Comparing the protection offered by the two AV's,
I'll stick with avast!
I think you are getting yourself into a lather for nothing. Or you are looking for an excuse to switch to AVG.
If you want inferior protection on account of a browser...go ahead have at it.
If it didn't work at all, nobody would pay for it. Run Firefox with Adblock+, noScript, and "Browser Project" add-ons, and why do I need an Anti-Virus program?
Avast has had nothing but false positives on my machine, unless you include blocking pop-ups for "Antivirus 2012" with another pop-up. My browsing habits seem to be safe enough to use other programs just fine. Since I don't get exposed to malware often enough to worry about protection, my Browser is the most important choice to me, as I actually interact with it daily. I prefer anything other than Chrome. At the very least, Chrome is hideous.
Choosing the custom install and then picking the right choices does avoid the chrome browser
THERE IS NO CUSTOM INSTALL OPTION! That is for the installer only.
There is only a pop-up "Avast has been updated." On that pop-up there is a checkbox "Install Chrome, and make it my default browser", it is checked by default.
I'm with Bob on this one. Chrome does "not" take up that much HDD space. If you don't want to use it...don't.
So I should just let every program on the internet install whatever the heck it likes just because "it doesn't use much disk space"?
There are a lot of browsers, perhaps I should install all of them? No? Why not? Same difference.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_web_browsers
I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox.
I do not like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam I am.
Beware AVG likes to install toolbars.
Really? Cause because my employer uses AVG, and I haven't had that problem. It is going to take two months of using AVG to find out whether or not it installs Toolbars, but I'm willing to take that risk. Unless you have sources that AVG installs toolbars with weekly definitions/program updates.
If AVG does ask me to install toolbars on a twice monthly basis, then I will buy Kaspersky, or anything other than Norton or McAfee, and just disable the over-the-counter bloatware that I don't need. Just give me a resident shield, and get out of my way.