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Anyone know a good virus protection to download? - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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Anyone know a good virus protection to download?
I had Trend Micro which I loved (my computer never knew when it was doing its 'thing' and never slowed or anything) but when it expired, the cost had gone up for renewal so I uninstalled and tried something called "ES ET" and the trial worked beautifully but when I actually purchased it - it was such an interference that for a bit, I thought my computer was dying. I found no resolution through communication with ES ET, so I uninstalled and got my money back. Then I got an email from Trend with a coupon so I'd get my program back for only $19.95, so I jumped at it, installed it - except it refused to install - I kept receiving the error message that my Windows was out of date (it isn't - I double-checked everything from IE to XP) so it wouldn't install. I can't reach them due to the holiday, but if my suspicions are accurate (that they want me to pay to upgrade my XP pack - which I find unnecessary - right? *looks around at friend for answer*) I'll be getting a refund tomorrow. So anyway, then I tried one called "Bulldog" a couple of days ago - and all I can say is - DO NOT TRY IT. It's a bulldog, all right. Stubborn about slowing down your computer to a crawl - without notice - no matter how you set it up! So since that was a free trial (3 months!) - yep, I uninstalled. Today, I tried another recommended program (microsoft has a page of programs that are compatible with their system) called "E scan", which allowed a trial and PROMISED not to slow my computer down one bit. Can we say, "YOU WISH!"???? Oh, sure, it installed smoothly, ran a scan in very good time, found no viruses etc. but when it closed and I started to actually USE my computer, it was slowed down to a crawl. A very very very slow crawl. *rolls eyes* So again, I uninstalled yet another program.

Now I've had Norton in the past, but yes, every time it ran a scan, it slowed my computer = as did McAfee. SO. Anyone got a good virus program that, once residing in my computer, won't interfere with my computer's speed? Anyone? Bueller?
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aerianya From: aerianya Date: January 3rd, 2012 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Avast The grumpy guy has this on all ours. He uses the free version and I don't notice any speed problems stemming from it, but hey free right? can't hurt to try...

Edited at 2012-01-03 01:23 am (UTC)
polly_b From: polly_b Date: January 3rd, 2012 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Avast is what hubby is using on his PC. He likes it. It doesn't seem to slow him down and he plays a lot of World of Warcrack so believe me, if Avast slowed him down, I would have heard about it. Several times. At ^ volume.

The hair-puller here is, hubby's PC had a 3 month subscription to Kaspersky when he bought it (Nov '10) and he had no problems with it until the 3 months were done; when the 3 months were done, we bought the Kaspersky disc, but once he installed the paid version, it totally messed his PC up. So he uninstalled it and went to Avast.

I am now using the Kaspersky on my PC with no problems except for when the auto-updates download; when that happens, my PC starts crawling. And not hands and knees crawling, more like belly-on-the-ground commando crawling. They tell you that you can set a timer on your updates to only download on your off-times, but they lie, that doesn't seem to work, or maybe the auto-updater has a mind of its own. *shrugs* I would gladly snailmail you our Kaspersky CD if you want it but I am not sure you do, lol.
snycock From: snycock Date: January 3rd, 2012 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Seconding Avast! I use the free version and have had no problems with slowness. And it works GREAT - I visited a website with a malicious worm and it blocked it.

Once they asked me if I wanted to upgrade to the paid version and I declined and they haven't bothered me about it since.
cross_stitchery From: cross_stitchery Date: January 3rd, 2012 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)
i've got a program called Comodo, and i'm running XP. i have the free version and it seems fine. i was told by a friend that it was recommended to her by an IT security expert at her workplace.
joymaro From: joymaro Date: January 3rd, 2012 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I use Webroot but you have to pay for the service. I haven't had any issues at all in the 1+ year I've used it. And it's very non-intrusive.

http://www.webroot.com/En_US/index.html
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jokan From: jokan Date: January 3rd, 2012 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I also use Avast and recommend it. (free version)
joag From: joag Date: January 3rd, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ditto on Avast - it's the only antivirus that doesn't bring my mom's PC to a complete standstill.
derora From: derora Date: January 3rd, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use McAfee without problems, but good technician recommended just using Microsoft Security Essentials (free). Says it will do everything I pay for in McAfee.
luicat From: luicat Date: January 3rd, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to have Norton and yes, it slowed it down soooo much, but I went back to it after AVG (free) let a virus through. This time I was advised to have Norton 360 as it didn't use as much memory and slow things down - and they were right! It reminds me to do backups, has scheduled tasks and maintenance of the hard drive is so much easier. It works for me and as long as I don't mess with it (the usual reason for it causing problems for people) it hums along merrily without me knowing. Not saying it is the best, but I likes it!
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