Gah, no kidding. Took me a year to finally clean all that crap off my
AVG is good, especially used in conjunction like AdAware. Though I've
given it up in favor of something better. As much as I liked AVG, I
found it bogged down my computer more than I cared for. Granted, my
laptop isn't the best in the world, but it's not exactly a weak
machine. I'm using Prevx (www.prevx.com) now. It makes AVG look like
Norton. Doesn't bog down the system resources, their virus database is
updated about every ten minutes (you can do a Google search for the
filename and many times Prevx's online database is the only info on a
virus too new to show up elsewhere), it remembers what choices you pick
on certain programs so it doesn't try to authenticate everything you
start unless you tell it to (AVG and I had a little "discussion" about
its tendency to ignore my input), and I've found it to be a lot more
Earlier this year I got smacked with a Trojan. AVG and AdAware
recognized it, but were unable to do anything about it. As soon as they
tried to remove it, the damned thing kicked into action and shut both
programs down. Even worse, the Trojan propagated itself and the new
programs would change their file name to appear to be legitimate
processes. I spent almost a week going insane from this. I happened to
find Prevx's web site when I searched for a virus filename; in fact,
Prevx was the only thing that had shown up. By this time, the new
viruses were too new to be recognized by AVG or AdAware (or anyone
Prevx was able to isolate all the viruses from the rest of the system
and eliminate them completely on the first try. I still ran it a few
times along with AVG and AdAware because by then I was paranoid, but
all the subsequent scannings resulted in no viruses.
Prevx scans your system on startup, when a new application opens,
updates itself frequently (though not anywhere near as annoying as
Norton or Windows Update reminders since it doesn't require a computer
restart and doesn't bog the system down), and can be used in
conjunction with any other antivirus software you have (i.e. it doesn't
get all conflicty and cranky like McAfee did to me). it's got a very
easy to use interface and lots of settings that can go anywhere from
"ah use teh computars" to "i program computers." The only thing is for
some reaosn, Windows does not recognize it as an antivirus program so
it will occasionally remind me that not only have I blasphemed by
turning off my firewall, but now I have no antivirus program. Windows
is an idiot.
You do have to pay for Prevx. It's all of $20 a year. They also give
you a 30 day, fully functional trial, which is why I was initially
impressed. Most other pay antivirus programs tell you there's a virus
but won't do anything about it during the trial period.
So anyway, that's my little story and recommendation. I've been so
thrilled with it that I tell anyone who asks for antivirus help. I just
wish I got a commission.
Also, I'm a previous (and current) Mac user. Two years ago I started
using Windows computers (business purposes) and have gotten one hell of
a crash course in how to deal with viruses.
I have been having some problems with some redirect adware. Throwing several
spyware packages, windows defender (which keeps telling me that everything
is OK), and AVG (which also gives me an OK) I managed to stop the redirects
from going to the ad pages. But I still get redirected to a blank page.
Thus losing the original page I wanted.
Although I am generally happy with AVG, it is a resource hog when it comes
to checking my email from the spam buffer. My spam filter software directs
all email to a separate location to be filtered. Only authorized email ends
up on my reader. AVG will really bog down and will sometimes take twenty
minutes on a single email before just giving up on it.
All the time this is happening, I cannot send emails or newsreader posts. I
suppose I could change spam filters. But once it is trained, it is the best
spam filter I have found. It is a little hands on heavy at first. But when
it is tuned, it works wonderfully. I am getting about 98% spam filtered
right now. The spam filter is Spam Slueth and the URL is
(http://www.bluesquirrel.com/products/spamsleuth /). I should point out when
heavy filtering is done like I am doing that many first emails will not get
through. I just go to the buffer, review everything and if I want to make
somebody a friend, I can do so. Not a big thing to do when removing
literally hundreds of spam messages a week.
Anyway, thanks for the heads up on Prevx. I will be checking it out.
Been using AVG on one machine and Avast! Anti-virus on two other
machines. Both seem to work well, for no quantifiable reason, I'm more
inclined toward Avast!
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
Didn't use any for a while- just checked the registry periodically,
and used the Symantec site's free instructions for manually removing
viruses. After a few that were particularly tough, I switched to AVG,
and it works fine.
Couldn't pay me to have Norton or McAfee. Tried them both, and they
were worse than viruses with the amount of crap they ran on the
If you do go the AVG route, it pays to download something like SpyBot
(also free, last time I checked) to remove spyware and adware. Don't
recall if the big two mentioned above check for those or not, but AVG
does not. A lot of times, spyware is worse than a virus- at least in
terms of annoyance and system drain.
Avira AntiVir - My preferred anti-virus. It updates automatically
almost every day and can be set to do full scans on a schedule. It
does open a splash screen when it updates and this annoys some people.
I don't mind it as I know I got an update if it happened while I
wasn't at my computer.
AVG Antivirus - used this before AntiVir. Has been since updated.
Avast - haven't used this, but gets high praise from that do.
All three of these free packages get high marks from users and
reviewers. I wouldn't touch Norton with your ten foot pole. It was
once a good program, but now-a-days, it seems to cause almost as many
problems as it prevents.
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