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Old 09-07-03, 11:00 AM
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Tell me about antivirus programs

What's a good deal on antivirus programs? Ebuyer is advertising Norton 2004 for $49.99 less a $20 discount.
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Well, you install them on your computer, and once they are installed, they go thru your system, and make sure there isnt' anything harmful on there.

You can run something that automatically updates the program a few times a month, and it makes sure you're always up to date.

You can also run, at will, full system scans looking for the virii.

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www.grisoft.com = free Always seems to get good recommendations.
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I just sent a free anti-virus program to your email address. Install it and let me know how it goes.
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How bout you install Linux and not sweat it?

Or for that matter having windows keep itself upto date is usally efffective enough...
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No way is updating Windows good enough! You MUST have a good updated antivirus program. By updated, I mean the virus signatures are not more than a week old!

If you don't run an antivirus program, you would have no protection (for example) from the sibig virus.

Of course, executing an attachment from a stranger is foolish but sobig uses the names and addresses of people in the infected machine's address books so the recipient of a sobig infected email will see it came from someone they know.
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Anyone using outlook deservesto have machined screwed up. There are far better alternatives. I have never run anti-virus (too much of a performance hit) and I have gotten a virus. It is really simple:
1. Have your computer run WIndows Update every night you are sleeping.
2. Do not run Internet Explorer. There are great alternatives that are free.
3. Do not run Outlook. There are great alternatives that are free.
3.a If you do run Outlook it is a very good idea to follow #1 and also set it so that you only text,not html. Also disabling Java is a very good idea.

Best of all is to just intall a Linux or BSD.
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2. Do not run Internet Explorer. There are great alternatives that are free.
What do you recommend?
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I use Mozilla on my computer and Netscape on my wife's computer. I want to get a good antivirus program for her computer. So few people write Linux malware that I'm not too concerned about mine. Sobig and sanlove have made me concerned about hers. The antivirus protection hasn't been updated for months, and I'm learning that that makes it pretty much useless.

We're on dialup, so running Windows update while we're sleeping would tie up the phone line. For the same reason, I don't want to purchase a 2003 AV disk and spend 12 hours downloading updates.

On Topic: What are hot deals on antivirus software? Do they offer big discounts from time to time?

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www.bullguard.com

i think its a monthly fee at $4.99 or something like that
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Originally posted by Lampei
www.grisoft.com = free Always seems to get good recommendations.
I received many recommendations for this, and have been running it for a year. While my experience is purely anecdotal, I haven't had a virus in that time.

Free = the hottest deal
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Originally posted by DaBargainHunta
What do you recommend?
I have been using Mozilla for awhile now and won't go back to IE. I'm currently running Version 1.5 beta and it has been perfectly stable.

If you download the full version, Mozilla also has an excellent e-mail client. You can also download the components separately.
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Does the grisoft AV program expire after 30 days? Do you then have to buy it?
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I like McAfee Virus Scan. Usually you can find an OEM version online for real cheap. It doesn't take too much computer resources and has a nice auto-update feature.
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Originally posted by borisdisco
Does the grisoft AV program expire after 30 days? Do you then have to buy it?
Grisoft AV is completely free, and does not expire so no need to purchase anything.
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AVG/Grisoft is NOT the best choice, according to tests and their frequency of updates. It is better than nothing, however.

My recommendations:

www.nod32.com

Or

www.avp.ch

Echoing what other people say in this thread, anyone who is not running a current and reliable AV program (and firewall for that matter) deserves what they get.

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