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    I got infected. Any suggestions as to products. Running Firefox and XP
    Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.

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    I got infected a month ago by something that zoomed right past AVG 9.0 free version so I'm interested in the replies also.

    Steve.

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    • #3
      Nis 2010/nav 2010

      Using Norton Internet Security (NIS) 2010. I have used earlier versions of either it or Norton AntiVirus (NAV). NIS has more features. There are plenty of others: some free & some you pay. I know that choices here tend to be very personal; all I can say is it works for me.

      Any number of "PC magazines" (generically, not "the PC Magazine" have periodic reviews online, see, for eg
      http://www.2010softwarereports.com/d...d=e-anti-virus

      Staples (Canada) has, for the past few years had really good deals on both apps in late Nov/early Dec. One of the reasons I like it...

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      • #4
        The cynic in me says the Software companies that make the Av stuff have a "Division of Infection" to boost sales

        Turns out this is a scam. I got nailed by "Internet Security 2010" Info here

        http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/viru...-security-2010
        Last edited by Spin Doctor; 01-30-2010, 06:03 PM.
        Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.

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        • #5
          I like www.f-prot.com. A good deal and excellent software.

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          • #6
            FYI..

            The virus situation has gotten so bad that banks are now recommending one reserve a separate computer ONLY for on line bank use...and to NOT use it for ANY other purpose.

            Other than this situation, anytime you use your computer to check accounts, pay bills, use your credit card, check your 401K/IRA...you are possibly giving the bad guys the info to steal from you.

            TMT

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            • #7
              Linux Mint.

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              • #8
                No single anti-virus/spyware program will do the job.

                I have AVG running in the background all the time but I also scan weekly with MS Defender, Ad-aware and Spybot:search and destroy.

                I also have a spyware blocker program called Spyware Blaster that I run once a week that will stop spyware programs that do get in your system.

                Use a User account not an administrators, yes it is a pain in the arse but necessary.

                With all that I still don't consider my PC safe enough for important/financial info and transactions, there isn't any way to guarantee that you aren't infected with a new virus or have a root kit running on your system.

                And stay off the Porn sites you bunch of perverts, that's one of the best ways to get infected.
                The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

                Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

                Southwestern Ontario. Canada

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                • #9
                  I run AVG, Superanitspyware, and ccleaner, all free. Have not had any problems in a long time.
                  James

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                  • #10
                    I used AVG for years. Was a great program. Like many great free programs though, it got so bloated that it just wasn't effective/friendly. Especially since this last version (9). In addition to the things made it ineffective it had a program running named AVGCHSVX.EXE that was scanning cached files AT ALL TIMES. My hard drive was spinning 24 hours a day because of this. You could pull up Task Manager, kill it, and it would come right back to life. You couldn't stop it! My computer was SOOOOOOOO slow because of this! In addition, since version 9, I've (and a lot of other people according to the research that I did trying to solve the problem) had a problem in FireFox 3.5.x of not getting pages to load. You'd click on a link and it would start to load a page and then stall. If you hit refresh a few times it would load. I finally got fed up with it and uninstalled it. Hard drive quit spinning all the time. I have Avast running right now and it seems to be as good and unintrusive as AVG used to be before they went bigtime. FireFox issues went away too. ZoneAlarm is the next thing to get replaced. Not as good as it used to be either.

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                    • #11
                      One needs to remember that the best virus never lets you know its there...it just sits and mines information which it transmits to its handler.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Too_Many_Tools
                        One needs to remember that the best virus never lets you know its there...it just sits and mines information which it transmits to its handler.
                        Funny you should bring up Google... not by name, of course

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dp
                          Funny you should bring up Google... not by name, of course
                          At the suggestion of Mozilla's honcho, I switched to Bing recently. Dunno if it is really less invasive, but like a lot of people, I was unimpressed with Google's attitude toward privacy.
                          http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/12...dts-latest-ou/

                          There seems to be a pattern in the lifespan of a software company. They start out creative and cool, but as they age, they become bloated and self-serving. Microsoft, Google, AVG, Firefox. What's next ?

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                          • #14
                            Install a firewall like Outpost. It detects and blocks backdoor and outbound connections that you don't allow. It's kind of a pain at first (teaching the software about little known programs) but if some logger slips through, it can't send any info out.

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                            • #15
                              Not to hijack the thread, but check your cookies and count all the __utmc, __utmz, __utma, and __gads cookies you have. That's google watching you cruize the net.

                              Reminds me of this - What's Google building out there?
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaLjwSpZ6Cs

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