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Avast anti-virus (free) is the bomb. Great program.
Vanity | 3-2-2009 | Frantzie

Posted on 03/01/2009 10:05:37 PM PST by Frantzie

Sorry to post a vanity but I got the parite virus that somehow got on my laptop. I rarely use it for too much and rarely surf the web with this laptop. I lost my desktop icons and was stumped.

I have AV programs I have bought for my other machines like Spybot and PC Tools and Iolo System Mechanic to name a few. I was just lazy on this machine because it came with Norton. The machine is about 2 years old so my mistake.


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I had Norton when I bought the machine 2 years ago with XP on a Dell laptop with 2 Gig. I took XP over Vista.

I ran Norton but it took forever to screen and then wanted me to buy a new version to get rid of the viruses. I tried AVG but Parite got on all my exe and other files and had 1500 + infections! AVG could not handle it because the virus vault was full and I had to manually delete each one and it would not. it was a mess.

I was getting concerned and remembered Avast. I downloaded Avast and it said to reboot and ran all the screens in boot mode. It go rid of all the infections and my machine is back to normal. ;-) Great program.

1 posted on 03/01/2009 10:05:38 PM PST by Frantzie
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It’s great. I had McAfee, which came installed on my eMachine. Horrible. Trashed everything. Norton had come installed on my previous machine, a Dell. When I called Dell to tell them the audio was chattering (and I bought the computer to do audio) the help desk told me to trash the Norton. This was when I was on dialup, and it was also before the big outbreak of viruses and worms in 2001.

Avast! is free, and it runs in the background, and it’s just great.


2 posted on 03/01/2009 10:10:17 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Frantzie

Avast and AVG are just OK as AV software goes. But excellent as FREE AV software goes.

ESET’s NOD32 is easily the best on the planet.

I’m a computer consultant and have installed it on literally thousands of machines.

It is not free but we have very few virus callbacks when combining NOD32 with Malware Bytes.

My two cents.


3 posted on 03/01/2009 10:11:24 PM PST by Boucheau
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To: Frantzie

I tried Avast but seemed it really slowed my computer down. So, I went back to AVG...somewhat slow, but not as bad.

Using Firefox helps too, I think.


4 posted on 03/01/2009 10:16:33 PM PST by Cedar
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To: Frantzie

Never get comfortable with Norton AV. Ever.


5 posted on 03/01/2009 10:25:32 PM PST by allmost
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To: Frantzie
I too had a great time with avast. Not too long ago I accidentally downloaded a really nasty virus. I tried all sorts of freebie anti-virus programs, including the famous malwarebytes. Malwarebytes only identified and deleted for me a small handfull of infected files. I thought I was rid of the virus only to have it regenerate itself and come back. I was thisclose to taking my computer to a professional (who wanted 125 bucks) to have it cleaned up. Out of desperation, I finally came upon avast, and boy did it give my PC a complete and thorough cleaning.

Havent had any trouble since.

6 posted on 03/01/2009 10:33:59 PM PST by lowbridge ("a little state control wouldn't hurt anybody" - Jerry Brown on the First Amendment)
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To: Boucheau

I have combined the FREE AVG and Spybot S&D to protect one of my laptops.
Within the same time, I used McAfee to “protect” another. It was the McAfee AV-protected laptop that was NOT able to detect the Vundo malware until it sputtered and crashed.

The laptop with the free AVG/Spybot has never let me down in 2 years.


7 posted on 03/01/2009 10:42:56 PM PST by max americana
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To: Frantzie

That’s what we suggest our customers use. It is about the least “heavy” when it comes to slowing down the machine, and one of the most effective at preventing infections.

Norton and McCaffee are horrible. Especially about slowing down older computers.


8 posted on 03/01/2009 11:08:45 PM PST by The Watcher
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To: max americana

I’m not a big fan of McAfee.

They all do something to protect your PC.

NOD32 has a very small footprint (doesn’t slow your computer much at all) and hasn’t missed an in-the-wild virus in over 9 years, maybe ten now, according to Virus Bulletin.

NOD32 has won over 54 VB100 Awards—more than any other AV software product.

