Anti Virus question

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by cheaptrick, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. cheaptrick

    cheaptrick

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    Hi folks.

    I like to spend my money on weaponry, ammo, optics...Not anti virus programs. Unless I have to.

    I used AVG 7 for awhile, but it kept giving me trouble, especially with my email.

    I'm looking for a free, if possible, AV program that will run all the time and protect my email accounts too, like AVG 7 did.
    Is it important to have a AV program run all the time, like the AVG did? Or does a program like A2 and others keep me safe.

    I'm still running Windows 98 too. ;Q

    TIA
     
  2. Riverweasel

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    Get AVAST, its free and it works.
     

  3. nickg

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    ditto, what he said.
     
  4. cheaptrick

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    Thanks.

    Just downloaded it and got it running, I think.;g
     
  5. frefoo

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    You can test it to see if it is working by trying to download this file.

    eicar.com

    eicar.com is an Anti-Virus test file used to make sure your software is working correctly.

    If you click on the above link and try to save the file (or open it) your anti-virus software should prevent you from doing so if it is working correctly.

    If uncomfortable about clicking the above link do the following.

    1. Open notepad
    2. Copy and paste the following text string into notepad.....

    X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

    3. Try to save the file as eicar.com
    4. Watch your AV-software alert you and delete the file.

    Dave

    PS. The above link is not a real virus it is a simple txt file that causes your anti-virus software to alert you.
     
  6. cheaptrick

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    Yeah, it works. It wouldn't remove it though. I just pressed OK, and got out of there.

    That test freaked me out!!!;P I have had a ton of problems from my computer lately.

    Thanks for your help, folks!!;?