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Old May 10th 10, 09:23 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
Smirnoff
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Default Is there still a free AV for ME?

Is there still a free version of an AV product that supports ME with
definition updates?

If so, would be grateful for a link.

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Old May 10th 10, 01:38 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
HRH The Example John Smith
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Default Is there still a free AV for ME?

Ironic, since I would say 'not one worth actually running' - but there is
one, doubly ironic because '98 Guy' has mentioned it. Norton Antivirus 2002
can be acquired in various locations - the most trustworthy one of which is
probably: http://www.oldversion.com/download_N...irus_2002.html

This installs fine (obviously you skip registration). You'll find it is
registered for updates for one year i.e. from the date you install it (and
after which it is presumably as easy as it was back then to reset the
deadline). Live Update will do it's thing and get about 75MB of def updates
first time and it will continue to run just as it did when Me was still
supported, updating on a regular basis. I doubt there will be further
program updates, but IMO NAV2002 is likely better than any of the current
free AV software that does support Me.

This is the 'lesser of two evils' approach. FWIW I have scanned this
download with several quality current antimalware tools and it appears
clean.

Wingnut's cousin

"Smirnoff" wrote in message
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Is there still a free version of an AV product that supports ME with
definition updates?

If so, would be grateful for a link.


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Old May 10th 10, 02:26 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
Rockytsquirrel
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Default Is there still a free AV for ME?

Avast 4.8 still works on ME and does update several times a day..

RTS



"Smirnoff" wrote in message
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Is there still a free version of an AV product that supports ME with
definition updates?

If so, would be grateful for a link.


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Old May 10th 10, 02:30 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
Smirnoff
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Default Is there still a free AV for ME?

Much obliged

"HRH The Example John Smith" wrote in message
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Ironic, since I would say 'not one worth actually running' - but there is
one, doubly ironic because '98 Guy' has mentioned it. Norton Antivirus
2002 can be acquired in various locations - the most trustworthy one of
which is probably:
http://www.oldversion.com/download_N...irus_2002.html

This installs fine (obviously you skip registration). You'll find it is
registered for updates for one year i.e. from the date you install it (and
after which it is presumably as easy as it was back then to reset the
deadline). Live Update will do it's thing and get about 75MB of def
updates first time and it will continue to run just as it did when Me was
still supported, updating on a regular basis. I doubt there will be
further program updates, but IMO NAV2002 is likely better than any of the
current free AV software that does support Me.

This is the 'lesser of two evils' approach. FWIW I have scanned this
download with several quality current antimalware tools and it appears
clean.

Wingnut's cousin

"Smirnoff" wrote in message
...
Is there still a free version of an AV product that supports ME with
definition updates?

If so, would be grateful for a link.





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Old May 10th 10, 06:16 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
HRH The Example John Smith
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Default Is there still a free AV for ME?



"Rockytsquirrel" wrote in message
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Avast 4.8 still works on ME and does update several times a day..


Til the end of 2010, apparently. I tried it but it almost continually popped
up notifications of the new build and as it wasn't immediately obvious how
to turn that off, I uninstalled it.

Frank Windsor

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Old May 11th 10, 04:44 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
webster72n
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Default Is there still a free AV for ME?



"HRH The Example John Smith" wrote in message
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"Rockytsquirrel" wrote in message
...
Avast 4.8 still works on ME and does update several times a day..


Til the end of 2010, apparently. I tried it but it almost continually
popped up notifications of the new build and as it wasn't immediately
obvious how to turn that off, I uninstalled it.


Not so sure about the end of 2010,
and I don't have the problem with those notifications anymore since I
renewed my registration.
IMHO Avast is still the best.
H.


Frank Windsor


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Old May 11th 10, 08:04 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
HRH The Example John Smith
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Default Is there still a free AV for ME?



"webster72n" wrote in message
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"HRH The Example John Smith" wrote in
message ...


"Rockytsquirrel" wrote in message
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Avast 4.8 still works on ME and does update several times a day..


Til the end of 2010, apparently. I tried it but it almost continually
popped up notifications of the new build and as it wasn't immediately
obvious how to turn that off, I uninstalled it.


Not so sure about the end of 2010,
and I don't have the problem with those notifications anymore since I
renewed my registration.
IMHO Avast is still the best.


