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Old 03-16-2005, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Antivirus??

I currently use Norton, and is slows my system to the point that I want to smash the damn thing.

What should I be using for virus protection, that is reliable, but at the same time, one that wont use all of my memory up and slow me down.

If you know of any, please let me know where I can purchase or d/l it.

Thanks!
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi danny_boy. Try this thread. It was pretty cool and should answer some of your questions. Hopefully I paste the link correctly:

http://www.tfproject.org/tfp/showthr...ght=anti-virus

I use AVG and I like it.
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Old 03-16-2005, 03:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just installed PC-cillin and I think its great. It uses very little resources and seems to catch alot of stuff that Nortons didnt.

http://www.trendmicro.com/en/home/us/personal.htm
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Old 03-17-2005, 06:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've been using McAfee for the last six or so years and I like it. Besides a small slow down during startup, it does not eat up my resources and still manages to do it's job extremelly well.
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Old 03-17-2005, 06:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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*me* personally can't stand McAfee or Norton. They're all about making their software look pretty.

If you're looking for free stuff, I would suggest PC-Cillin (personal), Antivir, or AVG. All three are good antivirus programs. You don't need to care how pretty it is, just that it's functionality is top notch.

Granted you get more features when you pay for their consumer line, but do you really need it?
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Old 03-17-2005, 07:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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you can't beat Trend Micro products. Norton is a resource hog so I know what you mean. PC-Cillin is probably your best bet.
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Old 03-17-2005, 11:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My girlfriend uses Avast home edition, doesn't use a lot of resources and it found a few viruses AVG didn't.

http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I used norton while at school cause they had licenses.

Since leaving, I have switched to AVG since I don't want to illegally use one or pay for it. no complaints with AVG as of yet.
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I've been using Avast for a while now and haven't had any problems with it, it definitely doesn't hog as much of the resources as Norton did.
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Old 03-22-2005, 06:30 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Anyone experienced NOD32.

Gets good coverage over here in the UK so must be something good about it
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Old 03-22-2005, 08:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Been using AVG myself for a couple of years, really happy with it.
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Old 03-25-2005, 04:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
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well, all these antivirs has advantages and disadvantages , i personally used avast , kaspersky, f-secure, nod32 and i think now i ll install pc-cillin to see how much resources it eats ,

for a while i was using real time scan in f-secure internet security 2005 and it really slows down the sys , now i turned it down (at this very moment i have 2 antivir installed avast and f- secure) , well i ve turned it off , now only armor2net(firewall) is protecting me , besides i don't run the file i suspect that is infected , belive me this is nightmare when u do this

some time ago i dl spooky windows 2000 evo with some malicious add , and after instalation i had to format c: coz some worm,virus,trojan or whatever files were undeletable (i had even try attrib ) aha to remove trojans use trojanhunter.
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Old 03-25-2005, 06:12 PM   #13 (permalink)
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norton on here, but i been running avg on the gf's lapyop i got her for school and it works great so a A+ for both from me.
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Old 03-25-2005, 06:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I know with the free version of AVG you cannot schedule virus checks, so how often do you recommend I do a check.

Also, I know it has e-mail scanning, but I cant seem to turn that function on.
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Old 03-25-2005, 10:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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danny_boy, the E-mail scanner is on by default. If you double click on the AVG icon that's running in the System Tray, you can then double click on the E-mail Scanner button to see the specifics if you wish. The easiest way to 'test' if the scanner is working properly would be to send yourself an e-mail. At the bottom of the e-mail, it should say something about AVG certified mail.

You don't need to virus check more than once a day. I have mine check at 6:40AM.
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Old 03-26-2005, 09:05 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I know with the free version of AVG you cannot schedule virus checks, so how often do you recommend I do a check.

