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Author Topic: Virus sofware  (Read 6869 times)
KA5IWO
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« on: July 03, 2013, 09:15:57 AM »

What FREE virus software is available on line and where can I download it from.
I am still using Windows XP, does what I need, but need to do a scan
of the hard drive to check it for any virus or other headaches.
My mouse seems to freeze sometimes for a few seconds. It
has not been doing this, it acts as if something is running in the background.
What is a good recommended safe FREE virus program that around today.
Do not need one that scans and then ask for your credit card. Angry

Thanks
Kevin
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G4IJE
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2013, 11:36:37 AM »

Assuming you are looking for a "full blown" anti-virus package and not just something for a one-off scan, I would recommend Avast free edition. I've seen it find things that Norton can't and it regularly spots nasties in my email. It's also pretty good at protecting you from malicious websites. It seems much "lighter" resource-wise than many other AV programs. If you want to stick with the free edition you have to read all the program prompts carefully, as it will try to sell you the paid-for Internet Security version - which is fair enough in my opinion. Look out for the small buttons labelled "I want free protection" and avoid those offering a free TRIAL of the paid-for version.
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K2QB
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013, 11:42:04 AM »

AVG is in my opinion far and away the best free program you can get. I work for an IT distributor and we sell everyone there is out there but AVG is far and away the leader.

http://www.avg.com/us-en/homepage
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W8JX
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 11:54:24 AM »

AVG is in my opinion far and away the best free program you can get. I work for an IT distributor and we sell everyone there is out there but AVG is far and away the leader.

http://www.avg.com/us-en/homepage


Actually you want "free.avg.com". I have used it for many years. No need to buy it for most uses.
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G4IJE
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 11:55:40 AM »

We used to sell AVG but it seems to have gotten a bit "heavy" recently. Avast is lighter for an old machine running XP in my opinion.
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W8JX
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2013, 12:00:16 PM »

We used to sell AVG but it seems to have gotten a bit "heavy" recently. Avast is lighter for an old machine running XP in my opinion.

The free version of AVG is still lite.
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K1CJS
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2013, 12:45:47 PM »

Who do you have for an internet supplier (connection)?  Both Comcast and Verizon have dedicated anti-virus software available, and I believe that most larger internet providers do also.
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2013, 02:15:48 PM »

Who do you have for an internet supplier (connection)?  Both Comcast and Verizon have dedicated anti-virus software available, and I believe that most larger internet providers do also.

If they do it is usually Norton which is very resource hungry and not friendly to some apps too. Free AVG is pretty solid and has never let me down. On one machine it found things that Norton missed.
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2013, 05:27:05 PM »

Microsoft Security Essentials. I have been using it on several WinXP and Win7 computers at home and so far it's kept our computers clean for at least the past couple of years.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2013, 05:59:02 AM »

If they do it is usually Norton which is very resource hungry and not friendly to some apps too. Free AVG is pretty solid and has never let me down. On one machine it found things that Norton missed.

Gee, W8JX, maybe you should follow your own advice and get a newer computer that can handle the load put on it.  

BTW, FYI, Comcast DOES use Norton, but Verizon uses McAfee.  I've used both and prefer Norton, simply because McAfee doesn't provide the control over itself that Norton does.  I'm using the latest Norton suite (complete) right now on an older IBM IntelliStation Z Pro server converted to a desktop unit, running a single 3.2 Ghz Xeon processor (the machine has provisions for a second) with 4 GB of memory--and Norton doesn't slow it down in the slightest.
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AA4PB
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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2013, 06:03:11 AM »

Personally, I try to keep Virus software off my computer. I do that by running anti-virus software.  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2013, 06:04:28 AM »

Oh, wow!  Good one, Bob!   Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2013, 06:52:30 AM »

Been running free Microsoft Security Essentials on all machines for quite some time. Does a great job and doesn't bug me.  Note, "bug me" has a dual meaning.

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W8JX
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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2013, 10:01:51 AM »

If they do it is usually Norton which is very resource hungry and not friendly to some apps too. Free AVG is pretty solid and has never let me down. On one machine it found things that Norton missed.

Gee, W8JX, maybe you should follow your own advice and get a newer computer that can handle the load put on it.  

BTW, FYI, Comcast DOES use Norton, but Verizon uses McAfee.  I've used both and prefer Norton, simply because McAfee doesn't provide the control over itself that Norton does.  I'm using the latest Norton suite (complete) right now on an older IBM IntelliStation Z Pro server converted to a desktop unit, running a single 3.2 Ghz Xeon processor (the machine has provisions for a second) with 4 GB of memory--and Norton doesn't slow it down in the slightest.

No it is not about needing a newer machine it is about the un-needed bloat Norton puts in code and registry changes it makes to WinSock too.
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2013, 06:23:52 AM »

Gee, it's funny how some people will do an abrupt 'about-face' and contradict themselves when presented with a situation that goes against their personal thoughts. 
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