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Hi

I need to install some free antivirus on a Win98 machine - the ones that
seem to get referred to most of the time in this and other groups are AVG,
AVAST and AntiVir.

This is for someone who needs the simplest operation possible -
auto-updating.

So which of the above 3 (or other suggestions) will offer reasonable
performance with the least impact on resources, and require minuimum of
intervention by the user. And is there anything I should know about
peculiarities (of the software that is, not the user!!)

Thanks



Re: free anti-virus

  Recommend eTrust Anti-Virus, free one-year trial, full updates.  Try
before you buy, unless they offer another trial!
http://www.my-etrust.com/microsoft/ eTrust uses fewer system resources
than most A-V and is also used by ZoneLab for their professional firewall.

Bill


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Bill Freeman wrote:
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Thanks mate - I tried AVAST and found it impossibly slow and awful
interface. Also tried Anti-Vir which was better but still slowed things a
touch. Just tried your recommendation and no noticeable impact on
performance, fast operation and nice interface. Maybe in a year's time the
user will either have a new computer or be able to afford the subscription.

Thanks for the reply



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I had the same criteria, and was satisfied with AVG on Win98.

I switched to AVG after years of using McAfee. McAfee got too bloated,
obtrusive, and destabilizing.

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        McAfee seems to have a lot of overhead.  A-V software should
cooperate with other A-V software.  "Must" free programs without equal are
Javacool's "SpywareGuard" http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html
& "SpywareBlaster" http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html They
solve many "script" problems that A-V and A-Spyware programs don't
completely address.

Bill

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"MyVeryOwnSelf"  wrote
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I was happy with AVG Free for a couple of years. Last week the update to
7.1.385 stopped my Windows 98 laptop from booting; the support forum
suggests that this is rare but when it happens Grisoft don't really have a
clue what to do, so I am trying Avira Anti-vir. It isn't as clear as AVG
Free what it is actually doing - I have yet to confirm whether it is
actually scanning email.



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