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Microsoft’s free antivirus program changes game
Boston Globe ^ | October 1, 2009 | Hiawatha Bray

Posted on 10/01/2009 6:41:39 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

You paid for your antivirus software? Why?

Good free options have been available for years, mainly from no-name companies. Nervous consumers figure they’re better off buying major brands, like Norton security software from Symantec Corp. Well, here’s a major brand for you: Microsoft Corp.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


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1 posted on 10/01/2009 6:41:39 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; ..

2 posted on 10/01/2009 6:42:27 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Is this like the Taliban selling anthrax vaccines?


3 posted on 10/01/2009 6:45:35 AM PDT by Loud Mime (If you don't believe in God, you will believe in Government)
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To: ShadowAce

To read later.


4 posted on 10/01/2009 6:47:35 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
I just switched to VIPRE and it seems to be the best, I have used.
5 posted on 10/01/2009 6:48:36 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: Loud Mime
Calm down Loud Mouth. I downloaded MSE and it seems to be working just fine.

Waaaay to many MAC-heads are sounding like Taliban these daze.

6 posted on 10/01/2009 6:48:43 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

I have AVG Free (by recommendation of a Freeper). Should I be dumping that for the Microsoft AV?


7 posted on 10/01/2009 6:49:20 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Obama: slowly sucking the positive attitude out of the US since 11-4-08)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

I have been using AVG for a couple of years now and have not had any virus since I started using it. Previously I had McAfee for 4 years and had occasional viruses. I think I will stay with a demonstrated effective product. And it is free.


8 posted on 10/01/2009 6:49:54 AM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: Loud Mime
Is this like the Taliban selling anthrax vaccines?

Or ObamaCo selling tax software...

9 posted on 10/01/2009 6:50:39 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: musicman

bookmark


10 posted on 10/01/2009 6:51:34 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: arthurus

I have noticed that while AVG is scanning, my PC seems to come to a crawl.


11 posted on 10/01/2009 6:51:59 AM PDT by reegs
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To: hoagy62

I’d stick with AVG-—it ROCKS!


12 posted on 10/01/2009 6:52:07 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: ShadowAce

I’d certainly wait for Service Pack 1 before using anything MS.


13 posted on 10/01/2009 6:52:32 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: musicman
anti-virus bookmark
14 posted on 10/01/2009 6:53:04 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: arthurus

I don’t know but there is a related comment or two following yours.


15 posted on 10/01/2009 6:53:32 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama lies, Freedom dies)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

A column written by Hiawatha Bray. I met him in Chicago years ago. A great character, and certainly no liberal. And yes, that is his real name.


16 posted on 10/01/2009 6:53:39 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: reegs
"I have noticed that while AVG is scanning, my PC seems to come to a crawl."

I used AVG and noticed the same thing. I switched to Avast! and problem solved. Been using the Avast! free version for over a year now and I am very satisfied.

17 posted on 10/01/2009 6:56:18 AM PDT by Justa
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To: ShadowAce
Of course, no antimalware product is perfect, especially not against the latest attack programs. George Ledin, a computer science professor at Sonoma State University in California, pointed out that dozens of new malware programs appear daily, and it takes a long time to tag these new threats so the software can defeat them. “By the time they put it in the catalog, it is months old,’’ Ledin said. As a result, thousands of computers with the latest antivirus software are compromised anyway.
If they need this, I guess Win7 will still be a high-vulnerability sys to viri. That's a shame, hope springs eternal . . .

Still, it's a step up. And at least now Microsoft is paying some of the cost of the egregious vulnerability of the OS it sells. That still leaves the societal cost of the botnets of Windows machines, tho.


18 posted on 10/01/2009 6:56:48 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (SPENDING without representation is tyranny. To represent us you have to READ THE BILLS.)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

bump


19 posted on 10/01/2009 6:59:20 AM PDT by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds... in becoming a one term president.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Does anyone have a link to 100% pure and unadulterated free AVG? Every link I come across has a “free” version using trail pay which requires you to buy some other company’s product.


20 posted on 10/01/2009 6:59:50 AM PDT by Rebelbase (This is the time of year when ACORNS fall.)
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To: arthurus
I have been using AVG for a couple of years now and have not had any virus since I started using it. Previously I had McAfee for 4 years and had occasional viruses. I think I will stay with a demonstrated effective product. And it is free.

