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Old 04-28-2009, 10:07 AM   #21
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The free software form Roadrunner (Comp Assoc?) locked up Vista, reminiscent of the Win95 "blue screen of death".

All three systems in mi casa are running Norton, with no issues that I'm aware of... One XP, two Vista.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:26 AM   #22
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This looks like a bargain at Newegg: McAfee VirusScan Plus $9.99 w/free shipping

Newegg.com - Shell Shocker Deal
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I go to UGA so i get a free copy of "F-Secure" which is pretty good

but by far the best anti virus I've used is Kaspersky (might be a german company) ...at least it was 4 or 5 years ago...other people probably caught up
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This looks like a bargain at Newegg: McAfee VirusScan Plus $9.99 w/free shipping

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Do you get updates for any period of time? Or do you buy the program and then pay a fee for the first year of updates?
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Do you get updates for any period of time? Or do you buy the program and then pay a fee for the first year of updates?
I have no idea, just saw the item in their ad.

But if you're interested, for a small fee I'll update you weekly on whether or not it's safe to look at your portfolio balance...
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We have McAfee through cable provider and it slows down our system unbelievably imho. Seems to use a ton of RAM and runs several processes when it's updating its definitions, looking to update, telling me it's updating, reminding me it needs to update, advising me that it's running a scheduled update, etc.--all of these all the time.
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AVG. Every system I've maintained that had Norton or McAffee eventually became a problem. Other a/v software mentioned in the thread all deserve a look.
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Since I use Apple products , I have nothing to say about anti-virus software so I’ll go off-topic here and mention I knew the late George Norton when he was a family lawyer in Silicon Valley. Not sure if he retired early but his sideline really took off!
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IIRC, Kaspersky is the AV in the ZoneAlarm security package
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Since I use Apple products , I have nothing to say about anti-virus software so I’ll go off-topic here and mention I knew the late George Norton when he was a family lawyer in Silicon Valley. Not sure if he retired early but his sideline really took off!
IIRC, the 'Norton' name comes from Peter Norton, an early developer for DOS who sold his company to Symantec. I'm sure he is FI, if not ER.
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I started using Kapersky a couple of years ago after studying the
subject. It may be a case of the fox watching the hen house, however,
as this is a Russian based company.

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AVG. Every system I've maintained that had Norton or McAffee eventually became a problem. Other a/v software mentioned in the thread all deserve a look.
Actually, the 2009 Norton products are pretty solid. They had been producing bloated junk that hogged the CPU until this year. But what I've seen of this year's product is pretty impressive.
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I highly recommend anyone with a PC look at ccleaner. It's not AV but I've used it for years helping friends and family with slow computers.

I've cleaned out more than 1 gig of crap (registry entries, temp files etc) on more than one occasion. It also will remove programs better than windows as it gets everything...

I've always downloaded it from file hippo without incident. Upper right hand corner has newest free version.

Download CCleaner 2.19.889 - FileHippo.com

ccleaner, Adaware SE and AVG and you pretty much have your bases covered.

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IIRC, the 'Norton' name comes from Peter Norton, an early developer for DOS who sold his company to Symantec. I'm sure he is FI, if not ER.
No doubt Peter is FI! You're probably right, the program George developed was called "SupportTax" which is still going strong at West. I thought the guy at Symantec was his son, but I'm not so sure of that now.
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I use Avast and Spybot. My experience with McAfee is that it's as bad as any virus I ever had. Norton isn't much better. I liked them more when they were still making Commandos.

You people are all delusional if you think any of this software will protect you from the swine flu.
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I use one computer as a dirty, always-connected, assumed compromised internet interface, and another computer as clean, never-connected, assumed uncompromised machine for getting work done. The two machines are connected by "sneakernet". Since my dirty machine is a Mac, I don't spend much time worrying about viruses, trojan horses, etc....
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ccleaner is said to have been developed by a guy who was upset with all the crap that HP loaded onto their machines. My landlord has an HP and has been pulling his hair out. I wouldn't have one as a gift. I use ccleaner, too, by the way.
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