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 Post subject: Best Free Antivirus kit?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:19 am 
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My paid-for AV software licence expires soon (Trend PC-cillin) but I'm not happy with it. The latest problem it's been causing is an intermittent spike in latency that's been mucking-up audio recording and playback on the two PC's we use it on. Despite being paid-for, Support is a joke.

As a trial, I've replaced it with avast! free home version (to get virus and web security) and Zone Alarm (to get a firewall). But I miss the spam blocker that came with PC-cilin - and I'm not sure what avast! is doing half the time. Are we likely to be as well protected as we were? The reviews I've read seem to think so.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:56 am 
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I use Avast! and think it's great...I know a few other people that use it too. I just installed and let it run and it seems to do the job nicely.

So far as spam-blocking, I'm not sure - I just use Thunderbird and use the anti-spam built into that...

That's a helpful reply isn't it?!?!

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Avast, me hearties! OK, but when does it actually do a scan - perhaps you've figured it out? I know it builds something it calls a VRDB virus recovery database in the background, but I don't understand how it goes about scanning files for viruses...


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It's always scanning. But if you right click on the icon and click Start Avast! Antivirus it does a memory scan then goes into the main program where you can run a scan from.

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i use AVG. it works pretty well for me.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:11 am 
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Big_Dave \$m[1]:
It's always scanning. But if you right click on the icon and click Start Avast! Antivirus it does a memory scan then goes into the main program where you can run a scan from.


Ah, now that's what I was missing :oops: I totally failed to appreciate that the panel opened by clicking on the task-bar icon is not the only one!

But this new panel tells me that no scan has been done yet - even though I've had avast! running since Saturday. So my feeling that it isn't always scanning seems to be justified :?:

I'll dig deeper into it later, but thanks for the suggestions so far everyone.


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