I use AVG on some of the machines. In my past experience (They may have improved it) McAfeee may as well be a virus. That's why schools and GIVE it away free. The bloated mess of Norton, which was once a good name, is not much better, in our experience.

21 posted on 10/01/2009 7:02:17 AM PDT by Gorzaloon (Roark, Architect.)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Since this is a tech thread, two things:

1. With our Time Warner internet we get free “CA Security Suite”, and it’s been very good. However, I bought a 64-bit HP laptop and the free CA Suite isn’t compatible with it. HP recommended AVG and it’s been good. I like that there are checkmarks next to the sites to indicate whether they’re safe or not BEFORE you click on the link.

2. Does anyone know if it’s an easy and/or inexpensive to transition from Vista to Windows 7? Would it be worth it?


22 posted on 10/01/2009 7:02:47 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam (POWER TO THE PEOPLE)
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To: Justa

I’ve used Avast! free for two years with no problems — I’m very happy with it!


23 posted on 10/01/2009 7:04:55 AM PDT by maryz
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To: Loud Mime

Best line so far............

Related Note: A neighbor called me last night. He decided to save $5 and not renew his McAfee. He purchased Cyber Defender.

Well, guess what, Cyber Defender found something like 8 virus programs and said his computer had been hacked.

Next, my cheap neighbor called their customer support and allowed the tech on-line access to his PC.

You know what came next. The only way to fix this was to buy a $250 package which includes a Microsoft “expert” Technician. They were going to give him a $40 gas car however.

He decided to hold off and that is when he called me. It took me about 10 seconds with a google search to figure out this was a scam. It took me over an hour to remove all of their programs including their hidden files.

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/cyberdefender-c95821.html

Moral of the Story: You get what you pay for!


24 posted on 10/01/2009 7:08:27 AM PDT by luckybogey
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To: MayflowerMadam

Maybe you should direct your question to the second post.


25 posted on 10/01/2009 7:10:44 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama lies, Freedom dies)
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To: Rebelbase
Does anyone have a link to 100% pure and unadulterated free AVG? Every link I come across has a “free” version using trail pay which requires you to buy some other company’s product.

Try this link directly to MS' Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/support.aspx
26 posted on 10/01/2009 7:15:12 AM PDT by FRactional
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
Microsoft selling antivirus software?

Sounds like a classic "protection racket" to me! /sarc>

Mac or UNIX is generally preferable.

Cheers!

27 posted on 10/01/2009 7:18:01 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Rebelbase

Whoops, sorry I misread your post and sent you to MS site.


28 posted on 10/01/2009 7:19:03 AM PDT by FRactional
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To: FRactional; maryz

Thanks for the link but I took Maryz’s advice and downloaded Avast.

Does anyone have a freebie link for an anti-spyware download. AVG and Spybot have gone to the Trialpay crap also.


29 posted on 10/01/2009 7:20:14 AM PDT by Rebelbase (This is the time of year when ACORNS fall.)
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To: Rebelbase
Does anyone have a freebie link for an anti-spyware download.

AVG does both anti-virus and anti-spyware.

30 posted on 10/01/2009 7:22:59 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: Loud Mime
Is this like the Taliban selling anthrax vaccines?

The tool which has been part of Windows Update for a long time, Malicious Software Removal Tool (MRT.exe) is quite good. It has cleaned out malware for me that other tools could not.

Windows Defender is quite good also.

I would expect this to be a decent bit of anti-virus software.

31 posted on 10/01/2009 7:26:23 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
Until I have a problem with AVG Free, I'll stick with it.

It's been the best anti-virus product I've ever used. ...and I've used most of them.

32 posted on 10/01/2009 7:28:52 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: Rebelbase

Use Avast. It is free.


33 posted on 10/01/2009 7:29:03 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Become a monthly donor or FR won't be here for you!)
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To: reegs; Justa
EVERY anti-virus program will slow down your computer while it's scanning; it's impossible NOT to.

I turn off the automatic scanning, or set it to scan in the middle of the night.

