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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by HoDo-Tech70 View Post
    What the best FREE program to eliminate/prevent 1) spyware and 2) viruses? Please give a link.

    What's the best & cheapest internet based phone service, preferably one that allows me to keep my home phone number.

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    Superantispyware (yes, I know it sounds like one of THOSE programs, but it is perfectly safe) is a good anti-spyware program that is free.

    AVAST is a very good anti-virus program that was free, but I think now you can only get a 30-day trial for free. Microsoft Security Essentials is free, and is pretty good.
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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by Tech77 View Post
    Superantispyware (yes, I know it sounds like one of THOSE programs, but it is perfectly safe) is a good anti-spyware program that is free.

    AVAST is a very good anti-virus program that was free, but I think now you can only get a 30-day trial for free. Microsoft Security Essentials is free, and is pretty good.
    There is a free version.

    http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

    Honestly, Microsoft would be the last company I would trust as far as security is concerned. Just don't do it. There are way too many other good programs out there.

    And a reminder:

    You can have as many anti-malware programs installed, at one time, as you want. It is highly recommended that you only have ONE Antivirus program installed at a time.

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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by ITdrummer View Post
    There is a free version.

    http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

    Honestly, Microsoft would be the last company I would trust as far as security is concerned. Just don't do it. There are way too many other good programs out there.

    And a reminder:

    You can have as many anti-malware programs installed, at one time, as you want. It is highly recommended that you only have ONE Antivirus program installed at a time.

    I know that is recommended, but what is the reason? We are required to have McAfee firewall at our office, but I run AVAST, too, because it seems to do a better job. It has not seemed to cause problems. AVAST does sometimes cause everything to run slow while it updates virus definitions.
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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by Tech77 View Post
    I know that is recommended, but what is the reason? We are required to have McAfee firewall at our office, but I run AVAST, too, because it seems to do a better job. It has not seemed to cause problems. AVAST does sometimes cause everything to run slow while it updates virus definitions.
    A firewall is not the same thing as an antivirus scanner. Are you sure that's the only McAfee component you are running is the firewall? If not, I would remove Avast.

    http://www.worldstart.com/more-than-...s-good-or-bad/

    That is a great article explaining why it is bad.

    Basically, an antivirus program is like a vaccination. It uses a live virus to catch and eliminate other viruses. If you have more than one program, they attack each other, so-to-speak. And having 2 AV programs running in the background, at the same time, could cause a major slowdown of your machine.

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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by ITdrummer View Post
    A firewall is not the same thing as an antivirus scanner. Are you sure that's the only McAfee component you are running is the firewall? If not, I would remove Avast.

    http://www.worldstart.com/more-than-...s-good-or-bad/

    That is a great article explaining why it is bad.

    Basically, an antivirus program is like a vaccination. It uses a live virus to catch and eliminate other viruses. If you have more than one program, they attack each other, so-to-speak. And having 2 AV programs running in the background, at the same time, could cause a major slowdown of your machine.
    Our McAfee SonicWall lists real-time protection against viruses and spyware. I have unistalled Avast. Thanks for the advice.
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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by ITdrummer View Post
    In my personal/professional opinion:

    ......

    I personally can't stand Norton or McAfee. For the Average Joe', any of them would be fine.
    Thanks for the recommendations.

    I've got so many things going right now that I didn't want to spend the time doing research so I'll use your recommendations. I'm tired of paying Norton.

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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by HoDo-Tech70 View Post
    Thanks for the recommendations.

    I've got so many things going right now that I didn't want to spend the time doing research so I'll use your recommendations. I'm tired of paying Norton.
    It's not a bad piece of software. It's just too much for my tastes.

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    Re: Malware warning

    I use ESET NOD32, it's quick and doesn't bog your system down.
    http://www.eset.com/us/

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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by qng001 View Post
    I use ESET NOD32, it's quick and doesn't bog your system down.
    http://www.eset.com/us/
    Never heard of that one before.

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    Re: Malware warning

    My MAC received a virus called MacDefender earlier this week. You get it through google evidently.

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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by TYLERTECHSAS View Post
    My MAC received a virus called MacDefender earlier this week. You get it through google evidently.
    You don't get anything "through" google.

    All Google is is an indexer. You tell it what to search for, it finds webpages that fit your search criteria. Google can't "do" anything to your machine. Apparently you must have clicked on a random link that then downloaded the virus to your machine.

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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by ITdrummer View Post
    You don't get anything "through" google.

    All Google is is an indexer. You tell it what to search for, it finds webpages that fit your search criteria. Google can't "do" anything to your machine. Apparently you must have clicked on a random link that then downloaded the virus to your machine.
    Not true. It came through google pics. Both the Apple help and community and Geek Squad confirmed. It's a new one hitting the MAC world fairly hard just this week.

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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by TYLERTECHSAS View Post
    Not true. It came through google pics. Both the Apple help and community and Geek Squad confirmed. It's a new one hitting the MAC world fairly hard just this week.
    I may have been incorrect in saying that you can't get it "through" Google, but you must have clicked on an infected image. Therefore Google didn't "do" anything.

    Why are you using a Mac? Yuck!

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    Geek Squad confirmed
    This means nothing... Most of the "Geek Squad" are morons.

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    Re: Malware warning

    First I'd heard of it. Mac has always been considered to be safe from most of these things, I guess because the percentage of Mac users is so small that most of these demented people want to aim their "talents" at the larger group. Here is a story on this new virus, which isn't really a virus:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/mac-d...-virus-scanner
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    Re: Malware warning

    Quote Originally Posted by Tech77 View Post
    First I'd heard of it. Mac has always been considered to be safe from most of these things, I guess because the percentage of Mac users is so small that most of these demented people want to aim their "talents" at the larger group. Here is a story on this new virus, which isn't really a virus:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/mac-d...-virus-scanner
    That is precisely the reason why. When 90%+ of all computers in the world are windows, which would YOU spend your time creating viruses for?
    http://www.netmarketshare.com/os-mar...e.aspx?qprid=9

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