I use it on all my PC and I don’t know another technician or consultant that doesn’t use it.


9 posted on 03/01/2009 11:14:38 PM PST by Boucheau
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To: max americana
Here's more info if you're interested:

http://www.eset.com/products/compare-NOD32-vs-competition.php

10 posted on 03/01/2009 11:16:26 PM PST by Boucheau
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To: Frantzie

When I visited my daugher in college her computer was a mess. “But I didn’t do anything!!” she said. Mmmhmmm. Tried a number of things, but it was running Avast from the boot sector that healed her machine. I’m a believer.


11 posted on 03/01/2009 11:17:52 PM PST by Island Girl
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To: Boucheau; Frantzie
Avast and AVG are just OK as AV software goes. But excellent as FREE AV software goes.

I don't like Avast that well. In raw detection (on demand scan) I much prefer AVG or AntiVir.

ESET’s NOD32 is easily the best on the planet.

Would *nearly* agree. I would still rate Kaspersky as *best*, but NOD32 is seriously right up at the top.

As a service tech, I recommend F-Protect. It is really quite good, and has a very nice price- $35 for 5 machines, $45 for 10 machines.

12 posted on 03/01/2009 11:27:15 PM PST by roamer_1 (Proud 1%er... Reagan Conservatism is the only way forward.)
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To: roamer_1

I judge ‘em as they’re tested by us and by the indepent testers.

There will be a new kid on the block here shortly.

I don’t know all of the particulars but someone behind the AV scene told me that they will Frankenstein Kaspersky with parts of another AV system to create product to compete directly with NOD32—which is grabbing up market share fast enough to put the fear of God in the industry regulars.


13 posted on 03/01/2009 11:33:22 PM PST by Boucheau
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To: Frantzie

I agree with you about Avast. I detest McAfee and Norton.


14 posted on 03/01/2009 11:48:05 PM PST by Luke21
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To: Boucheau

I’ve used Nod32 and Avast! on a couple of my computers, all networked.

Avast caught more viruses than ESET’s did, especially the kind that infects USB thumb drives.


15 posted on 03/02/2009 12:17:34 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins (I don't have a license to kill; I have a learner's permit.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Great! Use Avast.


16 posted on 03/02/2009 12:23:50 AM PST by Boucheau
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To: Boucheau
I judge ‘em as they’re tested by us and by the indepent testers.

I have *no* faith in independent testers, who consistently rate Norton highly... It is quite common for me to find Norton boxes completely overrun with viruses, and Norton doesn't even know the difference. The same with McAfee.

I test my own in a real world environment by running AVTrials through client boxes, switching them up, and seeing which ones leave things for others to detect. Invariably KAV can clean a box better than any. Always has. NOD32, FPROT, and SOPHOS are second tier, very good, seldom leave anything KAV would find, and if it does, usually caught on the next update. Next, Bitdefender, Dr. Web, and AntiVir- reliably catch what the others would within a day... AVG is an also ran, takes a bit longer to detect, but eventually will, can be compromised, but normally knows it when it is.

All the rest, while some may surprise me from time to time, generally fail to be reliably on their game like the ones mentioned above. **Note that I tend to care more about "on demand" detection than I do about realtime. Realtime *is* important, but always is less powerful than "on demand", and is not the final defense.

There will be a new kid on the block here shortly.

That sounds very interesting- Would appreciate a ping or pvt e when you know more. I have always liked NOD32, but my users (SOHO and Residential) find it hard to understand. F-protect is a much cleaner GUI and that is another reason why I have stayed with them so long.

Funny how things don't change much- Been reliably using KAV (AVP), FPROT, SOPHOS, and NOD32 since the DOS days to clean stuff up...

17 posted on 03/02/2009 12:24:02 AM PST by roamer_1 (Proud 1%er... Reagan Conservatism is the only way forward.)
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To: roamer_1

I just thought I would offer my experience.

I didn’t want to join a side in the AntiVirus wars.

Goodnight.


18 posted on 03/02/2009 12:25:50 AM PST by Boucheau
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To: Boucheau

Indeed.


