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Easiest way is to check here daily ...
and run down the updates thread, as many of the programs don't have regular update schedules. Some approximate update patterns are:
Most AV programs - daily
ewido - daily
Spybot S&D - weekly, usually Friday
Ad-Aware - Beta defs are Fridays, with the updates usually the Tuesday or Wed. following
SpywareBlaster - usually every 2-3 weeks
CCleaner and many others are random.
Hope this helps
I was trying to be lazy
I had been checking daily and agree with your observations. I have everything you mentioned except for spyblaster. I don't want to get the update after I needed it. thanks for your input.
I Also Do Like Brent Daily. As an Average, I Find Adaware ..
worth checking every 8 days (that's what I have the nag set for) and Spybot about every 14 days, although lately. (and I suspect increasingly in future) more like weekly due to more & faster moving new problems (ex:May 12,17th inter-med.,19th regular). AVG used to be every 3 days or so, but with so many now doing 1 or more per day, they're stepping up to almost daily. CCleaner seems to like 1 per month. Stinger was every 4-6 weeks, now is more like every 10-12 weeks(?). Blacklight Rootkit is extending on a month by 1ST of month basis.
Donna's site Calender of Updates (CoU) runs a constant tab, by date, of updates. Perhaps you can discern more patterns with a viewing of this page:
That's what I was thinking of
I b/m the site. after a quick look this shows my updates so far in may. this is a good way to notice if something was missed on my end. it's a helpful tool especially if you stay offline for a period of time. thanks.
FWIW, here's how I do it:
1. I allow auto updates for everything I can: Windows, Spybot, AVG Antivirus and Adaware.
2. Every Monday, I manually check for updates, just in case I've missed something.
3. If something arises that makes me think that I need to do more, I'll update manually immediately.
I manually update ms
and norton av. I stopped using ms auto after last update, which bypassed my winupdate settings. but to manually update at ms you have to go to services and enable automatic or you can't get them. I also didn't like to wait for ms if I wanted to do something else, like shutdown.
nav liveupdate was a startup memory hog. so I use win task scheduler. it runs daily at prescribed time. otherwise I follow your advice #2 and #3.
I trashed Norton AV al long time ago,...
...simply because it is such a drain on system resources. The only Symantec software I now use id Ghost for backups.
AVG has a much smaller system footprint, works well, updates frequently and is free. Works for me!
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