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Is there anti-virus/spyware that will work in Windows 98??

by edweather / November 21, 2012 6:05 AM PST

Is there a decent freeware anti-virus anti-spyware program that will work on Windows 98? Thanks. Ed.

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Couple of problems
by Bob__B / November 21, 2012 10:03 PM PST
In reply to: There are a few left.
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Thanks big time.
by edweather / November 22, 2012 12:36 AM PST
In reply to: Couple of problems

Will take both suggestions and look at them.

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Real time?.......No
by Bob__B / November 21, 2012 6:56 AM PST

When MS dropped support for the product it did not take very long for the anti-makers to drop support.

Makes sense.

For my use w98 worked fine.

I got pushed off .....kicking and screaming........when app makers dropped support.....bummer.

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Solution for win98
by joekingsley / November 26, 2012 1:22 PM PST
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Avast 4.8 Free is still being updated. Works Win95+
by sdfox7 / March 15, 2014 5:07 AM PDT

The updates for Avast 4.8 are still being released. However, I would note that 1) the 100MB+ update files are probably not dial-up friendly (all my machines are on TCP/IP), and 2) installing the latest manual updates can use up to 300MB of RAM, so on older machines, the update will likely take several minutes as the system will be paging to disk or using virtual RAM. Once the update is installed, you'll receive a confirmation (see Picture 3 below) and RAM usage will go back to normal.

I like the low overhead of Avast 4.8, on older machines it only requires a 486 with 32MB RAM. It's the last version for Windows 95 and NT 4.0. It also has none of the dependencies of the later versions, such as service pack prerequisites, which on later machines, SP's simply slow the machine down.

You can review the system requirements and installation visuals here: Picture 1 Picture 2 Picture 3 Picture 4

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