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What antivirus software do you all use?
I am using Norton Internet Security 2005 and Norton SystemWorks 2005, have not had any trouble with it before but have picked up 2 viruses in a week. Formatted my computer the other day and all seemed well but picked up another tonight "Backdoor.Beasty.Family". It keeps saying it has found it and deleted it but can't have. Have run the virus scanner in both normal mode and safe mode and it does not find anything. Followed instructions from symantec site about deleting things in the registry but can't find anything there either.

Every time i "right click" on something it occurs !

Have installed Microsoft Office 2003 lately, wonder if this is where the problem is from?

Hope someone can shed some light on the problem

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We now use Mcafee anti virus security. Were using Norton 2005 but started getting allsorts of bother like you. Took it off and installed the Mcafee. All Ok at the moment. Also use spybot, adaware 6, pest patrol and microsoft anti spyware. you would be surprised at the no of times the microsoft anti spyware picks stuff up & blocks it.


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I have over 250 clients using AVG free editon and not once over the last eight years have been called out for a prob with it unlike the one u r using..

http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php

Use in conjunction with adaware http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10045910.html?part=69274&subj=dlpage&tag=button

and the beta version of MS Spytool http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

I also use sygate firewall http://soho.sygate.com/products/spf_standard.htm

To get much better protection you need to spend loads of dosh and get e.g.
Sophos but why bother - you don't run or own a bank.
 

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Norton was causing grief to quite a few PCs that I support so a few years ago we changed everybody over to the free AVG (6) which was fine, however when GRisoft launched AVG V7 Free that was a different matter and all sorts of problems started cropping up. We think it was so people would buy the paid for version.
At the moment the favourite is AntiVir another freeby which seems to work ok.
I have had good reports on McAfee, never used myself, and also Panda which I have used but is a paid for one.

Regarding Firewalls, Zone Alarm (free or paid for) or Sygate (free or paid for) are ok
 

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I use AVG 7 free edition with Windows 98 and XP,no problems. Also use other excellent freebies ZoneAlarm, Ad-aware and Spyware Blaster on my Win 98 system. havn't tried Ad-aware and Spyware Blaster with XP yet .
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antnjac said:
I use AVG 7 free edition with Windows 98 and XP,no problems. Also use other excellent freebies ZoneAlarm, Ad-aware and Spyware Blaster on my Win 98 system. havn't tried Ad-aware and Spyware Blaster with XP yet .
Tony :D
Spywareblaster I use too on XP without probs. It has a useful but limited purpose simply blocking websites that are known problems.
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/
 

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Hi

My brother is a PC engineer and builds repairs etc PC's the only anti viruss software he uses and reccomends is Trend Micro PC Cillin Price $20 a year

I use it now and have had no virrus infections it updates automatically if there is a new outbreak it can update 5 -6 times in a day.

The times since I have heard people complaining about virus's when they are running McAffee (not so often) Norton all the while ! and others everyone thats tried PC Cillon as not had a virus problem since.
 

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I had lots of problems with Norton so removed it, downloaded Adaware and Spybot which seem to pick thngs up daily (where HAVE I been???? 8O ) and have now subscribed to McAfee, a little intrusive at times but seems to be doing the job. I am running windows XP Professional.


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I think I should point out that some people have probs with AVG because they do not realise that when downloading emails, they are intercepted by AVG into a protected folder, checked for viruses and then released to Outlook\outlook Express when cleared OK. Thus any viruses will not leave this protected folder and will be dealt with in there.

This give the impression that Outlook\outlook express is not downloading or is taking too long to download if it has attachments.

A furtther note worth considering is that most people on broadband have their emails checked for viruses by expensive virus packages by their ISP on their server so in this case you can disable the email part of AVG as it is duplicating an action that is not necessary.

In other words, the only route for viruses in this scenario is from the Internet or from cd's\floppies from other people.
 

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In defence of Norton, i've had it since the beginning and had no problems at all, it seems to do its job well blocking loads of trojan thingies and something trying to get in the back door sub seven(?). I'm happy with it.

pusser wrote;

In other words, the only route for viruses in this scenario is from the Internet or from cd's\floppies from other people.
perhaps i've misunderstood you there puss, but can't you get virusses from emails and particularly when you open an attachment?

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Hi i use Avast anti virus, i have used others in the past but this one is the one for me, i have been a user for more than two years now and it has saved me on several occasions now and it checks your email before you open it. if you want it for home use it is free, business use has to pay. the Avast antivirus is updated on a regular basis automatically so no worries there. try it you have nothing to lose.
http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
i think it beats those programs you pay for because of the regular updates.
 

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Well, I am now back on!

Have decided to ditch Norton am now giving ZoneAlarm Security Suite a try. It has built in firewall and antivirus.
Have had to format my computer twice in a week, never had problems like this before.

Will let you know how zone alarm goes, not used to some of the workings of it yet
 

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:D So TheOggies. You're the ones that caused the site to crash with all your viruses? :wink:
 
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