34 posted on 10/01/2009 7:31:42 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: TChris; All

http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

http://www.av-comparatives.org/

Be informed and make a choice
I will wait to see if MS can break the top 10 on either of these sites...


35 posted on 10/01/2009 7:32:08 AM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: Rebelbase
I think this will get you to AVG's free download:

AVG Free

36 posted on 10/01/2009 7:35:39 AM PDT by Bernard Marx ("Civilizations die by suicide, not from murder" Toynbee)
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To: newfreep

I’m just having fun.

I have three Windows machines and NO Macs. I abhor MS marketing their own anti-virus program; it should be part of the OS. Hence the joke.


37 posted on 10/01/2009 7:36:44 AM PDT by Loud Mime (If you don't believe in God, you will believe in Government)
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To: Loud Mime

Thanks for your clarification - much appreciated!


38 posted on 10/01/2009 7:39:09 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Rebelbase

http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition

It’s the product in the left column.


39 posted on 10/01/2009 7:43:23 AM PDT by dglang
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
This is rich, coming from the Boston Globe (whose exit from publishing cannot transpire soon enough!).

This past weekend on their Patriots’ page of their sports section they featured a banner that contained the pescanner1 trojan virus.

Download that to your machine and you'll have hours of entertainment trying to get rid of it and it's effects!

In my case, Avast anti-virus stopped it. It wasn't until I checked my open Web pages that I saw it was the Globe.

Just so you'll know, when you see these Lib rags expounding on anything of consequence.

CA....

40 posted on 10/01/2009 7:45:10 AM PDT by Chances Are (Whew! It seems I've at last found that silly grin!)
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To: Rebelbase
Yup, been using the ultimate free AVG for years. It's called Linux. :) Here's your link: Ubuntu Linux. You can of course choose from many other varieties of this world-class AVG (and much more!) program. :D
41 posted on 10/01/2009 7:46:39 AM PDT by Doug Loss
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan; Loud Mime

No thanks. I want my antivirus software to notify me of Microsoft’s evil tricks.


42 posted on 10/01/2009 7:47:26 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Doug Loss
Yup, been using the ultimate free AVG for years. It's called Linux. :) Here's your link: Ubuntu Linux. You can of course choose from many other varieties of this world-class AVG (and much more!) program. :D

OpenSuSE 11.1 user here.

AVG does make a version for Linux. You have to insert the Dazuko module to get resident scanning.

The neat thing is that in a dual boot situation, you can scan your Windows Partition from Linux.

43 posted on 10/01/2009 7:52:55 AM PDT by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: grey_whiskers

Proof you don’t have to be a liberal to be ignorant.

This software is free. How is that racket exactly?


44 posted on 10/01/2009 7:53:42 AM PDT by Heavyrunner (Socialize this.)
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To: grey_whiskers

Oops, missed the /sarc tag. Sorry.


45 posted on 10/01/2009 7:55:00 AM PDT by Heavyrunner (Socialize this.)
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To: TChris

Avast! has the lowest footprint for active scans I’ve seen. I think it runs at lower disk priority than User during scans, unlike SAV which runs higher than User. Avast! also has many configuration options and features.


46 posted on 10/01/2009 7:56:11 AM PDT by Justa
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

For the best free software - all catagories go to Gizmo...

http://www.techsupportalert.com/


47 posted on 10/01/2009 7:56:45 AM PDT by Deagle
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To: FRactional

Thanks for the link. This may prove to be a better deal in the long run for Microsoft if over time it generates the perception that PCs are more virus resistant.


48 posted on 10/01/2009 7:59:33 AM PDT by Crolis ("Nemo me impune lacessit!" - "No one provokes me with impunity!")
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To: reegs

I used AVG for a couple of years.

Recently, I switched to Avast! (free Home ed)

I like it better. It seems to use less system resources. Also, I have most of the background features shut off for better performance.


49 posted on 10/01/2009 7:59:57 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: luckybogey
Moral of the Story: You get what you pay for!

No you don't, I have never paid for a program yet and I am the guy with the perfectly clean computer that steers my friends to free avast, free malwarebytes antimalware, free superantispyware, free windows defender, free glary utilities, free everything.

50 posted on 10/01/2009 8:00:38 AM PDT by ansel12
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