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    Just working on a pc for someone. It apparently has 1400 odd threats, It seems to me like this antivirus is one of them!

    Seriously...........

    Get some decent FREE protection, AVG or avast or something there's no excuse for this...I'm just going to wipe it and give it back fresh but this must be the worst pc I've seen, it won't even let me download or install anything..........

    Sorry, I know you (probably) know, but if she knew then I would be chillin' and this expensive machine would be workin'

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    Had to fix my sis in laws last week.......

    Then had the task of trying to explain to her how to burn cds etc lol

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    choc1969;5633076

    Had to fix my sis in laws last week.......Then had the task of trying to … Had to fix my sis in laws last week.......Then had the task of trying to explain to her how to burn cds etc lol



    Lol at least they have got people like us to try and explain things.

    Makes it worse the lady who owns the pc is a Christian and I couldn't help but ask her if she had been downloading from prom sites or similar:whistling:

    She had bought a norton cd for £30 but although she put the disc in the drive she never installed it:w00t:

    These sites and programs prey on the less computer literate. I must admit tho, there's a couple of sites I've been to for downloading a free piece of software (i.e IMGBurn) and it's RIDDLED with links for other things - if you're not on the ball, you can very easily end up downloading and installing the wrong thing.

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    avoid AVG!

    tinkerbell28;5634718

    AVG has to be THE worst antivirus and you are better of with nothing, but … AVG has to be THE worst antivirus and you are better of with nothing, but the principle is right



    Nonsense.

    DragonChris;5634865

    Nonsense.



    Nope, it's not. AVG is an awful anti-virus program as it lulls you into a false sense of security. You think the machine is protected but in real terms, it's doing hee-haw! I've found Avast! to be one of the best free antivirus packages out there.

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    DragonChris;5634865

    Nonsense.


    you might have been right a year ago, but its now awful.

    loads of people reporting viruses that AVG have missed once they put a decent AV prog on like Comodo/Avast/Kaspersky

    tinkerbell28;5634871

    No it's not, millions of false positives, and the real threats come on … No it's not, millions of false positives, and the real threats come on through, it's crap. Everytime my hubby fixes a mates PC if it has AVG it's riddled. Full of spyware/viruses it's crap.I should know as I am the one sitting here watching him sort the whole camp's pc's every weekend for a crate of beer :xThis is the issue though, people think as it "catches" stuff and it's free it must be good, after all everyone is qualified in IT nowadays, aren't they



    Xb0xGuru;5634992

    Nope, it's not. AVG is an awful anti-virus program as it lulls you into a … Nope, it's not. AVG is an awful anti-virus program as it lulls you into a false sense of security. You think the machine is protected but in real terms, it's doing hee-haw! I've found Avast! to be one of the best free antivirus packages out there.



    csiman;5635016

    you might have been right a year ago, but its now awful.loads of people … you might have been right a year ago, but its now awful.loads of people reporting viruses that AVG have missed once they put a decent AV prog on like Comodo/Avast/Kaspersky



    I'm still yet to have any problems with it, having used it for years now... Pair it with a good firewall and you're sitting nicely, add in some anti-spyware and it's grand. A lot of it is down to the users as well - Anti virus won't hold your hand while your surfing and totally stop you from installing viruses... If you're sensible, you shouldn't have an issue.

    tinkerbell28;5634871

    This is the issue though, people think as it "catches" stuff and it's … This is the issue though, people think as it "catches" stuff and it's free it must be good, after all everyone is qualified in IT nowadays, aren't they



    Au contraire, however I do deem myself to be fairly qualified, since I've been fixing machines for the past year full time... Most problems I've seen from viruses have been self inflicted, or by not having any AV or Norton... Go figure...

    As far as I've seen AVG is still doing its job, but I won't deny Avast as I'm fully aware of its popularity, but cannot comment on the program having never used it or seen the need to. Nothing is foolproof though.

    Curiosity has the better of me now, installing Avast on another machine as we speak for a tester, been wanting to mess with it for a while.

