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ludo21
07-29-2009, 10:43 AM
I dont want to use MCaffee again, I would rather use another option that is free!! ;D

I run Mircosoft XP.... anyone got good advice?

AVG? Norton? ,,,, idk

Doggcow
07-29-2009, 10:44 AM
http://www.information-condom-source.com/Images/Trojan-Condoms.gif

Hotrod
07-29-2009, 10:49 AM
http://www.information-condom-source.com/Images/Trojan-Condoms.gif

LOL not only did you beat me but the very first post nice work sir :~ohyah!:

Archer81
07-29-2009, 10:50 AM
http://tinyurl.com/mhxsvj


:Broncos:

Rabb
07-29-2009, 10:51 AM
penicillin

Pontius Pirate
07-29-2009, 10:52 AM
I dont want to use MCaffee again, I would rather use another option that is free!! ;D

I run Mircosoft XP.... anyone got good advice?

AVG? Norton? ,,,, idk

http://windows-hq.com/directory_gallery/Apple-MacBook-Pro-17in_6094-IMG0114s.jpg

vancejohnson82
07-29-2009, 10:54 AM
damnit....i figured after five posts all the condom jokes would be used

SureShot
07-29-2009, 11:11 AM
AVG......or a condom.

atomicbloke
07-29-2009, 11:14 AM
http://windows-hq.com/directory_gallery/Apple-MacBook-Pro-17in_6094-IMG0114s.jpg

:thumbsup:

atomicbloke
07-29-2009, 11:14 AM
What are viruses?

Pardon my ignorance.... I use a Mac :) :thanku:

gyldenlove
07-29-2009, 11:15 AM
http://windows-hq.com/directory_gallery/Apple-MacBook-Pro-17in_6094-IMG0114s.jpg

No, I think he wants to be able to do things with his computer.

scorpio
07-29-2009, 11:16 AM
AVG......or a condom.

second on AVG

DBroncos4life
07-29-2009, 11:19 AM
Avast

ludo21
07-29-2009, 11:27 AM
I went with AVG.. I have heard good things and it will do what I need for free!

I dont need a Mac now.. only if I want to do video stuff will I ever get one..

Pontius Pirate
07-29-2009, 11:30 AM
No, I think he wants to be able to do things with his computer.

Like, have it be infected with spyware / viruses and incessantly blink error messages and be totally useless in 2 years? Ah well, then get a PC

PC buyers are suckers

DBroncos4life
07-29-2009, 11:32 AM
I went with AVG.. I have heard good things and it will do what I need for free!

I dont need a Mac now.. only if I want to do video stuff will I ever get one..

My friend just took AVG off my laptop and put in Avast. He was the geek squad leader at best buy in Lincoln. He says its better. AVG is good though.

scorpio
07-29-2009, 11:38 AM
He was the geek squad leader at best buy

Stopped reading right there

gyldenlove
07-29-2009, 11:45 AM
Like, have it be infected with spyware / viruses and incessantly blink error messages and be totally useless in 2 years? Ah well, then get a PC

PC buyers are suckers

You really bought the gospel according to Jobs.

sisterhellfyre
07-29-2009, 11:46 AM
http://www.information-condom-source.com/Images/Trojan-Condoms.gif

Ten of them: one for each finger plus thumbs.

BTW: recent security industry reports show that malware is on the increase for Macs, too, including a new bug that can determine for itself if it's attacking a PC or Mac system and then launch the appropriate version of its payload. Don't be too smug, Mac users: many of you will probably be *more* vulnerable to these for some time until it sinks in that your ivory tower has cracked.

Pontius Pirate
07-29-2009, 11:55 AM
You really bought the gospel according to Jobs.

Nope. Have used both PC's and Mac's for years (PC mainly at work and Mac at home). Mac is by far and away my pick for best computer available on the market (especially for personal use). It can do anything I need to do on my work computer and it's simplicity of design, reliability, and power beats any PC I've ever used - and I've used a lot of powerful PC's.

PC's, and windows in particular, are total crap.

Br0nc0Buster
07-29-2009, 11:58 AM
Get Malwarebytes

It is free and it will find a lot of junk

theAPAOps5
07-29-2009, 12:01 PM
You really bought the gospel according to Jobs.

And you have really bought into the gospel according to Gates. The difference you are a sheep in a larger herd.

Pontius Pirate
07-29-2009, 12:05 PM
Ten of them: one for each finger plus thumbs.

BTW: recent security industry reports show that malware is on the increase for Macs, too, including a new bug that can determine for itself if it's attacking a PC or Mac system and then launch the appropriate version of its payload. Don't be too smug, Mac users: many of you will probably be *more* vulnerable to these for some time until it sinks in that your ivory tower has cracked.

I will let you know once that happens. 5 years of use, and not a single malware or virus issue. I guess it helps that macs automatically update themselves whenever a potential security issue is found in the market. I suppose PC's can do that to but then your issue is: who is updating my security? The maker (Dell, HP, IBM, etc.)? The security system (McAfee, Norton, etc.)? Or do I need to download some patch from some mysterious Windows site? Or do they all need to work together? Or do I need to call customer support? Meanwhile, whatever virus or malware is attacking your computer has already rendered it useless, usually meaning you have to take it to Geeksquad to get ripped off by Best Buy.

