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Old 08-06-2007, 09:17 PM
 
Location: WA State USA
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There are some great products out there that cover these all important issues BUT don't forget that many free programs out there are equal or better than the ones you pay for.

A great free antivirus is Avast
A great free spyware program is Spywareblaster, Spybot and Ad-Aware

I think the best bought Spyware program for around $30 is Spy Sweeper.
Best antivirus is well, difficult but I would NOT buy Norton.
Try Kaspersky.
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:36 PM
 
Location: New Zealand
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I hate Norton and McAfee. Both are resource hogs and one of them (can't remember which) refuse to go away even after uninstalling.

I'm a big fan of ZoneAlarm -- very easy-to-use interface but with lots of customzable options if you want (I do).

I also like Spybot.
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:50 PM
 
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I agree with Fuzz. I used Norton for years and McAfee for awhile too. They use a LOT of resources, usually cause more trouble than they prevent, and yes, difficult to get rid of if you want to completely uninstall.

A good free anti-virus that I've now used for the past several years is AVG. Good for me at least.

--'rocco
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Old 08-07-2007, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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For some reason my windows vista OS keeps telling me that there is no anti-virus installed on my computer, but I have AVG 7.5 (free) Anyone know what might be going on with that?
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:58 PM
 
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I've used Trend for the last couple of years and works great for me.
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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For some reason my windows vista OS keeps telling me that there is no anti-virus installed on my computer, but I have AVG 7.5 (free) Anyone know what might be going on with that?
Check your build number...it actually should be AVG Free Edition 7.5.476a1048. If it isn't, go here and download it again. Liz
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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Thanks Liz. I'm running a couple of programs at the moment, but will try that very soon and let you know. +rep to you!
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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No problem...I wish I knew more about Vista but I'm not fond of screwing up a perfectly good operating system. And my laptop works just find as it is right now. Liz
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Free programs are free for a reason, they dont do the job 100%, so on many occasions when you have to delete a virus, you have to do it manually etc.

Having said that the Grisoft is pretty good scanner.

Spybot S&D and Adaware are good programs too. I wouldnt pay for any program that scans for spy / adware because theese two work well together. Coupled with Firefox youll rarely need to use it, in theory
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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Free programs are free for a reason, they dont do the job 100%, so on many occasions when you have to delete a virus, you have to do it manually etc.
Well, considering that Norton, McAfee and some of the others don't do such a hot job either..according to Virus Bulletin (you have to have an account to see this but it's free)
All these are the paid anti virus programs:
VB100 Results Overview: Grisoft: 18 Success / 22 Failure / 13 No Entry
VB100 Results Overview: Kaspersky: 39 Success / 14 Failure / 0 No Entry
VB100 Results Overview: McAfee: 32 Success / 19 Failure / 2 No Entry
VB100 Results Overview: Panda: 1 Success / 3 Failure / 49 No Entry
VB100 Results Overview: Symantec: 39 Success / 6 Failure / 8 No Entry
VB100 Results Overview: Trend Micro: 16 Success / 9 Failure / 28 No Entry

Liz
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