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Virus Program
« on: June 08, 2013, 08:23 AM »
When I bought my netbook last year, the seller installed avast free anti virus that valid for a year. This going to expire in 25 days from today.
If I were to download another free avast anti virus, does it effect the current one? How long does the free anti-virus valid?
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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2013, 11:08 AM »
You are suppose to update your virus scans when updates become available and that includes the next generation of the program.   

If the next generation of the program is free, update it now.  And make sure the database for the virus check updates at the very least weekly.

When you install the new one, it will tell you what you need to do about the old one if it is the same program.  Ie Avast and Avast. 

The only time you have to be concerned is if you are getting rid of a hog like Norton and going to Avast.  Norton acts very much like a virus itself and embeds itself in your programs so that you may have to format the computer to get rid of it.  McAfee is about as bad.  Both will cause a different virus program not to install because even tho you think you removed it, it left running programs that the new virus program will see as Active Norton or McAfee so it will not install and making you pay for a subscription to either one to renew those programs so you can have protection or lose all your data by format.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2013, 08:44 AM »
I got sick of trying to keep up with "free" anti virus software and decided to buy. I looked around and decided on Eset, went for their Nod32 and have since upgraded to Smart security 6. I got a family licence and use it on several systems. Can't praise it highly enough as several times it has caught various things and sites that I thought were safe, were not. It's not until you get an infected machine that you realise how important effective anti virus software.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2013, 05:59 AM »
You don't really have to download Avast again.  All you have to do is update your subscription, which is free by registering your email and perform the update for Avast.  That is basically it, it's pretty simple.  I've got an uncle who had the same problem as you.  It was a very easy fix, Avast is pretty good Antiviral program.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2013, 01:43 PM »
Huh...   Mine may be free but after a certain length of time [some a year, some  2 years] you have to download the newest one....  If you have update checked for automatic, it downloads the new one without you doing a thing.  I know my old ones I tried to stick to stopped producing virus databases for that generation of program and you were forced to upgrade.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013, 05:59 PM »
Sorry guys, I have not done thing anyhting yet. Caught up wt work and kids.  :o
Shall do try to register the avast virus over the weekend. Cross fingers and legs, all will work OK.

 :-* thank your for the replies. At last I have some idea on what to expect. Especially, try not get 2 different virus on PC.
Every one wants to competes. so what's new.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2013, 01:51 AM »
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Huh...   Mine may be free but after a certain length of time [some a year, some  2 years] you have to download the newest one....  If you have update checked for automatic, it downloads the new one without you doing a thing.  I know my old ones I tried to stick to stopped producing virus databases for that generation of program and you were forced to upgrade.
That's interesting,  I know for a fact that the free version of Avast will make you renew your subscription ( which is free and all they basically want is you to re-register you email) every year. 

What antiviral protection program are you using, Phil?
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2013, 05:25 AM »
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That's interesting,  I know for a fact that the free version of Avast will make you renew your subscription ( which is free and all they basically want is you to re-register you email) every year. 

What antiviral protection program are you using, Phil?

Currently Panda Cloud.  It doesn't do that.  I am guessing because it is held in the Cloud but the ones I had before that and before I got Kaspersky did.  The change in the program and the "we stopped supporting version 2009 blah blah blah" is the major reason I would end up changing scans.  Their great improvement to the "free" ones were  bad plus they stopped updating the virus database on the version I had so I went off looking for a new one.

I paid for Kaspersky and would have kept paying for it but the next version was so bulky and heavy it made the computer drag and put crap on it I didn't want it to do.  I want to choose the parts to my security programs not get a big bundle.  So when they changed it, I was back to looking for free ones.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2013, 06:06 AM »
Yeah, Norton stopped releasing updates for the version of their antiviral software that I've been using since Christmas but since I have a firewall program and Spybot.  I didn't bother to look for a free antiviral software to replace mine right now.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2013, 06:19 AM »
I learned my lesson about that when the wife went surfing on a needlework site on her computer [the scan needed an update but the other security was all up to date] and she got a virus from a BLANKING NEEDLEWORK SITE which was well know and not a fly by night.

We got lucky and formatting the computer got rid of it but all her quilting pictures were on there and she was spastic.

Now everything gets updated as a routine at the same time.  PIA but it beats formatting the computer and as I said, we were lucky.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2013, 06:30 AM »
Yeah, I hate it when that happens good thing with me is that I can still use the antiviral scanning and removal function despite the fact that it's no longer supported by Symnaptic.  ;D
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2013, 06:33 AM »
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Yeah, I hate it when that happens good thing with me is that I can still use the antiviral scanning and removal function despite the fact that it's no longer supported by Symnaptic.  ;D

What got the wife was they were not updating the virus signatures and I didn't realize it because I didn't use that program.  I also assumed she would tell me if they weren't but that was assumed.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2013, 06:52 AM »
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What got the wife was they were not updating the virus signatures and I didn't realize it because I didn't use that program.  I also assumed she would tell me if they weren't but that was assumed.

Oh, yeah I had a client who encountered the exact same problem.  All I did was take the drive out of their computer put it in a external USB caddy and connect it to my laptop.  Ran the antiviral removal software on their drive and then it was done.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2013, 07:18 AM »
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Oh, yeah I had a client who encountered the exact same problem.  All I did was take the drive out of their computer put it in a external USB caddy and connect it to my laptop.  Ran the antiviral removal software on their drive and then it was done.

Didn't work on the wife.  That little sucker wanted to stay around but the complete wipe and overwrite worked.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2013, 07:23 AM »
you guys scarying me up wt all the virus stories.  :-X
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2013, 07:54 AM »
You should be.
They can embed themselves in places you can't get them out of.  The only way to get rid of them is to buy a whole new system.

ALWAYS have a virus scan up to date and running along with a Firewall and keep other security stuff on hand.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2013, 08:00 AM »
what is firewall?
i think i need a book - virus program for dummies
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2013, 08:25 AM »
If you have a windows computer you have a built in Firewall.  It is useless.  I say MS put it in Windows just to say "OOOH look We have a built in Firewall"

I install one of MY choice and disable Windows [like virus scans do NOT run two at the same time]

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2013, 01:40 AM »
Yeah, Microsoft started embedding firewalls within their OS release since Windows ME.  While their firewalls are primative when compared to other firewall software release by other companies, it is quite effective in it's own way.
 

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Re: Virus Program
« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2013, 02:11 AM »
Stop siding with the Anti-Christ or are you hedging your bets?   :D
 

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