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Help needed regarding Antivirus

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by isildur79, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. isildur79

    isildur79 Member

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    [bold]Hi, Guys.

    I ve been trying to install a decent antivirus program on my PC (Windows 98) but have been having a lot of problems. Can please somebody suggest a nice antivirus program, which can get easily installed on a Win98 running PC? Also, it would be much help, if someone could provide with a link to download the .exe file. I have already tried Norton and McAfee, both of them do not get installed. Please help. I've been attached with various kinds of viruses lately.

    I think there are a lot of pros on the forum here and hope that someone would really help me out.

    Thanks much in advance, and good luck and best wishes.

    Regards,
    Isildur[/bold]
     
  2. Jerry746

    Jerry746 Senior member

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    Here is a good FREE one. They also have versions you can purchase. The free one is good, the purchased ones have more features. Its called AVG from this site.

    http://www.grisoft.com.

    Jerry
     
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    baabaa Active member

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    Here is a good one, free for 60 days, then register, then free again......works a treat and very easy to use..............and does not affect your PC startup/operation at all.

    Scans emails, in and out, no bells and whistles but very solid so far.

    http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
     
  5. isildur79

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    Hey, you guys, thanks for all the quick responses. But can any of you tell me which one would be the best among this and that I don't have to keep changing again and again? I just want to install it for once and that's it get rid of everything else, except ofcourse updating the software itself.

    Thanks again for the responses.
     
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    Well, I said it earlier AVAST..............My opinion.

    It does not hamper your PC in any way, like Mcafee and Norton.
    Easy to use and simple terminology.
    Good protection and auto updates as soon as you go online - not huge either like the above.
    Builds a database so it can return your system to EXACTLY before the infection - like a restore point.
    Does not spread ALL over your PC like Norton.
    Nice support available.
    And it does work................
     
  7. isildur79

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    Thanks a lot, Babaaa, Dowloading it now.
     
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    baabaa Active member

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    Good man (or woman)............LOL

    Yes, initially you get 60 days, too be honest with you I have forgotten it is there and that is what I like about it, knowing it is offering me some protection WITHOUT altering the characteristics of my PC.......

    Let me know what you think of it anyway......
     
  9. Jerry746

    Jerry746 Senior member

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    Hi there baabaa, How does Avast compare to AVG. In your opinion is it better than AVG or about the same. I never saw that one before your post. Just wondering if its worth the change over.

    Jerry
     
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    @Jerry746,

    I have never used AVG so could not offer a comparison unfortunately.

    If AVG is working well, and is easy for you to use then no reason to change.

    But as they are both free, it may not hurt just to give it a trial anyway..........

    I shall use AVAST until it fails for me, but so far so good............

    Another bonus, is that there are several different 'skins' available that jazz up the GUI that makes it a little different aswell.

    The main problem that I find is that you install these antivirus programs and you assume they are working.........without really testing them........
    Except for going online and downloading a know virus if you can find one...............

    With AVAST, I haven't noticed ANY trade off at all in terms of PC performance.....regarding boot up and shut downs, processing information etc..........
     
  11. CJC

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    AVG Free is a great Anti-Virus program that is of course Free.

    At work (ISP), if a customers computer comes in and doesnt have AV software, we install AVG Free.

    It detects alot of viruses and is pretty good, all considering.

    I havnt personally Avast, i use NAV here, and Kaspersky at work.

    CJC
     
  12. Jerry746

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    Thanks for the reply. AVG has worked well for me. I may install Avast just to see how it is set up and if it has any features AVG doesn't. I'm one of those guys that like to try new things.

    Jerry
     
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    Also forgot, you can set AVAST as your screensaver, so when your screensaver activates then AVAST performs a scan.......

    Sometimes useful, but may cause issues if you are burning or compiling..................
     
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    Thanks guys for all the replies and your support. I am using avast! right now, as it is really easy-to-use and good. I shall try for AVG, if avast fails. Thanks again for all the help.
     
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    Your welcome.....
     

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