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Preferred anti-virus program??

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by XHitman396, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. XHitman396

    XHitman396 1/2 ton status

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    So the 'ol Norton antivirus all in one thing is expiring in a couple days, and honestly im not very impressed by what it's done in the last year. Are there better ones out there for about $30/year or so. i know basically nothing about computers, nor do i care to really take time to learn what i should and should not open and when and all the other things im sure you can learn as preventative maintanence (sp?). so are there any out there that you have had good/bad luck with?? Thanks for your input..
     
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    Trendmicro is my favorite. trendmicro.com
    I like it because it protects everything including my wifi network.
    If their IS2007 is too much for your needs. They also have a very good basic virus protection for 30.00.
     
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    AVG freeware is very good, but since I've been on yahoo DSL that has its own anti virus, the AVG doesn't find any viruses anymore.

    Does your internet provider have any built in protections?

    Tom
     
  5. jekquistk5

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    they all have there flaws. To each his own. Just do not expect to get full protection form software that only costs 5 bucks or soo
     
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    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    None.
    Too much work, interferance, and hassle to justify it.
    I know, CustomChevy will flame me for saying it.
    But just keep your machine backed up, as you should anyway, and if a virus hits, just re-load.
    I've never run an antivirus on my machines, I can't stand them, my home machine got nailed a couple of years ago, 20minutes spinning the DVD image, and back in business.
     
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    Want the best anti-virus you can get? Delete windows and use Linux :D It's the best anti-virus available

    Since that's not practical for the avg. Joe, I'll continue....

    I hate AV programs, they suck memory, hog processor time and bog the machine down. That said, seeing what I see running an on-site computer repair business, I've found Norton to be better than McAffee, and the free/cheap ones to be useless.

    In all honesty, you're probably safer by doing the following than not doing these and installing an antivirus:
    -Updating Windows with every update available
    -Installing Service Pack2 (if you don't already have it)
    -Ditching Internet Exploder for Firefox or Netscape
    -Ditching Outlook Express for Thunderbird or web-based email
    -Installing Windows Defender anti-spyware/malware and keeping it updated
    -Ditch the free music & warez downloading software
    -Be careful on (avoid) the porn sites
    -And be exceptionally careful and observant of what you're downloading/installing
    -Back up your machine often

    Certainly this is not fool proof, but neither is AV and at least you can enjoy using your computer without the constand nagging & bogging down by your AV program.
     
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    Sorry to Hijack but how the hell in Montana do you have an onsite computer repair company? I live In a prety decent size city, with surrounding towns and I can not get any side work, repairing computers. Even with advertising. It sucks

    Hijack off sorry
     
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    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    That because you live in too populated of an area. Nobody takes their computers to local people in Southern Michigan, they all take them to Worst Buy or CompUSA for "repairs".
     
  12. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    I hate Norton and prefer McAfee.
     
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    I agree,,I use it here at the office for a 20 user network and have for the past 5 years,,no problems or speed issues. I also run spybot once a month and have every PC set up for microsoft automatic updates everyday.

    I do have to say that my most stable platform in the entire network is my Unix based Server....
     
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    I actually worked in the #1 repair shop in kzoo. I tried getting clients on the side but only a few would go for it, even thought I was charging half of their rate.
     
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    I also use AVG. I love it. Just, as MTMike said, protect yourself by not doing questionable activites. Its just common sense. I haven't had a virus in years.

    Well, I can't say too much for McAfee. My roommate does a lot of downloading. He told me he was getting a lot of pop-ups. He had McAfee and swore he had no viruses. I ended up trashing McAfee and put Ad-aware and AVG on it so I could diagnose some things. Turns out he had over 500 "questionable" files, with over 150 active viruses, most of them being trojan. I dont know how active viruses just walked into his computer without the slightest response from McAfee. AVG and Ad-aware caught them right away. I had to re-format his HD though :crazy:
     
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    AVG is a pretty good free program but dont depend on it stopping everything. It works great for basic internet and Email. But it does not protect very well if you download a lot of stuff, IM a lot, game, ECT. It does not catch viruses in a download. It will find them after they have been installed on your machine but by then it may be too late.
    My daughter has AVG and ad-aware on her notebook. I was checking it out the other day and thought it was running a little slow. Ran msconfig and found some suspitious stuff. Did a trendmicro online scan, it found and removed 5 viruses that neither updated Ad-aware & AVG could see.
    Personally I like and need virus scans. I dont have time to maintain the 5 PCs/notebooks on my home net. Trend Micro uses very little resources, Loads fast, and catches everything that has been thrown at my home network. My Kids are always downloading all kinds of crap off the net to their machines. I cant control what they do. The 3 PCs in my house are protected by Trendmicro Internet seceurity and a hardware firewall. The 2 notebooks use AVG. I have only had one virus in the last 3 years where I ended up having to reformat. It was on a computer that used AVG.
     
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    Billings is a city of 100,000 people so it's pretty good sized. Brick & mortar small companies are hard to come by, and usually fail within 2 years.

    I do on-site service, so I have low overhead. I keep only a basic inventory of harddrives & power supplies (things that don't go obsolete nearly as quickly and have a high turnover).... anything else is special-order-only and people don't have a problem with that. I charge $60/hr and average about 3 repairs per week. I still have a day job and my business' primary and highest-margin income is from website design, but I'll still pull in more than enough to pay the Cummins payment from the computer repairs.

    I have a solid client base that's taken me 5 years to develop, so I get lots of word-of-mouth traffic, plus a small ad in the yellow pages. I may go bigger in the yellow pages this year, but if I get much more demand, I won't be able to keep up with it.

    I've also found that taking 10 minutes to talk to people when they call, listen to them and answer their questions and offer solutions & options will almost always land me the sale. If I can fix their problem over the phone for free in 5-10 mins, they will call me back next time they need something. My competitors (WorstBuy/ DumbassSquad, and other locals) are either rediculously expensive (GeekSquad charges $139 just to come out to your house out here :eek1: ), or are unwilling to be helpful on the phone, or both.

    OK, hijack off :)
     
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    thanks for all the input guys. i run spybot every month or so, and sweepi cuz someone told me too although i dont really know what it does, and those on top of Norton i still get hell now and then.. actually i think it has something right now, i get the CPU Usage: 100% all the damn time... i think i'll give trendmicro a shot and see if i like it, Thunder says it was catching things AVG left behind, and i dont have to pay for it :D .. thanks again..
     
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    If your CPU is running 100% with no programs running you prolly infested with spyware and viruses. Be careful even touching the keyboard with your bare fingers. Those nasty things may be evil enough to suck your grey matter right thru your fingertips.
    Go to trendmicro and do a free online scan. Do the complete scan for everything. Be patient it takes a while for everything to download completly and scan your computer. Just follow the online instructions and take your time. Or get the 30 day free trial
    Also
    Go here and download :Ad-aware Its totally free and works great on spyware
    Scan at least once a week
     
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    The regular McAfee virus scan and firewall don't deal with spyware. So, even if you are keeping your McAfee up to date, the spyware will still make it in. Without getting technical, there are many ways for spyware to get past a virus scan and firewall, many of which you actually let in yourself. You should run AdAware or Spybot in conjunction with a good virus scan and firewall.
     

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