I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

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Now that AVG has quashed its 7.5 free version, and their newer version isn't
for a Windows 98 box, I need to find a decent free antivirus program for my
older computer.  My Win 98 system has all the updates and patches at the
time MS stopped supporting it.

Does anyone have any suggestions based on their experience in this regard?
Thanks in advance.



Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

Atreyu wrote:
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Search on "free anti-virus for windows 98" produced:

http://www.clamwin.com /

http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition

http://antivirus.about.com/od/freeantivirussoftware/Free_Antivirus_Software.htm

http://www.freebyte.com/antivirus /

Etc.

cheers,

wolf k.

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Be aware that ClamWin doesn't provide on-access scanning, only scheduled
scanning. So it would allow a virus to infect your system, but hopefully
would then let you know after the event when it gets round to its scheduled
scan. I used clamwin briefly, but ditched it because it was inadequate in
this respect. Still, better than nothing.

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Humm, you must have missed the bit where the OP has been using AVG and now
can't because they no longer support Windows 98.
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Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

Brian Cryer wrote:
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Thanks for the info.

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Well, I think he could still use it, and whether that's a good choice or
not depends on what is meant by "no longer supports", which IMO is a
vague phrase (to put it gently.)

If it means that AVG for Win98 can't download updated virus definitions,
  then yes, AVG will rapidly become useless. Well, can the Win98 version
no longer download and read them? That would seem odd to me - they are
either text files, which are no problem at all, or hashed files, which
also shouldn't be a problem, since there's no reason for Grisoft to
change the hash algorithm. Is there?

So I conclude "no longer supports" just means that Grisoft no longer
updates the Win98 program. IOW, it's now orphanware. But IMO that
shouldn't matter much, since the Win98 version is a pretty mature product.

So, which is it?

PS: IMO, OP should get a new machine with Win7, when it comes out. Won't
have long to wait. ;-)

cheers,

wolf k.

Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

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I was using AVG free 7.5 on a Windows 98 PC, but it started alerting
me that my files were out of date.  When I tried to update, it always
said I had the latest version.  I figured a glitch and reinstalled,
and only THEN realised that I am stuck with files that are 899 days
out of date.

Does anyone know where, for the time being, I can at least get the
most recent AVG 7.5 update files?

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MIG wrote:
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Um, I think you're out of luck. I don't think you can do it. IOW, I now
know the answer to my question, but it's not the one I expected.

Those malware definitions are just data files, in plain text or hashed
format, neither of which is OS dependent. IMO there are two
possibilities: a) Grisoft detects your ancient OS, and refuses to send
you the data files. Or b) the data files are too large to for the DOS
address space (which is the effective limit for Win98, which despite its
multi-tasking capabilities is essentially just a pretty front-end for DOS.)

If it's a), Grisoft is acting sleazy. If it's b), Grisoft just doesn't
find it worthwhile to chop the malware definition file into two or more
pieces so that AVG for Win98 can handle it. Since I do sometimes act
according to Luther's advice, I'll suggest b) is the reason.

I'm sorry I can't help.

:-(

wolf k.

Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

Thanks, Wolf.



Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

I don't, but would love to know, as well.



Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

Thank, Brian



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Atreyu wrote:
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I still use Avast.



Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

Here's a few free programms:

www.personalfirewall.comodo.com
www.free-av.com
www.avast.com
Jan
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Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

On Sun, 10 May 2009 17:47:02 +0200, "De Zundappmuts"

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And what will run on Windows 98?

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Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

Yes They will.
Take a look on their site's.
Jan
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Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

On Sun, 10 May 2009 22:54:31 +0200, "De Zundappmuts"
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I did have a look at the sites.
That is why I asked you.
Did you read the sites?

Avira Antivir is NOT for Windows 98.
http://www.avira.com/en/support/product_lifecycle.html

Comodo is NOT for Windows 98.
http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/download_firewall.html
Choose Operating System: Windows XP(SP2)/ Vista

Only the Free Avast 4.8 is still for Windows 98.
http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
(bottom of the page.)

