OT: Windows Antivirus

From: John Aldrich 
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Sorry about the OT post, but I figure like I used to be, a lot of folks here 
make their living supporting Windoze PCs. So, with that apology, let me ask, 
what do you guys use for free antivirus on Windows? I have a friend who's 
computer was infected. I have run an emergency antivirus and I think it's 
mostly clean. They currently have AVG free, which I think used to be pretty 
good... a resource hog, but pretty good at catching malware. Anything better 
that you don't have to re-register every few months? Free is the key here.

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 MSSE (Now runs on servers!) Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://www.enigmail.net/ iEYEARECAAYFAlB/ZWYACgkQABP1RO+tr2TX8ACeP1BNU5X/apgdTC7r00dJTYs1 U/gAnjbw30Kml8a++bO76Unh1GYAL5vQ =6Cch -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Nick Smith ------------------------------------------------------ You could search your mail for the last time you asked about windows antivirus. Like back on 2/10/2010, or when you asked about it on 5/7/09 or when you asked about it 11/8/07. And im sure i missed a few. Just because some of us make our living with windows doesnt mean we want to support it on this list. Ive even given you examples in the past of other windows lists that would be perfect to ask these types of questions.

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ http://www.ubuntu.org is guaranteed to wipe out those pesky windows Viruses. As are a lot of other Linux distributions. Mint seens reasonanbly "windows like". If the price of a good anti-virus (< $100 USD) is an issue, they should not be running a Microsoft product to begin with. Personally, I haven't seen a Microsoft product in > 1 month. It's been a good month.

=============================================================== From: Sean Brewer ------------------------------------------------------ +1 on Microsoft Security Essentials. It's the best free one out there.

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ +1 on Microsoft Security Essentials. It's the best free one out there. Thanks. Back to lurk mode. :D

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Nick, I am no longer in the business of making my living supporting Windows. I know these things change. Is it REALLY so bad that I ask this question once per year? I mean, AVG used to be "Da Bomb" but not any longer. So, yeah, I may ask my peers once a year if they have a new recommendation for Windows antivirus. Further, since I am already inundated with emails from various lists, adding yet ANOTHER list would be counterproductive. Sorry to have bothered you.

=============================================================== From: DJ ------------------------------------------------------ I've used Avast Antivirus. It's not a resource hog & you just got to register it once a yr. Sent from my ASUS Pad John Aldrich wrote:

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ like others said windows security essentials seems to be it since 7. If that is the case why isn't on default installs? Someone here recommended comodo for antivirus. It seems to be pretty good. ----- Original Message -----

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Because if MS shipped it with Windows and not an add-on download, Symantec, Trend, McAfee, Bit-Defender, Comodo, AVG, Avast! and every other AV vendor on the planet will cry foul play and land them in another anti-trust lawsuit. Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://www.enigmail.net/ iEYEARECAAYFAlB//UEACgkQABP1RO+tr2TNiQCfURU3NX8jc79y15EXUrV9SgnC 0ZAAoJTjbWKExptYcDk6TbS/eFNdVWFb =CBsY -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ ;P in other news ford decides to make tramissions optional. ----- Original Message -----

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Tried to find a manual transmission in a car in the last two years? Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://www.enigmail.net/ iEYEARECAAYFAlB//oQACgkQABP1RO+tr2RR4gCfW0BkSG0OEBgRVq2vvhus0aeh yZgAn343qdb4KuVel4dspcKqWrkLlDUS =raTF -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ Who is Microsoft? They make mice, right?

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ Yes, I have. it's a -bitch-. Especially when you know the exact same car is being sold overseas with a nice 6 speed.

=============================================================== From: Justin W Elam ------------------------------------------------------ I use Avira for all of my Microsoft Windows Machines and Workstations http://www.avira.com/en/downloads http://twitter.com/avira Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG. Phone: +49 (0) 7542-500 0 (No Technical Support) Avira Inc. (USA) Phone: +1 800-403-7019 (No Technical Support) Technical Support We will be pleased to assist you from Monday to Friday on the phone: Germany Telephone number: +49 (0)900 10 11 333 1.99 euro/min for calls from the local network. Other prices can apply if you call from other nets (e.g. mobile telephony)

=============================================================== From: Michael Scholten ------------------------------------------------------ Personally I use avast! for everything and malware bytes. Although I don't use it, I've heard good things about MS security essentials. -Michael

=============================================================== From: Cynicalgeek ------------------------------------------------------ They were going to release it for servers but they never did. -CG-

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 It actively blocked installation on server installations in earlier releases. That restriction has since been relaxed. Install XP x86 version on 2003 x86 and appropriate architecture with 7/2008. Regards, dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://www.enigmail.net/ iEYEARECAAYFAlCCGmAACgkQABP1RO+tr2RBBACfT8ZwuCrhUJgNjB+A/cxfCrSl v+0AnjtF1oEkWp/dbN54q3kXx+bPJVBm =8mLa -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ I use BitDefender Internet Security, since I get a deal on 3-pack of licenses with PowerArchiver. However on client builds, I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. I didn't think I'd feel comfortable recommending a Microsoft product until Windows 7 and MSE. Let God have mercy on my soul...

=============================================================== From: Cynicalgeek ------------------------------------------------------ Thx! I'll set up a testbed and give it a whirl! -CG-

=============================================================== From: Cynicalgeek ------------------------------------------------------ I tried it on a SBS 2008 64-bit server and it wouldn't install. It looks like they've blocked it again.