O.T. new Antivirus?


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Navyguy

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with XP, SP3 running Windows Firewall,
Avira antivirus,
Spybot and Hive Cleanup and all the programs work well together and
are up to date.

My question is this; I’m living on a very marginal fixed income and my
free version of Avira will expire on 6/30/11. Can anyone recommend
another ‘free’ antivirus as good as Avira? I’ve tried AVG previously
but I don’t like it as my computer became infected with a virus with
it.

I would appreciate any thoughts/suggestions.

Thanks,
Robert
 
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Bruce Hagen

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with XP, SP3 running Windows Firewall,
Avira antivirus,
Spybot and Hive Cleanup and all the programs work well together and
are up to date.

My question is this; I’m living on a very marginal fixed income and my
free version of Avira will expire on 6/30/11. Can anyone recommend
another ‘free’ antivirus as good as Avira? I’ve tried AVG previously
but I don’t like it as my computer became infected with a virus with
it.

I would appreciate any thoughts/suggestions.

Thanks,
Robert

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You will get a lot of opinions, so this is just my opinion.

Avast + Windows Defender, or Microsoft Security Essentials. (AV,
Anti-Malware + Anti-Spyware in one package).

Word is that Windows Defender will be gone in the near future, so that
would make MSE my first choice. None of these are resource hogs though.

Avast
http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

Microsoft Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/default.aspx

Even with the best of AV programs, a Trojan can slip by on occasion. I
also suggest keeping the freeware versions of these tool on your machine.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
http://malwarebytes.org/

SpywareBlaster
http://download.cnet.com/SpywareBlaster/3000-8022_4-10196637.html

Malwarebytes is about the best freeware program there is that can get rid
of Malware and you may not be able to get online after an infection to
download it. Having it installed beforehand is a blessing. I keep copies
on CDs in my car and often hand them out to people with machines that got
infected and couldn't get to the Website to download. I run a quick scan
with both of these tools about once a week just for kicks.
 
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glee

Navyguy said:
I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with XP, SP3 running Windows Firewall,
Avira antivirus,
Spybot and Hive Cleanup and all the programs work well together and
are up to date.

My question is this; I’m living on a very marginal fixed income and my
free version of Avira will expire on 6/30/11. Can anyone recommend
another ‘free’ antivirus as good as Avira? I’ve tried AVG previously
but I don’t like it as my computer became infected with a virus with
it.

What do you mean, it expires? Avira is still free. You don't have to
switch to another product if you like it. They have a new version 10
out. Have you upgraded/updated to the latest free version? I suspect
the only thing that is "expiring" is the version you are using, and you
just need to update it.
http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus
 
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Bob CP

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with XP, SP3 running Windows Firewall,
Avira antivirus,
Spybot and Hive Cleanup and all the programs work well together and
are up to date.

My question is this; I’m living on a very marginal fixed income and my
free version of Avira will expire on 6/30/11. Can anyone recommend
another ‘free’ antivirus as good as Avira? I’ve tried AVG previously
but I don’t like it as my computer became infected with a virus with
it.

I would appreciate any thoughts/suggestions.

Thanks,
Robert

Try using Revo Uninstaller (free) to completely remove all vestiges of
your current Avira. I suspect that you can then install a new version.

Avast is another good alternative.
 
G

glee

Bob CP said:
Try using Revo Uninstaller (free) to completely remove all vestiges of
your current Avira. I suspect that you can then install a new
version.
snip

There is no reason to use Revo if Avira is just being upgraded to the
latest version. In fact, Avira Support recommends NOT uninstalling
version 9 to install version 10. They say to install as an upgrade over
version 9, so the new version can import the existing configuration and
license file.
 
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Navyguy

There is no reason to use Revo if Avira is just being upgraded to the
latest version.  In fact, Avira Support recommends NOT uninstalling
version 9 to install version 10.  They say to install as an upgrade over
version 9, so the new version can import the existing configuration and
license file.
--
Glen Ventura
MS MVP  Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009
CompTIA A+http://dts-l.net/- Hide quoted text -

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I wish I had known that prior to installing the latest version,
however everything seems to be running ok. At any rate, I want to
thank all of you for your time and assistance.


Robert
 
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glee

I wish I had known that prior to installing the latest version,
however everything seems to be running ok. At any rate, I want to
thank all of you for your time and assistance.

If you're running the free version and using default settings, you
didn't lose anything anyway. Glad you got it straightened out.
 
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ctowers

Navyguy said:
I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with XP, SP3 running Windows Firewall,
Avira antivirus,
Spybot and Hive Cleanup and all the programs work well together and
are up to date.

My question is this; I’m living on a very marginal fixed income and my
free version of Avira will expire on 6/30/11. Can anyone recommend
another ‘free’ antivirus as good as Avira? I’ve tried AVG previously
but I don’t like it as my computer became infected with a virus with
it.

I would appreciate any thoughts/suggestions.

Thanks,
Robert

Answers you receive will be subjective, When the time draws near, use
a service such as Google to assist in forming your own conclusion.
 

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