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Old Antivirus versus New Free Antivirus

Postby bigdroo » Fri Jun 03, 2005 3:39 pm

Alright. I have zero budget to work with as my employer still lives in the 80's believing that antivirus programs are only around for people that go to porn sites.

Riight.

Anyway, she has an A64 notebook that she totes around with Verizon Wireless Internet service that she uses for her frequent trips to DC and St Louis, among other places.

She still uses her old dialup ISP's (AT&T Worldnet) email through it. Not a problem. I have all that working for her - and Worldnet is pretty screwy to set up...

She uses our PC-Cillin 2002 antivirus. This is a problem. A BIG problem. Why? PC-Cillin will automatically change your incoming POP3 mail server address to "localhost" in Outlook and Outlook Express, and will not let you use a custom server address no matter how often you manually enter it in. So, I've had to turn off the email scanner in her PC-Cillin.

Okay, I consider that a big risk.

With zero budget for these things, what would you guys recommend? I know of two free antivirus programs - Avast and AVG, but have been burned by one of them (Avast) at least twice. Do you guys think she's best off using AVG so that her email is getting SOME sort of scan or should we stick with PC-Cillin 2002 and hope it's able to deal with anything she may download in her email?

My belief is that PC-Cillin 2002 is the better system scanner, but with no email protection, well, I don't know...
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RE: Old Antivirus versus New Free Antivirus

Postby GottaLoveAMD » Fri Jun 03, 2005 4:30 pm

I'd go with a new scanner that still gets updated. In the past I've found AVG to be generally better than Avast, but there are new versions of each since I last used them. When I did try both of them out, they were far from perfect and couldn't get rid of multiple viruses. Interestingly, the only people who get viruses on their computers in my family are my sister and my mother...and I don't think either of them are pornaholics if you know what I mean ;)

I've switched them over to Kaspersky (firewall and AV) which keeps their systems locked down very well. It isn't free though :?
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Re: RE: Old Antivirus versus New Free Antivirus

Postby bigdroo » Fri Jun 03, 2005 5:05 pm

Yeah, I bet they do searches for music/clipart/lyrics/fonts/etc. Most of those web sites are loaded with Trojans. I know Avast isn't up to the task. In fact, if that's an accurate representation of their product, I don't have a CLUE of how they stay in business...

So far no trouble with AVG other than the updates for it. They're too time dependent, and who knows when she'll open up her laptop and turn it on? Other times, AVG will look TOO QUICKLY for updates, as in before the system has finished negotiating a network/internet connection when booting up, so the update fails.
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RE: Re: RE: Old Antivirus versus New Free Antivirus

Postby ActiveX » Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:24 pm

An antivirus program is only as good as its definition list...go with the new/free scanner until a new/paid scanner can be purchased.
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RE: Re: RE: Old Antivirus versus New Free Antivirus

Postby GottaLoveAMD » Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:31 pm

As Yoda would say: "In the screensavers, the virii are."
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RE: Re: RE: Old Antivirus versus New Free Antivirus

Postby ActiveX » Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:36 pm

Get some sleep man...:lol:
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RE: Re: RE: Old Antivirus versus New Free Antivirus

Postby wind_comm » Fri Jun 03, 2005 11:03 pm

anit-vir @ free-av.com is pretty good.
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RE: Re: RE: Old Antivirus versus New Free Antivirus

Postby bigdroo » Sat Jun 04, 2005 2:55 am

that one's not as user friendly. I think AVG is prob the way to go.

yes, i work for a bunch of morons.
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