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Choosing & Installing new anti-virus software

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February 25, 2010 at 06:43:47
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 3070 MB
Well my Norton Anti-Virus Security Suite expried and the cost of replacement is not what I want to spend ,besides I want to remove Norton compleltey from my system and install AVG Free anti-virus. So after recieveing a error notice when trying to uninstall Norton ,the error said MSI installation file missing ? I downloaded and ran the Norton Removal tool and that uninstalled the app . I still browesed thru the registry and found numerous Norotn entries which I also deleted , also did a complete hard drive search and a few shortcuts came up and renmove them. Its like my PC is new again its running better then ever , the number of processes running after start up is down about ten apps or so !
I want to download the free anti-virus app AVG free anti-Virus ,it seems to get a good rating from most onlnie reviews I've found . My problem is Iam stilll on a dial-up and I can download the installation part of the app however ther complete download must be large becasue it shows only .01% downloaded after ten minutes or so . Iam guessing the entire download would take hours if not days at the rate my internet connection would download it . I have several thumb drives and was wondering how I would go about downloading the complete app from another PC then installing it on my pc from the thumb drive . It does not give you a choice of where to download after the installation files are downloaded ? Does anyone know how I can go about getting the complete app downloaded to the drive of my choice and then tranfering the app to my PC ? Is this something you cant do with this type of freeware app ? Any help as always greatly appreciated !
Thanks Nick
Sorry for typo in subject line on this post !

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February 25, 2010 at 06:56:48
You can download the complete file from Majorgeeks HERE it's 76Mb.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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February 25, 2010 at 07:14:28
mmm... I would suggest you use avast - - their freebie/houehold(er) edition.

Go to their web-site via any PC - preferably one a little faster than dial-up (perhaps a library/internet cafe) - download the file - save it to a usb stick (it's a complete package that you can install later). Then go to your own/current PC in question; insert stick and install utility from there. Follow prompts to register it etc. and also to update its definitions. Then run a full scan to establish a reference point for it.

Before you install it - create Restore Point; and another after you install it - and usually wise to clearly indicate (in the notes area for each point) that one is pre avast and the other post avast installation.

I suggest Avast as it's free (as is avg) but also is not a resource hogger; auto-updates itself; and I have had no problems with it at all. With avg I have had some issues with an ME system; and a few other people have had minor issues on occasion too with whatever OS... As I say none to date with Avast...

When you register you will receive an email with a key attached; follow their instructions re' entering/registering the utlity; and then it's your for 14 months. After-which you simply have to reregister to continue on...

Indicates current download will be about 42Meg; so it will take a while on dial-up; hence borrow a faster connection to get it it? If you're happy to stick with avg.. then do as above for avast and save file to usb-stick etc...

When you run a first scan... disable system-restore; when scan is complete and anything "nasty" - if present - has been dealt with... reboot and re-enable system restore...

Also, if you haven't already..., install M$ Windows Defender; and keep it up to date. An excellent freebie from M$ that does "wot it sez on the kan..."

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February 25, 2010 at 07:33:55
I too am a big fan of Avast Free Home version for the past 5 years or so.


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February 25, 2010 at 11:56:53
Microsoft Security Essentials is free, doesn't bloat your system,
and is less than 10 mb. Updates 3 times per day and is very

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February 25, 2010 at 13:46:08
"Iam guessing the entire download would take hours if not days at the rate my internet connection would download it"

Yeah, so what if it does? For whatever reason, you've decided not to go with high speed, so if you want to download programs, you'll simply have to let it run for hours or days. Unless you have a friend with high speed who's willing to download it for you?

There's plenty of free anti-virus choices here:

IMO, you should NEVER have to pay for software.

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February 25, 2010 at 15:32:25
"...IMO, you should NEVER have to pay for software...."

Surely that's a bit steep/extreme n'est-ce-pas?

If you use something created by another, and it does what you want... and (s)he put in a lot of time/effort in making it.. surely (s)he is due something in exchange... And the current exchange mechanism is fiscal?

If no-one paid for anything (certainly in this field) likely we wouldn't have many of the benefits we now enjoy...; notwithstanding some of the problems that exist too...

Every workman, tradesman, "IT consultant etc... is worth his/her due? Otherwise how dun they gonna live and produce more of what they produce...?

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February 26, 2010 at 05:59:12
Thanks to all that replied to my post ! You have given me some other options that I was unaware of ! Thats why I continue to come to first when I have a ? in referance to my PC ! You who help are the best !
Take Care ,Nick

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