On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 10:52:28 -0500, "Paul Calcagno"
> Karnyks22, thanks for your thoughts. I'll take a look at MSE, however, I'm
> rapidly approaching a situation where I might have too many AV programs
> installed on her computer.
> She's still got Avast installed, and I just
> installed Avira.
They are both good, but get rid of one of the other. You should never
have more than one, since they can conflict with each other.
> What I'm looking for is a reliable `realtime' scanner for
> viruses, spyware, malware, and adware,
1. The word "malware" is short for "malicious software." It's a broad
classification that includes viruses, trojans, spyware and adware,
2. Anti-malware programs come in one of two types--anti-virus and
anti-spyware and adware. No single program really does both.
> then just use MBAM, SAS, or Spybot
> when I think I need to.
MBAM and SAS are the two best anti-spyware programs. Spybot Search and
Destroy very much takes a back seat to those two.
> I guess I don't have a problem with uninstalling all but one of the AV
Good, do it.
> and I'm inclined to stay with Avira.
You can't go wrong staying with either Avira or Avast.
> Do you know enough about
> Avira/MSE to know which one is better?
I've never personally used MSE, but I've heard nothing but good
reports about it from those I respect. But to me, it's still new, and
hasn't been around long enough to prove itself yet. So I'd prefer to
stay with Avira or Avast.
> "karnyks22" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> > Paul Calcagno Hi.
> > I used Avast for a long time and was happy with it's performance until
> > a major update was done to the program a few weeks ago. After the update
> > I had some bugs develop. Rather than try (or wait for Avast) to fix the
> > problems I uninstalled Avast and downloaded Microsoft Security
> > Essentials to try. (This is a free program)
> > http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/ Was very impressed and
> > now use that as my main AV. I use MBAM every day or two just to check
> > (quick scan) and if I suspect that I may have picked up something that
> > MSE and MBAM has missed I run a free ESET online scan 'Free ESET
> > Online Antivirus Scanner' (http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/) If you
> > suspect Avast is causing you problems uninstall it and try another AV.
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Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
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