Anti Virus Side-note

I have refused to buy an anti virus for the one PC that has Microsoft Vista . I have always kept it covered by a Microsoft endorsed product.

There are so many products out there, that I am convinced that you can use the commercial products and not have to use the freebies that are OK but not quite as good in my estimation. Most of the products provide a 30 to 90 day trial. A day before the trial period is over I remove the current product and install the next.

It also gives me a good test of the different products and if I like one well enough, I could decide to buy it.

That brings me to the reason for this post. I have never really had any problems with Microsoft Vista. I run it on a powerful PC and that may make the difference. However, over the last month, I started having some problems. When I would plug in a USB device, I would not get a notification. Sometimes I would have to reboot to have the device recognized.

This was irritating me. I was to the point that I have been considering upgrading to Windows 7. The current AV I was using was G Data, which had pretty good reviews. I had noticed that my PC would slow down at times and when this was going on, the AV indicated that it was updating and running a scan at the same time.

I had about a week to go on the trial, but I decided to switch it out and removed it and installed Rising.  With that change all of my Vista problems left. All USB devices are recognized when they are plugged in or removed. The PC has sped up and all is right with in my PC world.

As you can see from the THIS PAGE, there are enough trial versions to allow you to test for over a year. By the time you get to the end of the list the next version will be available and you can start the process over again. Yes it does cause a little work, but when you live in Panama all you have is time and using 15 minutes a month to change software is almost entertainment.

To this point G Data is the only product that has caused me a problem. If I try it next year, I will not wait as long to replace it if problems arise.

7 thoughts on “Anti Virus Side-note

  1. Don, may I suggest you take a look at Panda Cloud. Check out the reviews. I have been using it for about a year and am very happy with it.

  2. There are several free versions available AVG and AVAST to name a couple.
    The advantage of the trail commercial versions are that they always contain more features. I have used the premium Panda and it is a good product.

  3. Something went wrong with my Vista so that I can only use the Microsoft browser.

    On February 27 some automatic downloads were received and they cannot be uninstalled. After that I could only use IE. The others get a message similar to “can’t connect to the internet.”

    I have no virus protection on the machine; perhaps that is the explanation.

    On the other hand I’ve been using an IMAC for 4 years with no AV and no problems.

  4. Yes. You should never use any Microsoft OS without having an Anti Virus software installed. You should down one of the Free AVs and install it to see if it can clean the problem. It might make sense to download a trial of one of the better AVs such as Norton because it might have better luck removing a virus if one is there. It is said if you are on the internet for 5 minutes with a MS System, you will most likely get a virus. However, if you keep your system up todate and keep a AV installed and updated, you should have no problem with MS systems. I have used them since the 80s and have never gotten a virus.

    Apple had not had the real for AVs before now because of the low percentage of users. However with the growth of users Mac will also become a target especially the new IPADs.

    I also use a lot of Linux and it, like Mac, is pretty immune to viruses also because of the low percentage of users.

  5. As someone that makes a living fixing computers, i would recommend to use one of the free antivirus (you can check for a list of the best)

    Having a trial version is nice, but most user will forgot to change after the trial is over ( i have seen that a lot, mostly on brand computer, that come with free trial of Norton or Mcafee), The user normally just click on the nag screen to make it disappear.

    No protection is always worst than a bad protection, and the AVG, Avira and Avast are really good, on par on most premium antivirus programs. ( I have so many problems with Panda, Norton and Macafee, that I´m unwilling to try them now. maybe they are better, but AVG is good enough for my computer, in the last three years)

  6. I have used the Free Comodo Internet Security Premium software which provides Anti-Virus, Firewall, Defense & Security and Sandbox security in conjunction with a Host program called Hostman also Free. I have not encountered any problems since they were installed. I have had a hell of a time uninstalling Norton and MacAfee as they seem to leave stuff all over your computer and Registry after uninstalled.

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