19 posted on 03/02/2009 12:32:33 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins (I don't have a license to kill; I have a learner's permit.)
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To: Boucheau
I just thought I would offer my experience.

Me too.

I didn’t want to join a side in the AntiVirus wars.

That wasn't my intention.

Goodnight.

You too.

20 posted on 03/02/2009 12:41:16 AM PST by roamer_1 (Proud 1%er... Reagan Conservatism is the only way forward.)
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To: allmost

“Never get comfortable with Norton AV. Ever.”

In my opinion, Norton IS a virus.
Another expat friend of mine here has Norton, and his computer is a total mess with bugs and virus.

I have been using Avast for the last 5 years, never a problem.


21 posted on 03/02/2009 12:54:38 AM PST by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: AlexW

Heard nothing bad about avast, just used to avg...


22 posted on 03/02/2009 1:04:39 AM PST by allmost
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To: Frantzie

Right now I’m running Linux off a CD. As this particular machine does not have the ability to write to a CD I’m totally immune.


23 posted on 03/02/2009 1:18:40 AM PST by Nateman (Liberals are so lazy they need someone else to steal for them.FUBO.)
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To: AlexW
"...I have been using Avast for the last 5 years, never a problem..."

I was put onto Avast by Kim Komando.com ten years ago. That may be one reason I've kept this MS Millennium running fine for ten years!

Brief and costly diversions to Norton and McAfee cost me many hours of fixing their errors.

One problem, at least with dial-up, is a long—5-10 minute—daily downloading. (Which I tolerate, given the alternatives). Spybot and Ad-Aware, also free, help.

Based on a little Googling, I think Avast is based outside the US.

24 posted on 03/02/2009 1:42:59 AM PST by Does so (White House uncomfortable? Sleeplessness? The 0bama will quit before 6 months are up.)
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To: Does so

“Based on a little Googling, I think Avast is based outside the US.”

Avast is a Czech company.


25 posted on 03/02/2009 1:53:36 AM PST by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: Boucheau

I run Webroot Spy Sweeper, Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware (manually, once a week), and the McAfee that comes free with Comcast. I also run Window Washer on a regular basis. I have never had a virus or malware problem, ever.


26 posted on 03/02/2009 1:54:02 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Excellent!


27 posted on 03/02/2009 1:59:35 AM PST by Boucheau
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To: Boucheau

bookmarking!


28 posted on 03/02/2009 3:12:02 AM PST by Big Giant Head (I should change my tagline to "Big Giant penguin on my Head")
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To: allmost

Not only do Symantec products suck, but their treatment of customers is the worst I have ever experienced (for computer stuff, anyway).


29 posted on 03/02/2009 3:20:08 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Fresh Wind

Resource hogs, and being relatively currently malware magnets (the last year). If your AV has V’s, you’ve gotta scratch your head there.


30 posted on 03/02/2009 3:22:55 AM PST by allmost
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To: Frantzie

BFL


31 posted on 03/02/2009 3:26:37 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Skooz
Avast, AVG, Avira...all good. Combine them with Spybot S7D and Spyware Blaster...keep them all updated and its a good defense.

I also recommend a couple of other free progs to keep the box running smooth.
http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html
and
http://www.ccleaner.com/
aka...Crap Cleaner.

Defraggler is a darn good defrag prog and its free.
http://www.defraggler.com/

If you want the best defrag and don't mind spending bit...I recommend Perfect Disk...http://www.perfectdisk.com/

These will keep things slick and smooth.
32 posted on 03/02/2009 4:11:28 AM PST by Tainan (Where's my FOF Indicator?)
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To: Boucheau; Frantzie

I love avast it is my antivirus and every couple of weeks I do an online scan with ESET just to introduce a competitors look at everything.

http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/scanner.php?i_agree=14

I am a scanning nut, when I am away from the computer I like it to be doing something. If I will be away for an hour then I do a spyware/malware scan, if I’m going to be away from the computer for three hours then I do a virus scan.


