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*Sliver!*

Joined: 4/25/2005

Virus software and removal that's actually free?

All the one's I've checked out claim to be free then ask for money after I've done a scan.

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Joined: 7/23/2008

I have heard of them, but honestly have no recommendations that I could possibly offer.

I switched to the Mac over 2 years ago and I do not miss those virus scans anymore.

I'll give you something to think about:

You can buy a PC cheaper, but you pay for the anti-virus software among other extras.

You can buy a Mac (more expensive), but you do not pay for those extras.

Honestly, you have to decide for yourself which is more important for you.

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cams only room

Joined: 10/20/2008

most anti virus for windows are free the paid for ones offer the same protection but you just get added extras like faster updates etc

i use avira av and that is totaly free unless you want the extras

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I'm no Windows expert on the free Anti-Virus software apps, but it seems like what DB is saying is that the free ones she is using requires payment after the first scan.

DB, I hope you can find something much better for your needs!

For me, I just got fed up with the viruses and spyware, so I switched to the Mac.

BTW, I used to use Norton (yes, I paid for a yearly subscription).

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sammilicious

Joined: 7/16/2007

AVG Anti Virus.. I use it , it's totally free, and it works :)

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*Sliver!*

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I had it but my free trial ran out.

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cams only room

Joined: 10/20/2008

I had it but my free trial ran out.

http://free.avg. com/download-avg-anti-virus-fr ee-edition


thats the free avg still offers protection but very basic

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.!.!.!.!.!.

Joined: 7/23/2008

Reply to: I had it but my free trial ran out.
DB, take a look at this:

http://www.freean tivirushelp.com

Let me know if I can be of further assistance!

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*Sliver!*

Joined: 4/25/2005

Already found something but thank you.

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HEART QUEEN

Joined: 12/9/2008

I know you already found something but just in case you need another suggestion. This is what I have and it's free and has free updates and free registration.
It's being promoted by a computer repair store near me.


http://www.avas t.com/eng/download-avast-home. html

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Kajunqueen

Joined: 11/29/2008

My computer wont De-Frag,is there a free site for that?

Someone told me 'Smart Defrag',has anyone tried it?

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Reply to: My computer wont De-Frag,is there a free site for that? Someone told me 'Smart...
When I used to have a PC with Windows, I just used the Disk Defragment program that comes with Windows.

I believe you click: Start > Accessories > Tools

Not certain about the menus, but it's somewhere in there.

NOTE: If you own a Mac, you don't ever defrag because the files are organized efficiently.

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*Sliver!*

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Mac's get viruses too. Two of my friend's have mac's and they both have viruses.

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With all due respect, DB, that has never happened to me or anyone I know personally.

In fact, there was a contest for someone to create a virus for the Mac and as it turned out, there was no winner.

But to answer your response more accurately, the previous major operating system for the Mac, version 9.x.x was prone to viruses.

However, when Apple decided to build their operating system from Unix starting with 10.x.x, it has never been proven to have experienced a virus.

I am not saying that 10.x.x is as secure as a brick (Apple releases security fixes all the time as free downloads).

The current operating system is 10.5.6 code named: Leopard.

Trust me, DevilBitch, before I switched to the Mac, I too accused them of having viruses (until I found out the truth myself).

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*Sliver!*

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I'm not accusing I'm stating a fact. 2 friends, 2 mac's, both have viruses.

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Reply to: I'm not accusing I'm stating a fact. 2 friends, 2 mac's, both have viruses.
Well, I hope you don't let their experiences influence your opinion, DevilBitch.

I have had my Mac for over 2 years and have never had to worry about viruses, no need to defrag or any of those things.

The only maintenance I do is run Repair Permissions after installing any software or upgrade.

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*Sliver!*

Joined: 4/25/2005

I'm not getting a mac, if anything I'll just get a used pc and update it.

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LiveToLove

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Reply to: I'm not accusing I'm stating a fact. 2 friends, 2 mac's, both have viruses.
Maybe your friends were running pre version 10.0 ... prone to virus.

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Reply to: Maybe your friends were running pre version 10.0 ... prone to virus.
LTL, I have been giving this some considerable thought for the past few days.

There is no way a windows virus or spyware can run on a Mac.

It's like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, it just won't fit.

But something has occurred to me, you can install multiple operating systems on a Mac very easily.

It is possible to install Windows on a Mac, thus would answer DB's concern about viruses.

I'm just trying to be as informative and helpful as I can.

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The Chino

Joined: 8/26/2005

Reply to: LTL, I have been giving this some considerable thought for the past few days. ...
All Intel Macs are capable of acquiring viruses just as though if you were running Windows on a PC. This is why I stick to my iMac G4. On a PowerPC architecture, Mac + Virus = Error. The virus since it's programmed either in Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, VBScript or C++ has the ability to destroy the directory or file structure of a partition or hard disk. Unlike a PC, however, a PowerPC Mac does not automatically run apps. An EXE or COM file is like talking Greek to the Mac -- it doesn't happen.

Pre-Intel Macs are based on the Unix file system and the GUI is programmed in Cocoa through Objective-C, so therefore, unless you have extensive programming knowledge in C (and most Mac users don't anyway) it won't be as much of a PitA as say downloading a trojan off a heavily ad-supported porn site on a Windows PC. Windows-only users are more likely to acquire viruses than Linux or Pre-Intel Mac users.

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Joined: 2/24/2009

Reply to: All Intel Macs are capable of acquiring viruses just as though if you were runn...
What's this pre-intel lingo, Chino?

OS X Leopard is based on a unix core architecture.

Remember OS 9?
That version was virus prone and was running on a POWER-PC, not an intel architecture.
Get your facts straight, because I am a geek when it comes to the Mac.

OS X was built for Intel architecture from the ground up.

Universal Binary was designed to be backward compatible with pre-intel Macs.

When OS X, version 10.6.x (Snow Leopard) arrives, it will be intel only and will have 64 bit technology, extending up to 16 TB of RAM memory, the new multicore GRAND CENTRAL technology, designed to allocate tasks across multiple cores and processors.

Now, before we get into .EXE .COM and Visual Basic, keep in mind that only Windows will execute those files, not OS X.

As long as it's version 10.x.x, you are running in a secure unix based core.

You can buy a Mac (more expensive), but you do not pay for those extras.


Macs are not much more expensive than your generic PC. In fact, you can buy the new Mac Mini for as low as $599.

Prove me wrong, guys!

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All Intel Macs are capable of acquiring viruses just as though if you were running Windows on a PC.

What the heck?

OS X is a unix based operating system.

If you don't install Windows on a Mac or OS 9, you are safe from viruses.

I've been using a Mac for over 2 years without any viruses or spyware.

I'm not suggesting that the Mac is perfect, but a Mac simply cannot be compromised based on the chipset alone.

Unless you have documented proof from a reliable source, it is debatable.

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Kajunqueen

Joined: 11/29/2008

Reply to: When I used to have a PC with Windows, I just used the Disk Defragment program ...
Brian,I know where it is,and I have tried it several times.It will sit there for hours,days and weeks and never finish.I even have it set to do it once a week. :(

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Reply to: Brian,I know where it is,and I have tried it several times.It will sit there fo...
Kajun, it has been years since I've owned a PC.

I have done some research for you, but it's not a free solution.

You can buy Norton Utilities for Windows (That's what I used for many years).

The Norton Disk Doctor is very good because not only does it optimize your hard disk, but it also optimizes your system registry.

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Kajunqueen

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Ok,thanks for the info...


BTW,my son just got a game called Fall Out 3. He said it was really good.

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