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O/T Best Anti Virus-Spyware Program?

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  1. pullbangloss

    pullbangloss Active Member

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    Mitch,

    Do a search for AVG online. It's free for home use. Spybot is another good one.

    I just got hit with AntiVirus XP (an actual virus) and the kid that fixed it put the AVG software on there for free.

    Will we see you at Gun River Sunday? Looks like rain but we'll keep our fingers crossed.

    Matt Krizinski
     
  2. Quack Shot

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    AVG is good and so is Avast. They are both free. I also recommend an additional firewall, espescially with XP, and a good free one seems to be Comodo pro. Just be sure to disable the advanced features of the firewall, since it will give you seven pop up messages a minute. Just set it up as a very basic firewall and you should be good to go. Zonealarm is also a good firewall and there is still a free version available.
     
  3. oletymer

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    Webroot antivirus with antispyware is better but not free. It is no a resourse hog like Norton and McAfee. Those free programs are ok but not in the same league.
     
  4. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I have mcafee on one and Kaspersky on the other. kaspersky is really awesome.
     
  5. ricks1

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    BEWARE unless avast has changed it was not compatable with Vista-- it may be now but around the first of the year it wasnt and the Vista FIXED it rick
     
  6. zzt

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    Webroot licenses the Sophos Anti Virus engine. Sophos is what I use for my business computers, and it is the best of the best IMO. They only sell to business, not individualy, so Webroot is your best bet. With the freeware, you get what you pay for. You want something with a 100% rating, and none of the free apps are that good.
     
  7. Andy44

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    AVG 8.0 has worked perfect for me. Also, I switched to Mozilla Firefox browser which is MUCH better than IE for security. HTH - AndyH
     
  8. bluedevil

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    I got the Antivirus XP too, how in the heck do you get rid of it? I had McAfee uninstall and install their latest but it didn't stop it.
     
  9. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Thumbs up for AVG.
     
  10. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    I use Avast and it does now work with Vista..and very well too
     
  11. Quack Shot

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    Avast has been Vista compatible for a year or possibly more. Here's a URL for more info:

    http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-4-home_pro-revision-history.html

    There may be better solutions out there, but free (for personal use) isn't bad. I have not had any clients using Avast become infected, if it is properly configured. It has very little overhead and will automatically update. It can also do a scan before Windows boots, so it can find some pretty tough bugs that aren't usually found or easily cleaned with Windows runnning. It also runs pretty well on previous versions of Windows, including Win 98SE.

    Here's the URL for Comodo firewall:

    http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

    It has an AV component available, but I usually strip it down and disable all of the extra features when using it with another AV program. I use just the firewall component. It becomes annoying when you have to answer multiple popups. This one can be set to do automatic updates as well. AND did I mention it's free?
     
  12. Hooligan

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    I gotta agree with Cubancigar2000. AVG is a popular and fairly good freebie.
    I think Avast is better and runs well with Comodo however some compatability issues can arise. At the end of the day backup and support count for a lot and you do not want something that hogs system resources. For the money Kaspersky 7.0.1 gets my vote. Barry
     
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    AVG 8.0 and the Mozilla Firefox browser. I had a good technical service remove Nortons. Very good experiences with each.

    Ed Ward
     
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    Kaspersky
     
  15. Steve NJ

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    I use the Nod32 produce for more then 5 years with no problems.
     
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    AVG FREE 8.0
     
  17. kolar12

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    Kaspersky. I HATE Symantics, Norton. It was so embeded om my hard drive that I could not get it off.
     
  18. cubancigar2000

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    I never heard of kaspersky until a hard drive went out on my uostairs computor. My friend who is head of IT at a big beer distribitor came over and installed it. It is really the best I have tried in many years.
     
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    Get a MAC. D Winter
     
  20. bayrat

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    This is for BLUEDEVIL..............Go to the following site: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/malware-removal/remove-xp-antivirus-2008-2009

    Scroll down about half way till you find the following heading: Automated Removal Instructions for XP Antivirus 2008, XP Antivirus 2009, and XPAntivirus using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware:

    Click on the link and download the FREE program Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Download Link

    Run the program and it will remove Antivirus XP for FREE. I got hit and used this to remove it from my computer. McAfee DID NOT catch the virus. AVG 8.0 was then loaded and it has done a great job for me.

    The Bayrat

    Erol Tucker, POC, TX
     
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