33 posted on 03/02/2009 12:10:20 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: Frantzie

Maybe I spoke too soon. I tried Norton first but my licensed expired. AVG which I normally love wa overwhelmed. The virus is Win32.Parite which is a SOB. AVG would fix infected files and the 1500 + copies overwhelmed it. I rarely used this machine or surfed.

Hit it with Avast. It seemed to work. My desktop icons returned. Just to be sure I had bought PC Tools Spyware Doctor & Antivirus. 3 PC license and bought it cause it supported Win 2000.

I ran PC Tools and it found 259 copies of Win32.Parite and a couple others that Avast must have missed. I had done nothing on the machine after Avast. The question is if Win32.Parite is really gone. it seems to regenerate or hide????? If PC Tools failed then I may break down and spend a fortune on kaperinsky.

I lost my Internet - I plug into the switch and nothing. Befoire I could plug into any connect hotel DSL, office small hubs and got the net. Ii will check the wireless. It is a Dell. Cannot figure out why internet is not working.

Maybe the AVG and Avast have firewalls. I will uninstall both. Tried to uninstall Norton crap and it would not remove itself. I hate Symantec especailly after the CEO came out for Obama.


34 posted on 03/02/2009 5:20:16 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Frantzie

I can download data on a program I have so the internet connection works but the browser will not open. I did not download Firefox as a backup.

I have my Dell disks but i do not want to reformat. Trying to figure how to get Firefox on when I cannot get on the net?? Any ideas? Thanks for any help.

Could I download from another machine to a ROM and install Firefox from a ROM?


35 posted on 03/02/2009 6:27:05 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Frantzie
On a related note, I highly recommend Malwarebytes. Fabulous anti-malware program. Saved my machine twice now.
36 posted on 03/02/2009 6:28:47 PM PST by mysterio
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To: mysterio

Thanks for the tip. how much?

Yesterday I could get on the Net but after Avast I thought got it - I think PC Tools finally got the virus. I now have AVG, Avast, PC Tools and Norton on my machine.

It is on the net to pull data from another program I have but the browser will not connect. I wonder if the browser is trashed? Maybe I should uninstall AVG and Avast because maybe it is multiple firewalls but my data pulkler is not affected. ????????


37 posted on 03/02/2009 6:34:37 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Frantzie

It’s free. So you’re clicking the link and it isn’t taking you to the site?


38 posted on 03/02/2009 6:54:48 PM PST by mysterio
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To: mysterio

No. It seems my Windows Explorer browser is not working???

It was and maybe Avast or PC Tools in zapping this Win32.Parite virus zapped my browser.

I do not want to reformat my drive and reinstall everything. I wonder if I can download Explorer or Firefox on another machine to a ROM????

Thanks.


39 posted on 03/02/2009 7:01:45 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Frantzie
Yeah, you've got malware that's blocking your access to malwarebytes.org, probably. here's what to do :

Step one : go to anonymouse.org It's a proxy server that will get around the block.

Step two : copy and paste this into the Enter Website Address box : http://www.malwarebytes.org
Click "surf anonymously."

Step three : download the program (newest is the February 11th version.), install it, and update it. Then run it.

Let me know if this works.
40 posted on 03/02/2009 7:11:27 PM PST by mysterio
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To: mysterio

Thanks but I cannot get to the web because the browser.

I have a program that downloads stock files that pulls data via FTP. It works so i can access the net.

When i launch MSFT Windows Explorer browser - it will not connect to the web. ???

It seems that getting all the Parite viruses trashed my browser or something. I wonder if I can download Firefox from another machine, put it on a ROM and install on the browserless machine.

Thanks. I will be going to bed soon but I appreciate your help. Got the viruses I think but browser will not connect to the web. the machine is connectd????


41 posted on 03/02/2009 7:15:29 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Frantzie

Definitely get firefox and possibly google chrome. You can download on another machine and move it to the infected machine with a cd or flash drive. good luck! If there’s anything I can do to help you, let me know.


42 posted on 03/02/2009 7:17:59 PM PST by mysterio
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To: mysterio

Thanks for all your help. Super. Just download to a ROM or flash drive and reinstall?


