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Internet Virus Protection
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Posted on 06/08/2002 3:02:38 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!

I need all of your help for a good (preferably free?) virus protection program.

For hackers lurking I am protected now but am shopping around so don't get too excited to try to back-door me-won't work.

If I must fork out any money I want a good program.Any suggestions,please?

Is Norton (Symantec) the best?

Any suggestions and discussion--greatly appreciated. Thank-you.


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1 posted on 06/08/2002 3:02:38 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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Another question, is the constant (it seems) LIVE UPDATES of virus definitions only something Norton offers. Is this pertinent?
2 posted on 06/08/2002 3:04:39 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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Get Zone Alarm, in my opinion it's one of the best, and free. Also, get Ad-Aware.
3 posted on 06/08/2002 3:04:54 PM PDT by Giddyupgo
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Oops, I thought you meant internet protection. Yes, Norton is a great virus program. They do have updates, to protect you against the latest new virus.
4 posted on 06/08/2002 3:07:38 PM PDT by Giddyupgo
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A good AV will offer fast updates against new strains. Norton Antivirus 2002 auto-downloads updates. I think McAfee probably does too.

A combination of antivirus + zonealarm is good. Also apply Windows Critical Updates regularly.

5 posted on 06/08/2002 3:10:55 PM PDT by Huusker
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
so don't get too excited to try to back-door me-won't work.

Did you read this before you posted it?

Go with ZoneAlarm & Norton

6 posted on 06/08/2002 3:13:03 PM PDT by listenhillary
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Look around on the web. Possibly read some of the "Spam" E-Mail. Norton Systemworks, which includes all sorts of other programs to keep your computer healthy can be found for less than $29.00.

Updates are a necessary evil. When you first install any anti-virus program, it will only catch the virus known as of the date the CD was manufactured. When you do update any anti-virus program, you only will catch those known as of that date.

Norton updates their virus definitions once a week, on Wednesdays, more often, if necessary. You have to keep ahead of the bad guys!

7 posted on 06/08/2002 3:14:20 PM PDT by Chief Engineer
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Freebie programs aren't worth diddly. There's no updating most of them to block the latest viruses.

I use Norton; I've tried the freebies (useless) and McAfee (couldn't stand it - confusing, and poor tech support).

You must download the updates on a regular basis to be fully protected.

8 posted on 06/08/2002 3:15:30 PM PDT by petuniasevan
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I would say Norton has the most user friendly and E-mail secure system. McAfee has one but last I heard would not check attachments until saved into hard drive. Norton reads the attachment as it comes in. Also another very important concern do not buy anything but Virus protection such as utilities ect unless you want to spend more time managing the program conflicts than time on line. Windows is not Utilities friendly to such and you have to know which parts to disable. It also eats RAM. For hackers I would say go Zone Alarm and down load their free version this however is not a virus scan.
9 posted on 06/08/2002 3:16:33 PM PDT by cva66snipe
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To: cva66snipe
How about Housecall antivirus?
10 posted on 06/08/2002 3:19:35 PM PDT by UbIwerks
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Here's what works for me:
Norton for virus protection and ZoneAlarm for hacker protection.

I update the Norton Antivirus software once a week on Fri night.

I've been using this system for 3+ years and have yet to have any problems. Trapped plenty of viruses. Thwarted plenty of attacks.

Works for me.

11 posted on 06/08/2002 3:25:47 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: UbIwerks
I would shy away and stay with a big name. Tech support and company stability are important considerations in that area. Nortons has the bucks to do the research and development as well as prompt updates.
12 posted on 06/08/2002 3:26:21 PM PDT by cva66snipe
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
go hereUsed this freebie, AVguard, 3 years. Have updates.
13 posted on 06/08/2002 3:27:50 PM PDT by monkeywrench
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To: upchuck
One other thought. If you get Norton's, buy JUST the antivirus software. They have other software (SystemWorks) that I can't recommend. Butts heads with Windows too much.
14 posted on 06/08/2002 3:28:36 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I use Norton AV. (There isn't any more free stuff that I know of.) I'm happy with it. Yes, you need the regular updates.

Beware McAfee-- I repeatedly hear people from all over complaining about it-- some sort of incompatibility, I think.
15 posted on 06/08/2002 3:30:44 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I'm generally happy with Norton. The latest version seems to automatically do all updates in the background when you are online. Since I am online 24/7 (cable modem) it is always updated without any user intervention.
16 posted on 06/08/2002 3:40:59 PM PDT by jlogajan
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Get LavaSoft AdAware and ZoneAlarm, both for free. I have used McAfee in the past, but right now all my computers are using Norton Antivirus. And update your data files at least once a week.

