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Amich Donating Member (235 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:38 AM
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what is a good virus protection?
Are there any on the net that are free? I have Norton already, but I had to spend last night getting a couple viruses off my computer. I need some thing better.
If this is in the wrong area I am sorry

Thanks for any information
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:38 AM
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1. There is a computer help forum
but anyway go to www.grisoft.com . It is the best one I have used.
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:41 AM
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2. I agree with Maestro. I've tried them all, but AVG is the best I've
found so far -- and it's FREE.
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K-W Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:44 AM
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3. www.trendmicro.com
They have an online free virus scanner and a very good anti virus program you can buy.
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:44 AM
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4. I have AVG right now and it is easy to use
and install. I've only had it for two weeks, but it is working better than McAfee ever did.

It's free too. AntiVir Guard Version 6.0
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:52 AM
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7. Yep. AVG's good. I've used it for 4 years.
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:50 AM
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5. in addition, use Mozilla instead of Microsoft Exploder
as majority of virus programs are written to attack Exploder, so Mozilla gives you an extra layer of protection.

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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:53 AM
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8. LOL! Exploder! That's good...
I second that. Get something from Mozilla. Firefox is easy, fast, and prevents lots of problems.

Some good sites to visit are MajorGeeks.com and Mozilla.org support forums.

Good luck.
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:39 PM
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20. my husband's favorite term for Microsoft Explorer..sometimes
he also calls it Imploder
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:52 AM
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6. Live in a condom
-inium. :silly:
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indigobusiness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:54 AM
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10. I was gonna say 'sex with nuns'...
but thought better of it.
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catnhatnh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:11 PM
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12. Slather your naughty bits....
...with something even a virus would find repulsive...pictures of our fearless leader come to mind
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Lindsay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:54 AM
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9. Another vote for AVG.
They've been updating their virus definitions every couple of days lately.

I've been using AVG for several years, and have never had a virus.
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OneTwentyoNine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:56 AM
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11. Trend Micro nailed one a few months back while I was online....
TM runs in real time while you surf so it doesn't wait until you get a virus,or until you run a scan to find out your infected.

I can't remember what site it was,no..LOL,it wasn't some seedy porn site but TM nailed it the second it hit. I shut down the browser and had it deleted in seconds. Absolutly nill in damage done to the OS or any other file.

Since then I've also switched to Firefox for my browser,no problems at all.
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longship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:17 PM
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13. Other security tips
A firewall is helpful, especially if you have cable or DSL connection. There are any number of inexpensive routers (even wireless) available these days. After rebate, some are as cheap as 20 bucks (US). Look in the Sunday newspaper ads. Staples in SoCal has a Belkin (good!) wireless 802.11g router for $20 right now. Firewall software is okay, but not as robust.


Don't use Microsoft Internet Explorer! It has more holes than Albert Hall. Instead, switch to an alternative. Firefox (from Mozilla) is a superior product, but straight Mozilla is good, too.


Don't use Outlook. It's lack of security has been responsible for much Net mayhem. There are numerous free options for e-mail including Thunderbird (also from Mozilla).


My opinion of Anti-virus software is that it should only be used occasionally. Norton is rubbish. Get a free alternative and run it once a week or so.


Don't run Windows! Windows has a very weak security model. There are numerous options here; the best alternative for PC hardware is undoubtedly Gnu/Linux. Alternatively, Mac OS X is also quite secure.

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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:26 PM
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14. Count my vote for Grisoft AVG.....
I've had it for a couple of years. Highly recommended by Kim Komando (computer expert radio program host).
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Amich Donating Member (235 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:36 PM
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15. thank you for the help
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:40 PM
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16. After testing a number of them I've been using Symantec/Norton.
Just my 2 cents- I've been using computers for about 20 years. I used to use McAffee but I didn't like the way they worked under the hood (might miss some things). For the last 4 or so years, I've been using Symantec/Norton AntiVirus. The others aren't bad, but Norton is so much more affordable (espeically since I need to cover more than one machine on my home network).

If you want to give them a try, you can scan your computer, free of charge...(finding link) here or (for the straight URL)
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/home.asp?productid=s...

Both links above lead to the same place, where you can test your vulnerability level for BOTH viruses and online threats.

Also, nomatter which AntiVirus program you go with, be sure to also grab SpyBot Search and Destroy (you can Google it) and maybe some of the other top-rated anti-spyware programs out there like HackThis!

Though I've found Symantec doesn't catch every threat- there are like 10 new variants of Spybot a day, they are a 24 hour global operation with virus analysis going on, literally, every hour of the day in different countries. Not something you get with other places like Trend or McAffee(no AV catches everything the moment it comes out).

Nomatter what, make sure you get SOMETHING on the machine to do your AV scanning, whether you take my recommendations or not. Heartbreak is a pale word to describe what you feel when you've just lost important personal data due to a virus/spyware.

PB
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idiosyncratic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:40 PM
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17. Another vote for AVG and for the Opera browser.
Since I started using the Opera browser, I've had no problems.

AVG and Zone Alarm and Opera all "play" well together. :)
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McKenzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:46 PM
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18. which virii did you get and how did you delete them?
I'm interested in learning about these things.

Thanks
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Amich Donating Member (235 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:54 PM
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21. kudro something and trojan something
I followed the steps that I was given from norton. I also had to find the files that they were in and delete them. It was easier then I thought to go and find them, but very time consuming.
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McKenzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:15 PM
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22. kudro? Odd, I've never heard of it.
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 05:17 PM by McKenzie
I used to mod on a security portal (you'd probably recognise the name if I mentioned it) but that's a new one on me.

Which trojan? JS/Exploit is common so it might have been that one; it's easy to embed malicious code in .html.

Where did they lodge? Did you have to delete suspect Registry keys?

Hope you stay virus-free...keeping the AV sigs up to date is important.

regards

edit: grammar
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:53 PM
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19. A Macintosh
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retread Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:22 PM
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25. If the miniMac becomes as popular as some hope, you won't be
able to say that.
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ClassicDem Donating Member (170 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:29 PM
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23. I recommend Trend Micro's PC-Cillin 2005
Because of the built in Firewall and Spyware protection. You can buy it from Amazon for $39.99. If you need free go with AVG.
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Must_B_Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:35 PM
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24. http://www.kaspersky.com/
this is the best one of them all.
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slutticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:23 PM
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26. AVG is excellent.
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Berserker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:29 PM
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27. This may help
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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:40 PM
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28. Isolation, a computer condom
Just wrap your computer in a huge plastic baggie, and remove all the
wires connecting it with the outside world. It will be protected
from viruses. :-)

Firefox can help. Consider using a separate internet machine, that
is expendible, and keep the disks to rebuild the system right by to
reformat the hard drive and start over. At least your main data computers
will remain secure.
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tralfaz Donating Member (78 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:45 PM
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29. AVG is great n/t
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seriousstan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:52 PM
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30. AVG is free and fairly good
You should also have the free version of Zone Alarm. This, obviously, is the advice of a cheap bastard.
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ElectroPrincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:52 PM
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31. what is a good virus protection?
what is a good virus protection?!?

Wash your hands after going to the bathroom
Wash your hands after changing baby too
For we don't want to catch a virus
And we don't want a virus to catch you

----- compliments of Armed Forces TV and Radio, Okinawa, Japan


Oh sorry, Computer Virus ...

IMO Norton sucks.




Recommend you get McAfee (with active subscription plus firewall)

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