43 posted on 03/02/2009 7:21:19 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Frantzie

Yeah, that should work.


44 posted on 03/02/2009 7:27:39 PM PST by mysterio
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To: mysterio

Weird. I pulled down Firefox and burned a ROM on another machine.

My store bought copy of PC Tools was the one that seems to have nailed Parite after AVG was wacky and Avast I thought got it but did not. I have always had good luck with AVG too???

Anyway - while I was burning the ROM - I uninstalled AVG, rebooted and my browser works again. Maybe AVG has a tough firewall default setting that enables itself. I never had any problems with AVG but this install was a problem from the start. PC Tools Spyware Doctor and Antivirus seems to be very good. Good ratings in 2007 and 2008. I think I paid $29 for 3 machine version. I bought it a month ago.

Putting Firefox on anyway. Logging off for tonight but I will get that malware program you suggested. I will let you know.

Thanks again. The computer help on FR is the best. I try not to abuse it with too many vanities.

;-)


45 posted on 03/02/2009 7:47:23 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Frantzie

I’ve been trying Avast, vetting it to replace AVG Free which in version 8 has taken a turn for the crapware, and I haven’t been too unhappy with it. However I elected not to register it when I downloaded and now it’s decided it will expire soon, so I should buy the paid version or at least register it. It pops up a little box from the tray which can’t be closed, and if you click on it, opens a window with no close/minimize/restore buttons with links to purchase or register. So if you want to close it, you can’t because there’s no button to do so in the window, no buttons on the title bar, and you can’t right click on the toolbar button and close it. So I try to open Task Manager to close it like that, but nothing happens. I try to run taskmgr (the Task Manager exe) from the run box, and it can’t find it!!!!! This sucky “program” has actually renamed a standard Windows program so that I can’t shut it down if I choose to do so! They call this an “anti” virus? Sounds more like the behavior of a virus to me. I don’t care if it’s the best anti-virus program on the face of the earth, I’ll not have software that intentionally tries to thwart me.


46 posted on 03/14/2009 9:53:33 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Still Thinking

Check out PC Tools Spyware Doctor & AntiVirus. My copy cost $29 for a 3 seat license. It offers very fast screening and got rid of this pirate virus that attaches itself to every exe files. AVG had problems with the 1500 + copies of the virus!

I never surf with that laptop. A company does a small web based analysis program I use. Well the morons let the virus get on their sever and I got it. I pay $500 for them to give me a virus!

Anyway, AVG had problems getting rid of 1500 copies of the virus - it must morph. Avast was slightly better but it really did not get it.

PC Tools screened and zapped it in 56 minutes! No muss no fuss. I wasted 3 days trying to solve the problem and PC Tools took care of it iun 56 minutes.

Norton took a day and a half to screen the hard drive then wanted $50 bucks to renew!


47 posted on 03/15/2009 11:53:45 AM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: mysterio

Thanks for the tip. I am sold on PC Tools followed up with Malwarebytes.

A great combo. I found out this pirate virus is from a service i pay for for a web based analysis service! Somehow the virus go on their server. I bet they lose customers - I did not bitch too much but it wasted my time.


48 posted on 03/15/2009 11:58:40 AM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Frantzie

I love Avast free edition. It keeps our computers free from everything that’s come along in the last 3 years.

Norton Symantec crashed me every few months.

Although, I did have a Windows Vista Update that messed me up one time.

Avast is great!! It also doesn’t hog up all your memory...like the aforementioned.


49 posted on 03/15/2009 12:10:04 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: The Watcher

I keep Webroot Spy Sweeper (paid fee) and McAfee (came free with Comcast) running all the time, and I occasinally run Lavasoft AdAware (paid fee). I also routinely run my Webroot Window Washer (bought it years ago and keep it updated). I have NEVER had a virus problem on this old Dell with XP. I also keep up with all the Windows updates whenever that little yellow shield shows up in the toolbar.

Of course, I’ve never been stupid enough to open anonymous email attachments, either, and I only open attachments from known senders when I’m expecting them and they interest me.


50 posted on 03/15/2009 12:10:10 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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