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In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« on: Sat Oct 28, 2006 - 00:05:22 »
Does anybody know of any good anti virus software that I can download for free from the internet? ::clappingoverhead::

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In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
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« Reply #1 on: Sat Oct 28, 2006 - 08:44:24 »
I've installed AVG on my wife's and daughter's computer.  So far so good, and I've read good things about it.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #2 on: Sat Oct 28, 2006 - 14:06:11 »
I'll second AVG Free. They recently released an updated version.

I also use Ad-Aware SE. It's another freebie. The two working together do a pretty good job.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #3 on: Sun Oct 29, 2006 - 09:58:02 »
The Microsoft Website recommends the CA Anti-Virus software.  It isn't free, but right now they're offering a 1-year fully-functional trial.

http://www.ca.com

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #4 on: Sun Oct 29, 2006 - 13:52:48 »
Buy a Mac, you won't need any  ::noworries::  sorry I couldn't resist.


I third the recommendation of AVG. I have used it for over a year now and had no problems.

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« Reply #5 on: Mon Oct 30, 2006 - 08:26:13 »
Or a Linux system.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #6 on: Mon Oct 30, 2006 - 17:16:30 »
Or a Linux system.

yeahmen, moving on...

google for any of the following avast(best interface), clamwin(my fave), or Antivir personal edition (very good but annoying with its reminders to upgrade).
another option is to set your homepage to http://www.housecall.trendmicro.com  a very good free online scanner.
hope these help

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #7 on: Sat Nov 04, 2006 - 14:50:02 »
Does AVG use fewer system resources than Norton?  Norton is a hog.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #8 on: Sat Nov 04, 2006 - 17:38:02 »
Norton works wonderfully (i have it on my wife's system) but it does hog memory.  I've found that AVG does use fewer resources than Norton, so does Antivir  as well

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #9 on: Sat Jan 27, 2007 - 20:19:18 »
AVG with Ad Aware SE are the best for keeping your computer clean.

Both free.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #10 on: Sat Jan 27, 2007 - 20:20:01 »
AVG with Ad Aware SE are the best for keeping your computer clean.

Both free.

AVG for years here and no major malfunction.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #11 on: Sun Jan 28, 2007 - 20:04:04 »
AVG seems to work for our Windows computers.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #12 on: Mon Jan 29, 2007 - 04:50:25 »
I think we do have AVG -- but we only keep it to clean up other people's Windows-related problems.  We, ourselves, on the family computer, do not need anti-virus software, because we don't dabble in Windows products (she said, with a curl of the lip and a crinkle of the nose, as if "Windows" equaled "Poo-poo"...).

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« Reply #13 on: Mon Jan 29, 2007 - 10:21:16 »
I think we do have AVG -- but we only keep it to clean up other people's Windows-related problems.  We, ourselves, on the family computer, do not need anti-virus software, because we don't dabble in Windows products (she said, with a curl of the lip and a crinkle of the nose, as if "Windows" equaled "Poo-poo"...).

As someone who uses three different OS platforms I have to admit that I have never had a lot of issues with either.  When I do something stupid like open an attachment from someone I don't know in order to see a video of Saddam hanged that's when I get in trouble on my Windows computer. 

I run AVG on all of my Windows computers, on my computers that runs Red Hat and the one that is a MAC I don't use any type of Antivirus. But I am very careful about what I open, and where I surf. I believe that is the most important thing that you need to remember.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #14 on: Mon Jan 29, 2007 - 10:29:06 »
I've been using AVG on my XP in the office since someone here suggested several months ago and am happy with it (happier, in fact than I was with Norton, which seemed to be a memory hog).

But, I also use the Mac approach 90% of the time. ::smile::

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« Reply #15 on: Thu Feb 01, 2007 - 17:39:28 »
I think we do have AVG -- but we only keep it to clean up other people's Windows-related problems.  We, ourselves, on the family computer, do not need anti-virus software, because we don't dabble in Windows products (she said, with a curl of the lip and a crinkle of the nose, as if "Windows" equaled "Poo-poo"...).
A wise woman you are, Janine (he wrote from his Ubuntu powered laptop).

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #16 on: Thu Feb 01, 2007 - 18:03:36 »
If Macs are able to gain a whole lot more market share, they won't be free from viruses.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #17 on: Fri Feb 02, 2007 - 09:26:15 »
How true Gary.  The reason that Windows are virus magnets is because there are a lot of hackers that HATE the big money machine out of Washington.  If MAC turns into a big money machine there will be some hackers turn on them as well.

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« Reply #18 on: Fri Feb 02, 2007 - 21:31:05 »
There is truth to the assertion that being the big fish makes you the big target.  That is part, but not all of the reason.

Windows has some intentional holes, some to support gaming, others for backward compatibility with older versions of Windows and DOS, that make the virus writer's job easier.  It also by default gives user processes much more access than Mac OS or Linux, allowing more damage to be done.  The fact is that, even if Mac OS were the big target, many of the attacks that work on Windows wouldn't work so well there.

Vista addresses some of these issues, at cost of some compatibility and game performance.  Of course, there are likely some new problems that Vista introduces, and I personally don't like where Microsoft is going with DRM (digital rights management).

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #19 on: Sun Feb 04, 2007 - 22:41:19 »
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I personally don't like where Microsoft is going with DRM (digital rights management).

Could you elaborate for the ignorant among us?

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #20 on: Wed Feb 07, 2007 - 21:54:21 »
Oh, sorry never, I wasn't ignoring you, I just didn't look here for a couple of days...

Here's a story from the BBC that explains some of the issues.

