Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 955 times:
I was able to get a good solid run on my test mule today after stripping out all the Norton antivirus archives. Prior to that, if I left it unattended it was likely to crash after fifteen minutes or so, or else something huge and crazy was running in the background that was as bad as a full on crash.
FYI, my test mule is an IBM Aptiva that now runs an AMD Athlon 833 mhz, has had 384 mb of memory installed and is now running a 120gb hard drive salvaged out of a dead TiVO DVD recorder. The operating system is W98SE and it's been buggy all along, but I blamed that on Microsoft-perhaps unfairly.
I have the test mule on a network for use as a file cabinet, and it is also something of a hobby to see how much tinkering I can do on the cheap-I was able to obtain the 384 mb of memory for under $15, used of course but Microsoft gives out a nifty memory module checker program-free, or course.
After installing the AVG-Free, I can boot this computer up and let it sit as long as I care to, knowing that it'll be stable and solid whenever I come back. Even the Linksys wireless monitor software is much happier knowing that Norton has been completely and totally evicted.
Wardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1160 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 917 times:
GOOD MOVE...I keep AVG on my USB flash drive to scan other people's machines also...
But for a Business type Server/Client enviroment though, I would recommend a NON-FREE versions of Antivirus software....Like Symantec's AV Corporate Edition or Norton Corp Edition...because beleive it or not it does take up less resources than the HOME version of Norton AV....ANd its less bloated too...Too bad its 550$ for a minimum of 10 licenses....Thats the minimum...But for a business its great....
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3688 posts, RR: 31 Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 904 times:
When I happened to get a virus on my computer by doing something REALLY stupid I was advised by my housemate web nerds that AVG was the way to go. The free version was a good stop gap until I got into town and bought AVG Pro which was great and didn't grind my machine down to a halt either!
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8394 posts, RR: 47 Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 892 times:
Norton AntiVirus is the first thing I took care of on my mother's new notebook which arrived yesterday... guess what, the uninstall didn't work properly and still left visible traces in that Windows software list. So I tried to re-install it to then attempt a clean uninstall. Sure enough, installing it didn't work either. So I uninstalled what I could and deleted the rest (files, folders and registry keys) manually. AntiVir all the way!
Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
I've been telling people this for years. Norton has so much crap dedicated to the user interface that it doesn't even do the job its supposed to half of the time. AVG does exactly what it needs to do without hogging up all your memory.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7802 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 806 times:
Quoting ABfemme (Reply 9): Hey guys - is AVG part of Panda anti-virus ?
No, but apparently all the others are mixing up two different AV products as well.
There is Grisoft's AVG http://www.grisoft.de and then there is a free software called AntiVir http://www.free-av.de/.
Both makes are German which may have added to the confusion that AntiVir's watchdog in your system tray is called AntiVir Guard - or AVG for short.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7802 posts, RR: 13 Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 789 times:
ABfemme, I didn't know there was a free version of AVG. Maybe it's just a demo that will expire after 30 days? Free AV is free for private use and its virus definition table is updated daily, often twice a day.
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 744 times:
I think the test is in the doing.
If there is anything one can do to make W98SE reasonably stable, you've really done something. In my case, there is a very short list of programs installed on the IBM, and very little in the way of files, it should have been relatively tame.
However, it always had this tendency to crash if left unattended or have something huge and terrifying running in the background that more or less was about as bad as a full on crash.
I thought perhaps it had something to do with my bargain basement hardware upgrades or my BIOS update-although I WAS smart enough to get the new processor in a sealed box, everything else was salvaged or dirt cheap.
I had pretty much narrowed it down to something to do with Norton as it worked a lot better when I manually closed some items that were associated with Norton. The only two other potential sources of trouble were Nero which came with my CD/RW drive and the Linksys monitoring stuff-both of which required a bit of tinkering to get them to live happily in the same house.
In any event, everything seems to be working nicely.