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Old 01-03-2009, 11:46 PM
 
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I've been trying to update my Avast Antivirus on my dial up,to no avail. Going to have to find an alternative program! Takes several hours to update,dial up can't handle it.
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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I could only imagine!! I have Avast and I bet 5 times a day it tells me it has been updated but I tell you what. I LOVE it! I have not had a virus since I got it, it catches everything before it gets on my computer.. With the purchased brand anti virus, I was always getting a virus or bug of some sort. (I have DSL light.)
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:45 PM
 
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Don't get AVG if you're on dialup. Some of those updates are 30+ MB. Dialup isn't something most companies consider when they're writing software. Heck, my cell phone gets more than 10x the download speed of dialup.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:14 AM
 
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Yup,same problem w/ AVG!! But out here in the boonies,dialup is the only choice. Can't afford satellite,either. Any ideas?
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:04 PM
 
Location: New York
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I could only imagine!! I have Avast and I bet 5 times a day it tells me it has been updated but I tell you what. I LOVE it! I have not had a virus since I got it, it catches everything before it gets on my computer.. With the purchased brand anti virus, I was always getting a virus or bug of some sort. (I have DSL light.)
After trying many different types of anti-virus - I also favor AVAST.

Since you are on a 56k modem, check out Kasperski Anti-virus. It is light weight (not taking up alot of Ram).

The prices of internet service has dropped recently. If Cable or DLS is no availble, check into satellite service.

I have Verizon Fiber Optic Boost - 20Mbps Down / 5 Mbps Up. I could never go back to a telephone 56k modem.

My $000.02...

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Old 01-05-2009, 04:51 PM
 
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avast sucked for me on my dell vostro xp game me issues on lag time and search logs
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Texas
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You might try Sandboxie. It is not perfect, but nothing is. I'm going to try ThreatFire. I haven't tried it yet, myself, but I understand it can be used along with other programs you might have running in the background, and it is light on resources.

If you can download something like SuperAntiSpyware to a thumb drive on another computer, you can use it on yours, either from the thumb drive (or so I've heard) or you may be able to move it to your computer. Same with SpyBot Search & Destroy, CCleaner, and anything else.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:04 PM
 
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Thanks Brian,let me know how it goes for you,please! AVG update is also hopeless,takes too darn long as well! Asked about it on the AVG Free forum,will wait & see if there is a solution. They do seem a bit rude over there so far,I am not anticipating that a solution is forthcoming!
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I downloaded Threatfire this evening. It was a 22.4 meg download. It updated itself, so I don't know how big it was. I told it to go ahead and do a full scan. It took about 25 minutes to scan 335,617 registry keys and 141,617 files. I haven't had time yet to see how it behaves, but I've heard some good things about it.

To conserve resources you might see if there are some things that you can get rid of in your startup list. Start > Run > type msconfig > hit OK > Startup tab. I wouldn't be a big help there, but maybe someobody else might.

Another thing, how much RAM do you have and what is your OS? Some people are running with very little RAM; more could be a big help. I think I had only about 128 megs. Some have 256. I think two gigs would help.

Maybe the geeks in here will have more input.
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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The actual problem is not Avast, but your dialup connection. With downloads and AV & Windows updates the size they are today, dialup is woefully inadequate, not much you can do about it if you won't/can't go to broadband.
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