Question about antivirus programs and windows updates.

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by V, Feb 18, 2010.

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    V Guest

    Hello,

    I have been using the same antivirus for years, (CA Etrust) I have used this
    since 2000. I have had very rare issues with this program and never any
    conflicts with
    Windows Updates.

    What I am interested in finding out today is what other antivirus programs
    play well with Windows Updates?

    I read all the time in this NG about different AV products causing issues
    during update.

    You may be wondering why I am considering changing if I have been happy,
    well the company has made major changes to the most recent program version
    and is now sending notices about upgrading on a regular basis.

    I use an antivirus program for just that viruses, not spyware etc. I use
    different programs for other things, I don't like all in one programs. Now
    CA forces you to get protection other than virus protection in a full
    package.

    So any suggestions on a good Windows friendly antivirus program? Can't be a
    free one because I will also use it on some business computers and I prefer
    not to use McAfee or Norton.

    Thanks.
     
    V, Feb 18, 2010
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    F8BOE Guest

    Hello,

    Avira antivir was quite good some years ago and it is still
    supported.
    It could be activated to also search for worms and rootkits.
    But the most important thing is that it never burned out the
    HDD in my computer as the Norton farce did twice.
     
    F8BOE, Feb 18, 2010
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    Michael Guest

    Care to explain how Norton smoked 2 HDD's?
     
    Michael, Feb 18, 2010
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    Helroy Guest

    Microsoft Security Essentials

    http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

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    Helroy, Feb 18, 2010
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    MowGreen Guest

    Avast/AntiVir/NOD32/F-Secure all offer worthy AVs that are compatible
    with Windows and will *usually*, never cause issues when the OS updates.

    They also offer forms of security suites that I tend to steer away from
    as, like yourself, I use an AV that focuses on malware prevention
    instead of a suite that will make my bed in the morning, clean my house,
    back up my data, and guard my toilet.

    The first 2, Avast and AntiVir, offer free AV versions for Home Use.


    MowGreen
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    "Security updates should *never* have *non-security content* prechecked
     
    MowGreen, Feb 18, 2010
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  6. You leave your toilet unguarded?!
     
    Shenan Stanley, Feb 19, 2010
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  7. Believe me, no one would dare go near it. Fire in the hole!...
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Feb 19, 2010
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    MowGreen Guest


    Frijoles !


    MowGreen
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    banthecheck.com
    "Security updates should *never* have *non-security content* prechecked
     
    MowGreen, Feb 20, 2010
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    20100220 Guest

    Because she is a fat smelly scum-sucking pig.
     
    20100220, Feb 20, 2010
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    V Guest

    Mow,

    You mention many of the programs I have been considering. At this time I am
    leaning toward NOD32. I am glad you mentioned it as I have actually only
    learned of this program about a year ago and was unsure of it's history.

    I am going to install the new version of my current program just to give
    them one last chance as it has been a good program, however if that does
    fail to make me happy I will give NOD32 the next chance.

    On that note, the program I am using now does a good job of cleaning itself
    up when you uninstall it. Have you ever had NOD32 installed and if so how
    well did it clean it self upon removal?

    Thanks
     
    V, Feb 21, 2010
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    V Guest

    Hi Mow,

    I know it's been over a month but I have spend a lot of time trying to test
    these programs between work and chores.

    Anyway after testing they ones you suggested and a hand full of others, the
    winner is NOD.

    I really can not believe I did not have that program sooner. What a
    wonderful difference in my computer. You would almost think I purchased a
    new computer, as this program uses so much less resources than CA did.

    I guess it goes to show you sometimes we get stuck in our old habits and
    stick with what we now well. I have to say the hours I spent testing
    programs paid off as I will be much happier with my machine now. I also know
    what to recommend to people that do not want to pay anything.

    Unless NOD screws up, they will be getting my business and the place I works
    business for a long time. Not to mention everyone I fix machines for.

    Thanks for your recommendations.
    Three Cheers.
     
    V, Mar 29, 2010
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