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Windows 7: Opinion of some AV software officially changed

21 Jul 2010   #11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Doing it now before restating. Most of my experience with MBAM has been with rogue AVs, many of which run some kind of script to keep MBAM from either running or installing. I usually find where others have posted a complete list of files and reg entries for those viruses, so I use do fine getting rid of them. This is the first time I've successfully used MBAM and must say I am very pleased.

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21 Jul 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Right now, GeeksToGo is off line, but you can download TFC by Old Timer from here (direct download)

Save any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!
Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista/Windows 7 right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator.
Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.

More info:
TFC (Temp File Cleaner) will clear out all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), including Administrator, All Users, LocalService, NetworkService, and any other accounts in the user folder. It also cleans out the %systemroot%\temp folder and checks for .tmp files in the %systemdrive% root folder, %systemroot%, and the system32 folder (both 32bit and 64bit on 64bit OSs). It shows the amount removed for each location found (in bytes) and the total removed (in MB).

Before running, it will stop Explorer and all other running apps. When finished, if a reboot is required the user must reboot to finish clearing any in-use temp files.
TFC only cleans temp folders.
TFC will not clean URL history, prefetch, or cookies. Depending on how often someone cleans their temp folders, their system hardware, and how many accounts are present, it can take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or more. TFC will completely clear all temp files where other temp file cleaners may fail.

TFC requires a reboot immediately after running. Be sure to save any unsaved work before running TFC.
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21 Jul 2010   #13

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Thanks Jacee. Once again you leave me quit impressed.
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21 Jul 2010   #14

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

I've gotta say, after using MBAM and uninstalling AVG my dads computer is running faster than it has in years. Gotta say, I'm gonna start recommending MBAM more often and never recommending AVG again.
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21 Jul 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1

My internet provider allows their broadband customers to sign up for a low fee a month to run McAfee Internet Security on their Macs and PCs. The fee isn't bad, I don't have a problem with it - it's the software that I don't care for. I'm using the Mac version on my Macs now and it seems OK but the PC version I highly don't recommend! It was the 2009 version and it let in some hidden Trojans that it failed to block or even tell me about until I did a special scan with it the one day. That was the last time I used that and am never looking back at it again.
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21 Jul 2010   #16

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

It seems that McAfee loses hundreds of customers a month and they allow special deals through OEMs and service providers to fight the process. For example, if you buy a new Dell pc, you get McAfee free for 15 months. Comcast and other internet providers can get it for there customers for free or for a low fee like you rate. They also make it a hassle to discontinue service. I see no reason why one or two free anti-malware programs and a little common sense would not be enough to stay safe most of the time.
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21 Jul 2010   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
It used to be that the majority of logs for infected computers that I would see had NAV as the A/V. These days it seems to be AVG.
Yeah, my last experience with AVG (version 7.5) was when a virus hit one of my computers and infected the AVG process. It was funny to see AVG reporting that itself was infected. It wasn't funny that I had to wipe the entire hard drive. It was a nasty virus.

Heck, even PC World didn't give it a positive review: Grisoft AVG 7.5 Anti-Virus Professional Antivirus & Security Software Review - PCWorld
Bottom Line: The least-expensive program we tested, AVG has average overall malware detection, the worst proactive protection, and a clunky interface.
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21 Jul 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1

I don't know a whole lot of people who use AVG. I also don't hear a lot of good reviews about it. The most I hear about are Norton and Kaspersky. My internet provider, Verizon, gives McAfee to their customers. I have mixed thoughts on McAfee but don't care for it a whole not. Comcast switched from McAfee to Norton a while back so I read on their website.
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21 Jul 2010   #19

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

I found that AVG 8 worked well, but then it went back to 7.5 quality in 8.5, and things only got worse with 9.0.

I did not know that Comcast switched. My brother and his wife got Comcast and got McAfee for free, but it was over a year ago. McAfee seemed to reek some havoc on my brothers Windows 2000 laptop. Keep in mind the laptop is pretty darn old so it can't run 7 and XP is rather slow on it. In the end they just got rid of Comcast internet.
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21 Jul 2010   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1

Maybe Verizon will switch to never know.
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