Free anti-virus for Vista?

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Simon Finnigan, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. Hi all,
    currently running AVG on this machine but the updates have gotten themselves
    messed up. Anyone else got a decent free anti-virus solution they`d
    recommend?

    Thanks!
     
    Simon Finnigan, Feb 9, 2008
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  2. Simon Finnigan

    Trevor Best Guest

    Avast! or try re-installing AVG, as it's not a bad one.

    ClamWin's good but not for the faint hearted, there's no on-access
    scanner, only full scan and email scanning.

    Kaspersky's reportedly good, I haven't tried it myself for many years
    though so my comments on that might not be valid today.
     
    Trevor Best, Feb 9, 2008
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  3. Simon Finnigan

    harikeo Guest

    SOPHOS on our work systems was coming pretty close to Norton a few
    months ago. SOPHOS gave us a client which would virtually kill the PC as
    soon as an update occurred or a scan was initiated but that didn't
    matter as they released an update which killed all clients on the
    network anyway.
     
    harikeo, Feb 11, 2008
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  4. Simon Finnigan

    Gaz Guest

    Spybot is hold hat now, it wont clear up anything like enough of the
    spyware. For spyware, use avg anti spyware or superantispyware, in
    association with spyware blaster.

    Gaz
     
    Gaz, Feb 11, 2008
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  5. Simon Finnigan

    Gaz Guest

    The best product produced by Symantec at the moment is their 'norton removal
    tool' I have found every computer i installed it on, resulted in a massive
    improvement in speed and usablilty. On older machines the difference can be
    in the 1000%+ (yes, seriously).

    Gaz
     
    Gaz, Feb 11, 2008
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  6. Simon Finnigan

    harikeo Guest

    yes I agree and I didn't mean to say otherwise. Norton is a hog and I
    stopped using it a few years ago when a sub ran out and I looked about
    for free scanners. All my clients who have Norton on from new stop using
    it and have gone to AVG Free edition.
     
    harikeo, Feb 11, 2008
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  7. In <>
    I tried asking for recommendations in an anti-malware newsgroup a while
    ago and had the same problem as here:- too many different things being
    recommended with no clear "winner". I'm not a fan of AVG, and Avast has
    a dreadful GUI.

    One of the recommendations was for Comodo BoClean, which seems quite
    good; it just sits there without being intrusive, but obviously does
    work to at least some extent, because when I opened a folder with an
    infected archive in, it immediately alerted me.

    I also quite like Active Virus Shield which is a version of Kapersky
    that AOL used to give away to anyone (not just AOL users), but sadly
    they've swapped to McAfee. AVS still seems to be supported for existing
    users so I'll keep that on the machine I've installed it on for as long
    as it still works.

    I've also tried Spyware Terminator which I liked the look of because it
    can use the Clam engine to protect from viruses as well as spyware, but
    I found it too intrusive, hogging system resources to build indexes etc.
     
    Tony Houghton, Feb 11, 2008
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  8. I`m thinking about going back to XP actually :) Either that or a clean
    install of Vista without the Dell junk on it, because something is slowing
    this machine down. dual core and 3 gig of ram shouldn`t be slow :)
     
    Simon Finnigan, Feb 11, 2008
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    But have you tried installing SpyBot S&D and running a scan recently? :)
     
    Johnny B Good, Feb 12, 2008
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  10. Simon Finnigan

    Conor Guest

    I have never had spyware on a computer, ever. I have never had a virus
    on my PC ever. That's ever as in 17 years.

    At the most, Spybot will flag up some tracking cookies but IMO, if a
    program needs to resort to flagging up legitimate tracking cookies as
    malware just ot prove it works, I don't think I'll bother thankyou.

    --
    Conor

    As a Brit I'd like to thank the Americans for their help in the war
    against terror because if they'd not funded the IRA for 30 years, we
    wouldn't know how to deal with terrorists.
     
    Conor, Feb 12, 2008
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  11. Simon Finnigan

    Conor Guest

    Not if Dell Ubuntu PC prices are anything to go by. A Dell with Ubuntu
    on is £30 more than one with Vista on.
     
    Conor, Feb 22, 2008
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  12. Simon Finnigan

    Trevor Best Guest

    hehe yep.

    or is there bundled support? They anticipate more people phoning up with a
    Linux related question than a Windows one? Generally Linux users have
    installed it themselves or have a family member do it and get most support
    through that channel. But for someone who's never used let alone installed
    it... especially if they're used to the Windows way of doing things.
     
    Trevor Best, Feb 22, 2008
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  13. I`ve got the Vista anytime upgrade DVD, and am wondering if I can do a clean
    install of Vista using my Dell serial code from this, rather than doing a
    restore with all Dell`s junk on. Anyone know?
     
    Simon Finnigan, Feb 22, 2008
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  14. Yes the Anytime Upgrade DVD is the same as any other Vista DVD except the
    differences between 32/64bit versions and there is no such thing as Retail
    and OEM DVDs with Vista. As long as your Dell code is a valid one, then you
    will be able to activate it after installing Vista from the Anytime Upgrade
    DVD.
     
    Nick Le Lievre, Feb 22, 2008
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  15. Cheers. Managed to clear off a 400 gig internal drive, so will unplug the
    current installation and install onto the new drive and check everything
    works. Worst case is formatting the drive and going back to what i`ve got
    now. But at least it gives me a nice easy fall back position.

    Fingers crossed! :)
     
    Simon Finnigan, Feb 22, 2008
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  16. so how much extra do they charge for 'bare metal', or can't you even buy
    them that way?
     
    GSV Three Minds in a Can, Feb 22, 2008
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