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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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As I'm in a heavy firewall here at work, I'm pretty sure I got a virus yesterday from this site or Team Camaro. Took about 4 hours to get rid of. Just an fyi.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 03:11 PM
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Hmm, interesting. My virus scan quaranteened some virus attempts when I went to Team Camaro yesterday.
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I might have gotten it too. I been being really carefull scanning a couple times a day. I had one on my home system a couple weeks ago that really kick my but but luckily I learned a lot and was able to get rid of it in a couple hours at work without having to contact the help desk. I didn't really know where I got it from but may have been on this or the camaro site too.
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I don't think it came from this site.
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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 09:15 PM
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A window came up on my computer and said that I had a VIRUS but when I did a full scan with my AVAST-ANTIVIRUS It said no infections found.

Being new to this high-speed internet. Can anyone tell me if there is anymore I can do?

Allan and Vance, I do believe you guys have some experience in this.

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I have never got one from here

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Brad, I don't think there's much else I can say you'd need to do. Certainly let us or someone know if you notice any unusual behavior like your Internet Explorer Browser (or Firefox browser) opening up windows you didn't tell it to, or if things get noticeably slower all around. Or kooky "security warning - you have a virus. Click here to clean" messages. Those are usually bogus.

I have a regimen of applications that are free that I use to help friends in trouble. (Malware Bytes, Lavasoft Ad-Aware,...sometimes Spybot Search&Destroy or Microsofts new free security suite) That's mostly reactionary stuff though.

I finally laid out the money a few years ago for some legit full time protection because I was doing some bad things on the Internet. lol.

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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-04-2010, 11:05 PM
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Allan,

I dont have anything unusual happening. Other than my own stupidity....

1. Are you fimiliar with the AVAST software I have?
2. IF so, is it any good?



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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-05-2010, 11:13 AM
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I use Avast on all computers that I have setup for my family members (free home edition). It is great with fairly small footprint and not so tough on processor. I wish I could substitute terrible McAfee here at work with Avast but company policy can't be bent.

Now at home I am on Mac :-)
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I haven't been on Team Camaro in about a week or so. But I'm here every day. I haven't picked up anything in the way of a virus. Guess I'll stay away from the Camaro stuff a while longer. I use Malware and Advast.

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Team Chevelle had one too. I logged on to both and my computer said it detected a virus and quarantined it. Nothing since.
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hey Brad, when it comes to the free stuff, Avast and AVG are probably the most popular.
they're both...'ok',...probably as good as you will get for free.

Here's some stats from a magazine I trust, Maximum PC, from a year ago when they tested a dozen or so virus protection applications.
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Maximum PC - January 09
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fea...his?page=0%2C0

McAfee Total Protection 2009 - 6
Norton Internet Security 2009 - 9
Kaspersky Internet security 2009 - 8
AVG Internet Security 8,0 - 6
Avast! 4 Home Edition - 4
Avira Antivir - 7
Frisk F-Prot Antivirus - 5
AVG Free Edition - 6
PC Tools Antivirus - 3
ESET Smart Security - 9

Note 1 - some of the above AV programs are free, most require purchase.
Note 2 - take note that many of the companies have multiple offerings, not all of which were tested.

The Norton offering above is a complete code re-write (they don't even use the Windows Installer!) and is significantly an all around better product than previous Norton offerings. I bought it and I have to admit, I really like it, with rarely ever a noticeable PC slow-down, and it IS catching some stuff on things I download.

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post #15 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-06-2010, 11:02 AM
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Everyone,

Especially Allan.
Thanks for the heads-up on VIRUS-software.
Hate to turn this into a computer-site. But up until this point I had no idea what ( malware, trojans, worms, metamorphic ) these terms meant.
I use this computer strictly for surfing the net. nothing else. so for now I guess I will
keep the free stuff.

But I do still have questions.
1. How often should I do a (full scan)?
2. If it says (no infections). can there still be?

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I see you're online now,...sure wish this place had a chat feature.

I'd welcome anyone's input here in addition to mine because I certainly don't know it all..
but for me, the frequency of scans is going to be related to how often the PC is used online, and the types of places people go.

You're probably fine if you do it once a month, even every other. As someone mentioned above, very few programs catch everything. If you do your Avast and Malware Bytes, you'll probably be ok. If you were itching for another freebie to run, I'd probably suggest the Lavasoft Ad-Aware or Spybot Search&Destroy. They are decent.
I've ONLY used the Norton Internet Security 2009 for over a year now, i don't even run anything else. It was a well spent $50-$60.

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Thanks again Allan.

I am on-line but the darn computer doesnt seem to update the site to tell me anyone has responded.
I have to refresh it.
Yes, that chat feature would be nice. Then I wouldnt have to clutter up your blog with all the beginner questions about body-work lol.
I do still have your phone# and e-mail address.
If you dont mind me given you a shout. lmk

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Thanks again Allan.

I am on-line but the darn computer doesnt seem to update the site to tell me anyone has responded.
I have to refresh it.
Yes, that chat feature would be nice. Then I wouldnt have to clutter up your blog with all the beginner questions about body-work lol.
I do still have your phone# and e-mail address.
If you dont mind me given you a shout. lmk

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Well they are doing a software upgrade to fix things like buttons that do not work on 10MAR10 from 0500 to 0900.

The chat feature was disabled about two months ago on the other Team boards (we are too small in volume of users to warrant it; with on average only five members an hour using this board according to stats the server generates). They claim they are going to reinstall the chat feature so only time will tell.

I have MacAffee and have never even seen a notice saying it saw a bug. But then again I do not surf for porn or down load music so I am not likely to ever see a virus as that is where they are most commonly found (We do get Porn Web Sites trying to link to our boards occasionally and the Mods block them as fast as they show up. So that may be where the virus came from if we have one now).

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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-08-2010, 08:52 AM
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Well, McAfee rated at 6 and Avast at 4. I would have to disagree. I am using the Avast Free (home edition) for years and commercial McAfee version for about 2 years. I would definitely reverse the rating. I haven't had a single problem with Avast vs multiple problems with McAfee. I am also not alone, everyone here at my work hate McAfee and we are all IT professionals.
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I hear ya Alex, that's entirely possible since there's a LOT to consider here. I'm not hugely impressed with McAfee's corporate offering either,...but the free Stinger product is pretty great for one-time fixes.

The McAfee & Avast product model and version play a big part. I hope you read the article to see why they got the ratings they got.

They mentioned that Avast! was great at the job of catching virus activity, but they noted it's very slow scan time for a full scan, requirement to register annually, and it slowed down their PC during normal activity.
McAfee by comparison also had slow scanning, but only used 40% of the CPU and didn't impact their normal activity as much. McAfee was also a suite of features over and above just virus scanning. So, in that regard, maybe not apples to apples.


I'm not saying you're wrong by any means, just pointing out for others what was behind the ratings.

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I agree that's hard to compare two products.

Just out of curiosity I have opened Task Managers on two computers. One is running Avast (full installation: web, IM, e-mail, etc) and the other one McAfee (anti-virus only, no firewall, no web browser protection). Avast is taking 90MB of RAM with all the loaded engines and McAfee 144MB with just one.

I have never compared full-scan times because that could usually be done overnight. As to the suite of features, Avast does include more than just anti-virus engine even with free version so again, I would disagree with the review. I am installing AVG on another computer right now to check it out.

Anyway, we have wandered off topic here.
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