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Stop paying for Anti-Virus updates. Read my FREE Anti Virus review
Recently the computer of a friend of mine became infected with a virus that spreads thru IMs. After infection it spreads by IMing your friends. Trust me, you don't want this.

I did not click on the link her virus sent me but only because she warned me. Now I've just learned that the FREE anti viral program I am using probably would have protected me anyway. Newer versions of Norton Anti Virus and McAffee's probably offer this protection, but I'm not going to check and find out because as far as I can tell, AVAST which is FREE is at least as good. She was using an out of date version of Norton Anti Virus when her computer became infected.

Better yet, unlike Norton's which is only free for the first year before they start hitting you up for money to update your anti-virus definitions, AVAST claims that its updates are permanently free, and better still, they updated automatically and apparently more often than the once a week updates that Norton/McAffee's offers.

So you see, I was just putting together this letter of recommendation for this software for my friend who as far as I can tell stil has this virus, and I was about to send it to her when it struck me that it would kinder to the rest of my friends to just post this in my LJ behind this cut:

My thanks to browneyedgirl65 for bringing this wonderful software to my attention.

Please note, in the letter I refer to Norton Anti Virus as "NAV"

I want to tell you something very cool about this anti-viral program I'm using for the first time only the past month or two, Avast. This morning it announced that a web site I was visiting had viruses in it, and while it offered me the option of doing something stupid it advised me to block them.

I've used several versions of NAV and one mcaffee's and NEVER have I had them recognize bad code on a website, malicious code they call it. After what happened to you with that IM virus, I have to think this would probably protect me from IM viruses as well.

I just checked and it has a setup screen dedicated to Instant Messaging protection. I just counted them, it lists 13 varieties of instant messengers, most of which I've never heard of some of them are ones I don't think of a simple IM messengers either, like skype. I'll list them: msn, yahoo, icq, aim, trillian, mIRC, Miranda, gaim, odigo, gadu-gadu, Psi Jabber client, skype, IM2 messenger

I suspect you are afraid to install a virus scanner you've never heard of. Considering how much BAD advice there is going around about what software to use on your computer, I would not be surprised if you were afraid to move away from Norton. If you go to the avast site, or read some independent reviews of it I think you'd trust it though.

Here is one review http://castlecops.com/reviews-208.html

Reading that review, I just noticed they mention it includes P2P specific protection. In case you don't recognize that term it refers to the sort of file sharing people use for downloading movies and music. Point five they make is easily my favorite of this review: "5. It's intuitive, easy and yet more powerful than commercial versions" Yeah MORE powerful (than norton) and FREE with AUTOMATIC FREE updates! What's not to love?

Using NAV I used to update the antiviral once a week which is exactly how often NAV provides updates. Even using NAV I've even been attacked by a virus while using NAV updated that often. The only thing I don't like about avast, and it is minor, really, is that it has as its control for scanning files, a control panel resembling the faceplate of a car stereo. You configure the areas of your computer to search, like regular drives, removeable media etc and then hit a "play" type button. I suppose it could be worse. They probably did it this way to reduce the amount of work they'd have to do to make it work in several languages, as the "mousovers" can come up in the necessary language.

Here is the avast website. http://www.avast.com
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fixx From: fixx Date: May 8th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
For my readers I'd like to append your comment here to clarify that you mean the virus that got through your IM while using a non-updated NAV installation. When you say it hasn't "caught" it, you mean it hasn't managed to completely delete it.

Viruses don't ask you if you want them turned on, so I'm assuming that Avast has essentialy snared the virus in as much as it recognizes that it is doing something it should not.

If I'm mistaken about any of this, please clarify.
browneyedgirl65 From: browneyedgirl65 Date: May 9th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just love this software and in particular how it works in updating both itself and its database. Really, all antivirus software out there should stop and take a look at how Avast manages its stuff.

From: jewelsadk Date: May 10th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)

avast error message

I've been receiving this message that shows itself in a bright red box, from avast, when I turn on the computer and then at other times (not sure what triggers the other times). I've been getting it for a week now and though at this very late moment I can't tell you exactly what it reads...its something to the effect the the key or something is no longer valid. I'll get the exact message the next time it pops up. So anyway, at this point I'm wondering just what kind of protection I'm receiving from avast. Hmm, computer things are so not me...
fixx From: fixx Date: May 10th, 2005 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: avast error message

That's not really an "error message". Avast is "free" but you still need to "register" it. When I installed it on your computer I did not "register" it.

There are two ways to register it.

Here is the normal way:
If you open the software from the start programs menu, you will find a picture of a key, click on it. You should see an empty box, don't click on it, below it is the word "registration" click on that. It will take you to the website to prompt you to register it. Later return ot that box to enter the reg number.

The slightly easier way
use this link to go to the registration page, and register. Then enter tne number in the box described above.
bittercat From: bittercat Date: September 23rd, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow. You're right!

(Not that I doubted you, of course!)

When I first installed Avast a few months ago and ran it for the first time, it caught 16 Trojan Horses that had been sitting on my system for who knows how long!

I also like how it updates itself and the database. Good stuff!

Thanks for the suggestion! Money's tight, and I need all the help I can get.
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