Annoyed by extra smart worms (I have disabled scrips in my mails, no opening attachments, still....), I am thinking about a *GOOD* anti-virus software. But I don't have lots of money!! How is http://www.avast.com/ home edition? Apparently, it's free for home/non-commercial use. Has anybody used it? Does it include any spyware components? Any other recommendations? (FREE is the keyword) TIA, - Manish
I'm not sure if this is virus protection software, but I recently downloaded "Ad-aware" and now run it about six times a day. It finds all sorts of browser related stuff that was mysteriously eating my limited bandwidth. Another program was "cwshredder" that removes stuff that worms its way into your browser. Recently I spent a bunch of time on the phone with a senior tech support guy for my CDMA internet connection. He suggested grifsoft.com for virus protection. I was under the impression that it was free.
I'm quite content with Panda Platinum (http://www.pandasoftware.com/). Works well (found several lurking infected emails McAfee had missed in my mailserver cache, that's how deep it searches), good tech support, etc. Their Internet Security product seems to combine their AV product with spamfilters etc.
I've been looking for AV alternative for a while. I have used AVG in the past, but I don't use Outlook. I use Thunderbird. So what I really need is an AV program that scans the port and not the Email client. I know Norton will do this and I think the pay version of AVG will do this also. But like Manish, I can't pay a lot for the software. Actually, it looks like avast will do this. Quoted from the features list: ...there is a generic scanner working on the SMTP/POP3/IMAP4 protocol level. It is capable of protecting any existing e-mail client that uses these protocols... So we will see... [ December 16, 2003: Message edited by: Gregg Bolinger ]
AVAST rocks! It I had to look on their forums to get it to work with Thunderbird, but once I saw how to do it, it was easy and now all my Emails are scanned going out and coming on on the port, not in the client. Awesome stuff. And it's FREE!!!