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VANITY - Computer Security
4/24/09 | Petruchio

Posted on 04/24/2009 5:16:46 PM PDT by Petruchio

For a number of years I have been using Trend Micro's PCCillin Internet Security package. It has worked well, in all this time I have not been sidelined by an infection on any of my computers.

No more!

Trend Micro has slowly become nagware. The worst nagware I have ever seen. My license expires the first week of May. I started getting "Reminders" to renew my subscription in January! That is beyond stupid!

This leads me to today's question. I have seen on threads I can't find now where FReepers have recommended a FREE anti-virus program and a FREE firewall that worked well. Can some kind FReeper link to them please?

Whatever I switch to has gotta be FREE. I have some serious medical issues I am dealing with. I cannot afford to pay for nagware that is such a pain to use.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: internetsecurity
Thanks in advance.

My desire is to complete the switch to new software before I go back in the hospital next week.

1 posted on 04/24/2009 5:16:46 PM PDT by Petruchio
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To: Petruchio

AVG Anti-Virus

ZoneAlarm (or the integrated Windows firewall)


2 posted on 04/24/2009 5:17:29 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Petruchio

AVG

http://free.avg.com/


3 posted on 04/24/2009 5:18:33 PM PDT by silentreignofheroes (If I had any further to go,I'd be there.)
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To: Petruchio

I like AVG for antivirus. Antivir is good too.

Both are free.


4 posted on 04/24/2009 5:18:44 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Petruchio

Check AVG Free; regular updates, no-nag settings, works good.


5 posted on 04/24/2009 5:18:58 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Petruchio

I use AVG anti-virus and Comodo Firewall Pro. Both free.


6 posted on 04/24/2009 5:20:20 PM PDT by Racer1
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To: Petruchio

I feel your pain.
I’ve used Trend for ages. Liked the fact it was quick, non bloated and simple. Not any more. It’s just as bad as Norton as far as being a hog. Once it runs out in Aug. I’m done with it!!


7 posted on 04/24/2009 5:23:52 PM PDT by ozark hilljilly
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To: Petruchio

Our desktop support folks at my work site incorrectly installed Norton several years ago. This installation interfered with keeping the signatures up-to-date. As a result, I just got hit by a virus two weeks ago. I have since rebuilt the laptop after formatting the disk.

I had some interest in using data files from the infected disk, so I made a copy and scanned it with a healthy, updated Norton at work and my AVG installation at home. They both found the same infected files. This gave me some degree of confidence in my AVG.

I made a disk partition copy of the infected disk using a live knoppix boot. Then I used an outboard “SATA/IDE to USB” adapter to mount the copied drive on the machines with the healthy virus detectors. I use the same adapter to copy data from the backup disk. Even though all infections are supposedly cleaned, now, I will not use any executable files from the copy of the infected disk.


8 posted on 04/24/2009 5:29:26 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: All

YES!

AVG, that’s the one I saw before.


9 posted on 04/24/2009 5:29:46 PM PDT by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: Petruchio
The absolute best free anti-virus I've found is Ubuntu 8.10 - once I got rid of windows, I didn't have such problems. But assuming that you've got some special attachment to Windows, I'd push for AVG if you must have one installed.

If you use Firefox with Ad Block Plus, though, I think you'll eliminate all casual bugs that float around, and the only thing left to worry about is stuff downloaded from unreputible places.

10 posted on 04/24/2009 5:32:02 PM PDT by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: ozark hilljilly

For the last month when Trend did a full scan, my system locked up solid. I found it will not play nice with Open Office. If I set it to not scan Open Office, it is fine . . .


11 posted on 04/24/2009 5:32:45 PM PDT by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: Petruchio
AVG and/or Avira
Comodo or ZoneAlarm
Ad-Aware and Spybot. Spybot includes the abiliiy to “inoculate” your system and replace the Hosts files which will help to assure your system will not “dial out to get any/or more nasties if you get infected.
12 posted on 04/24/2009 5:33:08 PM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.)
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To: Petruchio

13 posted on 04/24/2009 5:34:33 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: kingu
The absolute best free anti-virus I've found is Ubuntu 8.10 - once I got rid of windows, I didn't have such problems. But assuming that you've got some special attachment to Windows, I'd push for AVG if you must have one installed.