I also use a mechanical firewall. It's a LinkSys router hub. Few if any probes get through it as far as my ZoneAlarm.

I have been bombarded by spam lately, and I've had at least eight e-mails from strangers with the Klez virus attached. Norton has blocked them nicely.

17 posted on 06/08/2002 3:49:42 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: LindaSOG
E-Trust is the best there is in my opinion. I get emails every week with virus updates. Norton wants to take over your system which may cause jamming.
19 posted on 06/08/2002 4:03:40 PM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Norton is rated best by PCMag in its latest issue. Go here:

Personal Antivirus (June 11, 2002)

20 posted on 06/08/2002 4:04:54 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave
Norton or McAfee and it's done. Less than $50.
21 posted on 06/08/2002 4:07:57 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Doing a "live update" as I write!!
22 posted on 06/08/2002 4:12:44 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: Giddyupgo
"Get Zone Alarm,"

If I recall correctly, Zone Alarm is a firewall application, not a virus protection app.

23 posted on 06/08/2002 4:13:38 PM PDT by lawdude
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To: ex-Texan
Norton wants to take over your system which may cause jamming.

I always turn off the auto-update feature, because it has a habit of popping up at the worst times. I do the same with Windows Update. But if you turn them off, then you need to get in the habit of updating often manually.

24 posted on 06/08/2002 4:14:42 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I paid all of $8.50 for Norton Internet Security 2002 by bidding for it on Ebay. Anti-Virus protection and a firewall that work great, a privacy control thingamajig and a cheesy ad blocker that is only OK. Also, I assumed that 'cause I had dial-up I didn't need a firewall. WRONG...I get several intrusion attemps a day!

'Nuff said!

25 posted on 06/08/2002 4:15:04 PM PDT by Drango
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Is Norton (Symantec) the best?

I'm no expert, but...
I work at a major research university; they use Symantec.

Additionally, the hosts of one of the "tech" radio shows out here give the
nod to Symantec; they just seem to think that McAfee isn't quite as good.
26 posted on 06/08/2002 4:17:41 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Cicero
Exactly!! It's been ten days since I last updated. This thread reminded me to do it manually.
27 posted on 06/08/2002 4:19:05 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I use Norton Anti-Virus and Norton Internet Security Firewall in tandem. Great products and easy to install and use and never have had an infection or a hacker make havoc of my hard drive yet. Plus if you look now, the 2002 edition can only get even cheaper. And its Windows XP compatible.
28 posted on 06/08/2002 4:19:25 PM PDT by goldstategop
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Oh, and like others, ZoneAlarm is gets lots of positive comment out here.

Be careful about the Klez virus (and variants). Our university computer center
sent out an e-mail advisory campus-wide about it; that's a pretty rare event...
thus I go with their evaluation of it being a really bad boy.
29 posted on 06/08/2002 4:20:28 PM PDT by VOA
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Consumer reports says Macafee and Norton are best virus protection, and Zone alarm is one of the best firewalls.
30 posted on 06/08/2002 4:22:39 PM PDT by Mark17
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I had Norton in my office, along came sircam, got hit big time cost me lots of bucks to get rid of it. Went to Mc Afee, got hit again, went to Pccilin, user friendly, tells me when they have a update when I turn my computer on. We spents thousands of dollars in repairs last year, and who knows how much money it cost us in down time with this problem. I told my agents, you open an attachment and we get a virus, you are history. Tough part is that my wife is the worst offender.. Go figure, married 39 years this fall, like I am going to fire my best agent and love of my life. Good luck. Tom
31 posted on 06/08/2002 4:23:20 PM PDT by tall_tex
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I have AT&T cable and Zone Alarm was causing me quite a bit of trouble with Windows. When I called AT&T tech support, one time, and described my problem, the first thing they asked me was if I had Zone Alarm. They then advised me to remove it. And if you decide to get rid of it you have to go to their web site (Zone Alarm's) to find out how to manually remove bits and pieces of it, a simple un-install still leaves some of it in your computer.
AT&T now has a free download of Sygate Fire Wall and I have had no problems with it.
32 posted on 06/08/2002 4:27:57 PM PDT by PaulJ
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Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition. Has Live Update feature to keep current on virus definitions. Catches those pesky viruses before they can infect.

Prior to that, McAfee was adequate and used their techs via phone and email.