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Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

wrote:

|On Sun, 10 May 2009 22:54:31 +0200, "De Zundappmuts"
|>> On Sun, 10 May 2009 17:47:02 +0200, "De Zundappmuts"
|>>
|>>>> Now that AVG has quashed its 7.5 free version, and their newer version
|>>>> isn't
|>>>> for a Windows 98 box, I need to find a decent free antivirus program for
|>>>> my
|>>>> older computer.  My Win 98 system has all the updates and patches at the
|>>>> time MS stopped supporting it.
|>>>>
|>>>> Does anyone have any suggestions based on their experience in this
|>>>> regard?
|>>>> Thanks in advance.
|>>>>
|>>
|>>>Here's a few free programms:
|>>>
|>>>www.personalfirewall.comodo.com
|>>>www.free-av.com
|>>>www.avast.com
|>>
|>> And what will run on Windows 98?
|
|
|>Yes They will.
|>Take a look on their site's.
|>Jan
|
|I did have a look at the sites.
|That is why I asked you.
|Did you read the sites?
|
|Avira Antivir is NOT for Windows 98.
|http://www.avira.com/en/support/product_lifecycle.html
|
|Comodo is NOT for Windows 98.
|http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/download_firewall.html
|Choose Operating System: Windows XP(SP2)/ Vista
|
|Only the Free Avast 4.8 is still for Windows 98.
|http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
|(bottom of the page.)

And the free Avast 4.8 for Windows 98 is a real memory hog on Windows
98.  Uses far more memory than claimed when attempting to update
database -- too much for the two 98SE computers I tried to install it
on.  Maybe others have had better luck.

Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

you can also look on this site:  www.old.version.com
You will find the older versions of programms include the older anti-virus
programms.
Jan
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Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

On Mon, 11 May 2009 15:48:14 +0200, "De Zundappmuts"

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You cannot even provide a working link.


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And where are the daily updates for those older versions?

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I'm using Windows Me and it looks like I'm in the same boat as you. I've
done some research and this is what I have learned so far:

AVG 7.5 is no longer supported and you can no longer get virus updates
for it.

Antivir is no longer offered nor supported for Windows 98/Me.

Avast will no longer be offered nor supported for Windows 98/Me after
December 2009. You may be able to use it as a temporary solution in the
interim but I would be hesitant to do so since Avast is very heavy on
resources and your system will crawl after it is installed.

So far the only promising lead I've come across is this:

http://files.uberdownloads.com/software/Moon-AntiVirus/Moon-Anti-Virus.html

Moon Secure Antivirus. It's free, has a real time scanner, and claims
to be compatable with Windows 98/Me. I haven't given it a try yet but I
need to soon to protect my old pentium II & III Windows Me systems. I'll
let you know what I find out.


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Re: I need a free antivirus program for Windows 98 system!

wrote:

|
|I'm using Windows Me and it looks like I'm in the same boat as you. I've
|done some research and this is what I have learned so far:
|
|AVG 7.5 is no longer supported and you can no longer get virus updates
|for it.
|
|Antivir is no longer offered nor supported for Windows 98/Me.
|
|Avast will no longer be offered nor supported for Windows 98/Me after
|December 2009. You may be able to use it as a temporary solution in the
|interim but I would be hesitant to do so since Avast is very heavy on
|resources and your system will crawl after it is installed.
|
|So far the only promising lead I've come across is this:
|
|http://files.uberdownloads.com/software/Moon-AntiVirus/Moon-Anti-Virus.html
|
|Moon Secure Antivirus. It's free, has a real time scanner, and claims
|to be compatable with Windows 98/Me. I haven't given it a try yet but I
|need to soon to protect my old pentium II & III Windows Me systems. I'll
|let you know what I find out.

The only way to install Moon-Anti-Virus appears to be to download a 3
megabyte installation program, which requires an internet connection to
complete the combined download/installation.   I prefer download first
then install later.

When you start the install you are treated to a whole bunch of come-on
offers of this free trial and that free trial and get to click Accept or
Decline many times before things appear to start.  After a while I gave
up, for I never had any idea of how many megabytes were still to come or
if the wait would be worth it.

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> On Sat, 16 May 2009 00:17:39 +0530,
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I looked into this antivirus further and it looks like, contrary to the
web
page, it is only offered for windows 2000/XP/Vista so it probably
wouldn't have
worked anyhow.

I did discover that NOD32 still offers and supports a windows 95/98/ME
version
of their antivirus software (version 2.7). I sent an email to
them asking how to
purchase (sorry it's not free!) it and how much it
costs. NOD32 received very
good marks in past antivirus tests conducted
by VB.

I also discovered you can download a 30 day free trail version here:

http://www.afterdawn.com/software/desktop_software/desktop_security/nod32_9x.cfm

You may want to give that a try. This is about the only lead I have
been able to
find thus far.


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