    I always keep one eye on av-comparatives.org among other independent tests. Kaspersky and NOD are still the av's of choice, they are consistent top end performers in independent tests.

    tinkerbell28;5637525

    There is a reason why the big 3 also hold lucrative contracts with big IT … There is a reason why the big 3 also hold lucrative contracts with big IT companies, because they provide lucrative incentives to use their product and management types see no value in free products.



    There fixed that for you :thumbsup:

    tinkerbell28;5637525

    That's the thing though, most people at home DO need to have their hands … That's the thing though, most people at home DO need to have their hands held online. I have quite an IT based family, FIL is a director for one of the largest IT contractors in the country.Hubyy whilst doing his IT degree ran the biggest pc building/review website until he shut it down to join the RAF, where he now fixes pc's and networks on a daily basis.So my point is, we are lucky we know what we are doing, most don't a lot of people believe they are pc literate when they are not.People in this situation would be better of with either Norton, the 2009 suite is fab, McAfee of Kaspersky. If you work in IT, you will know the new Norton Suite is very good. People do need their hands held as people with any knowledge of IT take it for granted that others do not, and the freebie packages really are not that good for those who have no clue, much better for them to get an all in one suite from one of the big three.There is a reason why the big 3 also hold lucrative contracts with big IT companies, because they are hands down better then and freebies you will find.



    Fabulous, it's always useful to know what you're doing. And sadly I'm aware of the number of people who frankly shouldn't be let near a computer...

    Our company uses McAfee and it does a great job. I've heard good reports of Norton 09, but most people are still using previous versions which is a nightmare.

    However, we're talking about free AV here, the paid ones are of course going to be better - You'd expect so. But the freebies do fine as long as you're sensible. That's really my point, and initially I was defending AVG and still do so, as long as it's up to date it does fine. I don't do much dodgy downloading on my machine though which may help. However I still haven't been hit with a virus, ever... Not that I'm aware of Although Comodo would shout and scream if anything tried to connect or send out...

    Folks could do a lot worse than splashing out on this deal: hotukdeals.com/ite…3-/ as they do free upgrades to the latest version during your licence period there's no danger of being out of date now 2010 is out.

    Sensible browsing cuts the chance of any viruses right down to near 0. I've never had a virus in 10 years of surfing, and that's without antivirus protection.

    peodude;5638288

    Sensible browsing cuts the chance of any viruses right down to near 0. … Sensible browsing cuts the chance of any viruses right down to near 0. I've never had a virus in 10 years of surfing, and that's without antivirus protection.



    The biggest mistake that most people make is to do ALL their work under a full (admin) account. This is such a bad idea since any programs launched at the startup of your profile will have full access to the system folders and registry.

    Solution: Create an admin account with full access. Any time you need to install something, either log in as this user or right-click the program and choose Run As.., choosing the admin account and password. Set your own profile to have limited access, so if you do stumble upon something nasty, it won't have access to do any permanent damage.

    Simples!

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    Xb0xGuru;5638504

    The biggest mistake that most people make is to do ALL their work under a … The biggest mistake that most people make is to do ALL their work under a full (admin) account. This is such a bad idea since any programs launched at the startup of your profile will have full access to the system folders and registry.Solution: Create an admin account with full access. Any time you need to install something, either log in as this user or right-click the program and choose Run As.., choosing the admin account and password. Set your own profile to have limited access, so if you do stumble upon something nasty, it won't have access to do any permanent damage.Simples!


    My full admin rights userid even has to be granted access under Vista business! :w00t:

    csiman;5642952

    My full admin rights userid even has to be granted access under Vista … My full admin rights userid even has to be granted access under Vista business! :w00t:



    Vista works a little differently to XP in terms of Admin access and UAC - there's a little protection there since if something needs Admin rights you need to right-click and 'Run as Administrator'. It's still not the ideal scenario tho.

    Another alternative is to do all your web browsing in a VM session. Solaris do a free VM app where you can install XP/Linux/etc - if something nasty tries to attack the machine, it's only going to affect the VM session and not the actual PC.
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