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  1. #1 Good antivirus system? 
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    sorry, I don't really know where else to ask

    I have an ancient computer, originally an XP or 2000 or something fairly new at the time I had to have a much older system installed after some rather serious malfunctions. Last december AVG did an upgrade that I couldn't follow through with because my computer system is too old and I've been looking since


    I have an unknown windows system, it's probably 98 but could be 97 or 95

    I need a free virus scanner Like the free AVG (NOT a trial in you're typical sense, this needs to be long term, not a few days then nouwt again)
    but said scan program needs to work on the old systems. Paying for a better system or paying for a virus scanner is not an option, my computer is too old and battered to support a more powerful system and as a result paying for a virus scanner for it isn't worth the cash. I have a better computer that I use when neccessary so there's no point telling me to get a new computer, this computer works so I'm not gonna bin it simply because it's old


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    I have a pre-2000 operating system
    I need a way to scan for and remove viruses and their ilk
    I can't pay


    can anyone suggest anything?


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    avira and avast are (along with AVG) the three most popular free anti-virus systems. As for compatibility with your operating system, I can only suggest you try them. I have XP and they both work fine for me.


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    Current AVG requires XP or higher. And older AVG versions won't get the updates.

    Please don't cripple your computer with any incarnation of Norton.

    Sorry not much help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booms
    sorry, I don't really know where else to ask

    I have an ancient computer, originally an XP or 2000 or something fairly new at the time I had to have a much older system installed after some rather serious malfunctions. Last december AVG did an upgrade that I couldn't follow through with because my computer system is too old and I've been looking since


    I have an unknown windows system, it's probably 98 but could be 97 or 95

    I need a free virus scanner Like the free AVG (NOT a trial in you're typical sense, this needs to be long term, not a few days then nouwt again)
    but said scan program needs to work on the old systems. Paying for a better system or paying for a virus scanner is not an option, my computer is too old and battered to support a more powerful system and as a result paying for a virus scanner for it isn't worth the cash. I have a better computer that I use when neccessary so there's no point telling me to get a new computer, this computer works so I'm not gonna bin it simply because it's old


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    I have a pre-2000 operating system
    I need a way to scan for and remove viruses and their ilk
    I can't pay


    can anyone suggest anything?

    Hi according to me here is many anti virus available but all over trial version one of one month so one of two month so i will give a nise suggestion for you to buy a latest anti virus like kaspersky or Norton. both are the best, to buy and install your pc and enjoy to life time with work. I hope you will use it.

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    I would recommend going to www.download.com and searching for "antivirus" or something similar. You can then sort the results by operating system and cost (free, trial or paid). For example, using the search "antivirus" with windows 98 and free gives this: link
    To figure out what version of Windows you have, I think you can go to the control panel and click on "system" (though if that doesn't work you can probably google another way).
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    , mail any of the ant virus site of ur needs and d possible solution to it ll be mouthed.thnks
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    Don't install any anti-virus. Here is what I would recommend. Just use the computer to surf the net and maybe type some papers.

    Download Chrome.

    And if you really must scan for viruses because you are checking out to many shady stuffs well then just use the online virus scanners such as TrendMicro and many others. Search term "online virus scans" and you should be good.

    If you go to lots of shady sites you will probably get a virus. If you download p2p you will probably get a virus. If you add everyone you meet on your messaging client and have them all send you files you will probably get a virus.

    This problem isn't exactly a anti-virus problem. It is more a course in how to properly use your computer safely.
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    The latest issue of Consumer Reports includes a study of anti-virus software. Avira came out the best among free programs and almost as good as the best non-free program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathman
    The latest issue of Consumer Reports includes a study of anti-virus software. Avira came out the best among free programs and almost as good as the best non-free program.
    This is always changing with the wind like browsers. At least lately. I still think with an older system your best bet is just being careful and if you must scan something use an online scanner. Save your resources and compute smartly.
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    OK you need two programs. Malware bytes, and Spybot Search And Destroy. They are free. Good luck
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    Just reboot your system by removing the OS and reinstalling it. Just save anything that you want to save on an external hard drive then reinstall that once you've reinstalled your OS. By doing that you will remove any viruses for free.
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    In the U.S., most internet service providers provide free security software. As the ISP loses money every time they have to answer a customer call complaining about issues that turn out to be caused by malware, these provided security programs are usually pretty effective. My provider, AT&T, provides a version of McAfee that works fine. Beware that if you switch providers, this security software may cease to work or only work if you upgrade to a paid version, but you usually get a 30 day grace period to switch over to whatever your new ISP uses. If you're not a tech savvy geek, ISP provided security is usually a good option. If you can't figure out how to install it, just call the ISP support desk.
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    Your OS maker is in a similar boat. Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty good if you're using Windows, and since it's a first-party product it keeps a nice, low profile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiMaster View Post
    Your OS maker is in a similar boat. Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty good if you're using Windows, and since it's a first-party product it keeps a nice, low profile.
    That may be true, but after nearly three decades of using microsoft products my knee jerk reaction is to never trust a microsoft product if anything else is available. The uselessness of microsoft customer support is legendary, I cannot imagine consulting them to help me deal with a malware issue.
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    I think a lot of that reputation is a hold-over from a while ago and most of their products don't really deserve it anymore. That said, I've never had to contact their customer support (about anything), so I can't really comment on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nerdyman View Post
    OK you need two programs...Spybot Search And Destroy. They are free. Good luck
    Forgot I even used to use this - it's good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Goddard View Post

    This is always changing with the wind
    True - have been through at least 5 or 6 Antivirus/Firewall combinations. Currently Comodo is working well. Going here: Old versions of Windows, Mac and Linux Software, Apps & Abandonware Games - Download at OldVersion.com may not get you a suitable option as it only goes back to Version 2.3.6 - for 2000 and XP - but there may be suitable alternatives.
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    I feel like I should add that a sweeper like Spybot isn't the same thing as an Antivirus monitor like Security Essentials or McAfee. You typically run a sweep once every now and then or if you suspect something while the antivirus runs constantly to prevent things from happening in the first place. An immunization tool is something separate again, though it typically comes bundled with other things. It just goes through and changes your settings on various things to make your existing programs run more safely (for example, by adding known bad sites to your browser's or OS's black list).
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    Yes, well said - I used to use Spybot alongside other Antivirus/Firewall programs.
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