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McAfee vs. Avast Antivirus

by Donato777 / August 26, 2006 3:38 AM PDT

I have both McAfee Security Center and Avast antivirus (free edition) on my PC. McAfee just sent me a notice saying that my subscription will expire soon and an offer to renew it at $69.99 for another year. Avast is working fine and is free. Can I do without the McAfee and just keep Avast? Or do the other features of McAfee (anti-spam, anti-hacker, anti-abuse) worth the money? Are there other free software programs for these other features that could make up for what McAfee offers without paying $70.00/year? Thanks.

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Forget the McAffee...
by Maggie6243 / August 26, 2006 4:57 AM PDT

Keep the Avast. For spyware,you can get
Spybot SD
Super Anti Spyware
Spyware Blaster
All of these are free, and excellant programs.
Oh, don't forget Site Advisor and Spoofstick.They warn you about the site you are on.Good luck....Maggie

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McAffee vs Avast. I have Norton AV
by mtlassen / August 27, 2006 8:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Forget the McAffee...

I'm interested in the reply about McAffee vs Avast, because I have Norton AV 2004, about to expire in a few days. I have read good reviews on the PC Magazine site, but readers are saying it's troublesome. Would I be better off going with Avast, as well? The readers on the PC Mag. site say that they uploaded 2006 version of NAV and had complications. Also, when you say "for spyware you get...." does that mean those things are included with the Avast. Thank you kindly for your reply.
retired secretary

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by Maggie6243 / August 27, 2006 9:20 AM PDT

The spyware programs are all seperate programs. Avast is the Anti Virus, and only looks for viruses. Malware and spyware are seperate issues that can do as much damage as viruses. The spyware programs that I listed (or which ever you choose) are all free. Download them one at a time and run them one at a time to check for spyware. If you also want spyware blaster(highly recommended on this site) should be installed last, after you have run your other programs,because you need to start it on a clean computer. After you install the programs you choose, update them before you use them. Oh, another good anti virus is AVG. I've used Avast which is very good, but right now I'm using AVG, which is also very good, and actually is easier to use. Just take your pick. Good luck with your decisions. There's a lot of good free stuff out there. ....Maggie

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McAfee vs. Avast
by Maggie6243 / August 27, 2006 1:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Avast

I just noticed in one of your posts that you are saying you have NAV. In your original post you say you have McAfee. Now I'm confused! I still say which ever one you have, you are better off to scrap whichever one you have and go with Avast or AVG....Maggie

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by Maggie6243 / August 27, 2006 1:24 PM PDT
In reply to: McAfee vs. Avast

Sorry, my mistake. About McAfee and Nortons....I didn't realize they were two different posters. In my humble opinion, my posts apply to both....Maggie

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Thank you
by mtlassen / August 28, 2006 1:35 PM PDT
In reply to: OOOOPPS!!!!!

Thank you for your reply. I will look into AVG or Avast, and then I can look into those other programs for spyware.
retired secretary

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What about free spamkiller, anti-abuse, anti-hacking?
by Donato777 / September 6, 2006 3:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Forget the McAffee...

Could you or another forum member recommend a free spamkiller, anti-abuse, anti-hacking program? I am all set for spyware and virus scan. Here is what I am using now:

+Spy Sweeper
+ Spyware Blaster
+ Avast
+ ErrorKiller
+ AdwareAlert
+ Window Washer


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Yes, There Certainly Are!! Further, Read & Consider info in
by tobeach / August 28, 2006 4:30 PM PDT

page in post: Spyware Info Weekly Newsletter Aug 29th, located currently near your post on Front Page of this forum(V&S Alerts forum). That kind of behavior definitely disqualifies the product from inclusion on my machine regardless of price or lack thereof. SadGrin

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Thank you
by Donato777 / August 28, 2006 4:57 PM PDT

These replies have all been quite helpful. If you recommend any other free security software, please pass it on. Thank you.

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Personally, I'm Using....
by tobeach / August 29, 2006 4:48 PM PDT
In reply to: Thank you

AVG 7 Free (Avast is ok too), Adaware SE 1.06, Spybot S&D 1.4,C(rap)Cleaner SLIM (!) & new free product Cyberhawk from Novatix. This is behavior based guard watching for dangerous behavior attempts from any source. Possibly could catch say 0 day attacks not yet defined by AV. All free & all play nicely with each other with no squabbles!
Not free but important: A D-Link Wired router Dl-604 (several other brands also in inexpensive range (<$50)include Syslink, Netgear & others. This will leave your firewall with little to do.
Also recommend NOT using IE. Better to use Mozilla Firefox w/SunMicro's Java(or other non IE based browser) except for MS Updates. I also have available (already downloaded & saved to machine & 1 copy of each off machine) various tools: Stinger, Hijack This(saved several reports when clean for reference/comparison if I get trouble), Ewido (free trial), Trojan Hunter,Cool Web Shredder(CWS) & many repair tools like IE Fix, LSP Fix, Deleted file recover tool, etc.
Also commendable & free are tools Like SpywareBlaster & SpywareGuard by Javacool. Links for everything named above are in C-nets files accessed via (advanced)Search usually along with instructions how to set up/use them.
At some point: How much is too much? Only 100% safe bet is to cut plug from the cord! Enjoy!!! Grin

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NO one talked about firewall programs
by Windy / August 29, 2006 6:24 PM PDT

I'm an AVAST fan (free version) and use most of the other mentioned free ''anti'' this and that programs. I also use Zone Alarm (the non XP version). If you have XP (there are only a few of us--70 million says Microsoft--who are holdouts) Zone Alarm is a,FREE, good program.

While I'm at it, I need to install a firewall program into another ''holdout''. Does anyone know where I can locate either the OLD zone alarm program (6.1.744) or can Recommend another free firewall program that supports Windows ME?

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Yes, You Can Have Your Choice of ......
by tobeach / August 30, 2006 3:30 PM PDT

ZA versions here:http://www.oldapps.com/old_version_download_ZoneAlarm.php
I recommended some of the _45.XX & _55.XX series for ME (the _45 are about 50% smaller than the _55 s. The one you asked for may be listed there.
I've also suggested older kerio 2.15 which is very small but you'll need instr. on setting up rules. Both links are in this page about 1/2 way down:
Possibly an old Sygate (if you can't handle rule making)similar to ZA: Series 55 Here:
I'll note the router has built in hardware firewall (only incoming) so is not OS dependent but would need to have a LAN card installed. Hope this is helpful. Happy

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firewall help
by Windy / August 30, 2006 6:06 PM PDT

Your info is greatly appreciated---Thank You,

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(NT) (NT) You're Very Welcome! Enjoy! :D
by tobeach / August 31, 2006 3:43 PM PDT
In reply to: firewall help
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