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Title: Renew Anti-Virus Software?
Post by: tidbit on Tue Aug 15, 2006 - 19:17:05
I've got Symantec/Norton Anti-Virus 2005 and my subscription is up.

Do I need to renew this?  I always have, but I've never had a virus.

The renewal fee is $40, and I've got 3 computers.  I hate to pay for something I don't need.
Title: Re: Renew Anti-Virus Software?
Post by: twd on Tue Aug 15, 2006 - 20:50:08
I renewed it last month on my wife's computer, but, I had my daughter install AVG (http://free.grisoft.com).  It's free for home users, and I've read good things about it.  There's a lot of talk about Norton and McAfee being specifically targeted by the virus writers, so they are actually much less effective now than some of the smaller players.

Of course, if you have a firewall, and don't open suspicious e-mail attachments, and stay away from contaminated web sites, you might get lucky enough to not get any.  Or, you could switch to Linux or Mac OS X.   ::whistle::
Title: Re: Renew Anti-Virus Software?
Post by: Bon Voyage on Tue Aug 15, 2006 - 21:07:49
Tidbit, get AVG.  And spend the 40 dollars on a router with a hardware firewall if you have high-speed internet.
Title: Re: Renew Anti-Virus Software?
Post by: tidbit on Tue Aug 15, 2006 - 21:14:59
Tidbit, get AVG.  And spend the 40 dollars on a router with a hardware firewall if you have high-speed internet.

I have that at the office.
Title: Re: Renew Anti-Virus Software?
Post by: Nevertheless on Tue Aug 15, 2006 - 21:56:10
Tidbit, your AVG link doesn't work.
Title: Re: Renew Anti-Virus Software?
Post by: twd on Tue Aug 15, 2006 - 22:02:33
Oops.  I fixed it.  And I'm not Tidbit, BTW.