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Old 03-16-2006, 01:53 AM   #16
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AVG Anti-Virus: Free Edition is the only AV program you'll ever need. To compare it to Norton - when I had my most serious virus infection, Norton actually was attacked and failed to open.

Instead of playing a monthly subscription I just run AVG and it scans automatically once every few days while I'm asleep.

Haven't had any virus problems since. And besides the program being free, the updates are as current as any pay AV software and are also free.



http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5
scroll down to AVG Free for Windows installation files

Run that with the default Windows Firewall that should be on as a default with Service Pack 2, and you're good to go.

There are a number of good Anti-Spyware programs already noted in this thread.
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Old 03-17-2006, 04:49 PM   #17
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LivLuvAndBootlegMusic, have you heard anything about the AVG antivirus software? It seems to have good reviews online.

I may be getting hooked up online tomorrow actually so as soon as I do I'll send a list of what I have on my machine. I looked and I actually didn't see all that much, I think since I got it through the university and got the optiplex model it didn't come loaded with all the junk as far as I can see.
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I have not. I've heard of it before, but never used it because I have the newest/best version of Symantec (same company as Norton) free because of my school/job.

Basically, you need something that offers real-time protection. If AVG has that, no harm giving it a try. A lot of free-trial programs disable the real-time protection, but if AVG is true freeware (you get everything for free), it should be fine.
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:58 PM   #19
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Well the screen shots I've got are too big to post on here, is it ok if I email them to you LivLuvAndBootlegMusic?
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Re: Would a techie offer a bit of New computer help?

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2)What is the best (and cost effective) way to protect it online?
Buy a Mac.
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Old 03-19-2006, 10:07 PM   #21
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I've used AVG before and many people have used it saying that it works great. It's trustworthy. Some say its better than Norton, though FWIW everytime PC Magazine does a test, Norton wins.
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Well the screen shots I've got are too big to post on here, is it ok if I email them to you LivLuvAndBootlegMusic?
Sure, lar3@calvin.edu
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:22 AM   #23
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I could see a spinoff thread titled 'Would a tesje offer a bit of New computer help?' coming
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