December 30, 2012
I'm sure there are people out there who will give you all kinds of advice and say what I tell you is a load of crap. The virus/trojan landscape is always changing and every geek has their opinion (which they insist is the only correct opinion ever). People develop attachments to various ways to try and stay safe, whether or not those ways actually work. They seem to "know" this is the best way. Okay fine. I'll tell you what I think. You may take it or leave it. Up to you.
I spread this out over a few posts. Mainly because I don't want one post to get too long.
Let's start with Antivirus software (AV).
First you must understand that no AV product will keep you safe. Many people seem to think that just because they have AV on their system, they are set. Unfortunately that is completely untrue. AV will protect you from KNOWN viruses. The key here is the word "known". It will not protect you from the unknown. It will not protect you from new viruses that haven't had signatures uploaded. (there are 10's of thousands of new viruses released every day). The value in AV is in stopping the older stuff from getting your system because the old stuff is still floating around the net, even stuff from the 1990's is still out there.
So what is the best AV? There isn't one. At any given point in time, one AV product will outperform the others. But all of them will be behind on virus signature updates.
What you want is something that won't degrade the performance of your machine and won't be annoying you with popups while you try to browse the web.
The best in this category is Microsoft Security Essentials. Yes, Microsoft have actually done this right. It updates with system updates, it doesn't get in the way. It does the job it's supposed to do without interfering.
Other AV products like AVG and Avast are okay. You can get free versions, but they tend to slow everything down and become annoying when they try to make you upgrade to the paid version. They don't give you any better protection than MSE.
Unless you work in IT and/or must use it for work purposes, stay well away from McAfee and Symantec. Both of these are resource hogs. Unless you have a fast machine with plenty of RAM, they will slow you to a crawl and can be worse than having a virus on your system. They often will not let you easily install new software. And upon updating they will even change settings you have created (for example, if you set up to allow a vpn through, an update might just turn that off causing much angst while you try to figure out what happened). Worse yet, to get these AV products off your system you have to download a removal tool and use that. Very very annoying!
So there you go. My opinion on AV. Understand what it will and won't do for you and you will be a bit safer.
Next up: Malwarebytes
Now I have to wait on 3rd-party vendors to reinstall proprietary programs that I need, to do my job. Have I mentioned I hate waiting?
Posted by: Rev. Paul at December 30, 2012 01:16 PM (DkimJ)
Posted by: Teresa at December 30, 2012 01:29 PM (hJwgq)
Posted by: vwbug at December 30, 2012 05:24 PM (FPOeI)
Posted by: Teresa at December 30, 2012 07:03 PM (hJwgq)
Posted by: CGHill at January 01, 2013 05:36 PM (XSnca)
Posted by: Teresa at January 01, 2013 08:43 PM (hJwgq)
Posted by: CGHill at January 01, 2013 10:29 PM (XSnca)
It may also be in the way the network is loaded as opposed to MSE. If XP is slower in connecting to the internet, than MSE expects, that too could cause it to do the minor meltdown.
Posted by: Teresa at January 01, 2013 10:41 PM (hJwgq)
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