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Antonio Giovanni
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Joined: Jun 27, 2005
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Hi all,..

I just wanted to know how frequently do all you people run anti-spyware and anti-virus softwares???

I am actually updating the definitions and running it in every week-end.
Do you guys think it is very frequent ???

I have spybot, adaware and spyware doctor (anti-spyware)
norton's anti-virus

Thanks to all..

PS: By the way i also have the zonealarm firewall...
Jesper de Jong
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Most anti-spyware and anti-virus software downloads updates automatically, so I don't know how often it's updated on my computer.

I have Norton Anti-Virus and Microsoft Anti Spyware, and I use the Windows XP firewall and I also have an ADSL router which has a built-in firewall. I use Firefox which doesn't download and run ActiveX controls from websites.

NAV and MS Anti Spyware by default schedule themselves to run about once a week, but in practice I run a full scan maybe once a month.

I've never had a virus and seldom have spyware. But I don't download and install a lot of software on my computer.

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Matt Fielder
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Joined: Oct 27, 2004
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I always recommend weekly. I tell new users to run things on slow Sunday mornings while they're drinking coffee reading the sports page.

Extra note: look into modifying your hosts file to block already known bad sites. You can use the pre-fab one that is in spybot. Go to advanced, tools, add host file.
Ram Bhakt
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Joined: Dec 02, 2005
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Originally posted by Jesper de Jong:

I have Norton Anti-Virus and Microsoft Anti Spyware...

How did you get MS Anti Spyware? Is it in the market already?
Gail Mikels
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Daily. I run Symantec at midnight & Webroot Spysweeper at 4am.

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Antonio Giovanni
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Joined: Jun 27, 2005
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Thanks a lot guys

I asked this question, because these days almost everyday i perform live update in Norton's anti-virus 2006, it is finding new definitions,.. in which case, in 1 week i have added quite some new definitions, which always prompts me to run it..

The same with adaware, spybot, spyware doctor.. though not everyday you find new definitions atleast once a week, ,.. which made me feel , every week-end i have to update all definitions and run all the software..

Ernest Friedman-Hill
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I don't have any of this software of which you speak. Where can I get the RPMs?

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Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
I don't have any of this software of which you speak. Where can I get the RPMs?

Too funny.

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marc weber

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I don't miss Windows at all.

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David O'Meara

Joined: Mar 06, 2001
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You haven't progressed your machine to an advanced enough state to require them, not until you install Wine. At that stage I believe you will be able to get full use of the applications mentioned.

Personally I have a personal machine which gets used 9-5 (ish) for work and gets checked about once a week. I have a support machine connected to the net for about a week a fortnight (used for 24hr support) and it gets updated and checked nightly.
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