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Old 04-27-2009, 02:08 PM   #1
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Anti Virus Software......

What anti virus software do you use? I have been using McAfee, free through AOL but I noticed the program is not being updated. When I try to update it manually, it just runs and runs and never concludes the update. I was using it through AOL when I used their dial up services but changed to dsl through At&t. Maybe the updates stopped when I changed internet providers, don't know. The daily scans work, just no updates of the program.

Any free stuff you guys use? Or do you pay for a service?
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:17 PM   #2
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Trend Micro, online, free scan. Always up to date.
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AVG, but it's seeming pretty bloated and i'm hunting a good freebie option.

I do like and recommend this, which has anti spyware, but isn't antivirus:
Free PC Repair, Protection & Clean Up | Advanced SystemCare Free Computer Scan, Optimizer, Maintenance

Tried Vipre antivir, which was real small and fast, but only gave a 2 week trial.
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I use Norton. I could get McAfee for free from my ISP (Comcast), but I've been happy with Norton, so I just pay the $35 annually for updated definitions.
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I use Norton Internet Security (which has their antivirus and more) and have no complaints.

But then, bear in mind that I like it so much I haven't tried any of its competitors! I have no basis for comparison, and it is definitely expensive $$$$$$$$.
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I was unhappy with Norton.

I was happy with AVG for years.

Now I am using ZoneAlarm's suite. It has their firewall and an AV package, is unobtrusive and does seem to work well. Not free, though.
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:03 PM   #8
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Paid for BitDefender antivirus. Use the free version of Malwarebytes.
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AOL is no longer offering Mcafee for free. I received an email a few months ago to either pay $38 for a one year subscription or they will stop their updates.

I think it's risky to be running with an outdated definition files.
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AVG seems to work well for me.
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AVG seems to work well for me.

I also run Adaware and Spybot antiadwares periodically.
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I use the free version of Avast. Seems to work just fine. avast! - Download antivirus software for spyware and virus protection
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I think it's risky to be running with an outdated definition files.
Yup, in fact I'd go as far as to say almost pointless. Virus/anti is a never ending arms race man.
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AOL is no longer offering Mcafee for free. I received an email a few months ago to either pay $38 for a one year subscription or they will stop their updates.

I think it's risky to be running with an outdated definition files.
I guess that explains why it just runs and runs but never ends the process. Never got the email. Oh well, time to move on to something else.
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using avast now too, used to pay for mcafee and all they did was charge me a bunch and bug me for more money!
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Going to give AVG a try. Also downloaded Malwarebytes to run once a week. The AVG scan did run for a long time. Will have to see how it goes.
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Avast seems to work really well and it is free, updates many times.
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Avast seems to work really well and it is free, updates many times.
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I have Avast running on my laptop with a vista operating system it seems to work fine. it did not do as well on my desktop with XP.

I was infected with a virus so I went back to Mcafee.

BTW I also run Spybot and adaware as an added protection.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:10 AM   #18
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I just put avast onto desktop running XP since Mcafee for some reason went south after I restored to an earlier date. Works great with Vista I will watch to see how it works on XP. It would be strange for it to not work well on Xp since Avast has been around since
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We used to have Norton and it seemed to really slow down my XP system. I switched to AVG (paid version, to get all the features) and was much happier with it. I just bought a new computer with Vista and bought AVG again and I'm plenty happy with it.
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Trend Micro suite. It is the less intrusive, in my experience, than Norton or McAfee.

Some malware/virus will try to prevent anti virus programs from working/updating. If McAfee won't update I would go to and run Trend Micro's free online scan: Trend Micro HouseCall - Free Online Virus and Spyware Scan - Trend Micro USA
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