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Adelphos
03-27-2009, 07:39 PM
Since we "religious" people are a poor lot, generally speaking, you might like to know about the FREE antivirus software program, found here --

http://free.avg.com/homepage-appf8

I have been using this on my netbook, as have others whom I know, and we all love it. I find it less intrusive than Norton or McAfee. Also, the critics have given it very high marks.

As you will see, they also have a fee-based version, but the free version should serve most individual needs.

If you're looking for a free but very good antivirus program, give it a try.

MGVH
03-28-2009, 10:06 AM
I used AVG for a number of years, but it started behaving erratically on a couple of my computers. I switched to Avast (http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html), free home edition, and have been entirely satisfied.

Adelphos
03-28-2009, 10:39 AM
I used AVG for a number of years, but it started behaving erratically on a couple of my computers. I switched to Avast (http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html), free home edition, and have been entirely satisfied.

Well I'm way behind the eight ball on this. I just found out about these free antivirus programs a couple of months ago. You guys have been holding out on us.

tcblack
03-28-2009, 11:56 AM
I was using AVGFree 8.x on all of my systems until I went down to Haiti again this year. While there I discovered that my thumbdrive had become infected. AVG could see it but couldn't clean it. So when I returned home I coughed up the hard cash to put Kaspersky Antivirus on my families five computers (I'm a geek). The hard won money was well spent.

Kaspersky instantly cleaned my thumbdrive, a trojan from my laptop (which AVG didn't see), a virus on my wife's computer and two trojans from my kid's computer. Avg saw none of them.

I'll pay to play from now on.

arggem
03-28-2009, 12:08 PM
Ditto MGVH! I used to use AVG, but I like AVAST better.

When not checking the BW forum, I hang out at www.DSLReports.com (http://www.DSLReports.com) . They talk about all things computer, and then some.

Here is one of their FAQs: Free Anti Virus (http://www.dslreports.com/faq/security/4._Anti_Virus_Programs#7728). I can't vouch for all of them, but in general, the site is pretty trustworthy.

Here is a recent poll (http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r21915664-AntiVirus-Poll-2009)of what AVs are most popular among the readership.

Adelphos
03-28-2009, 12:23 PM
Ditto MGVH! I used to use AVG, but I like AVAST better.

Does the free version of AVAST also provide email protection?

arggem
03-28-2009, 07:07 PM
It sure does.

Here are a couple of quotations from the Home Edition (http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-free-home-antivirus-antispyware.html) page:


The avast! engine also features outstanding unpacking support. It can scan inside the following archives: ARJ, ZIP, MIME (+ all associated formats), MAPI (Outlook pst files), DBX (Outlook Express archives), RAR, TAR, GZIP, CAB, BZIP2, ZOO, ACE, ARC, LHA/LHX, TNEF (winmail.dat), CPIO, CHM, RPM, ISO, 7ZIP and SIS. It also supports a number of executable packers (such as PKLite, Diet, UPX, ASPack, PeShield, FSG, MEW etc.).
Standard resident protection

Resident protection (the real-time protection of the operating system), is one of the most important parts of an antivirus program today. avast! features a powerful resident module that is able to detect a virus before it has any chance to infect your computer.

avast! Home Edition contains resident protection of the computer file system and a resident module for e-mails and news.
File system protection ensures that no virus will be started on the computer. It offers a wide range of settings, such as the possibility to specify that files will be scanned during copying, or that the scanning will include files with given set of extensions only.

E-mail/News protection consists of two independent modules; first, there is a generic scanner working on the SMTP/POP3/IMAP4/NNTP protocol level. It is capable of protecting any existing e-mail client that uses these protocols. Second, there is a special plugin for MS Outlook only; the mail scanning is completely transparent, requiring no special settings.

A new feature of version 4 is heuristic analysis of e-mail scanners. This feature can protect against new, unknown viruses and worms that are not possible to detect by the usual means. The heuristic module performs a thorough investigation of every e-mail message and watches for suspicious signs, that might announce virus presence. When the number of those signs exceeds a user-defined level, the message is considered dangerous and the user is warned.
Oh, and NO I don't work for avast! I just like "free" and "good" in the same sentence.

SCSaunders
03-29-2009, 09:00 AM
When AVG starting having those problems, I went back to Norton. As my Norton subscriptions started running out one by one (my wife and daughters have laptops/notebooks), I've been replacing it with Avira. It came highly recommended by our family computer guy. He attends our church and I trust him.

Based on this thread, I think I'll replace my final Norton subscription with Avast.

Excellent info one and all.

Adelphos
03-29-2009, 01:22 PM
Based on this thread, I think I'll replace my final Norton subscription with Avast.

Ditto. I had no idea all this free stuff at such high quality was available.

Alan Johnson
03-30-2009, 11:31 PM
I've been pleased with Comodo Internet Security, a free internet security suite (www.comodo.com).

SCSaunders
07-20-2009, 11:08 AM
.... Based on this thread, I think I'll replace my final Norton subscription with Avast.
Well, I loaded Avast this morning.

