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  • #38902
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    A disappointment about one of the most well known anti virus programs out there. I have had Nortons since I 1st got my PC.
    Someone told me about a free one which he considered to be better so far, in his book. I suddenly started to have no anti virus warnings, even tho’ I was ‘paid up’, so decided to install the free one.
    Horror of horrors it picked up 3 things infected with one particular virus worm !! Nortons did not pick it up !
    So I’m pleased with the new one so far.
    It is called Avast

    #38903
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    Regarding your anti-virus program. I have never been a fan of Nortons myself and use an anti-virus program called AVG.

    This can be obtained in two ways.

    Go to the web site – http://www.grisoft.com and download the free home edition, or it is available in the magazine Netguide, available at bookstores.

    You have to update the virus definitions on-line, but once it is set up, the updates are automatic.

    Be sure to either disable or uninstall Nortons before you install this software to avoid conflicts.

    If you need any more advice regarding computer problems, I will be glad to help if I can.

    Bilbo

    #38904
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    Hi Bilbo and welcome…I’m quite happy woth Avast at the moment, but I will look at yours if something goes wrong…

    #38905
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    Hi everyone; You can’t be too careful about protecting your PC’s, especially during the “silly season”. I am at present using AVG, but understand Avast is also a good free program, as Bobbity mentioned. If you have been away on holiday, always run your updates first before opening your emails or the web. Wikipedia has been hacked recently in Germany (latest Netguide issue). We have been told that about 91% of emails are spam. It would be good if other Seniornetters out there shared their experiences.Thanks Bilbo for your advice. Nortons had been a problem for me awhile ago. As you mentioned, don’t run 2 anti-virus programs together, as they conflict.

    #38906
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    Well I have been with Norton for two years, get regular updates when on line, up to now OK. PS only on dial up so PC not left switched on.

    #38907
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    I am happy with my Nortons, and get the regular updates of course! It would not be very useful if I didn’t!
    AVG is an excellent free program …I have used it a few years ago.
    If you have too many programs they will conflict or slow the computer. Better to stick to one reliable one!

    #38908
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    Thanks to all those who took time to reply to the advice I gave. It is great to see so many enjoying their PC. As for the anti-virus programs, if it works for you, use it. Also, to compliment the anti-virus program you are running, you need to have a reliable Firewall in place to protect your Internet connection.

    A good reliable Firewall, that also comes free with NetGuide is Zone Alarm, but if you already have one that works fine, go with that.

    Happy surfing. Bilbo

    #38909
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    Zone alarm is good Bilbo…all of my family use it..

    #38910
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    The importance of having adequate protection while you are online cannot be stressed strongly enough so I thought I would add my two cents worth. The absolute minimum is one only Firewall (the Windows Firewall only does half a job – protects inwards but does nothing to stop outgoing) and should be replaced by a full featured one. One only AntiVirus as is being discussed here. Having more than one Firewall and AntiVirus will cause conflict as they fight among themselves to see who will do the job, and can therefore actually lessen your protection.
    These are followed up by third layer AntiMalware protection and you can have as much of this as you feel necessary.

    FWIW, I find that the following work well for me:
    Sygate PF, AVAST Antivirus, SpyBotSD with Resident TeaTimer enabled for realtime protection, WinPatrol to notify me if anything is being changed, HostsSecure to block known bad sites, Windows Defender, and if you use Internet Explorer or FireFox, SiteAdvisor will show a green light for good sites.
    I also use a number of others as required and the fact that they are all free makes up for the small inconvenience of have to manually update some of them. You will find most of these at http://www.download.com/.

    A new programme which is rapidly becoming a must have, is Windows Live OneCare Scan. This is made by MicroSoft for MS so is highly recommended. The full scan can take hours and will thoroughly check and cleanup your PC, but only needs to be done a couple of times a year. The quick scan takes only a few minutes and will check for viruses and malware as often as you like. The NZ site is: http://safety.live.com/site/en-nz/default.htm?s_cid=sah
    It requires Internet Explorer and the one-off set up takes a little time but the effort is well worth it. Only click on the ‘Full Service Scan’ button in the centre of the page and then follow the prompts to allow the ActiveX to load etc.

    That’s enough from me. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.

    Cheers

    #38911
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    Hi rowal5555

    Sorry it has taken so long for me to reply to your comments.
    If you are using Windows Live OneCare Scan on your computer, and it has been supplied by Microsoft, be sure to run your anti-spyware program after using it as Microsoft is one of the biggest culprits of placing spyware on your computer.

    Bilbo

    #38912
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    How much does Norton anti virus cost when it runs out scared to press o.k. just incase it costs me a fortune.

    #38913
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    Hi Gemini

    I take it that you have read my views on Nortons. I have just finished fixing a computer that had the latest Nortons updates on it and disabled it and run AVG through the system. After it had finished, it had picked up 9 trojan horse viruses that Nortons had missed.

    AVG is free, is Nortons worth the cost, whatever it is?

    This is just my preference, if you feel safe safe with Nortons, go with it.

    If you want to get AVG, you can get the latest issue of NetGuide and update the files on-line.

    Bilbo

    #38914
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    #38915
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    Gemini, the Norton’s updates are free for a few years, then it costs about 60 or 70 dollars for several more years. When you press ok you get a choice of number of years, type of updates etc., and of course costs.

    #38916
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    Hi heather, I purchased Norton 2005 about 18-20 mths ago, renewal came through after 12 mths and from memory was about $50 for 12mths, so it is very cheap insurance, whether it is the best is another question but up to now OK

    #38917
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    Avg is very good, far superior to Norton. Was free, but is seems they are going to charge for it, according to notifications i have been getting lately. Use only one antivirus programme, they will argue. Also remember anti spyware, adware etc is not antivirus. I used windows defender, which is now no longer free.

    #38918
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    Of course, the best antivirus there is, is to disconnect from the internet when you are not using your computer. Do not open email with attchments that you do not know who they are from. Use something like Net Nanny to aviod questionable adult sites, they will also set nasties at times, yet always seem to pop up when searching for innocent stuff. Has happened to me recently with a child becide me, doing research for homework. Most embarrasing.

    #38919
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    Hi niceguy..apparently the email with attachment is ok, but don’t ever open the attachment. Someone opened my eyes about that recently, so I was at least able to check who it came from before deleting it.

    #38920
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    Have Norton Internet Security which seems to do what is required at present but once my subscription runs out I shall be reverting back to AVG. We had a hard drive problem on the second computer & the drive was replaced under it’s service contract. But Norton’s was not installed for a couple of days & in this time the machine came under various attacks which Norton’s, when it was installed could not identify or repair. Loaded AVG Free which immediately identified & repaired a pageful of worms & Trojans without any fuss or problem. I have heard of similar experiences others have had along the same lines. Norton’s of course includes a firewall, so if using AVG you need to load a separate firewall as well. Norton’s is pretty hungry on memory requirements as well.
    Jimbo

    #38921
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    Bobbity, I am glad you have avast. I have used it for years and put lots of older friends on it too. I get annoyed that computer technicians put anti virus programs that need re-buying in time and a lot of my older friends just don’t DO online buying of products..and then just let their anti virus protection lapse. Avast is just great, and highly recommended in computing circles. It is easy to handle and best of all..it works and is free.

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