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    Quote Originally Posted by tashi View Post
    Hi rameshp2ppu,

    Are both running on the same computer?

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    Yes ClamAv and Security Essentials. ClamAV is not real time. There is firefox addon ClamAv. You can use that addon to scan the downloaded files.

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    Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWho View Post
    For almost as long as there has been a "Spybot Search & Destroy" I've been using it and sharing it with my home computer customers.
    I've made donations as I could afford it and I've urged my customers to do likewise. Having said that......

    Spybot S&D is a great program for removing Adware/Spyware, but it has never claimed to be an Anti-Virus/Anti-Trojan program although I have witnessed it removing some Trojans.
    For that reason, I have used and shared AVG FREE for myself and all my hundreds of customers. We all remain virus and spyware FREE.

    I've spent a considerable amount of time and money, typing up and printing instructions for the use of Spybot S&D for all my customers. It's a GREAT program if set up and run properly. To every user, I stress the 1-2-3 approach..... update, immunize and scan, every week.

    I find the user interface for ver. 2 to be way too "Techie" for my retired customers to deal with, whereas version 1.6.x was very simple and user friendly. I really had to search for a simple way to just get the most recent updates to ver. 2.

    I also found that at the end of a scan, all my cookies and history were pre-checked for deletion. I don't want that!
    Let me check what I want deleted, like in the older version.
    Only pre-check Spyware and other known Malware.

    I also heard a question about registry cleaners. On some forums, even the mention of that, is a NO! NO!
    I have tried the much touted "CCleaner" twice over a period of several years and both times it has left my computer UN-Bootable.
    I had to turn to a full C: drive restore (I use Ghost) to get my computer back up and running again.

    Having said that, I do use a registry and junk cleaner, called "Easy Cleaner 2".
    I've used it on my own PC's and the PC's of most of my customers with never any negative effects. However it's almost redundant to clean the junk out of your registry unless you re-compress it afterwards. Only after a re-compression, will it actually take up less space in RAM when it loads and improve system efficiency.

    After removing Office 2007 from my HD, I ran Easy Cleaner 2 and then NTREGOPT to re-compress the registry and it reduced the overall size of the registry by 30+ megabytes. So I'm definitely a PRO-ponent of registry cleaning, if it's done intelligently.

    That's about it!
    Thank you, Safer-Networking for a great effort to improve an already great product.

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    Hi DrWho

    I was curious do you use any type of firewall? What about backup software? If so, what do you recommend? I'm currently using CA technologies for my antivirus and firewall software (they are free with my ISP), but I'm really getting sick of the bs that comes with CA and I'm looking for alternatives. I'm looking into the AVG and I think I will use this in conjunction with SB as well. Any advice on the above is much appreciated.

    I welcome any and all suggestions

    Thanks,
    Zoebatty
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    I use Microsoft Essenteials for now and it is good. But I still want to try the Zone Alarm anti-virus since it has got good reviews.

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    If you look at the detection ratio Nod32 have had the last previous years, it has been fairly steady on the top of the list (the detection ratio list). I think the negative trend around Nod32 is based mainly on bugs, and not on the detection ratio, which has created misunderstanding and maybe doubts about Nod32. I have never had any problems with Nod32, and to be honest, it's the best purchase I've ever made in my life.

    Some people says Nod32 miss some features and it's "outdated", something it's not. It's detecting more malicious stuff than their competitors, has the lowest false-positive detection ratio in the business and in the newest version, it has got many modern features (which has been requested for a while). And by the way, why do you need the newest features when it's still detecting more malicious software than the competitors? I am not promoting the software, I'm just saying my opinion. And yes, it is still the lightest av out there, and you won't even notice a difference if you run a full scan or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gajuart View Post
    I use Microsoft Essenteials for now and it is good. But I still want to try the Zone Alarm anti-virus since it has got good reviews.
    I've been using Zone Alarm on my desktop for a few years now, and I really like it. Their support is also very good. F'rinstance, about two years ago, I was having some issues with getting updates. I logged into their online chat, and was advised to uninstall ZA and then reinstall, plus some other things that were getting into serious geek territory. The person helping me gave me step by step instructions which I printed out. I was able to do this successfully.

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    I have used the free version of AVG and it worked and it did the job for a while, but it seems like any free trial of an anti virus software is ok...you get what you pay for. Now I'm using Norton and after comparing the two, Norton is much more secure, but I'm still using the free version. Does anyone else have experience with a good secure anti virus software? Please let me know!

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    Hello theteacher,

    Quote Originally Posted by theteacher View Post
    Does anyone else have experience with a good secure anti virus software? Please let me know!
    This thread contains 8 pages of users personal preferences.

    Quote Originally Posted by theteacher View Post
    I have used the free version of AVG and it worked and it did the job for a while, but it seems like any free trial of an anti virus software is ok...you get what you pay for.
    Our own software is free for personal use. As to free anti virus programs, http://forums.spybot.info/showpost.p...95&postcount=1
    7) An Anti-Virus product is a necessity. There are many excellent programs that you can purchase. However, we choose to advocate the use of free programs whenever possible. Some very good and easy-to-use free A/V programs are Avast and AntiVir. It's a good idea to set these to receive automatic updates so you are always as fully protected as possible from the newest virus threats. Microsoft Security Essentials is also an option. Remember- run only one antivirus resident at a time.
    Quote Originally Posted by theteacher View Post
    Norton is much more secure, but I'm still using the free version.
    A free version of Symantec Norton?

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    Norton seems ok - I know it gets a lot of stick but they've actually improved it quite a lot in the last few years.

    Just my 0.02c :P

    Thanks!

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    I am using adware internet security free good detection rate through cleaning,lite.fully satisfied with it.

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