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Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Tommy67, Jul 8, 2012.

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  1. Tommy67

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    It seems there are many on this site who have information on just about any topic. I am looking for an anti virus for my computer. I have been using McAfee, but I was dissatisfied with their customer service when I had an issue recently. What seems to be the best product out there? I don't mind paying for a good program that works.

    Thanks for you advice,

    Tom
     
  2. burtona

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    Free version of MS Essentials or AVG.
     
  3. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Try Avast. It's free and it works. Mike.
     
  4. Shooting Jack

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    My recommendation is Microsoft Security Essentials and is totally free. They update it daily and I have never had a problem while using it. I paid for others for years and still got infected but that has not happened since switching to MSE. I think AVG is also very good and still free but would appreciate donations. To download MSE just type it in, in your search enginge and it will bring it up. Jackie B.
     
  5. AveragEd

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    I've had problems over the years that Norton and AVG could not correct. An IT specialist recommended Avast to me and I found a survey on the Internet in which it was top-rated, so I've used it for three or four years now. It offers a boot-time scan that scans the hard drive(s) before Windows opens, so it finds things that a run-time scan can't.

    Ed
     
  6. short shucker

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    I use COMODO. It is free and works much better than anything else I've tried. An IT buddy of mine told me about it, and I couldn't be happier.

    ss
     
  7. Auctioneer

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    My mother got a Dell computer and it had for anti-Virus what Dell put on their computer. Well she got a virus. I told her she needed was Norton. She barked at me and said Dell gave her what was needed. I said fine. The computer guy came in and took the computer and cleaned it. When he brought it back he asked what kind of anti-virus she had. She told him what ever Dell had. He said he deleted it and put Norton. I kept my mouth shut for my own good. LOL

    My computer guy said to use Norton and I do and its been good for me. Yes you have to pay for it but you get what you pay for.
     
  8. wireguy

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    Avast
     
  9. WesleyB

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    Kaspersky 4 yrs and not problem so far....
     
  10. 22hornet

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    I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials for 2 years, now. No troubles, so far.
     
  11. Mr. Flinch

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    AVAST free version. They do a great job and automatically update.

    Go to CNET.com and look at their ratings. Never GOOGLE for free antivirus; some of those sites are the best way to catch a virus. Sad but true.

    Mark
     
  12. AveragEd

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    I used to buy Norton's Internet Security package every year and in late 2003, I received an email advising it was time to renew. I paid for and downloaded the 2004 version but it wouldn't load. I spent - no kidding - seven hours over the course of a weekend on the phone with Symantics' tech support with no success. Finally, the guy said to delete every program with "Norton" or "Symantics" in its name and try again. When that didn't work, he he was out of things to try and ended the call. I was left with an unprotected computer and they never even responded to my requests for a refund of the almost 70 bucks I paid for the software download.

    I then used AVG for a year or so but when I got a bug, AVG couldn't find it. Our IT guy told me to switch to Avast and do a boot scan. No problems since then.

    He also told me that Malwarebytes is the best run-time scanner you can use.

    Ed
     
  13. TjayE

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    Thanks for the good advise on Anti-Virus software.
     
  14. Brian in Oregon

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    Avast is what I'm running on all the family computers, excepting two of mine running Ubuntu (Linux) as an operating system.
     
  15. cpd544

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    I have used Vipre Antivirus for years, you can pay a little extra and install it on every computer you own.
    Jim
     
  16. quartering

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    what? you don't listen to kim komando, america's only nationally syndicated digital goddess? she's on about 500 radio stations and her web site will show you where to get the best protection - some of it for free! good luck with it
     
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    None of them are 100% reliable. If you get hit with something new and it's not in your AV's database yet...you're out of luck. Also, most of the AV software mentioned have become a bit heavy on resources over the years. Well, Norton has *always* had the reputation for being bloated. Even Avast, which I used to like a lot, wants to sandbox darn near everything, and meddle in other ways too. AVG is infamous for false positives, and as for McAfee, well, ComCast for one gives it away free, which is about what it's worth. MSE is well-thought-of as AVs go, at this time.

    Personally, I go without any AV and only get on the 'net via a VM (virtual machine). I use VMWare (free), but MS has a free one too and offers a free download of XP to use in it. But you can load up any extra unused OS you have lying around for which you have a license.

    The advantage is that you install the VM's OS to a specified folder anywhere on your computer, and whatever programs you need on it. Then make a copy of the folder. If anything stuffs up, just shut down the VM, delete the folder and copy/paste your backup copy. Within minutes, you're back in business. Nothing bad that happens in the VM can infect your host OS, so long as you're careful about folder permissions. That makes a VM essentially "disposable" if it gets infected somehow. You do need a fairly powerful machine with a lot of RAM to run VMs though.

    I've had to burn down and replace a VM once in the past two years. (I run both XP and Win7 32-bit in VMs on a host 64-bit Win7). That's all, and I probably could have corrected the problem with MBAM and/or SAS. It was just quicker to replace the VM folder. The best anti-virus software available is, it should go without saying...you. Be careful what you click on.

    As to on-demand scanners, MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware are good. Also SpywareBlaster (works as a realtime blacklist, blocking anything in its database). All free.
     
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    "DO NOT USE ANYTHING CONNECTED TO NORTON"
     
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    If you have Comcast broadband service, the Norton program is included and you can download it for FREE. FYI, Symantec completely re-wrote the Norton program about 3-4 years ago. I admit to some problems before that, but not since. It also gets top ratings from geeks and gamers.

    Gene Batchelar
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  20. Steve NJ

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    Eset - NOD32 Been using it for years.
     
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