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Old 09-24-2008, 06:48 PM
 
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When I purchased my computer about one- year- ago, the salesperson recommended that I get Webroot Spyware, without the anti-virus part, and then get the anti-virus part from Trend Micro Anti-virus, separetedly. Webroot Spyware is offering me the whole two of them combined for an additional $10, as a promotion for a short-period of time, plus I am able to contact them directly. Trend Micro cannot be contacted directly, only by e-mail.

For some unknown reason, Trend Micro subscription expires two weeks' after Webroot, so I still have some time to make up my mind. If I make my decision now, and go with Webroot, I will duplicate the anti-virus for another two weeks. Can this damage the computer? Do you think the original recommendation of my salesperson was correct? Do you know anything about these two companies? Which company will you choose? So far, my computer has not problems. Thanks,
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Old 09-24-2008, 07:40 PM
 
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Well, I personally prefer the free software. I'm running Avast, which is both an AV and firewall. Ariva has a good reputation, but you'll have to find a firewall. Some like Zonealarm. I tried it once upon a time but didn't like it. AVG Free is a popular AV. I think it also needs a firewall.

Another reason I like Avast is because it updates automatically and because it has VRDB:
"VRDB stands for "Virus Recovery Database"; it was known as "Integrity Database" in previous avast! versions. The aim of VRDB is to help when, despite all the security measures, a virus gets inside the computer and the files are infected. With the help of VRDB, it is possible to repair many infected files (return them exactly to their original state)." There's more to it than that, but I didn't want to copy-paste it all in here.

Some people think of the old adage, "You get what you pay for." That doesn't apply to the above-mentioned programs, as well as others.
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:33 PM
 
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So far, my computer has not problems.

You answered your own question.
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Old 09-25-2008, 05:25 PM
 
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Spysweeper has become a bloated resource hogging application similar to Norton and Mcafee, I used to highly recommend it but it went off my list a couple years ago. I would go with one of the free AV apps and a couple of the free manual malware scanners, with one of them being malwarebytes.
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Old 10-03-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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So far, my computer has not problems.

You answered your own question.
Would you kindly elaborate a little more about your reply? thanks,
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:31 AM
 
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If your computer has not had any problems why are you wanting to change what you are using. Remember the adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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Old 10-04-2008, 03:07 PM
 
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If your computer has not had any problems why are you wanting to change what you are using. Remember the adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Because I have virus only with TREND, which will expire soon on 10/13, and now they are only offering me a combination of the two: being spyware and virus. They no longer offer anti-virus alone, which is what I have with them. I already have a subscription with WEBROOT, for spyware ONLY for the next three years, BUT now they are offering me the two combined. So, I need to make up my mind because after 10/13, I will not have anti-virus on this computer. Do I need to uninstall TREND? Or can I go with Webroot without uninstalling Trend, since it will run out 10/13? Will it break my computer, If I do not uninstall it? Thank you,
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Old 10-05-2008, 10:43 AM
 
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ALL expired AV/ anti-malware apps should be uninstalled before installing their replacements, only 1 active AV/ anti-malware app should be in use at a given time, never have 2 of either monitoring your system.
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