Again, not a worry with a Mac. I will never go back to PC

Pseudofool
07-29-2009, 12:07 PM
get malwarebytes

it is free and it will find a lot of junk+1

Dukes
07-29-2009, 12:13 PM
What are viruses?

Pardon my ignorance.... I use a Mac :) :thanku:

It doesn't have viruses because nobody uses them.

Slade
07-29-2009, 12:19 PM
I use clamwin and love it. It is the best free antivirus available. You can download it on cnet.

prunch
07-29-2009, 12:20 PM
I moved to Linux Mint (http://www.linuxmint.com/) on my laptop. Very pleased.

Sweet interface, fast as hell, everything's free, great design and no real virus concerns.

I set it up to dual boot (XP and linux on same machine, choose which one to run at startup) so I could transition gradually.

You cant do this if you are a gamer unfortunately but if its the basics, you are set.

TDmvp
07-29-2009, 12:21 PM
Avast ... Free ... auto updates ...

Paid virus scans are kinda like AoL , Dead ...

Hell the browser based ones do fine , Trendmicro is GREAT , finds spyware and viruses . Finds stuff my subscription scanner that came with pc misses.

You figure whatever seen the most traffic will be most up to date ...
Cause they see stuff almost as it comes out ...


My Mcaffee just came up for resubscribe and I didn't even bother .

Avast + trendmicro and malwarebytes all free is all you need ... Run it on all my office PCs ...


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

http://housecall65.trendmicro.com/

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

24champ
07-29-2009, 12:22 PM
http://www.jonco48.com/blog/mac_20vs_20pc.jpg

Los Broncos
07-29-2009, 02:29 PM
Trend Micro to detect it, but I don't use it to remove the virus.

Dexter
07-29-2009, 02:31 PM
Get Malwarebytes

It is free and it will find a lot of junk

I use windows live onecare as a general antivirus then also use malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes is probably one of the best programs Ive used and its a must have for anyone really.

misturanderson
07-29-2009, 02:55 PM
I use spybot. It has an immunize function that works amazingly well as far as I can tell. Haven't had any problems with viruses, etc. that weren't my own fault for opening files I shouldn't have. Just don't install teatimer if you get it. More hassle than it's worth.

Mr. Elway
07-29-2009, 02:59 PM
Bragging that you are a Mac user and saying that PCs suck is like bragging that you drive an automatic, and flapping your arms whenever you see someone stall on an uphill start.

Just admit that you need a Mac because you tried running a PC and got pwned by some 13 year old kid distributing a worm. It's OK, it's perfectly normal for many users. Just don't go bragging about your safety helmet with the neat Apple logo. I spent less than $900 and my PC is better and more stable than your Mac.

Garcia Bronco
07-29-2009, 03:06 PM
You get what you pay for. Just use symantec and pay the 50 bucks.

That's 7 years of enterprise management experience giving you free technical advice. And 15 years of endpoint protection experience. :)

Garcia Bronco
07-29-2009, 03:06 PM
Bragging that you are a Mac user and saying that PCs suck is like bragging that you drive an automatic, and flapping your arms whenever you see someone stall on an uphill start.

Just admit that you need a Mac because you tried running a PC and got pwned by some 13 year old kid distributing a worm. It's OK, it's perfectly normal for many users. Just don't go bragging about your safety helmet with the neat Apple logo. I spent less than $900 and my PC is better and more stable than your Mac.

LOL. Rep

Rock Chalk
07-29-2009, 03:32 PM
I dont want to use MCaffee again, I would rather use another option that is free!! ;D

I run Mircosoft XP.... anyone got good advice?

AVG? Norton? ,,,, idk

AVG or Avast.

I like both, but Im using Avast currently.

Stay the hell away from Norton.

Anaximines
07-29-2009, 03:58 PM
Nod32

Pick Six
07-29-2009, 03:59 PM
Like Garcia said, you get what you pay for. A lot of those "free" programs don't really offer any protection until you buy their upgrade...

Northman
07-29-2009, 04:01 PM
Avast is good.

Northman
07-29-2009, 04:02 PM
AVG or Avast.

I like both, but Im using Avast currently.

Stay the hell away from Norton.

Norton is the biggest ripoff in the history of ripoffs.

Mr. Elway
07-29-2009, 04:32 PM
I detest many of the Norton products. I think they are intrusive, clunky, and needlessly resource-intensive, as others have indicated. However I have had good luck with the basic Symantec Antivirus software, which has a much lighter footprint than their other products like Internet Security. Also Symantec's labs are among the best at addressing the newest threats. I have not tried the latest version but I have used several past generations and they were all similar: Not astoundingly good, but reasonably quiet, stable and effective. You can get it for $16 here (http://www.directdeals.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=14131314-OEM)

As far as general product-agnostic advice goes, dual core CPUs help for running actual AV scans, which are processor-intensive. Update downloads are bandwidth and memory-intensive, and to make things worse they often run on computer startup by default. This makes things slower than they need to be. Lots of memory and a 5MB connection helps a lot, otherwise try to run those when the computer is idle, or while you are not pressing those resources. If the software and computer are both good the actual scans should be able to run nicely alongside most activities except gaming.