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Old 10-07-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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As some of you know: my Mac Mini died a couple of months back (hard drive died) and I replaced it with an H-P Pavilions machine running Vista 64bit.

It came with Nortons preinstalled; ran that antiviral software till it expired then pitched it for Avast, the 'free' home edition that I downloaded.

Any thoughts on whether it was a good move or not? Several computer Geeks whom I know recommended Avast.
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I like Avast, since it also has a firewall and VRDB (right click the icon and click VRDB for more information.)
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Old 10-09-2008, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Greenfield, Mo.
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Norton is horrid. I would rather run no AV than run with it.

Avast is fine. Will do the job, but I would pick up a few other mal/spyware programs.

One of my personal favorites is:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I run CCleaner (good one), a-squared, and for a bit more insurance, keyscrambler, in case a keylogger ever gets by.
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Greenfield, Mo.
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I run CCleaner (good one), a-squared, and for a bit more insurance, keyscrambler, in case a keylogger ever gets by.
I've never personally been a fan of CCleaner. I find it does a fair job but isn't exactly what I like to see. Try that Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and let me know what you think of it.

Seeing you put the keyscrambler (BTW, the premium version of that software is just wonderful!)up there is kinda odd... I'm actually in the process of writing a program that will allow a number pad to be shown on the screen. Just like the 10Key accept after each number is input the numbers themselves scramble therefore even if they had a detection of mouse clicks, they couldn't get in.

Once I get it all setup and working the way I want it I will start putting it on my business machines for clients, at a small fee of course. I'll keep you in mind when I go to test it out and might send you a free copy of it if you wouldn't mind trying it
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I wouldn't suggest CCleaner as the only program, but it does get rid of a bunch of unnecessary stuff that happens to have maleware in it. Only bad thing is you have to sign in to some sites, again.
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