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Am confused which is best AV program

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#1 crzyallday0514


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Posted 23 February 2009 - 01:54 PM

I've been reading the forum and got tons of information I don't know what to do with it. I had McAfee but heard it was a resource hog (only hog I want is on my table). So, I got Avast 4! Home Edition. But then I printed out what it didn't cover compared to their paid version and that started me thinking (never a good thing). It doesn't have several features which I think would be advantageous. Free version doesn't: 1) store scan results (and I need that as I forget things as soon as I blink); 2) doesn't let me create my own antivirus tasks (which I know so little anyway that might not be a hindrance); 3) schedule tasks. I need an easy-to-understand hopefully, free version of AV software that doesn't use a lot of resources and has features which would be beneficial. I practice all of the things about safe surfing, downloading, etc. and have not had many problems except those caused by the user (yours truly).

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:47 PM

I have yet to find 1-3 very important myself. As long as the AV provides real protection, launches on start up, and automatically checks for definition updates, your computer---if you exercise care in surfing, downloading, and opening E-mails) should be relatively safe. Scheduled scans of your hard drive (s) are unneeded, as long as you are careful to do so on a regular basis (I do so as a part of routine maintenance). If you find anything of importance in the scan results log, it is easy to copy and paste the information into you word processor for reference.
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Posted 23 February 2009 - 06:21 PM

http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html At the avast site you can read the PDF users manual, downloading would be better because it is 80+ pages. If you are still using avast it can be set up with your screensaver to scan every time it activates. If your worried about logs make a notepad file and copy & paste them for reference.

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