Update Manager' component

  4. Right click on 'Update Manager' and click 'Settings'

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  5. Make sure that 'Use proxy server' is chosen and the settings for Server are proxy.gcd.ie and the port is 8080.

  6. Click 'Apply', and then 'OK'

  7. Right click again on 'Update Manager' and click the 'Update' button at the bottom.

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    Depending on your version you may be prompted to choose where to update from, the list will probably look like this (Internet/Folder/CD) choose “Internet”

  8. You will see a download in progress otherwise you will be notified that your computer is up to date. Note, it may be necessary to repeat this step a number of times to download all updates, please repeat until you see the message below.

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  9. Once you have confirmed these settings AVG will automatically carry out daily updates to keep your computer safe.

User Behavior

In general it is important to note that good user behavior is the only method to prevent viruses destroying your information. There will always be a window between a new virus and the release of the corresponding update from anti-virus companies. Always keep in mind these preventative measures:

  1. Never open email attachments you are not expecting.

  2. Many viruses fake the email address they appear to originate from so you might think your friend is sending you a legitimate attachment but it could be a dangerous virus. Use common sense here and if you are ever in doubt email the IT department and we will examine it for you (if you are at home first save the attachment then run a virus scan on it).

  3. Never download and run programs from the Internet

    • These include screensavers and toolbars (avoid clicking on pop up ads are often used to deploy these). These programs often contain viruses or packages know as spyware which among other nasty things might log all your keystrokes and send your online banking details to the attacker.


  • Lecturers and Staff: Please take note of this information not only for your work computing but also your home computing. Viruses and spyware are the main reason why your expensive new computer might now be running so slowly. By protecting yourself you are helping to protect others as viruses use your computer to propagate themselves to others (including everyone in your address book).

Further Information

If you would like further information on how to protect your computer against viruses and spyware please contact the IT department at 01 4150499 or helpdesk@gcd.ie (we may be able to help get your slow and frustrating PC running like new again, miracles not guaranteed!) At the very least you should have anti-virus running and 'Windows Updates' configured, if you do not please contact us, there are even free anti-virus tools that will offer you a reasonable level of protection, so you don't even have to spend any money, all you'll need is a spare 30 minutes.


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