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programs auto- updates

by matthewmanning / April 2, 2005 2:30 AM PST

Im running SP2, ZA, Webroot spysweeper, AVG , and Mcafee Virus scan. My question is __ Should I need to keep Mcafee virus scan even though I am not getting the auto updates because I have stopped using I/E and switched to Mozilla firefox. If want to get the update I need to first unblock I/E then go to Mcafee website and open my account then click on my products, then install/update and then the updates are installed , this is crazy! Is there a plug in or something I can get for M/F?

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks!

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An out of date Antivirus is almost as good as no antivirus.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2005 2:38 AM PST
In reply to: programs auto- updates

What I've noticed is old virus/trojans rarely make the rounds. It's the newer items you need protection for.

Since this is not exactly a XP issue, be sure to note your Antivirus issue in the Security forum.

In closing, not all websites work with Mozilla/firefox. For those I use IE.


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ooooops sorry about that bill, I meant to put this in the vius area. Also , did you know sometimes the way you put things in writing is confusing like this one

What I've noticed is old virus/trojans rarely make the rounds. It's the newer items you need protection for.

This doesn't make sense to me? I never mentioned anything about old or new and making round. You do this alott! No hard feelings , we're probably just not as eccentric as you. Thanks for all your help though.

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Maybe I couldn't decipher your post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2005 3:07 AM PST
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It seems to me that you couldn't update your McAfee Antivirus. If so, this is usually an issue with renewal systems (theirs) or a need to uninstall and reinstall the AV then update it.

To further explain the dated antivirus issue, since most bugs and pests die out as the antivirus is updated, only the latest pests seem to spread quickly. This is likely why I only find new bugs and never an old bug.


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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 2, 2005 7:11 PM PST

thats why you need to keep your anti-virus definitions uptodate.

Without doing so, your McAfee program is still protecting you against "old" viruses which tend to die away anyway. But it is "not" protecting you against new viruses that appear every day.

Even though you have switched from IE, your computer can still catch a cold, so updated anti-virus remains a must unfortunately.


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