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Blog entry by wichle posted 06-26-2010 06:42 AM 1632 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All who are blogging here have computers on the internet. All should have some sort of virus protection. For the past 4+ years I have been using “Avast”. Available on line . . .free. . I have been alerted a number of times, with a siren if you have your sound on and always a large round caution light and message. Pretty nice software.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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#1 posted 06-26-2010 06:43 AM

Thanks for the tip.

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#2 posted 06-26-2010 07:30 AM

I’ve used Avast several times over the years, and still received infected files. McAfee and Norton also do a poor job IMHO. I am now using Microsoft Security Essentials as it provides protection from virus/spyware/malware. Another great product to scan your PC with is Ad-aware and Emsisoft a2cmd (free version). Ultimately if Linux could do everything well, I would be running it instead of M$ and not dealing with these issues at all anymore.


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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#3 posted 06-26-2010 01:57 PM

AVG works great and it’s free. Takes care of all of it, viruses, spyware,tracking cookies,adware, and more. It stays up to date too. Did I say it was Free!
Heres a link.
Free AVG

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#4 posted 06-26-2010 03:31 PM

Because I have most of the business stuff on the same computer I surf the Internet with I need to be careful and protect everything as much as I can. I also hate resource hog software or software that’s constantly in the way of getting things done. I’ve tried a lot of software including Norton and McAfee but the best I’ve found is ESET NOD 32. It’s relatively inexpensive, completely transparent, very comprehensive, effective and takes minimal computer resources. While I back everything up twice a week, there’s a lot of critical information I need to protect and a computer with the graphics capability I need isn’t inexpensive. The cost of NOD 32 is insignificant when everything is put in perspective.

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#5 posted 06-26-2010 04:53 PM

I’ve used both Avast and AVG (currently using AVG). The are both excellent and more important FREE!
For belt and braces protection Spybot (also free, JGI) is great at sorting out spyware.

I wouldn’t touch Norton or McAfee with a barge pole. They are both very resource hungry (slow your PC down) in my experience, intrusive in the way they work and they expect you to pay for them. Whatever next!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 06-26-2010 05:02 PM

I’ve had AVG blow out the operating system on some older computers (Dell/XP).

I have switched to Avira, Free and added Comodo Free Firewall. Have not had a single virus or intrusion. Also run Malwarebytes as a spyware/malware checker.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 06-26-2010 05:37 PM

Thats unusual, Lew. Obviously I don’t know the exact circumstances but I’ve not had problems on XP, Vista, Windows 7 both on 32 bit and 64 bit processors and operating systems.

ps I am not in any way connected with AVG, I just use their product.

Probably best if Dell users avoid it then.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 06-26-2010 06:13 PM

Norton works for my wife’s simple machine.
AVG works for my very complex computer habits, for the last 4 years. Norton needed to be removed and reinstalled every couple of months. It was a real pain. Had it on 5 machines.
Because I needed better than average protection I am using the paywear version of AVG. No problems whatsoever with AVG.

My next computer I am going to try the Win 7 firewall and MS Security Essentials, both free. I have a router with firewall on the hardware side, with a complex password. This is a low resource solution, supposedly. We’ll see.

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 06-26-2010 06:18 PM

Thanks for the heads up.

bigjoe – linux DOES everything very well, just sometimes not in the exact same way a Win machine does it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 06-26-2010 08:45 PM

We switched to Avira from AVG about 2 years ago. Boots faster, scans twice as fast, and uses less resources. Updates daily as well.

-- Gerry,

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#11 posted 06-26-2010 09:19 PM

I don’t scan much, they never find anything. So that is not an issue for me. AVG seems reasonably fast during internet activities, and doesn’t miss a thing. I don’t download from strange places, and if I do, I scan it for viruses first. But I think you are right, it boots slow.

So, if I can find something faster that works, I’ll try it. First test will be as I mentioned before. However, since it will be a new machine, it will be hard to compare.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#12 posted 06-27-2010 01:00 AM

thank´s for the tip
but I use F-secure (only pay versions possiple) and have done it
for the last 2 years and it works great has cought everything until now
doesn´t use Ram like the AVG and its fast


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#13 posted 06-27-2010 06:53 AM

I’ve used AVG Free for 3 years now. Great Product! Got rid of Avast. Norton & McAfee are a no go!

AVG does an Immediate notification by a small pop up screen in lower left if a Virus or Malaware tries to jump in. Click on “Remove” it does that and they also do an Automatic Scan in that area to grab anything that might have sneaked through. “Auto Update” is Important! Runs in the Background and let’s you know when it is finished. Doesn’t interfear with, or slow done anyhting you’re doing at the time.

Also use “Malwarebyte’s” Anti Malware. Manual Update is again Important. It’s Fast & Good.

Also have 4 “Cleaners” 3 from “Eusing” (Free) “Window Washer”, “Registry Cleaner” (Run Time about 3/4 Minutes) and “Registry Defrag”. I’m a Real Bear when it comes to cleaning JUNK off your Computer. “Windows” Products won’t find this stuff!

“Windows Disc Clean Up” is the next thing to a Joke when it comes to “Cleaning Up”. So is Windows Defrag “This Might Take a Few Minutes To A Few Hours” and there is no indication of Progress!??

4th one is “Clean Up” by Steven Gould a Professor at ? University. OLD Program but cleans off HUNDREDS of Files if I run it every 4/5 Days. You MUST set it to your Preferences (Medium is Okay) HIGH will Clean Off your Entire Hard Drive (Just in case youe Leaving the Company your working for ..LOL…)

I don’t have it, but Eusing also has a Free U-Tube Downloader.

I do have “I O Bit Smart Defrag” (Free) that will do 3 or 4 different types of “Defrag or Optimise” on your Hard Drive. You just click on “Analyse”, it does that then comes back with a Recommendation of what you should do. It Takes time to run the process, but you can see it and/or choose whichever one you want to run.


-- Your Assertiveness Training Is Beginning To Interfere With My Anger Management!

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#14 posted 06-27-2010 04:58 PM

I am slowly becoming a minimalist in these areas. I just use MS Defrag, because it doesn’t come with a lot of other garbage. Frankly, I used Norton everything for years, but I don’t want Norton anywhere near my computers, because of the amount of work it causes. I haven’t been able to find anything good about the registry cleaners. My new computer people say not to use one. I once tried Iolo Utilities, but tossed it with a bunch of other things when I was having data corruption problems.

With my current approach, in spite of a very complex set up, my computer has not hiccuped for 4 years. But it boots slow, hence I am going to try the MS stuff. The slow boot is probably a combination of AVG, Skype, Genie Backup Manager, iTunes, etc. AVG is undoubtedly the main culprit.

So, off to clean up the bird palace (it was built as cage, but I took the door off years ago, big stainless steel monstrosity)...............Kermit is one messy bird.

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 06-28-2010 07:40 AM

I agree with Rick on the use of anti virus products. I have found that Kaspersky does a very good job on my PC. It also lets me know if something is trying to get in. You might want to look into this program. @

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