Any Linux distribution is a good anti-virus, I agree. Also, if you have a router, it is probably a hardware firewall. I haven't used anti-virus for a couple of years now, nor a software firewall. I just don't need it.

That said, if you like finding "free" games or pron online, you're flying on your own.

14 posted on 04/24/2009 5:38:34 PM PDT by Big Giant Head (I should change my tagline to "Big Giant penguin on my Head")
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To: Petruchio

I’ve noticed a lot of quirks like that, too.
I’m still on dial-up, it doesn’t play nice with that sometimes when it comes to updates.

Don’t even get me started on trying to download the renewal last summer!!! (arrrrrrgh!!!!)
Trend is so outta here...I will look into AVG.


15 posted on 04/24/2009 5:39:21 PM PDT by ozark hilljilly
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To: JoeProBono

Heh heh!


16 posted on 04/24/2009 5:41:06 PM PDT by ozark hilljilly
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To: Petruchio

1. Zone Alarm or Sygate Personal Firewal - either is fine
2. Dump IE, and use FireFox
3. NoScript (addon to FireFox)
4. AdBlock Plus (addon to FireFox)
5. MalWareBytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/ antivirus
(I’m checking out AVG even as I type)

Life is good.


17 posted on 04/24/2009 5:44:18 PM PDT by NonLinear ( If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.)
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To: Petruchio

I’ve had a similar history with virus programs.

Trend Micro,
Norton,
McAfee,
even AVS

They all become glutware and cause the computer to run slugglish.

Recently, I dumped AVS and went with Avast. I do have a couple of features turned off that would normally run in the background.

Otherwise, Avast seems to run with fewer resources than AVS did.

I recommend Avast.


18 posted on 04/24/2009 5:52:57 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: the_Watchman

I just love the way you guys talk ... if this was a war zone and we had a prisoner and you were explaining the whys and wherefors of said prisoner ... I’d hear you out, say “whatever”, and blow the bastards head off.


19 posted on 04/24/2009 5:54:29 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: ozark hilljilly

I was forced to dump dial up and take a highspeed cable ... dial up is like analog TV ....


20 posted on 04/24/2009 5:56:20 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: rabscuttle385
ditto bump for AVG Anti-Virus / Zone Alarm (or Windows)

I also add a registry cleaner (TweakNow RegCleaner) and an anti-spyware tool (Spybot Search and Distroy).

21 posted on 04/24/2009 5:58:13 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Petruchio

Comodo.com firewall is one of the strongest. It passes the grc.com stealth test.

You can still find the older editions as standalone. They now put their firewall as part of a package.


22 posted on 04/24/2009 6:14:06 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy
During Comodo install one can chose:
Install firewall only
Install anti-virus only
install both

As I use Avira anti-virus I choose to install the Comodo firewall only.
23 posted on 04/24/2009 6:36:43 PM PDT by Tainan (Where's my FOF Indicator?)
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To: Petruchio
I don't feel your pain.
24 posted on 04/24/2009 7:05:12 PM PDT by Nateman (Windows free since 2007!)
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To: kingu

Looks like they just came out with Ubuntu 9.04. I’m downloading right now.


25 posted on 04/24/2009 7:07:30 PM PDT by Nateman (Windows free since 2007!)
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To: KoRn

I use both of these and they are very good.


26 posted on 04/24/2009 10:50:24 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Big Giant Head

Posting on a Linux box, with Clamav running.

Though reading about Windows 7 with the Virtual XP today on FR, I must confess that actually sounds intriguing.


27 posted on 04/24/2009 10:56:08 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Got Tea?)
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To: rabscuttle385; silentreignofheroes; KoRn; Redbob; Racer1; JSteff; taxcontrol; TomGuy; Tainan

Last night I switched over to AVG anti-virus and Comodo Firewall. Both are working well, and I am happy.

Thanks.


28 posted on 04/25/2009 7:35:56 AM PDT by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: Petruchio

Good for you. I wish you well and let us know if you have any further concerns.

Their is a great wealth of computer knowledge on her. I am but a pawn in this great internet game.


29 posted on 04/25/2009 8:37:01 AM PDT by Tainan (Where's my FOF Indicator?)
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