You haven't tried enough alternatives then, Harry. Incidentally it also
caused problems in 2 or 3 of the systems I installed it on - on which I now
have either NAV2002...or nothing. This is no longer anything to do with the
interface, as I don't give an inverted dos about that when it is on a system
I rarely use. btw I had only recently registered it, on account of the first
key I used was out of date.

Really, if you mean 'the best AV' you're seriously deluded. Personal
preferences aside, Avast! shows the occasional good result in tests but
spends most of it's time at or maybe slightly above mediocre - rather like
AVG, which I used to swear by (as far as free AVs go), but I was never under
the illusion it was 'the best'.

While I still have a little time left on my NOD32 licence, I am migrating to
free Avira - using it here in Windows7 as I type. Once you disable the nag
screen it is pretty good (probably is *with* the nag too if you can stand
that sort of thing). I am undecided as yet as to just how good Antivir is -
though as with all of them it varies over time anyway. Certainly these days,
though, I will go with the German product over the Czech products any day of
the week. Rather like if any version of Linux was polished enough to stay on
a primary here (I just tried Kubuntu 10.04 both on the metal and in VPC and
neither stayed more than 5 minutes, failing as miserably as *buntu always
does except for the too-easily pleased) it would be the originally-German
openSUSE. Though I think Beemers and Porches are a variation on crepe.

Harumph!

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Old May 11th 10, 08:39 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
Dave Lee Travis Bickle
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Default Is there still a free AV for ME?

Oh yes, forgot to add: end of 2010 is the date supplied by Alwil to Jerry
Martin as reported here a month or so ago (which I found by searching, i.e.
if I'd seen the thread previously I might have realised Rocky T had
contributed to it before informing him of what he knew before I did). Though
the question then becomes which is better: to continue using a product that
will be essentially pointless in just over 6 months or switch now to one
that could still be getting def updates for years? With my situation it is
different in that - apart from NOD32 being arguably a lot better than
Avast! - it was paid for, so why not keep using it to the last? Though -
while the 98/ME version of NOD32 v.2 not only still works perfectly well in
Windows 95 (a quality now as rare as what comes out of the back of a rocking
horse) let alone 98 and ME - I continue to run the NT version (of v.2)
mostly to get the def updates for use in portable installations. It is a
shame that those will end when the licence does, but it sure as home isn't
worth the price *just* to keep an updated thumb drive installation.

Stinger is not worth bothering with. I don't know why McAfee do, let alone
the humble user. Their sdat scanner either run from DOS for FAT or from a
BartPE (which can also be run from USB) for NTFS, can't be trusted after the
recent McAfee FP debacle. It is nice to have something other than Sysclean,
but Sysclean is pretty good - if you scan without cleaning, then interpret
the results.

Oh, look at the time!

Toodle-oo!

"HRH The Example John Smith" wrote in message
...


"webster72n" wrote in message
...


"HRH The Example John Smith" wrote in
message ...


"Rockytsquirrel" wrote in message
...
Avast 4.8 still works on ME and does update several times a day..


Til the end of 2010, apparently. I tried it but it almost continually
popped up notifications of the new build and as it wasn't immediately
obvious how to turn that off, I uninstalled it.


Not so sure about the end of 2010,
and I don't have the problem with those notifications anymore since I
renewed my registration.
IMHO Avast is still the best.


You haven't tried enough alternatives then, Harry. Incidentally it also
caused problems in 2 or 3 of the systems I installed it on - on which I
now have either NAV2002...or nothing. This is no longer anything to do
with the interface, as I don't give an inverted dos about that when it is
on a system I rarely use. btw I had only recently registered it, on
account of the first key I used was out of date.

Really, if you mean 'the best AV' you're seriously deluded. Personal
preferences aside, Avast! shows the occasional good result in tests but
spends most of it's time at or maybe slightly above mediocre - rather like
AVG, which I used to swear by (as far as free AVs go), but I was never
under the illusion it was 'the best'.

