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#1 wordmaster

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 03:28 PM

What free antivirus program is still available for 98SE? Thank you for your help.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:41 PM

From free programs, I believe, Avira and AVG still support Win 98.

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 06:50 AM

What free antivirus program is still available for 98SE? Thank you for your help.

I use Avast! Home Edition 4.8.1368 this is the last version what will work on Win9x/ME. :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 05:15 PM

Are you still getting updates for 4.8?

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 12:09 PM

Are you still getting updates for 4.8?

I'm not sure I don't use the WinME that much plus I haven't bother getting a wifi card to get the updates. :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:16 AM

I'm in the same boat and would like to know if there are still any ativirus programs that are still getting updates, free or pay. I still have a a couple Win98 machines around for some older games that I like playing with my son. Also I have a couple friends that still use 98 for various things and I do their computer/network support.

For my home use, I'm in the process of installing the Astaro Security Gateway. It has Virus, Malware and exploit detection and removal and will replace my router. I feel better about putting my older machines behind this but I still wouldn't recommend ever browsing the internet with an unprotected 95/98/ME machine even with the ASG in place. I will probably static IP my 98 machines and leave the gateway and DSN entries blank that way they can still be on my peer to peer network but not on the internet.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:51 AM

ClamWin Free Antivirus - ClamWin Portable <- useful if you do not have an anti-virus and cannot install one
-- does not include an on-access real-time scanner; You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware
-- ClamWin has partnered with Ask.com and bundles the Ask Toolbar (optional) with the ClamWin setup file.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:37 PM

So the ClamWin Portable is like a Technician Toolkit App that doesn't need to be installed?

Vexira Antivirus used to have a bootable CD/Floppy set that would boot a Linux Distro and could scan any filesystem for virus's and remove them. I have been looking for something along those lines since Vexira discontinued that.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:24 PM

As quietman7 says ClamWin is still available as a free virus checker. I tried it for a couple of months, the only thing against it is it doesn't have a resident/real-time scanner as most of the other systems do. That means if you download anything just right-click on it and scan it with ClamWin before you use it. :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:39 PM

Ah, thanks for clarifying the obvious :thumbsup:
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Posted 04 September 2010 - 12:24 PM

Just a word about ClamWin though. I've heard that it's really flakey, can't be trusted, and that it causes a lot of false positives. I'm not sure if that's due to it's open source nature or what, but it's just what I heard. I've never used it, but my friend does. He says that it's good, but at the same time, security's not exactly at the top of his list like it's at the top of mine. Some people in my group think that I need to actually take it down a notch with security. One buddy of mine says that I spend too much time protecting myself that I don't have a life. And why on earth are you folks stil using Windows 98? Why sue something so outdated?

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