Dear Sir/Madam/Unknown Higgs,
It is time for you to bite the bullet and call in
a professional. Ask around your neighborhood for
referrals. Geek Squad are not professionals. They
are High Skol students with two weeks training.
Years ago at the infancy of PC when 4 Mb hard drive cost couple grands,
I was an EIC a at local university looking after their main system
involved in software development. One day one of the faculty secretary
called me in panic saying she can't use word processor any more, it is
stuck. When I took a look at the problem she never deleted or stored
backed up files externally on floppies. literally hundreds of saved
letter files were plugging up the machine. She thought almighty computer
had endless file saving capacity. When I explained things she seemed
I used to fix screwed up computers in a corporate environment. I got to
know who seemed to go out of their way to fuck things up time and time
again. Since they got them fixed for "free", they just didn't care...
and yet they were the most demanding and impatient of any. I guess it's
a combination of attitude and work flow. Some people seem to
instinctively know how to avoid some computer problems. Some people
rush right into them.
Nowadays I do it just for friends and family. My sister's kids
regularly invite viruses and other malware into the family computer.
They don't care, maybe because I swoop in to fix things when they get
so bad that, say, my sister can't do her online banking because of all
the popup ads. I'm happy to bail her out as often as need be, but the
kids need a good spanking. Too bad they're 18 years old and 3000 miles
Had one customer with a secretary that would yell broken
computer to get to go home early. One time she claimed it
shocked her. Make me run over in a mad dash. She didn't
realize I have a degree in Electrical Engineering. Biggest
shock she ever got was scraping her shoes over the carpet.
She was a total pain in the neck.
I've been using Avast Free for years and nobody had ever tried to do
any such thing.
Memory use is on par with or better than most other anti-virus
solutions I've used. Right now, Task Manager reports that it's using
about 35 MB or RAM.
I don't think you know what you're talking about.
That is for you, not me.Most of real important work is done using Linux
here. I have at least half dozen boxes in the house, monster desk top,
lap tops, even old DOS box, etc.All doing it's dedicated tasks.
I do not agree. I think Tony is on to something.
Avast and AVG are not the sharpest tacks in the box. Check
out page 8 of
Boy, Ahnlabs really sucks!
When I hits places with AVG and Avast, I cringe a little
because I know I am going to be in for a ride. System
with Avast just run a little funny -- can't put my finger
on why, though.
Most of the time when I hit business with free AVG, I
remind them the free version is only for personal
use. They get a bit pissed at me. And, it explains
why they are in trouble. They have CABs (Cheap Assed
On my custom designs, I put a 120 mm PWM fan in the
rear and a 92 mm PWM fan on the front where it can
blow over the hard drive. Gives great long life.
Oh, and I use ball bearing fans. None of this cheap-assed
sleeve bearing fan nonsense. Sleeve bearing fans die
in about two years.
I see nothing on page 8 that addresses Avast's memory usage or the
claim that "they try to come into your computer."
I find Avast to be the most problem-free and reliable of any of the
anti-virus products I've tried.
On no. You are correct. My bad.
I meant that Avast didn't work very well. It is as effective as
M$ Security Essentials, which should be the worst you'd expect.
I googled memory footprint on anti viruses, but did not
find anything useful.
When I find a customer using Avast, something is off
that I just can't put my finger on.
This is a well-known scam, and you have been taken. Kiss your money
goodbye - there is no chance in Hell that you will get it back. They
have already "fixed" your computer as much as they ever will... and
there's a good chance that they have installed malware on your computer
in the process.
I get two or three of these calls a week. I recognize them for what
they are by their Caller ID, and I don't answer the phone.
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