Posts tagged ‘AVG’
First of all, try Chrome!
Secondly, another free anti-virus program, although I can’t handily try it out since I have another installed (AVG, which I’ve mentioned it before) but it comes recommended by PC World Business Center. Here is where it’s referenced, and this is the page for the AV suite. I’ve included the reference–from PC World–because it’s a bit hunt-and-peck to find the free version (I’m positive it will be marked as a trial; you can stamp “dummy” on my head if I’m wrong). I haven’t gone into details on their article because of their TOS and a warning therein, and I may be feeling paranoid this morning. Or maybe I was chased earlier by an Alaskan chick trying to put lipstick on me. I’m confused. (I used to live near Anacortes, though.)
Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared
It’s part of the Symantec (Norton) Internet protection center (pardon no caps) and supposedly vital to some experience. Out of exasperation I was playing with the F8 key early and discovered a BIOS function I’d rather not have known about, which I think caused my problems. I’m “using” Norton Save & Restore…and the critical files are on the external hard drive. I don’t really even want to update them any more. Vital documents just don’t go to C: drive. So I (with CCleaner) deleted Save and Restore and the unmentionable update thing as well. Symantec says it’s vital…but to actually recover…you put in the cd and play like you’re restoring. At most you would have to install it, and most restores are actually done past that point.
I did consider modifying the *.exe to *.txt (ccApp.exe->ccApp.txt) or any other kind of unobvious file name. However, the Norton site gave a very strong impression that there’s a registry entry pointing to it; there was even something about removing it from Startup (or having had it removed therefrom) and due recommendations.
And the reason for all this…was because I had Norton Save & Restore installed at the same time as AVG Anti-Virus.
Now that AVG has decided it’s a bad thing to mimic users (and thus do bad things to bandwidth), they’ve provided an update. This is associated with a rather important update that’s legitimate.
This time it’s demonstrably, as you can see here, although as the article is careful to point out the weakness hasn’t been successfully used as yet. (Then again, over the years there have been at least 50 eBay stories I’ve happened upon that somehow never hit the major press.)
I’m also going to correct something I said recently. Spybot S & D evidently no longer measures up, as shown by some recent reputable reviews. If you use ZoneAlarm and AVG you’re pretty well covered; I’m actually using RuBotted to cover for rootkits (note this is a beta and not for the faint of heart) and then a suite.