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Windows 7: Antivirus programs

24 Jan 2012   #1
ukthesis

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Antivirus programs

I presently use an AVG free edition program for the anti-virus function. There is a McAfee connection to this Windows 7 also, it comes up but I've not subscribed to it myself. However, I am now offered a Virgin Media Security software service (as a Virgin cable user) free of charge - but if I want this, I will have to uninstall AVG and presumably the McAfee that came with Windows 7.

What's the opinion on this? Is the Virgin product worth my while installing over the others on my PC for protection against threats?


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24 Jan 2012   #2
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

If it is included in the service package why not?

I found a fleeting reference to it using Kaspersky, and on virgin's site it says it uses trend-micro, and garlik both not bad.

One thing get's me though, I notice on your timezone map in your profile that your location is in the middle of the North American Continent. Are you an International traveler?

I may be wrong, but I thought Virgin was European, have they expanded?
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24 Jan 2012   #3
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

Right, but you would say better than AVG Free edition? And better than this McAfee package that comes with Windows 7? How do I uninstall this one? There's no point changing if they are all pretty much the same. I live in the UK.
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24 Jan 2012   #4
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Yes, and yes.

In order for Virgin to work properly you must remove the other two, otherwise you will have conflicts down the road.

Pick the 64bit, second one down: AVG - Download tools and utilities

For McAfee follow the instructions here:
Quote:
SolutionIMPORTANT: If your McAfee products were preinstalled by the manufacturer of your computer, ensure that you activate your McAfee subscription before uninstalling. Reinstalling from a CD or download only installs your McAfee consumer applications, but might not recover your paid subscription term information.
Source: How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee consumer products using the McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR.exe)
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24 Jan 2012   #5
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

So you think that Virgin is better than the other two? Why?
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24 Jan 2012   #6
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

I may have only been a member here for just under two years, but I have seen enough grief from other members concerning those two programs, and how they affect their systems to personally stay away from them.

Its your call.
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24 Jan 2012   #7
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

I've only heard on this forum that AVG has gotten less reliable or doesn't work as well as it did in it's hey day. A quick search of Virgin Media Security says it powered by Trend Micro. I had Trend Micro in the past and I had issues with it as it upgraded to each version. I don't know how good it is now. But either way if it's provided by your ISP it's free so it wouldn't hurt to try it out and if you don't like it or if it causes problems with your system just uninstall and reinstall a free or paid antivirus you like.
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24 Jan 2012   #8
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

I'm not sure what to do. The man who installed this PC in 2011 says AVG is fine (free edition) and he runs a computer shop. McAfee on my old computer I had a mass of problems with and eventually got a refund (almost unheard of) after 6 months of use, despite its good reputation. So I've come to the conclusion that if you ask 6 people their favorite anti-virus program, you'll probably get 6 different answers. There doesn't seem to be a place you can go to read up, from technical experts, their opinion.
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24 Jan 2012   #9
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

Actually there is. Here. AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - Welcome to AV-Comparatives.org

I think most people will say that as long as you have some antivirus software it's better than not having one at all.
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24 Jan 2012   #10
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows has done a great job for me. Low overhead and it's effective.
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