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Bwana
03-10-2005, 06:13 PM
So are there any free anti-virus programs out there that are worth a darn? My Norton just expired and I wasn't all that thrilled with it.

Bwana
03-10-2005, 06:17 PM
Someone had posted this about two months ago. Does anyone have any experience with it?

http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/

LocoChiefsFan
03-10-2005, 06:40 PM
I've got it. Excellent!!!! I d/l it after hearing alot of positive reviews on it. Get it, you wont be dissappointed.

Bwana
03-10-2005, 07:55 PM
I've got it. Excellent!!!! I d/l it after hearing alot of positive reviews on it. Get it, you wont be dissappointed.

Cool, thanks bud! :thumb:

Pants
03-10-2005, 09:55 PM
Infact, it's better than the ones you have to pay for, IMO.

theultimatekcchiefsfan
03-10-2005, 10:05 PM
Better than Norton and Mcaffee if you ask me.

Simplex3
03-10-2005, 10:12 PM
ClamAV with ClamWin. Their virus database is second to none, you can update it online every 2 hours (or less if you like). It's totally free, there is no pay version, so you aren't getting some watered down version so they can get you to pony up later. We use it to filter on our hosted email server and we haven't had a virus slip past in over a year.

http://www.clamav.net/
http://www.clamwin.net/

Bwana
03-11-2005, 12:23 AM
ClamAV with ClamWin. Their virus database is second to none, you can update it online every 2 hours (or less if you like). It's totally free, there is no pay version, so you aren't getting some watered down version so they can get you to pony up later. We use it to filter on our hosted email server and we haven't had a virus slip past in over a year.

http://www.clamav.net/
http://www.clamwin.net/

Nice! I had downloaded the other on and it found FOUR virus programs taht Norton missed. Norton can hit the road. :shake:

HC_Chief
03-11-2005, 10:22 AM
ClamAV with ClamWin. Their virus database is second to none, you can update it online every 2 hours (or less if you like). It's totally free, there is no pay version, so you aren't getting some watered down version so they can get you to pony up later. We use it to filter on our hosted email server and we haven't had a virus slip past in over a year.

http://www.clamav.net/
http://www.clamwin.net/

Excellent... you get rep for this one! :thumb:

ROYC75
03-11-2005, 10:57 AM
I've got it. Excellent!!!! I d/l it after hearing alot of positive reviews on it. Get it, you wont be dissappointed.

That's strange, must be just dumb luck ?

I have 4 pc's in my house and my daughter has one at her house. When all were on Norton.... No problems, really, none. My son hits the porn like a kids and an open cookie jar. My daughters pc was the same with her husband.

This time around, I only renewed the 2 pc's in the office with Norton. The other 3 pc's in question got AVG, set them up for auto updates and daily scans. They still got bugs, virus's and shit I have had a hard time cleaning out.

My 2 pc's with Norton, 2005 .....Not one problem.


Here is a hint to ponder ... :hmmm:

You get what you pay for.... plus the fact, which service is going to updated quicker and more often, a paid sevice or free ?

With my business and pc's........ I will pay for a service to cover my ass.

Simplex3
03-11-2005, 11:04 AM
Here is a hint to ponder ... :hmmm:

You get what you pay for.... plus the fact, which service is going to updated quicker and more often, a paid sevice or free ?

With my business and pc's........ I will pay for a service to cover my ass.
I hate to break it to you, but the open source (free) crowd nearly always have their virus signatures updated to new threats faster than the pay crowd.

They also update their scanning engine more frequently, which is tolerated by the user base because it doesn't cost them anything to update. A more up-to-date scanning engine can catch more bugs.

If you had any recourse against Norton if a virus did slip past then I'd say pay away, but the truth is you can't hold them any more accountable than an open source scanner.

ROYC75
03-11-2005, 11:08 AM
For the longest time, I ran both ( Norton & AVG )on 3 of the home pc ...........agian, never had problems.

My pc guy told me he can take any pc, install a bug that a certain anti virus will not find, but turn around and download a new virus protection and it will find it.

How it works, I haven't a clue.

As for anti virus protection, they all work, just like the adware and malware removers, it's who gets it updated first before the bug,worm,etc. disguises itself.

ROYC75
03-11-2005, 11:12 AM
One must keep inmind that the ones who write these bugs,worms, viruses have a head start on any anti virus protection software out there.

Somebody is going to get hit with something ........ it takes time for the info to cycle back to the software people to find a cure and write it to updates.

Ari Chi3fs
03-17-2005, 04:42 AM
One must keep inmind that the ones who write these bugs,worms, viruses have a head start on any anti virus protection software out there.

Somebody is going to get hit with something ........ it takes time for the info to cycle back to the software people to find a cure and write it to updates.

i wouldnt be surprised if there is a back room somewhere at Norton Inc... that has programmers coding viruses to release to the public, to keep the public aware that they need their product. :shrug:

Otter
03-17-2005, 07:24 AM
You don't come to Don Otter first!!!