For firewall protection, ZoneAlarm stopped a series of Chinese "scientific institutes" at the time of the EP-3C incident. Now Black Ice blocks the various probes.

33 posted on 06/08/2002 4:28:07 PM PDT by PhilDragoo
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I keep thinking about Rush's comments, "Follow the Money", do any of you'al think the the virus protection industry could possibly be responsible for the large number of virus infestations.. Tin foil hat right....... dum da dum dum
34 posted on 06/08/2002 4:32:07 PM PDT by tall_tex
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
For my money you can't beat two programs, Protector Plus for anti-virus and Cookie Pal for beating all the cookies the sites load on your puter (it also has stopped any spyware from being added to mine, I know because I have Ad-Aware and since I've had Cookie Pal have picked up almost no spyware) Protector Plus is $12 a year and Cookie Pal is $15, both well worth a safer computer.
35 posted on 06/08/2002 4:32:38 PM PDT by Mahone
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I have McAfee, and I am perfectly happy. I was inundated by viruses a few weeks ago--several per day. McAfee got them all.
37 posted on 06/08/2002 4:36:43 PM PDT by Pushi
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Since no one mentioned it I will: AVG it's free and it's great. I put it on all my clients computers and have found a lot of viruses that the software they were running didn't. http://www.grisoft.com/html/us_index.htm
38 posted on 06/08/2002 4:38:26 PM PDT by big bad easter bunny
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I've had some problems with Zone Alarm also. That firewall works two ways. It took several attempts to get online...ZA wouldn't let me sign on to AOL. And it wouldn't let me post anything of length here at FR. Now I use ZA only when I want to, and close it at other times.
40 posted on 06/08/2002 4:40:31 PM PDT by Beach_Babe
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Buy the Norton 2002! There's more shit in there than you can shake an Arab at! I'm still learning, and it's auto-update! It'll grab a virus quicker than you can wipe snot off a doorknob!

Possibly too graphic..............FRegards

41 posted on 06/08/2002 4:41:31 PM PDT by gonzo
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To: Chief Engineer
Norton updates their virus definitions once a week, on Wednesdays, more often, if necessary. You have to keep ahead of the bad guys!

You can go their web site and manually download the updates a few times a week. I check just about every day.

42 posted on 06/08/2002 4:46:03 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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One other thought. If you get Norton's, buy JUST the antivirus software. They have other software (SystemWorks) that I can't recommend. Butts heads with Windows too much.

I've used Norton System Works for some time. I haven't seen any collisions with Windows. It does a good job on antivirus, and gives me some easy recoveries if something goes wrong using GoBack. Their performance managers do ok as well.

43 posted on 06/08/2002 4:46:39 PM PDT by gitmo
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To: Clara Lou
Beware McAfee-- I repeatedly hear people from all over complaining about it-- some sort of incompatibility, I think.

After updating my (former) McAfee AV software and then turning off my computer, I couldn't start it up again without formatting the hard drive. Did something awful to the hard drive, and I wound up having to buy and install a new one.

44 posted on 06/08/2002 4:48:06 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
LIVE UPDATES of virus definitions

That sounds like something that is just begging to be hacked!

Get Norton to define System.DAT as a virus by some internet trickery.

45 posted on 06/08/2002 4:55:20 PM PDT by Yeti
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I use Norton (when I'm booted into Windows), and I make sure to get the latest security updates for IE 5.0. Also, keep in mind that many viruses exploit vulnerabilities in IE & Outlook/Outlook Express, so you can avoid many viruses simply by switching to Netscape or Mozilla for your browser, and use their bundled mail readers. I think that IE is a fine browser, but it is too vulnerable for my liking, especially when using Outlook/Outlook Express.
46 posted on 06/08/2002 5:02:09 PM PDT by kezekiel
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
I don't know. I have a Mac. :-)
47 posted on 06/08/2002 5:07:03 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
The absolute best way to avoid computer virii is to not use a computer. I'm amused that on a conservative forum with no doubt many pro-abstinance people to avoid unwanted diseases, pregnancy etc., are busy here trying to find out which is the best electronic condom.
48 posted on 06/08/2002 5:08:39 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
go to www.zonealarm.com for best free download!
49 posted on 06/08/2002 5:15:08 PM PDT by christynsoldier
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Peter Norton is a big time liberal and supporter of the Clintoon crime family. I refuse to buy anything from his company.

I use McAfee VirusScan Online - automatic updates.

50 posted on 06/08/2002 5:40:15 PM PDT by Chief
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