AVG Antivirus Problem

17 11 2008

AVG Anti-Virus made a serious mistake — it misidentified a key Windows file as having a trojan and told people to delete it.  If you followed its suggestion, your PC was put in an endless reboot cycle.  Ouch!

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AVG v8 Slowdowns

15 07 2008

Preliminary reports are coming in that AVG version 8 is slowing people’s computers down.  So far one of my client is reporting it (who has an older computer).  However, newer, faster computers don’t appear to have this problem.  Here is a report from PCWorld.   Cure?  Disable the LinkScanner module of the program.

Standard PC Setup

26 03 2008

When I setup a PC, it’s not just good — it’s perfect.  Even though I’m a pro at doing it, it still takes me 5+ hours to do.  Do you wonder what’s in my toolbox?  Well let me show you.

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Norton Removal Tool

1 08 2007

I absolutely despise Norton Antivirus and related products — like its Internet INSecurity Suite.  Tests show that Norton Antivirus slows your computer down by 58% — LESS THAN HALF SPEED!  Your Pentium 4 automatically becomes a Pentium 3.  How wonderful!  Removing it? — a pain.

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Computer Updates

20 10 2006

A vast majority of computer users don’t keep their computers up-to-date. It’s not surprising — it’s simply a chore to keep software updated on your computer. However, it’s important to keep it updated because of security patches and the fact that your computer simply runs more smoothly when it’s software is up-to-date.

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Why PCs Slow Down

19 09 2006

Sometimes I think I need anger management. I’ll be working on a PC and say, “Why is my !@#$ Pentium 4 working like a 486?” Luckily, some technicians have studied the problem and published their results. The results are very interesting.

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Free Anti-Spyware/Virus Tools

29 08 2006

I was working on a client’s computer and discovered 3 virus infections. Norton AntiVirus was installed and running! I’ve seen similar situations with spyware infections on computers running antispyware too.

The fact of the matter is that there is no software that is 100% effective against viruses and spyware. That is why when I work on a client’s computer and clean it of viruses and spyware, I double-check it with supplementary tools. It’s just good to have a second, third and fourth opinion. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Online Virus Checking

23 07 2006

Regardless of what realtime virus prevention software you use, it’s good to get a second opinion since there’s so much badware out there. I like some online virus scanning and cleaning software.

The one I use most often is Trend Micro’s Housecall.

I’ve also found BitDefender to work well too.

Warning — these software to take a considerable amount of time to work — 1 to 2 hours is not uncommon. The time depends on your computer’s speed and size of hard drive.

There are some other free online virus scanning software too, but they only scan — they don’t clean anything they might find. I find that to be pretty useless.

Antivirus software — free for the asking

11 07 2006

People have been conditioned to trust antivirus software like Norton AntiVirus.  A word of caution — DON’T USE NORTON ANTIVIRUS anymore!  Two words: it sucks.

Norton AntiVirus slows your computer down dramatically.  Want to turn your Pentium 4 into a ‘486?  Easy.  Run Norton AntiVirus.  I’m not joking.

Instead, if you want a commercial program, use McAfee instead.

Or if you’re a home user, AVG Antivirus (http://free.grisosoft.com) or  Alwill Avast (http://www.avast.com/eng/down_home.html) are great FREE alternatives.