Disgracioni!!!!

I'll get you the good stuff for free brother. Send you and e-mail when I get home from work, keep your options open till then.

Bwana
03-17-2005, 08:23 AM
You don't come to Don Otter first!!!

Disgracioni!!!!

I'll get you the good stuff for free brother. Send you and e-mail when I get home from work, keep your options open till then.

:thumb:

htismaqe
03-17-2005, 08:58 AM
AVG is hands-down better than McAfee or Norton, if for no other reason that it doesn't usurp control of your PC.

Otter
03-17-2005, 09:19 AM
AVG is hands-down better than McAfee or Norton, if for no other reason that it doesn't usurp control of your PC.

I was going to hook him up with Panda Titanium. Any feedback on that software?

Been using it for years with excellent results.

htismaqe
03-17-2005, 09:36 AM
I was going to hook him up with Panda Titanium. Any feedback on that software?

Been using it for years with excellent results.

Never used it.

I've had such great luck with AVG, I've never tried anything else.

KCWolfman
03-17-2005, 04:00 PM
I was going to hook him up with Panda Titanium. Any feedback on that software?

Been using it for years with excellent results.
I had Panda for a year after I bought registry mechanic.

I just didn't want to pay the annual fee afterward.

StcChief
03-19-2005, 11:21 AM
I'm very happy with AVG.

Trying the M$ antispy beta now.

milkman
03-19-2005, 02:56 PM
Someone had posted this about two months ago. Does anyone have any experience with it?

http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/

So does this work against spyware, or is that something else?

StcChief
03-19-2005, 04:21 PM
It's anti virus only.

That's why I got antispam trial at Microsoft. This looks like it was taken over by an upstart company product. Can't remember the name.

penguinz
03-19-2005, 09:27 PM
AVG is crap. The free version is not full featured and is slow to get new defs. check out Avast (http://www.avast.com).

Iowanian
03-20-2005, 06:51 PM
I'm not a guru, by my home PC, and those family ones I work to protect have the following....mostly based off of recommendations from here, and a couple of IT gurus I know.

ZoneAlarm(free software firewall)
WinPatrol
AVG
Spybot search and Destroy
Ad-aware
SpywareDoctor

I also do an occasional scan from Pandascan or trendaway.
I think the Panda(Free version) is great, and it occasionally finds something the others have missed. I'm pretty impressed with SpywareDoctor since I started using it a month ago.

htismaqe
03-22-2005, 06:44 AM
AVG is crap. The free version is not full featured and is slow to get new defs. check out Avast (http://www.avast.com).

Slow to get the new defs?

I don't think so.

htismaqe
03-22-2005, 06:44 AM
The MS anti-spyware tool sucks...bigtime.

the Talking Can
03-22-2005, 08:18 PM
ClamAV with ClamWin. Their virus database is second to none, you can update it online every 2 hours (or less if you like). It's totally free, there is no pay version, so you aren't getting some watered down version so they can get you to pony up later. We use it to filter on our hosted email server and we haven't had a virus slip past in over a year.

http://www.clamav.net/
http://www.clamwin.net/

thanks for this...I use and like AVG, but I just scanned with this (takes forever!...like 3 hours) and found a trojan AVG had been missing

StcChief
03-22-2005, 10:46 PM
The MS anti-spyware tool sucks...bigtime.

I use adaware and spybot.

Guys at work are trying the M$ antispy thought I'd see if it catches/missses what the others catch.

Not a M$ fan, they stole this from somebody else.

coin flip
03-25-2005, 09:56 AM
I second Avast (http://www.download.com/Avast-Home-Edition/3000-2239_4-10375520.html?tag=lst-3-1) . It's great for a free antivirus, mixed with spybot, and firefox, your computer will stay nice and safe.

htismaqe
03-25-2005, 12:23 PM
I use adaware and spybot.

Guys at work are trying the M$ antispy thought I'd see if it catches/missses what the others catch.

Not a M$ fan, they stole this from somebody else.

I found that M$ anti-spyware will FIND a ton of stuff, including alot that AdAware missed.

I also found that M$ anti-spyware can't CLEAN anything. Very frustrating.

Marada
03-27-2005, 11:33 AM
I second Avast (http://www.download.com/Avast-Home-Edition/3000-2239_4-10375520.html?tag=lst-3-1) . It's great for a free antivirus, mixed with spybot, and firefox, your computer will stay nice and safe.


Avast is the 1st free one that I stayed with. Up till it I tried them all and always went back to E-Trust. It's cost was $20 then $10 per year which I felt was cheap enough for as good a job as it did. Finally gave Avast a try and wow. I especially like the web shield. Even though I was running Zone Alarm the Web Shield on Avast showed someone probing my ports and then an attempt to exploit lsass in XP.

