What is the best computer virus protection?

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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by Joseph » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:17 am

I like Avast! a lot. It's easy and free.

Edit: Realize it was spam, but don't see a delete optrion.

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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by haklesup » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:51 pm

THe best protection is abstinence: Unplug your ethernet cable

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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by CeaSaR » Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:05 pm

Or stop unlocking your iphone. If it's locked, you won't get the spam...

Better yet, stop sending spam. You might actually get an answer if you do.

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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by dacflyer » Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:29 pm

is avast 98se compatable ? just currious..

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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by Janitor Tzap » Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:38 pm

dacflyer wrote:is avast 98se compatable ? just currious..
Hmm......
I've been using Avast! since the first version of Win98.
But I've gone through several program upgrades.
I'm currently using home version 4.8, with XP SP3.


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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by kheston » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:02 am

This thread was started by a spammer. See the link at the end of his post?
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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by MrAl » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:42 am

Hi,

Yes, this thread was started by a spammer. The spam link has been deleted, so this is
sort of a valid thread now...do you guys agree or think it should be wiped?

Due to power outage i was out yesterday :-)
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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by Janitor Tzap » Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:40 am

MrAl wrote:Hi,

Yes, this thread was started by a spammer. The spam link has been deleted, so this is
sort of a valid thread now...do you guys agree or think it should be wiped?
Well...
The question is at least a good topical one. :)
But shouldn't this be moved to the computer section, since it is computer related?
Due to power outage i was out yesterday :-)
Yeah,
There have been some ice storms that came through. :sad:
But now it's #*[email protected] cold! {-15F this morning!}


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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by MrAl » Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:32 pm

Hi Janitor,


Wow that is cold. Here it is not too bad i guess, around 40F right now.

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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by kgcode » Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:23 pm

I have been using CA Antivirus for several years. I currently use it on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. I don't know if they still support Win98, though. CA Antivirus isn't free, and their customer support is abysmal. But what I like about them is: (a) the program is less invasive than other antivirus programs I've used over the years (free and not free), (b) CA seems to report fewer false positives, even when heuristic scanning is enabled, and (c) I've seen CA successfully detect and clean up some nasty infections. My consulting clients have used CA as well, and have been generally happy with the results. However, if "free" is important, then Avast would be at the top of my list.

Aside - I don't recommend running Win98 any more. Microsoft hasn't released a security patch for it in several years, so even if you run a great antivirus program, there are security holes in the operating system that will never get patched. Windows XP (with Service Pack 3) is fine, but starting in April 2014, XP will no longer receive security patches either. So, XP still has four good years left in it. - end of aside.

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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by sofaspud » Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:23 pm

If you're running a Win98SE engine, I don't see why the database upgrades wouldn't work for the Avast, AVG, etc. free-for-personal-use
antivirus programs. There's no $$ motivation to make them incompatible, and I can't think of a good software reason.

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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by dacflyer » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:53 am

well i know avg will not work with the 98se engine anymore. thats why i had to search for something else... if you know of a way to make it work,, then your the cool one :D

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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by sofaspud » Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:56 pm

Nope, don't know how to make it make work. I guess AVG thought of the good software reason. My Win98SE computer is
only on a home LAN so I don't think I have an active antivirus on it, but it is an interesting dilemma for Win98SE "orphans".

Addendum:
"ClamWin is a Free Antivirus program for Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista / XP / Me / 2000 / 98 and Windows Server 2008 and 2003."
Looks like this open source engine is worth a try for legacy OS's.

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Re: What is the best computer virus protection?

Post by dacflyer » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:38 pm

i have this for now,, but i do not know what open source is,,and when i do a scan i have to start it manually, as with updates.

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