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I have a question for all the wizards here

by WOODS-HICK / May 21, 2006 8:49 AM PDT

I want to set up my task scheduler to get the various updates. I know that nothing is set in stone when it comes to update releases. I know MS is usually once a month, on a tuesday. I do manual MS update checks weekly and watch V & S for unscheduled patches. I manually check norton daily.

What I was looking for was a pattern of updates for other programs. Eg: CC,adaware,ewido,and others. Or should I continue to check here and do weekly update checks for the programs in this paragraph? I was wondering what the consensus might be. Thanks.

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Easiest way is to check here daily ...
by Brent Welch / May 21, 2006 9:07 AM PDT

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

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I was trying to be lazy
by WOODS-HICK / May 21, 2006 9:40 AM PDT

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.

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I Also Do Like Brent Daily. As an Average, I Find Adaware ..
by tobeach / May 21, 2006 4:09 PM PDT

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:
http://www.dozleng.com/updates/calendar.html
Enjoy! Grin

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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.

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FWIW, here's how I do it:
by Paul C / May 21, 2006 11:07 PM PDT

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.

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I manually update ms
by WOODS-HICK / May 22, 2006 1:20 AM PDT

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.
thanks

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I trashed Norton AV al long time ago,...
by Paul C / May 23, 2006 9:40 PM PDT
In reply to: I manually update ms

...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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(NT) (NT) My Pleasure. Your Welcome! :D
by tobeach / May 22, 2006 3:56 PM PDT
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