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Old February 16, 2010, 02:54 AM
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Well iirc nod was one of the fastest and most effective back then... it might not be the case nowadays but I still cared to add my opinion on it :)

Though I would never touch in my life a Microsoft anti-virus crapola. Heck instead of "giving" a free (or whatever the cost) AV, they should just focus a bit more on better code and fixing their own bugs first (there wouldn't need such 'product' after ).
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Old February 16, 2010, 04:54 AM
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MSE is decent kit. Not great kit by any stretch BUT when you add in the full version of malwaybytes, its a decent one two punch. I prefer avira & avast on the free end, and nod32 on the pay end. BUT it does have a much lower false positive rate than Avira. YMMV

As for "FreeBSD".....pfft. Run a sandboxed OS and run sandboxie inside that OS. You can smurf to your hearts contnent and DL anything you feel like with very little recourse (take about 20seconds to restore from image via VMWARE) AND you can still run all you windows programs. Try THAT with Linux or a Unix distro. :)~

Not dissing Linux/Unix as its great for certain things but don't think that because you run Linux/Unix you are safe from malware. Thats the mistake Apple peeps make and it will bite them in the arse one of these days.

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Old February 16, 2010, 06:40 AM
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Using Avast for many years with very positive results.
If anyone is interested Avast 5 is now out, I think because it's is a major version change (4 to 5) that I could not install it through version 4 program update feature, you'll have to manually download and install. No need to uninstall version 4 as it will be overwritten and your free key will be transferred to 5.

Here's a screen shot of the new interface, much better than version 4 IMO.


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Though I would never touch in my life a Microsoft anti-virus crapola. Heck instead of "giving" a free (or whatever the cost) AV, they should just focus a bit more on better code and fixing their own bugs first (there wouldn't need such 'product' after ).
The vast majority of viruses and malware end up on Windows PCs due to user error, not flaws in the OS. You can't patch out stupidity.
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Old February 16, 2010, 10:37 AM
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I don't see this program listed in the past messages.

Blink Personal from here: Product Trials, On-Demand Demonstrations, and Security Tools | eEye Digital Security


Blink is definitely NOT an install and forget firewall/security system; it's more of the industrial strength type and you need some technical skills and knowledge. Blink Personal is only 25.00 for a single 1 year subscription or 35.00 for 3 licenses.

I've never ran the other versions, Professional, Network, etc. But I've used Blink Personal for 3 to 4 years now without too much hassle (on XP Pro and now on Win 7 Home Premium). I've never bothered to check to see how much of a system load it is. I can't run a computer without an Operating System and I won't connect with the Internet without a firewall and security software.

The Retina scanner is very good at digging out vulnerabilities, showing the potential threat level and giving instructions on finding more information, changing the registry, what's needed to update security problems in other programs, etc. It also shows the common vulnerabilities that people tend to overlook.

I think 'Bloatware' in these kinds of programs is now inevitable. I've seen several reports that suggest there's over a million viruses now; just keeping the virus signatures up to date must be immense. And given all the vulnerabilities and exploits that keep showing up, is just going to add to the complexity of it.

Not too many people complain that their Operating Systems is 'bloatware' ;-)
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... You can't patch out stupidity.
^This. Quote for the new millenia.


Win desktops: Using Norton IS & Kaspersky IS, depending on which machine and price at the time that I need it. May try MSE since my Norton expires in 20 days or so.

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..... You can't patch out stupidity.
yes you can, you use duck tape and tie their hand at the back of a chair
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I normally run AVG but will try this out. I don't even really feel I need A/V but I let my wife use my laptop so I figure I should have something on it. Only viruses I have EVER had were self inflicted by either downloading or surfing where I should not have been.

Unlike the paranoids, I like MS software and really like the idea of running an A/V from them since they have the most to gain by giving us a good A/V product.
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Well iirc nod was one of the fastest and most effective back then... it might not be the case nowadays but I still cared to add my opinion on it :)

Though I would never touch in my life a Microsoft anti-virus crapola. Heck instead of "giving" a free (or whatever the cost) AV, they should just focus a bit more on better code and fixing their own bugs first (there wouldn't need such 'product' after ).

Don't make me slap you again.

There are VERY few exploits for people to take advantage of in order to "root" a Windows box. Every single "virus" I've seen these days are simple scams, much like you'll find on craigslist or what have you. I don't run AV and have NEVER had anything "take over" and "root" my machine.

Yes, those people who fall for Nigerian mail scams also own computers.

Yes, it's Microsoft's fault they get viruses.

Yes it's Microsoft's fault they didn't get their 30% share in the $235,802,270 they were promised by the Prince of Nigeria.

Actually I'm just kidding. These people just don't "get it" and after many failures in life end up failing again by spending way too much on a (***) and then act superior to you because they have (***) and you don't. They still never learned anything.

Btw, (***) can be a lot of things. Mac, Harleys, Monster cables, etc

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Unlike the paranoids, I lik MS software and really like the idea of running an A/V from them since they have the most to gain by giving us a good A/V product.
+1 for logical thinking!
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@3.0Charlie I do not know if it does that but I will give that a test on one of the machines at work in the coming days and let you know. It would be interesting. I never noticed it doing it on my home system and I don't remember setting it back to the update settings I have right now. But like I said I'm not totally sure so I will test it out and get back to you.

Ok so today I installed it on a new windows 7 enterprise system and had set the windows updates to notify me only and then after the install of MSE, it was set to install automatically. So I guess it does, could have fooled me as I swear it didn't do that on my system.
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