Anti-virus software AVG is still free

Q. My anti-virus option, AVG Free 7.5, has been pestering me to upgrade to the 8.0 release – which doesn't seem to be free anymore. Am I missing something?

About a year and a half ago, Grisoft, the Czech firm behind the popular, free AVG anti-virus program, confused many users with “please upgrade now” notices that failed to note that the upcoming 7.5 version, like the older 7.1 release, would be available in free and paid editions.

Grisoft seems to be repeating that mistake. Copies of its AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 7.5 have begun to display a notice headlined “New version” that touts the release of AVG 8.0. But clicking that notice's “Download now!” button takes you to a page that mentions only AVG Internet Security 8.0, a $54.99 product with many more functions than virus protection.

To download the free edition of AVG 8.0, visit http://free.avg.com. As before, it's only free for personal, at-home use.

Clearing URL entry

Q. I incorrectly typed a URL into Firefox and was sent to some other site. Now the browser suggests that other page when I start to type in the correct address.

To clear an entry from the “auto-complete” list that Firefox uses to suggest frequently visited pages, type enough of that address for it to appear in the list that drops down below the browser's address bar. Then hit the down-arrow key to select the offending entry, and hit Delete.

To perform the same procedure in Internet Explorer, you'll have to delete the whole list via the Tools menu's “Delete Browsing History...” command.