While I personally despise the pirates who sell other people's work without paying the owners, I think that forcing your customers to continually rebuy what you've already sold them, as the RIAA and MPAA are attempting to do, is beyond the pale.  They are trying to regain through technology what they have lost through fair-use law and rulings.  Microsoft's approach to DRM (digital rights management) essentially supports that approach, treating the user (the one who owns the hardware, in fact) as being presumably a thief who needs to be prevented from perpetrating nefarious deeds by the operating system.  And, of course, this all requires ever more sophisticated technology, for which the user must pay.

The sad thing is, the real thieves will break the protection anyway, so this stuff primarily is a burden on those of us who try to be law-abiding.  One of the truisms of technology is that there is no protection scheme that is unbreakable, because, at some point, the stuff has to be decoded to be shown on screen or played through the speakers.

OK, off my  ::soapbox::

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #21 on: Thu Feb 08, 2007 - 00:08:08 »
Ok. . .  Now howabout layman's terms?  Do you mean they are making software, music, videos, etc that "can't" be copied?

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #22 on: Thu Feb 08, 2007 - 13:02:41 »
I don't think it is accurate to say that there would be as many problems for the Mac as there have been for Win XP and its predecessors if the market share were equal.

Would there be more problems than now? Of course.

Equal? No because the platform is built to be more secure. I recently read an article that had been linked on some blogs screaming about how the Mac was not as safe as touted. The actual article explained three vulnerabilities. One required the user to enter their system password for the nasty program to do anything harmful. One required you to click a pop-up box to permit the dangerous file to run. The other would cause the Safari internet browser to crash if you visited a site featuring an image file with the exploit.

I don't see much useful out of crashing someone's internet browser other than being able to say you did it. I figure anyone who enters their system password to run an unknown program or clicks a box to run an unknown program gets what they deserve.

The OSX operating system is not impervious but it is more difficult to exploit. It's like passwords for your computer or owning a safe. Its not that you can create one that can't be beaten, its how hard do you make it to beat.

For example
blowfish is a weak password
bl0wfish or Blowfish or bl0wf1sh is a bit stronger.
Bl0wf1sh is stronger than those.
Bl0wfishBl0wf!sh is much stronger than any of them.

All can cracked but the last one would require so much effort and computing power that anyone wanting in might not live long enough to crack it.

Right now the Mac market share just doesn't make attacking it worthwhile but even if the market shares were reversed, the difference in strength will still rule out many people doing it.

Imagine three jewlry stores each with a million dollars worth of inventory easily accessible and 100 theives out there interested in getting the loot. The first store has no alarm system and doesn't lock the door at night and leaves the goods out in plain sight. Most or all of the 100 will knock it over. The second has alarms, locks the door and has a second set of bars they lock of the doors and windows. Less will try it and be successful. The third has the same as the second but then takes the goods and places them in an office safe. Even fewer will try and be successful but that won't mean someone won't try and be successful.

That's pretty much the situation with the operating systems. OSX is harder to beat.

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/privacy/password_checker.mspx

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« Reply #23 on: Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 14:19:48 »
More on Vista DRM from security analyst Bruce Schneier, who does a good job of making it understandable to laymen, I think.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #24 on: Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 14:20:45 »
Arkstafan, I agree with your analysis.

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« Reply #25 on: Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 14:22:16 »
Ok. . .  Now howabout layman's terms?  Do you mean they are making software, music, videos, etc that "can't" be copied?

"Can't be copied?"  They wish.  Hard to copy for legitimate reasons, but easy enough for the pirates is closer to the truth.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #26 on: Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 15:17:30 »
Supposedly Vista "calls home" to Microsoft rather frequently to make sure it is a legitimate copy.

A while back my wife's laptop running XP suddenly panicked and believed it might not be a legitimate copy so it refused to work until it could call home. Might not have been a problem but for the fact we were traveling and without internet access. Couldn't even watch a stupid DVD on it until it got blessed that it was legitimate.

I'm curious how that will play out with Vista if it supposedly is more common.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #27 on: Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 16:00:01 »
Ok. . .  Now howabout layman's terms?  Do you mean they are making software, music, videos, etc that "can't" be copied?

"Can't be copied?"  They wish.  Hard to copy for legitimate reasons, but easy enough for the pirates is closer to the truth.

And if you want to backup your DVD's you can't unless you use an "illegal" mechanism to get around the encryption like DVD43.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #28 on: Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 20:24:29 »
Ok. . .  Now howabout layman's terms?  Do you mean they are making software, music, videos, etc that "can't" be copied?

"Can't be copied?"  They wish.  Hard to copy for legitimate reasons, but easy enough for the pirates is closer to the truth.

Well that's why the "can't" is in quotes.  I figure it's like restricting sales of pseudoephedrine to combat meth labs.  The politicians can point to it and say what a good job they're doing fighting drugs, the meth makers still get all they want, and the legitimate customers are ... um ... inconvenienced.  [I would have used a more accurate but impolite word, but, well, ::shrug:: ]

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« Reply #29 on: Wed Feb 14, 2007 - 11:20:15 »
Just so, Never.

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Re: In search of free anti-virus software from the internet
« Reply #30 on: Sat Feb 24, 2007 - 22:02:16 »
Just some personal experience here in terms of cleaning up your computer with anti virus software. I usually use Windows Defender and Trend Micro, two solid pieces of software. But recently I'd had tons of trouble with my computer. Error messages, slow downs, certain software not working.

Anyway, a buddy of mine who works on computers for a living told me to get a free scan from Windows One Care (click on "Full Service Scan.") They scan your computer from their website, which removes the problem about having to wonder if your virus protection is infected and because of that not protecting you.

Anyway, it found 10 viruses on my computer where my other software could not. And it cleaned them. It's the best I found, probably because it uses the virus information from all the major virus software out there so that they don't miss something. Let it scan your machine!  Click on "Full Service Scan."

 

     
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