I don't think its a placebo effect to say that I notice my computer is loading much, much faster than when I was running Norton 360, that bloated CPU-sucking vampire.

Dan Phillips
07-20-2009, 08:53 PM
I think if I were Peter Norton I might sue to have my name removed from... well, everything.

Sansom48
07-25-2009, 08:21 PM
I have used AVG for years now, and to be honest I haven't had any complaints but I may give This other one a try to be more preventative in my anti-virus measures.

SCSaunders
07-27-2009, 11:00 AM
I have used AVG for years now, and to be honest I haven't had any complaints but I may give This other one a try to be more preventative in my anti-virus measures.My folks have been running AVG for about 6 months now and haven't had any problems. Maybe the old "If it works, don't fix it" would apply. I'm just not knowledgeable enough say for sure.

What I can say is that on my first scan, avast found a trojan virus that Norton had missed. Since then, I've run their deepest scan; fortunately, no further finds.

I've replaced Norton's "clean-up" feature with following ....

http://i26.tinypic.com/vzx8cp.png (http://www.ccleaner.com/) which can also be found here (http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/).


http://i29.tinypic.com/11ux81x.png (http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html) which can also be found here (http://download.cnet.com/Advanced-SystemCare-Free/3000-2086_4-10407614.html?tag=mncol).

Adelphos
07-27-2009, 11:06 AM
Far be it from me to squelch a good program -- and both of those appear to be good little utilities -- but you should be careful with those types of programs because in addition to removing unwanted files they can sometimes remove files that the program THINKS are not needed when in fact they might have a callback property that one of your programs needs once in a while.

I know these programs attempt to guard against that, but they are not 100% foolproof. FWIW.

EDIT: With that said, I downloaded the secone one myself. Haven't used it yet, and don't when (or if) I will, but it looks like a good one overall, and it appears that you have the option to tell it what actions to perform and what not to perform.

SCSaunders
07-27-2009, 11:15 AM
Far be it from me to squelch a good program -- and both of those appear to be good little utilities -- but you should be careful with those types of programs because in addition to removing unwanted files they can sometimes remove files that the program THINKS are not needed when in fact they might have a callback property that one of your programs needs once in a while.

I know these programs attempt to guard against that, but they are not 100% foolproof. FWIW.Your point is very well taken. These programs should be used carefully. So far I've had no problems.

I've been using cCleaner for about 3 years. I got to the point, when I ran if first and Norton second, Norton could do nothing more. When vice versa, Norton left some crumbs behind.

I can honestly say that my computer runs faster since using Advanced System Care. I've even upgraded to the Pro version. It's "utilities" section is very good.

JMHO.

But Scott is correct, when it comes to your computer - move carefully. All I can offer is a testimonial.

Adelphos
07-27-2009, 11:23 AM
Can you tell ASC not remove unwanted files, i.e., to perform the other actions, but not that one?

SCSaunders
07-27-2009, 11:51 AM
Can you tell ASC not remove unwanted files, i.e., to perform the other actions, but not that one?More than likely, not with the specificity that a programmer like yourself would desire.

You can check/select and uncheck/unselect action items through the options dialogue box.
http://i31.tinypic.com/2n7i6uq.png

What I can say is, I've been happy with the product and leave it at that. FWIW. :)

If there's any doubt, skip it. I'm merely offering a non-programmer's testimonial, much like I do with BW.

Adelphos
07-27-2009, 11:57 AM
It looks like it gives you all the options I was interested in. Many programs don't offer you the options, but this one looks pretty good.

That's another thing I like about BW, is that it offers you a whole horde of options instead of limiting the user to one standard, like so many programs do.

Adelphos
07-27-2009, 12:30 PM
I bit the bullet and installed and ran it and I like it.

First off, it automatically set up a system restore point before doing anything, which means I didn't have to do that myself beforehand.

Secondly, it found 50 -- get that -- 50 spyware problems which NONE of my other programs found. It also did a good job with my registry and other stuff.

With some trepidation, I let it erase all my "junk" files, and it doesn't appear that it erased anything that wasn't, in fact, junk, as I have tested most of my other programs and they all seem to work fine.

The one thing I do NOT recommend is that you have ASC run on startup, as it slows you down (at least it did me) considerably upon a reboot, which I did.

My reboot itself seemed a little cleaner and faster, but having ASC run on top of that slowed me up way too much for my liking.

However, the good thing about this is that you can easily turn off ASC running on startup.

The interface is very sleek. If I had to make a guess, I'd say it was coded with MFC based on the sleek interface.

In any case, I like the program, and the fact that it's free and yet of very high quality is as good as it gets.

SCSaunders
07-27-2009, 04:04 PM
Very cool Scott.

With your background, I have even more confidence in the program.

I too don't run it at start up.

Thanks for checking it out.

Adelphos
07-27-2009, 04:52 PM
Thanks for checking it out.

And thank you for pointing it out! :cool: