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Antivirus software??? **UPDATE**

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by jarheadk5, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. jarheadk5

    jarheadk5 1/2 ton status

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    Been running Norton A/V '04, upgraded to '05, on my old Win98 box and my XP laptop. I just got the laptop back to life tonight with a new HDD, and I need to get a/v on it before putting it online.
    I went to Symantec's site and see NAV '06 is for sale... then went to cnet.com and saw it's got horrible consumer ratings. Now, I'm leery of spending $35-$40 on a possibly-crap product.

    So now I need advice on what route to take for a/v software. I want something that's relatively low-maintenance - frequent updates, good protection, and preferably compatible with both Win98SE and XP SP2 (NAV '06 isn't). Are the free products any good, and are they updated frequently to keep up with new threats? If not, who's pay-to-play product is good?
     
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    If you must still use Windoze, from what I've seen, Norton in combination with Microsoft AntiSpyware is the best that's available.
     
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    My Norton sucks I have to basically turn it off to access the net and the company can and has done nothing to help, :doah: Maybe I shouldn't be telling you all this
     
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    I've been using the Norton Internet Security (not just AntiVirus) suite for about a year now. I love it.
     
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    Its free with A O Hell

    I get a free Mcafee virus protection included with my AOL subscription..its a pain in the butt though--it will start "updating" without warning,and no way to delay or stop it--slows my computer to a crawl--usually when I'm in a hurry and don't have all day to wait for it to finish loading..then sometimes my computer freezes up after that,and I have to shut it down,re-start,and sign on again (takes 7 minites at least for me to sign on now). :mad: Only once did it say it detected a "trojan" virus..the AOL "Spyzapper" thing that pops up after you sign on has NEVER said it detected anything(even after Mcafee detected that trojan virus!)--I think its a phony!.. :rolleyes:

    I think my computer doesn't have enough memory to handle AOL "9.0" and the virus protection...I think it only has 64 MEG of ram..it says its "inadequate" when I look under AOL "information"..yet it also says "system 68% free"..wish I knew WTF that means!--if 68% of it is "free",then why is it so slow like its overloaded?? :confused:
     
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    Anyone else have any input? Good/bad experiences with the recommendations given so far?
     
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    Helllooooo?
     
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    Currently using McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.0i and have been nothing more then happy with it; plus I get it for FREE! I retired from the IT industry in April and made sure to keep the McAfee grant number I used at my old job. I had VirusScan rolled out to about 3000 pc's and 350 servers, once in a blue moon I would have a problem with a dat file, but was able to cure the problem fairly quickly & easy using McAfee's EPO.

    99% of the problems I have seen with users is that they do not configure the software correctly. Out of the box the AV software will work, but it will not protect a pc 100%.

    McAfee 8.0i is way ahead of the other AV vendors products, it has overflow protection and you can block unwanted program's like spyware, adware, remote admin tools, dialers, password crackers, jokes, etc.... There is also the option to block items that you might not want a user to be able to launch.

    Enough typing for now. :D
     
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    I usually put AVG on my customers computers who don't have cash for nortons or mcafee.

    I've heard good things about it, but I don't use AV software even if I am using Windows. (I run Slackware Linux) .

    Virii are pretty much a thing of the past and it's the spyware/adware that is what you have to look out for. most virii nowadays are "harmless" compared to what people used to write. For spyware/adware I'd suggest AdAware from Lavasoft (free) and also get a copy of "HiJack this" -- both are excellent programs for removal of such files.
     
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    Stay off the porn sites and you wont have much to worry about :wink1:

    I actually dont use one and dont have any issues. Just follow some guidelines like dont open attachments unless you are expecting them, stay off the dirteh sites, and dont click pop ups. Oh and get yourself a router to block the port sniffing stuff.
     
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    There are still harmful viruses coming out. 40 or so admins in my company had servers spontaneously rebooting a few weeks ago thanks to a new version of an old virus...It was totally disastrous for some of them.

    But I wholly agree on the spyware issue. A lot of modern spyware will also drop viruses that can contain almost anything, most commonly keyloggers and downloaders. Granted, they don't often make it back to the writer with your CC number or aol password as intended, which does render them kinda harmless, but the capability to be damaging is there... Viruses and spyware can screw up your machine either intentionally, or just by being poorly written. Also, a lot of the newer versions of av scanners are now treating spyware like a virus. :thumb:

    I also used to run no AV, until these network capable worms started crawling around... God forbid I hit snooze through a M$ patch round, some punk in the phillipines is just itching to write something that'll reboot my machine, just because he can. Then some yahoo with a laptop on my corporate wan will get it, and it'll start crawling the networks where we're not firewalled...

    BTW, I totally agree with the router, but I thought I rmembered you saying you had one... If not, it's definately a worthwhile investment. :thumb:
     
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    I'm behind a Linksys 4-port router, running AdAware and SpybotSD. I update frequently and system-scan weekly, because before I knew better I had been hit with loads of ad/spy/malware (Aureate, Gator, Bongo Buddy, the whole 9 yards... :mad: ).

    As I think I said earlier, I have NAV '04 Pro. Anyone have an opinion on just reinstalling this on both boxes (legal with Pro) and updating online to the '05 standard?
     
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    I use Kaspersky. Not free, but it is the best I've used.
     
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    I've been using McAfee for years and prefer it. I can't stand Norton. TrendMicro is pretty good too and used a lot in large scale businesses.
     
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    OK, I decided to try the freebie AVG on the old Win98 box.

    Get it installed and go to update; it only downloads one update at a time, and of course, each one needs a reboot before it lets me d/l the next...

    Finally get up-to-date and start a scan. I have 2 physical drives and one is partitioned, so I have C:, D:, and E: to scan. Only seems to scan C:. Tried to set some parameters for scanning, and the selection box is grayed-out. So I guess the freebie version doesn't support multiple drives...


    I think I'm gonna just go McAfee this time and see how that treats me.
     
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    wierd, avg free never has me restart the comp and it scans my whole comp, all 4 drives if i have them all plugged in
     
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