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    Virus Checkers

    I have been using Trend Micro PC-cillin 2000 for some time as I get registered use of it free. I appreciate its frequent & easy updates but after it has been on a computer for some time I get unexplained lockups that I am sure are caused by it. It has happened more than once on more than one of my computers all running 98SE.

    I am willing to give something else a try even if it means paying for it!

    Is Norton the best alternative? I will probably be running it with Zone Alarm and with Outlook 2000 on a dial up connection. PC-cillin and ZA seemed rather uneasy bedmates.

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    Re: Virus Checkers

    John,

    AVG Antivirus has been noted recently as a stable, <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and reliable solution. Give it a look.

    When Symantec moved to a subscription model to make me pay for what I consider a basic protective function, I decided to move away. If the my employer wants to pay for that on their workstations - fine. But at home, my wallet likes <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> a lot better!
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    Re: Virus Checkers

    John ~

    I was gonna say exactly what Mark said. I have had the experience of Norton AV 2002 consistently missing Klez.E's, Klez.H's and surprisingly the simple EICAR test file, not to mention the enormous resources it hogs. And, there exists malicious code that targets NAV files to render this AV useless.

    I have tried the PC-cillin, Panda Titanium, McAfee, EZ Armor Suite & AVG Antivirus in addition to the Norton and I despite the fact I paid dearly for most of the aforementioned, AVG was free and has out-performed the others: it was the most hassle-free and sits back quietly without being a swine just doing its job.

    I was very disturbed at the high ratings Norton seemed to consistently garner by PC Mag & the like, but nearly all I personally know that have used it are disgruntled. Hey, the Chevette was once the top selling compact vehicle, but that didn't make it a great car!

    The free version of AVG is not without anything you really need to justify purchasing the 'professional' version. I don't care what the magazines say, I have tried them all and AVG works the best for my needs. I wish there existed a periodical for computing, etc. that is not compromised by advertising revenue like Consumer Reports.

    PC-cillin has a great free online scanning service if you desire a 'second opinion' occasionally. I recommend using every now and then as it's scan engines and virii database are always up-to-date. Go to Housecall and check that puppy out.

    Download AVG now here <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Virus Checkers

    I use AVG. We also have a link <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3timages/freescan120x60.gif> to the online Housecall here - at the top of evey board .
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    Poop! Sorry, Eileen! I never bothered to wave my wand over the link image. Didn't recognize the gif as anything known and wasn't aware it was to Housecall. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Virus Checkers

    I have just made some recent changes to my system regarding what you are about to do. I decided to drop McAfee and bought Norton 2002 Av only to find that Norton's readme file warns that it cannot be used with ZONE ALARM. Norton recommends uninstalling ZA before scanning and then re-installing afterward. That wasn't for me! I am presently using the free version of AVG. I'd be interested in knowing why some scanning engines conflict with ZA and some don't!

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    Re: Virus Checkers

    The free version of AVG does not offer technical support.

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    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/icon_nerd.gif> You do not NEED technical support for this AV program.

    However, if you do send an e-mail to their technical support you will get an automated response stating you need to upgrade or purchase support, but if the concern is of a worthy nature, they will respond accordingly.<IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/icon_megaphone.gif> I have copies of their personal responses to my queries of consequential issues.

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    I'll bring it up to date.
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    Re: Virus Checkers

    After that show of unanimity ..... I am downloading AVG with FlashGet as I type.

    Thanks very very much for your advice folks.

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    Re: Virus Checkers

    I have been using Norton's AV with ZA now for a couple of years. You can NOT use the Norton's Firewall and ZA together.
    As for klez files, Norton's is finding them all the time, I have not used anything else since the early DOS days.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    I think I will also download that when I get my system finished. I can also say I have had major problems with norton. It causes my system to lag every now and then, and then sometimes it is just a pin to deal with.

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    Re: Virus Checkers

    I'm gonna take the plunge too! I've listened to all who have raved about AVG so I think I'll finally get off the McAfee bandwagon after all these years. Fact is, McAfee has saved my Kentucky butt MANY times, even within the past few days, but has turned into a real system hog!

    Bruce, you said there isn't any difference between the free and pro version, except it seems, tech support. Are you bothered with on-screen ads of any kind with the free version?

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    <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/bigaldoc_sig.jpg> ,

    There are, sir, absolutely NO ads whatsoever! <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/icon_favheart.gif>

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    Re: Virus Checkers

    Tank you veddy much, SIR! OK installer, let's get it on!

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