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Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Onceabum, Jul 7, 2011.

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  1. Onceabum

    Onceabum TS Member

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    I had Norton for several years, never a problem. I now have Microsoft Essentials and had a virus shutdown within a couple of months. Anyone else have problems with this particular anti virus program? Thanks.

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  2. AveragEd

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    I lost faith in Norton when the 2004 edition of their Internet Security package was blocked from installing by the 2003 edition and they couldn't correct the problem.

    I switched to AVG for several years but had an infection that they couldn't diagnose without my emailing them a file that the infection was blocking from being attached to an email. Both companied ignored my request for a refund.

    I Googled "anti-virus software" and found a site listing user reviews of all free and paid programs. A clear winner was Avast so I downloaded their free edition to give it a try. Four years later, I'm still using it without problems on four PCs. It has caught several potential problems and their boot scan cleared up the stubborn trojan horse infection that AVG allowed into my hard drive and then couldn't remove.

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  3. grntitan

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    I use Trend Micro and have never had an issue with any of my computers. I have (3) computers operating on that system. It always alerts me before anything goes haywire. I always take its advice when it warns of something.
     
  4. R.Kipling

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    I ran extra anti-virus programs for years, along with after-market firewalls. My grandson came to visit me last year while home on leave from his Air Force 'classified' computer job. He told me to just use the MS firewall and MS essentials, then he cleaned up all my software.

    I do run a malwarebytes scan once a week 'just to be sure', but I haven't had any problems so far. (fingers crossed). If you don't visit the sleezy web sites you're much less likely to catch an STD.

    The boy has a masters degree in computer science and 3 years in the AF now, so I've decided to trust his judgment. Difficult to do for an old man that remembers teaching the kid to tie his shoes, better than what I had for diner last night. Ha!

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  5. Hal1225

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    I use FixIt Utilities Pro Ver 11, Started with Ver 9. I had Norton, Kaspersky and Free programs. FixIt has kept me running trouble free for the last 3 years.
    Prior to that I had some Microsoft Tech located in India solve a serious attack, but I lost touch with him! The up grade cost $19.00. I had fax software from Norton that messed it up too! I have 3 computers using the FixIt. Too bad the Golden Rule doesn't apply to hackers!

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  6. Texshooter

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    Stupid Norton was put on my office computers and is worse than a virus; it totaly eats up 90 to 100% my CPU every time I try to do anything. I have Avast at home and have had no concerns. AJ
     
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    I also use Avast without problems. Bulge.
     
  8. W.P.T.

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    I used to have Norton and never had any Virus problems, then I started using McAfee which is part of my High Speed Internet package ... I have had several Virus's probably from the porn sites, but it keeps the economy strong by my having to keep buying updates from Dell so they can fix them (Software Solutions) ... I am about ready to give up on the Porn sites because its getting costly to maintain the computer and having to switch out hard drives and keep my records backed up on an external hard drive ... lol ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  9. grntitan

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  10. Quack Shot

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    Avast, Microsoft Security Essentials, or a "reputable" antivirus program. I don't use Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, and a few others. Somehow the systems I frequently clean have those three on most occasions. That means they are either very popular or not very effective, or both. I use a decent firewall along with one of my preferred AV programs. ZoneAlarm comes to mind, as does Comodo. Free versionas are available of each. Microsoft has a rather new tool for cleaning malware and it is about as effective as any and it's called Microsoft Safety Scanner. Malwarebytes Free, Superantispyware portable are two others that get used a lot. One feature that puts Avast ahead of many others is the ability to perform a "boot time" scan. It can scan before Windows is fully booted and the malware has had a chance to load.

    Whatever program you select, it is important to keep it updated and current. Also check your system with Secunia OSI or PSI tools to look for obsolete versions of software. Pay particular attention to Java updates, Adobe Acrobat, and Flash for ALL browsers you use. Frequent scans with an effective antimalware tool is essential.

    Also, if you see a suspicious popup, be sure to NOT click on it. Close it down using the task manager.
     
  11. Joe Potosky

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    Just last week I had to kill a virus on a neighbors computer. They were running Nortons. 2nd virus for them. The last time the Geek Squad removed it for them.

    I use Microsoft Essentials on two computers without problem, one is an older XP computer. I use to use Nortons on both, but was a memory hog.

    Microsoft just updated the Essentials program, but not yet an automatic update. You have to go the Essentials website and download. It will ask you if you want to upgrade, say yes.
     
  12. slowdp

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    WPT - never cruise porn on your main computer. Get a cheapie unit. Put the operating system only on it. Cruise to your hearts desire. After the virus hits you simply reformat, reload operating system and cruise some more. Just like in the days when penicillin would solve all sex problems.
     
  13. Quack Shot

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    Sounds like a lot of work. Why not run a bootable Linux disk, or one of the Windows versions. They run in memory and from the CD/DVD and most won't write to the hard drive, unless you configure them to do so. There are versions that will allow you to surf anonymously as well. Boot one up and it all goes away after shutdown. You can save to an external thumb drive or hard drive if you need to, but there's a good deal of risk there too.

    You can also set a Windows box up in a "Kiosk" format. Nothing is allowed to save or install to the drive, and it goes back to square one on a reboot. Internet Cafes and Libraries use that format a lot. Microsoft has a tool kit to help set that up.
     
  14. markc2

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    Get Avast and don't look back.
     
  15. flylta13

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    Avast free edition. It is rated #1 in free and paid and doesn't install all the bloat ware that slows your machine down.
     
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