derFunkenstein : Somehow I don't think they did the UI. For one thing, the menus on the link look much better than the half-baked-looking ones on the screen shot. Second, I actually had AVG Free installed on the laptop prior to reformatting and installing it again, and at that time it looked just like the ones on the link.
I can't check the versions because I've since tried Avast Free, which is also pretty good. I still, however, would like to know exactly what causes AVG to act this way, because there seems to be something wrong with it and I can't find any help on AVG's website. I'd rather have two anti-virus packages instead of relying on just one (Avast) for protection, but something tells me either there's something really weird going on with my laptop (it's new though, and I've tested RAM, CPU, HDD, etc.) or AVG is not as stable as it can be.
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