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golfer 05-05-2010 12:39 PM

Virus control
Just curious, do you run more than 1 virus program? My computer came with McAffee and I had heard it was a good idea to have a 2nd program as well.
I also learned about a program called Spybot by ad aware. Anyone have thoughts to share about it?
Thanks and best wsishes.

sfaribault 05-05-2010 01:50 PM

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I work on computers daily.. In my opinion McAffee and Norton are junk. I have found that some computers can not run two anti virus programs together.. I have been using Free AVG now for 5 years and have not had any problems.


golfer 05-05-2010 02:36 PM

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sfaribault; thanks for your reply. Someone like yu has far more experience to draw on than I. Interesting, I too have used AVG with good results, although it has let a couple problems slip through in the past 2 years.

m332720 05-05-2010 02:36 PM

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I also use AVG and have been very happy with it. I got tired of the hit that Norton did on my computers performance.
I also use spybot. it does a nice job of cleaning things up and since it only runs when you tell it to there are no issues with it using up your computers resources.


dbvirago 05-05-2010 02:42 PM

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Agree about McAfee and Norton. Over the last few years I have used on various computers spybot, Malwarebyte, AVG, and Avast. I have found them all to be good at many things, but none good at everything. I recently worked on a system that had a trojan that none of them could find or cure. Had to get the paid version of SpyDoctor which did a good job of it.

Best advise is to always think before you click. Can't tell you how many calls I get with, something popped up on my computer and I clicked on it and now it's going crazy.

Douglas 05-05-2010 02:43 PM

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I recently was stupid and got some malaware on my home pc. Things like this seem to not be easily caught by virus programs. I use trendmicro, which is a free scanner. I also use 2 spyware programs. Ad-aware and spybot.

dbvirago 05-05-2010 02:47 PM

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Yeah, I forgot trend micro. When it was all online I thought it worked better, altough it was horribly slow and some viruses would stop you from going there. I haven't had much luck with the downloadable version. Ad aware was probably the first free virus software I ever used, but over time it seemed to lose effectiveness.

TimBlodgett 05-07-2010 10:29 AM

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I use AVG. Never had a problem. I am also very conscious about what I download and where I go on the internet. An ounce of prevention....

ChuckingFluff 05-07-2010 11:17 AM

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To avoid any problems stay away from free downloads. Don't go looking for serial numbers and illegal software and always steer clear of porn sites. The nasty trojans and viruses seems to hide in the above mentioned sites. Not saying you do any of these it's just another form of virus control.

ohenry 05-07-2010 11:47 AM

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Do NOT run multiple AV programs. Find one you like and use it. If you want to try another, disable the existing one.

I wouldn't give McAfee or Norton away. If I were buying a computer that came with the program as a trial, I would request that it not be installed or immediately delete it.

Personally, I use ESET Security Suite which, although not free, has been a continually excellent program for my use, exceeding the free AV programs that I've tried and worth the money IMO. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free program that I would readily recommend for anyone that prefers free software. Both ESET and MSE have small footprints, are not memory hogs, and run seamlessly.

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