Anti Virus?

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by Barb Thornback, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. Hello,

    I use AVG anti virus which is free, but is this good enough?

    What do you think and what anti virus do you use?

    Barb
     
  2. pip87

    pip87 New Member

    hi barb,

    i use norton anti virus which i have found to be very good to protect my computer but they are a bit OTT with the amount of pop up warnings i receive every time i want to access a web page!

    i have also heard that The shield deluxe is meant to be another goog one so take a look at that.

    hope this helps a little bit

    pip
     
  3. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    I have had a good experience with Kaspersky but it was a bit resource hungry for my old laptop. Now I have shifted to ESET NOD32 and it's also great.
     
  4. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    Avast is also free.
     
  5. ninjaq

    ninjaq New Member

    I'm using NOD32, but if you want something free try ThreatFire
     
  6. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    Hi Barb,

    I agree with you, Vishal, and pcwork. AVG, Kaspersky, and Avast are among my all-time favorites.

    Norton is something I avoid like the plague. It causes a lot of problems including the fact that it is a resource hog.

    I've never heard of NOD32 but I'll have to look into that one and ThreatFire, interesting.

    You should be very pleased with AVG, it has an awesome reputation. It's very popular with technology folks.

    Personally, I haven't used an Anti Virus program for several years but that's because I have my system well protected and I know what to avoid. I suggest that most folks use one.

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  7. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Newbie Shield: Personally, I haven't used an Anti Virus program for several years but that's because I have my system well protected and I know what to avoid. I suggest that most folks use one.
    Interesting revelation, Newbie! Now you've piqued my curiosity. [​IMG]

    So, how does one accomplish such a feat? Does it require a superior understanding of the inner workings of computers, special equipment, alternative software, or all the above?

    And does that mean that we, "most folks" have been suckered by Anti Virus software marketers into believing we ought to protect our systems with their products... or live with the consequences?

    Hermas
     
  8. opendomain

    opendomain New Member

    Avast is awesome, fast and free. ...Did I mention it's free and IMHO on par with the larger commercial programs.
    You security should consist of 4 things minimum...all software.
    1. Anti Virus
    2. Firewall(software)...though a hardware firewall is best
    3. Spyware protection. You don't really need a live running spyware system, but it doesn't hurt.
    3. AND MOST IMPORTANT: A semi-intelligible approach to surfing on the net. Try to avoid "FREE" sites promising big FREE give-aways. FREE smiley's as the only person smiling is the spyware developer you gave permission to install programs on your computer. DO NOT read emails from people you don't know...especially if they have attachments.

    ALL OF THESE THINGS YOU CAN GET FOR FREE!!!
     
  9. Seth

    Seth New Member

    im using AVIRA and NOD 32 both are good Anti- V i never had problems with Virus...

    the last virus i encountered it was 2-3 years ago lol the one that shutdowns your pc after connecting to the internet 20 - 30secs countdown...
     
  10. K8perron

    K8perron New Member

    I have Norton and have had it since 2003. No problems so far and I am all over the internet. I'm probably on at least 7 hours a day, since I work online as well.
     
  11. Sonni

    Sonni New Member

    Since I know nothing I did get myself into a mess a couple of months ago with a spyware/maleware attack that almost destroyed this computer, which isn't mine, but a friend let's me use it. It took me at least 2 weeks to get things as close to normal as possible. It hasn't been right since. So now I have 2 anti-maleware/spyware programs they work well and one anti-virus and I didn't get to choose it, it's Norton 360. The owner of the PC likes Norton so that's what he got. I run scans at least once a week and try to watch where I'm going out here in cyberspace. I don't want a repeat of that nightmare.
    Sonni
     
  12. opendomain

    opendomain New Member

    Spyware can be horrible to get off a machine. Certain spywares install themselves in several locations and just when you think you've deleted it, one in another location copies itself right back to where you just deleted.

    It's a good habit to run your spyware and anti virus in "safe mode" at least once or twice after cleaning things up to make sure to kill anything that has embedded itself way down deep. I know what I'm doing for the most part and I've encountered some stuff that took me upwards of 2 days to get rid of... they are not fun.
     
  13. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    A8ch: Interesting revelation, Newbie! Now you've piqued my curiosity.

    So, how does one accomplish such a feat? Does it require a superior understanding of the inner workings of computers, special equipment, alternative software, or all the above?

    And does that mean that we, "most folks" have been suckered by Anti Virus software marketers into believing we ought to protect our systems with their products... or live with the consequences?

    Hi Hermas,

    It's not special in an elite kind of way. Opendomain pretty much covered it.

    I use both a hardware and software firewall.

    I do run my malware cleaning programs and cache cleaners on a regular basis. Mine won't clean off a virus but they do clean off every other type of malware. The cache cleaners clean out various temp files and other things so the computer runs smooth and quick.

    To avoid viruses, I don't wander into bad neighborhoods when surfing. I never open an email attachment from someone I don't know. I am very conservative about using free programs. I only download those I absolutely need (like Adaware) and I only choose those that have high ratings for usefulness and a high "clean" rating from many sources.

    I'm sure you'd do fine if you followed suit but not everyone would take the time to look into every free download candidate.

    That's why I say that most folks should actually use an Anti Virus program. Few are willing to do the footwork and catching a virus can be infuriating :)

    If you really want to play it safe, set up a spot on your hard drive for a virtual environment. Nothing can harm your hard drive from inside it.

    ~Newbie Shield~
     
  14. Casper

    Casper New Member

    pcwork: Avast is also free. Yep it sure is & it would have to be one of the best free anti-virus software out there.
     
  15. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Newbie Shield,

    Thanks for the explanation. I was expecting some novel, hi-tech, super exclusive solution. Instead, what you revealed involves using relevant hardware, software, and a healthy dose of prudence. It's simple, sensible and effective.

    I see a parallel between the above and the work-at-homers' quest for online success. Many keep searching for the elusive, fantastic secret that will help them realize their dreams, when in fact, the secret is hiding in plain sight, scattered all over the Web.

    It's really only a matter of recognizing the pieces, selecting the ones that are necessary, adapting them to serve their purpose and then running with it. It's not magical, it's simply elementary.

    Great information!

    Hermas
     
  16. opendomain

    opendomain New Member

    A8ch: I see a parallel between the above and the work-at-homers' quest for online success.
    As well as the need for prudence as you said.

    It's amazing how trusting people are. At the first sign of the word FREE people drop all pretenses and toss caution to the wind.

    "Free" online usually means the EXACT opposite.
     
  17. MedTranHome

    MedTranHome New Member

    I'm using SuperAntiSpyware and Avast currently, pretty happy with them.

    Recently I got some kind of persistent spyware from downloading music off a well-known site and haven't been back since.
     
  18. HappyHamster

    HappyHamster New Member

    Hello my name is Erica recently I have found spyware virus on my pc. I used avg to get rid of most of the virus, but I still keep getting pop ups, and the pop ups are mostly to buy antivirus software, is anyone else having this problem? Do you think it is posible someone infected my pc for me to buy their software?
     
  19. karma

    karma New Member

    I have used a few anti virus programs in the past. I currently have AVG which is good. I downloaded Spyware Doctor from a google offer a few months ago (1 year free). I think this is better than AVG and has alot more features included. Norton is good too but i got tired of upgrading and paying too much for a service you can get for free from other providers.

    So from my experience:

    1. Spyware Doctor- Pc Tools
    2. AVG
    3. Norton
     
  20. opendomain

    opendomain New Member

    HappyHamster...
    YES you have a virus and or spyware. try rebooting in safe mode first then running your antivirus and spyware software...twice....each.
     

Share This Page