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Old 05-24-2011, 10:22 AM
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I have been running McAfee anti-virus scan on my PC.

MY ISP has made available their Anti-Virus program from Computer Associates.

One difference is that I pay for McAfee and the CA software is free!!!!

I was informed that Computer Essentials anti-virus software is free from Microsoft.

Does anyone have a preferrence to what anti-virus package they use?

Does any of these software packages detect a virus better than others?

I was informed to download the free malwarebytes.org and perform a scan every week. It's free because you have to run the scan. You pay if if you select to automatically run for you?

Your input is greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:58 AM
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I have been running McAfee anti-virus scan on my PC.

MY ISP has made available their Anti-Virus program from Computer Associates.

One difference is that I pay for McAfee and the CA software is free!!!!

I was informed that Computer Essentials anti-virus software is free from Microsoft.

Does anyone have a preferrence to what anti-virus package they use?

Does any of these software packages detect a virus better than others?

I was informed to download the free malwarebytes.org and perform a scan every week. It's free because you have to run the scan. You pay if if you select to automatically run for you?

Your input is greatly appreciated.
Most of what you are asking is being covered here: http://www.talkofthevillages.com/for...ad.php?t=38830

I'm a very happy Microsoft Security Essentials user. You'll find a link to their page on my post at the above link.

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Old 05-24-2011, 12:08 PM
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Cool The ultimate virus protection...

Get a Mac!

Sorry folks.... couldn't resist . . .
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:12 PM
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I have been running McAfee anti-virus scan on my PC.

MY ISP has made available their Anti-Virus program from Computer Associates.

One difference is that I pay for McAfee and the CA software is free!!!!

I was informed that Computer Essentials anti-virus software is free from Microsoft.

Does anyone have a preferrence to what anti-virus package they use?

Does any of these software packages detect a virus better than others?

I was informed to download the free malwarebytes.org and perform a scan every week. It's free because you have to run the scan. You pay if if you select to automatically run for you?

Your input is greatly appreciated.
I had problems with the Microsoft Essentials. Does protect, but not good enough. T tried almost all of the anti virus scanners and for me the best is Norton 360. Find stuff others didn't. Runs and update itself and offers a great protection. It is not free, but as always you get what you pay for. I have too many good software on my computer to take any risk of losing them.
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Get a Mac! Sorry folks.... couldn't resist . . .
Apple continues to tell support reps: do not help with Mac malware

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/apple...c-malware/3375

Sorry memason... couldn't resist. Let the flaming begin.
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I also tried MS Essentials and found it did not provide as good a coverage as I would like. I used McAfee but have now switched to Norton 2011 and so far it has worked very well. PC World has a lot of reviews on their website.
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Sorry memason... couldn't resist. Let the flaming begin.

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I had problems with the Microsoft Essentials. Does protect, but not good enough. T tried almost all of the anti virus scanners and for me the best is Norton 360. Find stuff others didn't. Runs and update itself and offers a great protection. It is not free, but as always you get what you pay for. I have too many good software on my computer to take any risk of losing them.
Another vote for Norton 360. I have found this program to be very reliable and up to date for the most recent issues. I believe it costs approx $69. per year but it is worth it for the peace of mind.
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You internet provider may provide one for you.
I think Consumers Reports covered the subject in the last month or two. They had suggestions form several free ones. Might try your library for a copy.
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I have been running McAfee anti-virus scan on my PC.

MY ISP has made available their Anti-Virus program from Computer Associates.

One difference is that I pay for McAfee and the CA software is free!!!!

I was informed that Computer Essentials anti-virus software is free from Microsoft.

Does anyone have a preferrence to what anti-virus package they use?

Does any of these software packages detect a virus better than others?

I was informed to download the free malwarebytes.org and perform a scan every week. It's free because you have to run the scan. You pay if if you select to automatically run for you?

Your input is greatly appreciated.
We use AVG free works great
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Default I'm another satisfied Norton 360 customer.

I used McAfee when it was originally developed and owned by an individual out of Columbia MD many years ago. It was ok then but when he sold it... well that's a different story. I've tried their virus software a couple of times and deleted it because of too many problems with it. I even tried other software of theirs and unfortunately had the same experience.

Today I use Norton 360 (as well as other Norton versions in the past) and just renewed my three computer license subscription for $74.89. Easy to use and I've never had any problem with it!

I've also used AVG in the past and dumped it. I can't remember why though but don't think it was because of any problems with it!
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Amazon sells the various Norton packages at a substantial discount. If you can wait a few days, it might be worth ordering online.
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we had a tech come from TV computer club to fix a PC and he recommends AVG and Malewarebytes anti-malware. I've used them for years and recommend them-- and they're FREE.
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comcast provides a norton package free of charge for their customers.
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comcast provides a norton package free of charge for their customers.
Yes I have Comcast internet and use the Norton that they offer free of charge. I really like it. It has notified me of several threats that it has stopped and so far I am impressed with the overall performance. In years past Norton had a reputation for using a lot of resources. My new Toshiba i5 handles it very well and I have noticed no problems with it slowing down my computer. I used to use AVG Free, with a Zone Alarm firewall, but after getting infected twice in one year I decided that it wasn't what I wanted. No antivirus program is perfect since there is no way for any of them to be 100% up to date as far as defintions go. Too many new threats find their way to the internet every day. I highly recommend Malwarebytes, also. In the past it caught threats that AVG missed. Update it and run at least once a week.
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