Darkwolfe
03-27-2005, 01:27 PM
3rd for Avast!

htismaqe
03-29-2005, 08:08 AM
I installed Avast last night. I like the number of features it has. I'm hoping that some of the on-demand scanning that it does (particularly www) will allow me to get rid of one or more programs like Spybot or WinPatrol.

I'll report back here with what I find...

Darkwolfe
03-29-2005, 10:44 PM
I'm not a guru, by my home PC, and those family ones I work to protect have the following....mostly based off of recommendations from here, and a couple of IT gurus I know.

ZoneAlarm(free software firewall)
WinPatrol
AVG
Spybot search and Destroy
Ad-aware
SpywareDoctor

I also do an occasional scan from Pandascan or trendaway.
I think the Panda(Free version) is great, and it occasionally finds something the others have missed. I'm pretty impressed with SpywareDoctor since I started using it a month ago.

Iowanian, ya better take a quick peek at Zep's thread "HELP with IE popups!" Somehow I think you may a tad pissed about SpywareDoctor when you read my post.

crossbow
04-04-2005, 10:49 PM
Someone had posted this about two months ago. Does anyone have any experience with it?

http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/

This code rocks!!! Great suggestion. It IS better then the stuff you have to pay for.

htismaqe
04-05-2005, 09:29 AM
I've been using Avast now for about a week and I really like it. The one thing I like best is that it stops web-based viruses and spyware right in the window (terminates the HTTP session)...

ROYC75
04-06-2005, 12:27 PM
I installed Avast last night. I like the number of features it has. I'm hoping that some of the on-demand scanning that it does (particularly www) will allow me to get rid of one or more programs like Spybot or WinPatrol.

I'll report back here with what I find...

Let me know what you find out....... I started to try the avast, when I downloaded it, it wanted to take over my current Norton & AVG .

I stopped it because didn't want to got thru all the switching at this time. Will do it later when the Norton is close to running out.

penguinz
04-06-2005, 12:30 PM
Avast is the best free AV i have come across.

htismaqe
04-06-2005, 01:07 PM
Let me know what you find out....... I started to try the avast, when I downloaded it, it wanted to take over my current Norton & AVG .

I stopped it because didn't want to got thru all the switching at this time. Will do it later when the Norton is close to running out.

If you want my honest opinion, I would get rid of Norton. It's one of the worst AV programs out there IMO.

I would choose either Avast or AVG - ONLY ONE.

penguinz
04-06-2005, 03:23 PM
I would choose either Avast or AVG - ONLY ONE.
I will second this. If you have multiple AV's running they can interfere with each other.

Iowanian
04-06-2005, 04:02 PM
Dark,
I don't claim to be an IT guru like many here, and don't really know how to determine which files are spyware like Parker el al..........but I downloaded spyware doctor free, it fixed some problems on both the MiLaws as well as caught some on mine that the other 3 had missed.

At some point, I think I need to completely wipe and reinstall the OS on our machine to be sure....so far, I'm happy with the free Spy Doctor product.

Bob Dole
04-06-2005, 05:12 PM
I will second this. If you have multiple AV's running they can interfere with each other.

True.

They are a lot like women.

KCWolfman
04-06-2005, 05:59 PM
If you want my honest opinion, I would get rid of Norton. It's one of the worst AV programs out there IMO.

I would choose either Avast or AVG - ONLY ONE.
I never had issues with Norton, I just didn't want to pay for the updates.

The one that always screwed up my PC was McAfee, without fail

ROYC75
04-06-2005, 06:43 PM
Why not have both, but only have one active or running at a time?

Keep the updates up and then scan once in awhile ?

Food for thought , somebody who knows fill me in .

htismaqe
04-07-2005, 08:11 AM
Why not have both, but only have one active or running at a time?

Keep the updates up and then scan once in awhile ?

Food for thought , somebody who knows fill me in .

Not sure what the purpose of that would be, but they will interfere with each other, even if you disable to active scanning...

ROYC75
04-07-2005, 08:27 AM
Not sure what the purpose of that would be, but they will interfere with each other, even if you disable to active scanning...


OK, so what you are telling me is I have a pc that is subject to attack because I'm running 2 AV on it ?

For the last 2 years I have never had any type of virus problems running both, but prior to that I had a couple with just one AV ( Norton 2003 )running.

AVG and Norton 2005 seems to be running smoothly on this pc and bug free to boot.

BTW .... How wil it interfere ? I haven't a clue ?

penguinz
04-07-2005, 09:16 AM
Sometimes when runnign multiple AV's at the same time they will think that the other one is a virus because of the way they interact with the computer files.

You probably did not have any issues with AVG and Norton since AVG does not scan a file for a virus until the file is executed or you do a full system scan.

htismaqe
04-07-2005, 09:34 AM
Basically what he just said.

Normally, one anti-virus program will identify other AV programs as a virus...