With the variety of trojans etc around today, having more than one programme to combat these is essential. Each programme will sometimes catch things that the others may miss, and together they can form a formidable line of defence. I run all of the above and, apart from a stray toolbar which was just a nuisance, have never been infected.
One final thing to note: do not ever have more than one antivirus scanner installed on your system. Using web scanners are fine for additional protection, but stick with one actually sitting on your computer. Not only can it severely slow down your system (if multiple on-access scanners are running) but it can also actually lead to some files which aren't infected being tagged as infected, and some others which are infected slip through also. AVG is a good suggestion for the installed one, and good online scanners are as follows:
Thank you all VERY much 4 your advice on anti-virus/spyware! I appreciate it very much!
Although u gave me so many great suggestions, I had a hard time choosing. :smile:
I decided to try AVG and the online panda one.
I just want to reiterate, that it is very important to have a firewall these days. I however would not recommend ZoneAlarm with ME. I tried it on my system & it was nothing but trouble. Sygate has been working well for me & is one you may want to consider.
I've also heard good things about Kerio
How odd! I've tried zone alarm on 2 VAIOs (different hardware configs), and an HP. All running ME, all got buggered. Switched to Sygate & everything ran smooth. Well, ZA is a good product, and if you can get it to run on ME then more power to you!
(And koala, I think I've had as much "learning experience" with ME as I can stomach... :sour: :grin: )
hey, your last reply said if i had any questions to ask... Well, I decided to try the AVG anti-virus software because it was free & is constantly updated. Well, i dont know exactly what I did but it totally screwed up a bunch of stuff. I think it was my fault but i could not find a way to undo any of it.
When i first installed the program, it automatically started running before i could update the software or change any of the settings. It started popping up with all these virus' found. I had no clue what to do so at first i decided to send them to the vault. I figured that way, atleast i could still restore them back if i needed to. I dont remember how many files I sent to the vault but it was atleast 10 or so. I couldnt get it to stop making those stupid pop-ups come up so finally i just disabled it.
I kept reading everywhere how important it was to keep the software updated, so i decided to get online and do just that. Unfortunately, I still live in the darkages and have to dial up... I went to my AOL icon to access the internet, and NOTHING! When I clicked on it, it didnt even acknowledge the fact. It wouldnt even do anything. Know matter where I went or how hard i tried, i could not open AOL. I went to a few other programs and what not and the same thing. It was like certain important files where missing. :dead: I finally found an aol install disk and re-installed it. Then I got online and downloaded the updates for AVG. When I tried to install them, I cant remember exactly what it said, but it wouldnt let me install the updates for some reason.
Oh ya, by the way, when I tried to go to the vault and restore everything i had placed in there, it wouldnt even allow me to open up the vault. I couldnt view any of the files in there or anything.
I just had problem after problem with the software so if finally just decided to uninstall it. Yet another problem!! I couldnt uninstall it. Something about a file missing, some kind of error. :deveous:
By this time I was in tears and up pretty much all night. I shut down my puter and went into safe mode. I tried to uninstall it that way and it still wouldnt let me so I had no choice but to manually delete anything and everything i could find having to do with the software.
The problem is, i still have problems accessing some programs on my puter. Some programs, I can access but little weird things dont work anymore. I dont know if they are related but I just dont know what else it could be. For example: I have Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator 6... Never had any problems with it and now all of a sudden, when I go to create a cd through creator classic, at the bottom right of the screen it says i have no default recorder. It wont recognize that i have a blank cd in my cd drive, or even recognize my cd drive at all. So obviously, i cant create any cd's.
Geez, how frustrating! I really hope all of this is making sense.
If so and you or anyone can help or have any idea's... PLEASE HELP!!
If it will help at all, I do have Hijackthis and Ewido.
Sorry if this is really confusing.
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