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Security and viruses


mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 5:03PM

Quote:The school where I used to work used Kaspersky and was frequently struck down by malware, almost always via email and presumably, links.

That's bizarre, Kaspersky are always winning awards from computer and security magazines for best detection rates. I wonder if it was down to the way they configured it.



I think that is where it gets difficult to assess. Different magazines do different tests and will give different answers - then you have the leapfrogging with each version outdoing the opposition for a while before they overtake again.

I have recently subscribed to McAfee as main programme but I also have Counterspy (from a previoous computer) which I use as a second line sweep when I want to do things like online banking - hopefully between them they will catch any nasties.

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Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
6 Sep 2012 5:11PM
Mike's beaten me to it.

I was going to say that those 'best ten' whatevers seem to be as reliable as government statistics.

Depending upon where you read it or which version you're looking at, no two are ever the same.
Big Bri e2
13 15.7k United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 5:16PM
That list is obviously BS, since it says "proportion of people who buy" F-Secure is 0%, which is obviously rubbish. Maybe 0.0001% Tongue
Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
6 Sep 2012 5:22PM
Don't exaggerate Bri.
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
6 Sep 2012 5:35PM
My internet provider supplies McAfee, free of charge. Until yesterday, even though it slowed my PC to a crawl, I used it. Yesterday there was a message that McAfee had updated the program and I needed to restart my PC. I did as I was instructed, and afterwards got a msg that my PC was at risk. McAfee was dead in the water. I called my provider's tech support, and they advised to uninstall and re-install, which tried to do, no joy. They said call McAfee support, which I did. They said we'll put you on to a specialist, which, apparently, is how they get rid of pesky customers. All it said was call back during regular office hours. it was 2 PM. I got another security system and my PC is operating 10 times faster.
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 6:19PM

Quote:My internet provider supplies McAfee, free of charge. Until yesterday, even though it slowed my PC to a crawl, I used it. Yesterday there was a message that McAfee had updated the program and I needed to restart my PC. I did as I was instructed, and afterwards got a msg that my PC was at risk. McAfee was dead in the water. I called my provider's tech support, and they advised to uninstall and re-install, which tried to do, no joy. They said call McAfee support, which I did. They said we'll put you on to a specialist, which, apparently, is how they get rid of pesky customers. All it said was call back during regular office hours. it was 2 PM. I got another security system and my PC is operating 10 times faster.


I had a recent warning that my PC may be at risk and apparently it is a nudge to get you to install something called McAfee Virtual Technician - I looked on the internet and there have been variable reports about it slowing the computer down so I am giving it a go. Good so far but if I get the impression of anything going hookey I may take it out and go back to Counterspy. I have not had need to call support (yet!) so fingers crossed.
Big Bri e2
13 15.7k United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 6:27PM

Quote:Don't exaggerate Bri.


I've told you a million times, I don't exaggerate !
answersonapostcard e2
10 12.7k 15 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2012 6:59PM
Not sure which is was Ade but it was displaying all the same symptoms as the one that destroyed my PC, that nasty win32 thing.

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone, I'll take a look at them in more detail in a bit.
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
6 Sep 2012 7:02PM
Never mind K, I have everything up to date anyway, just hope Avast catches whatever it is......
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
6 Sep 2012 7:46PM
Fashions and fads come and go but, realistically, Norton is the only decent option.

It is expensive. It is resource hungry. But it gets updates out several hours ahead of the competition.

Any AV software is worth absolutely sweet FA if you get the virus half an hour before it updates itself on your computer.
Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
6 Sep 2012 8:22PM

Quote:Any AV software is worth absolutely sweet FA if you get the virus half an hour before it updates itself on your computer.

Absolutely but I can't agree that Norton's any good for anything.

In my experience and not just on my machine, it's been open season for viruses while Norton was in charge.

Quote:Any AV software is worth absolutely sweet FA if you get the virus half an hour before it updates itself on your computer.


Could be invaluable if you get the virus attack half an hour after you've updated, though! Grin
With Avast I finally got fed up with that nasally voiced woman repeatedly telling me that Avast had been updated. Maybe she had a virus?

Most of the time it hadn't been updated, merely gone through the update process at switch-on and periodically.

Ok, it was checking, which is probably a good thing - but that voice!

I already have two women haranguing me - my wife and daughter - I don't need another..! Grin

Now have AVG 2013.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
6 Sep 2012 10:22PM

Quote:Any AV software is worth absolutely sweet FA if you get the virus half an hour before it updates itself on your computer.
Absolutely but I can't agree that Norton's any good for anything.

In my experience and not just on my machine, it's been open season for viruses while Norton was in charge.



Right Jester. I have heard you and one or two other respected contributors saying this - or something similar - ad nauseum on this Forum. I can't contradict you. All I can say is that I have been using Norton for over 15 years and have never had a problem and virtually every comparative review in the main computer mags consistently ranks it top of the pile. But, let's face it - I don't see any reason why those reviews should be any more reliable than the camera reviews we read in the photo mags!
6 Sep 2012 10:35PM

Quote: I don't see any reason why those reviews should be any more reliable than the camera reviews we read in the photo mags
!

Not in these pages, surely? Wink

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