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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:21 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Try looking at this
http://www.av-comparatives.org/index.html?http://www.av-comparatives.org/seiten/comparatives.html

Latest report shows only two are "Advanced+" - NOD32 and something else I can't remember.

Guess which AV I have on my Winblows machines?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:05 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks for the link, the reports make for interesting comparisons. The other one you mention is AVIRA which gets top marks. Hmmm...

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:05 am Reply with quoteBack to top

In alphabetical order:
Avast
AVG
Avira
These are the best free antiviruses.
Personal opinion: Kaspersky is a shit, and my national antivir, BitDefender, although is very good, takes up too much resources and is slow.
In the last 2 years I had switched between AVG and Avira several times. Right now I am using Avira.
Avast is a good one too, I saw it in action on the computers of several friends of mine.
In the end, it comes down to personal preferences, so I might try Avast next time I reinstall Win XP.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:23 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I use to use AVG but I had some problems upgrading one time (I don't remember what exactly happened now) and switched to Avast. I like it. Seems unobtrusive, checks everything, updates a lot, very customizable. The only down side is that you have to register then wait for a key to be emailed to you to install it. Not a problem as it is only the first install.

I have heard that you should never buy an anti-virus program as they are not worth the money. The free ones work just as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:47 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I agree with DrWho on the not buying a AV I get better perfornance from the free ones, without all the extras they want to bundle in. plus I'm a cheap bastard.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:58 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I use Avast and love it to bits but have found one problem, don't know if anyone else has experienced this but a full system scan can show nothing, but when you schedule a boot time scan (ie the scan runs before the OS loads completely, that can find the occasional nasty, now these may just be false positives but even so I opt for the boot scan everytime now just to err on caution Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Normally I'd go with Avast, but when someone named "Shiver Metimbers" doesn't recommend "Avast" as numero uno, I figure something's gotta be up. Wink

Either that, or all those pirate puns ARRRRRRR starting to wear thin.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:23 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

get a mac Razz

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:58 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

System/Operator FOOBAR!

My wife is about to kill me for the following reason;

Step 1 - Download free trials
Step 2 - Locate risky free instructions and tool for removing Norton
Step 3 - Follow instructions, completed succesfully and without problems which includes 2 registry cleans with reboots (I use CCleaner)
Step 4 - Perform final registry clean and reboot
Step 5 - Discover on reboot system FOOBAR!

The last registry clean has screwed something up. I backed up changes to the registry with each clean and although I can start the computer using the XP CD and enter the recovery console mode, I can see the backup files but do not have rights to them.

Even if I could access the backup's, I have no idea how to go about repairing the registry.

However I am due for a HDD upgrade. Can I install a new HDD as a master, carry out a fresh XP install, and access all the data on the existing HDD's which will be slave units?

Or any other suggestions?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:12 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

@Callum: pretend this is true, if it turns out it is then you will be crowned in glory and if not it will buy you time to run.

Happy and comfortable with AVG Very Happy I tried Norton but it was like sharing a barrel with an amateur proctologist who never sleeps and talks incessantly and WILL NEVER EVER DIE, AND WORST OF ALL CHARGES YOU FOR HIS INSULTS *cough* sorrry, bad memories, must lie down v tired.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:50 am Reply with quoteBack to top

@ Callum
No need to do a fresh install of Window$.
You can use Partition Magic (or a similar program) to simply COPY your existing partitions on another HDD.
It is quite easy, I've done it meself several times.
Wink The right tool for the right job.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:27 am Reply with quoteBack to top

First off have you tried "Last known good config"?

This usually works for me:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/tips/doug92.mspx

If you want to be more 'hands on' you could try this method:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/

. . . . . . Well, actually after reading through that post I'd opt for Plan A.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:01 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I don't think a partition move would help because from what I read it's not having a problem accessing the partition.

Nor do I think a fresh install would be best because either you start from scratch or you copy the user profile - which takes you back to where you are now.

LKGC may be worth a try, but for my money I'd either back up and then replace the sam, system, security, software and default files or use the Ultimate Boot CD to do a system restore.

Or, if you can boot to safe mode, do a system restore from there. Try that first.

And you've just confirmed my prejudice against registry cleaners!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:35 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I have used ESET NOD32 Antivirus for the past 2 years after getting fed up with Norton bloatware.

There are two options with NOD32:

1 - ESET NOD32 Antivirus
(£26.99 for 1 Year)(£38.99 for 2 Years)(£54.99 for 3 Years)

2 - ESET Smart Security (NOD32 Antivirus plus antispyware, antispam and a customized firewall)
(£39.99 for 1 Year)(£60.00 for 2 Years)(£84.99 for 3 Years)

I have never used the free Antivirus programs out there so I am unable to comment on them. But if you are happy to pay then get NOD32.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:48 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Well, I'm back up and running and all data is intact. Very Happy

Working through the MS knowlege base article on recovering from a corrupted registry didn't fix the problem (System Restore was unable to find a suitable restore piont, but apparently that's quite normal Rolling Eyes ). But it did allow me to boot into XP Safe Mode and make sure all data and critical profile info etc was safely copied and tucked away.

Then a complete format and fresh install, now with the NOD32 trial version installed (so far I'm impressed) and just about all my software reinstalled and configured as it should be. System runs noticeably quicker now as well, not that I had a lot of crap in the background before, but Norton must have really dragging it down. Even broadband performance seems to be better when downloading all the latest updates.

Thanks to Rover and lotta for allowing me to run my proposed recovery methods past you. Ended up being a good learning experience rather than a complete eff up!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:40 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Callum,

Don't know if you've got the old, complex-to-set-up NOD with the separate modules (2.7) or the new one, which I've been told has a better interface (3.0?), but it's worth joining here http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=15 and reading this http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=37509

I use Blackspear's settings on my version of NOD; I'm not going to chance my arm by quoting how long it's been since I had an infection, but................

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