How to Update the AVG From the Command Line

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How to Update the AVG From the Command Line
AVG displays an alert if it finds a virus. (virus alert image by dead_account from

AVG is a free utility that anyone can download and run to keep their computer protected from viruses and malicious software. As with other antivirus utilities, AVG must update itself regularly over the Internet to download the definitions for the latest viruses. In most cases, the program does this automatically and displays a notification after installing new updates. In rare cases, however, you may find that the automatic update feature does not work as it should. When this happens, you can try running the AVG update utility from the command prompt as a troubleshooting step.

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  1. 1

    Press the Windows logo and "R" keys simultaneously to display the "Run" dialogue box. Type "cmd" in the box and press "Enter." Windows displays the command prompt.

  2. 2

    Type "cd\Program Files" and press "Enter." The command prompt should change to show that you are in the Program Files folder.

  3. 3

    Type "cd AVG" and press "Enter." Note that this command does not have a back slash, while the previous one did.

  4. 4

    Type "dir" and press "Enter." Windows displays a list of the folders within the current folder. You should find a folder called "AVG8" or "AVG9." Type "cd [folder name]" (e.g., "cd AVG9") and press "Enter."

  5. 5

    Type "AVGUPD /SCHED=4" and press "Enter." AVG begins updating itself immediately. Close the command prompt when this process is complete.

Tips and warnings

  • If AVG is already fully updated, using the AVGUPD command results in the message "No new update files are available."
  • You can use the instructions in this article to update AVG 7. However, the folder location and name of the updater utility are different. Navigate to the C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG7 folder and use the command AVGINET rather than AVGUPD. The /SCHED=4 trigger remains the same.

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