Also, I know it has e-mail scanning, but I cant seem to turn that function on.
it should auto protect so its not really needed. if you get 2 or more infected things at once then you should scan. i dont know for sure about avg tho
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Old 03-26-2005, 09:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I, like many others have said, use AVG and have done so for about three years now. It's caught everything I've intentionally thrown at it in the past for testing purposes, and a few I didn't. Just a well made, free product. Wow... free and well made in the same sentence.
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Old 03-30-2005, 06:39 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Anyone know of a good free or reasonably priced anti-virus for a server? Specifically Windows Server 2000.

AVG does not work on a server OS and I'm tired of paying big bucks for Norton.
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Old 03-30-2005, 07:18 AM   #19 (permalink)
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GOT: we use TrendMicro on all of our servers.

http://www.trendmicro.com/en/product...e/overview.htm
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Old 03-30-2005, 08:35 AM   #20 (permalink)
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GOT: We currently use Symantec Antivirus 9 Corporate Edition. When our subscription is up in June, I'm switching to TrendMicro AV SMB (I think thats what it is called).
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Old 04-01-2005, 05:25 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up going with Clamwin.

Trendmicro looked like a good option, but was around $140 for a 5-license package.

This is a home network so a bit on the expensive side.
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Old 04-01-2005, 06:41 AM   #22 (permalink)
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A home network with Windows 2003 Server and you're complaining about expenses? How much did the licenses cost for Win2k3 Server and connectivity, assuming it's a legit copy?
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Old 04-01-2005, 09:52 AM   #23 (permalink)
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assuming it's a legit copy?
Stares off into the distance and whistles.

I"m sorry, did you ask a question?

It's my "test" copy from work. It allows me to "practice" working in a network environment.

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Old 12-17-2005, 04:58 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Hope this hasn't been asked dozens of times. I did a search for AVG and didn't find anything related to what I'm asking.

I also couldn't find the free version of AVG anymore. Anyone know whether or not the free version still exists?

Thanks.
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Old 12-17-2005, 05:27 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Free (home) version:
http://www.grisoft.com/doc/289/lng/us/tpl/tpl01

I've had about equal luck with AVG & Avast. The AVG interface is relatively crude but it works.
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Old 12-17-2005, 08:12 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 12-18-2005, 12:15 PM   #27 (permalink)
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if you are running windows, try microsoft giant.. search the microsoft website for it, it's free

no, Giant also clears all (or most) other malware.
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Old 12-19-2005, 09:58 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I thought giant was just spyware??
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Old 12-20-2005, 07:21 PM   #29 (permalink)
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danny_boy, the E-mail scanner is on by default. If you double click on the AVG icon that's running in the System Tray, you can then double click on the E-mail Scanner button to see the specifics if you wish. The easiest way to 'test' if the scanner is working properly would be to send yourself an e-mail. At the bottom of the e-mail, it should say something about AVG certified mail.

You don't need to virus check more than once a day. I have mine check at 6:40AM.

Just a quick note - your "test" for the email function is only valid in the free version - if you have a paid version of AVG, the email footers are removed. AVG has different email protectors - I'm using the "Personal Email Scanner" with Thunderbird and seems to work pretty well - it also has an outlook plugin (which I cannot vouch for as I don't have outlook configured...).

If you have it (the email option) installed and running, you get a little popup above the windows status area (right side of the start bar) when your email program does a "get" mail.
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Old 12-24-2005, 09:07 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Try nod32 (has the least system resource use) www.eset.com, Costs $49 for a year.

If want to try a free antivirus. you an have windows onecare.
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Old 12-26-2005, 08:45 PM   #31 (permalink)
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if you are running windows, try microsoft giant.. search the microsoft website for it, it's free

no, Giant also clears all (or most) other malware.
GIANT's AV abilities are lightweight. Even its spyware detection is blunted by politics. (if they ignore Claria/Gator since the possible acquisition, what's next?) MS AV may arrive someday. They did buy GeCAD, but whether fearing antitrust battles or whoknowswhat, no real MS AV product yet.

Ignoring Claria-esque events, trusting MS alone to block attacks goes against in-depth protection. Even if the products were written by outsiders, their ubiquity makes them the child barrier every malware author must cross.
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