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    Anti-Virus software

    A friend asked me to recomend a freeware Anti-Virus product, so I pointed them at AVG, not that I have used it - but I have heard others recommend it.

    I have occassionally used F-Prot, which has the big advantage of running from a booted floppy.

    What other free antivirus programmes are people using, and what do you think of them?

    StuartR

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    Re: Anti-Virus software

    Hi Stuart

    My bett.......ahh.......best half and I have been using Avast for about 5 months and have had no problems. We had been using the free version of AVG but the updates were manual (Avast updates automatically if you want), long on dialup, and becoming far between.

    As I recall, somebody in the Lounge recently was discouraged with Avast and dropped it but I don't recall any reasons being given. It works for us.

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    Re: Anti-Virus software

    Gotta give a strong second to Avast...works nicely, smooth def upgrades, even some pretty cool skins. A+ in my opinion.

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    Re: Anti-Virus software

    Stuart

    There's a point of view which says "yer gets what yer pays for", and I wonder whether you should be steering your friend towards actually purchasing such software?
    Both firewall and antivirus software are such <big>essential</big> components of your computer's protection that these should be the first packages you pay for, over and above office software, games, etc. If your friend has no qualms about paying for these other packages, surely s/he appreciates that it costs money to write antivirus software and to keep it up-to-date, and rapidly too, with the plethora of new viruses that come out... On that basis, "everyone" should contribute something towards Spybot S&D, Ad-aware, HijackThis, etc etc...

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    Re: Anti-Virus software

    You mention that firewall SW is essential for buying right off the bat. Here is another idea I would like to throw out there as well. Insted of spending the money on a firewall what about spending it on a good router with a firewall built in. This way you don't have to purchase a router / hub later and you still have the firewall protection without buying the software and hub seperately.

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    Re: Anti-Virus software

    The only problem with that idea, in my mind, is that you do not have any outbound firewall protection. Sure the router will prevent (or slowdown) the inbound nasties, but outbound will not be restricted.
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    Re: Anti-Virus software

    This is true but should you really worry about outbound so much as it would be a new machine. The chances of having something on the machine so new which could go out should be very small unless the machine is not coming from a good source in the first place.

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    Re: Anti-Virus software

    "should you really worry about outbound so much as it would be a new machine"
    YES, unless of course the computer is still packed in its original box. If you never browse the web or never receive email or never install anything but shrink-wrapped software, then you are <font color=blue> probably </font color=blue> safe. But even to download the latest AV updates, you have to connect to the web. Even then, no AV vendor can guarantee that their product will protect you completely.

    "chances of having something on the machine so new which could go out should be very small"
    "Should be" are the operative words. <font color=blue> Should be </font color=blue>, but not guaranteed. Personally, I will not take that risk. No computer is completely immune from attack and I agree completely with the advice given by John and Chris. Protect yourself with up-to-date AV, anti-spam and anti-malware software and an inbound AND outbound firewall.
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    Re: Anti-Virus software

    Along that same line, all of these programs that are doing a "Auto Update" one does not know who or what is going on without a outgoing firewall. Most are set by default to check for updates on reboot and/or a give time.

    It is almost a toss up now as to what should be installed first, a AV program or a firewall?

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