While I still have a little time left on my NOD32 licence, I am migrating
to free Avira - using it here in Windows7 as I type. Once you disable the
nag screen it is pretty good (probably is *with* the nag too if you can
stand that sort of thing). I am undecided as yet as to just how good
Antivir is - though as with all of them it varies over time anyway.
Certainly these days, though, I will go with the German product over the
Czech products any day of the week. Rather like if any version of Linux
was polished enough to stay on a primary here (I just tried Kubuntu 10.04
both on the metal and in VPC and neither stayed more than 5 minutes,
failing as miserably as *buntu always does except for the too-easily
pleased) it would be the originally-German openSUSE. Though I think
Beemers and Porches are a variation on crepe.

Harumph!


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Old May 11th 10, 06:34 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
webster72n
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Default Is there still a free AV for ME?


Hello Shane:

At the time of my posting the 'names game' didn't occur to me.
Since it does now, I shall respectfully regress and live with my choice(s).
You must have quite an assortment of pc's at your disposal.
It is always good to be in touch with you.

Cheers,

Harry.


"Dave Lee Travis Bickle" wrote in message
...
Oh yes, forgot to add: end of 2010 is the date supplied by Alwil to Jerry
Martin as reported here a month or so ago (which I found by searching,
i.e. if I'd seen the thread previously I might have realised Rocky T had
contributed to it before informing him of what he knew before I did).
Though the question then becomes which is better: to continue using a
product that will be essentially pointless in just over 6 months or switch
now to one that could still be getting def updates for years? With my
situation it is different in that - apart from NOD32 being arguably a lot
better than Avast! - it was paid for, so why not keep using it to the
last? Though - while the 98/ME version of NOD32 v.2 not only still works
perfectly well in Windows 95 (a quality now as rare as what comes out of
the back of a rocking horse) let alone 98 and ME - I continue to run the
NT version (of v.2) mostly to get the def updates for use in portable
installations. It is a shame that those will end when the licence does,
but it sure as home isn't worth the price *just* to keep an updated thumb
drive installation.

Stinger is not worth bothering with. I don't know why McAfee do, let alone
the humble user. Their sdat scanner either run from DOS for FAT or from a
BartPE (which can also be run from USB) for NTFS, can't be trusted after
the recent McAfee FP debacle. It is nice to have something other than
Sysclean, but Sysclean is pretty good - if you scan without cleaning, then
interpret the results.

Oh, look at the time!

Toodle-oo!

"HRH The Example John Smith" wrote in
message ...


"webster72n" wrote in message
...


"HRH The Example John Smith" wrote in
message ...


"Rockytsquirrel" wrote in message
...
Avast 4.8 still works on ME and does update several times a day..


Til the end of 2010, apparently. I tried it but it almost continually
popped up notifications of the new build and as it wasn't immediately
obvious how to turn that off, I uninstalled it.

Not so sure about the end of 2010,
and I don't have the problem with those notifications anymore since I
renewed my registration.
IMHO Avast is still the best.


You haven't tried enough alternatives then, Harry. Incidentally it also
caused problems in 2 or 3 of the systems I installed it on - on which I
now have either NAV2002...or nothing. This is no longer anything to do
with the interface, as I don't give an inverted dos about that when it is
on a system I rarely use. btw I had only recently registered it, on
account of the first key I used was out of date.

Really, if you mean 'the best AV' you're seriously deluded. Personal
preferences aside, Avast! shows the occasional good result in tests but
spends most of it's time at or maybe slightly above mediocre - rather
like AVG, which I used to swear by (as far as free AVs go), but I was
never under the illusion it was 'the best'.

While I still have a little time left on my NOD32 licence, I am migrating
to free Avira - using it here in Windows7 as I type. Once you disable the
nag screen it is pretty good (probably is *with* the nag too if you can
stand that sort of thing). I am undecided as yet as to just how good
Antivir is - though as with all of them it varies over time anyway.
Certainly these days, though, I will go with the German product over the
Czech products any day of the week. Rather like if any version of Linux
was polished enough to stay on a primary here (I just tried Kubuntu 10.04
both on the metal and in VPC and neither stayed more than 5 minutes,
failing as miserably as *buntu always does except for the too-easily
pleased) it would be the originally-German openSUSE. Though I think
Beemers and Porches are a variation on crepe.

Harumph!


  #10  
Old May 11th 10, 07:34 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
Noel Paton[_3_]
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Default Is there still a free AV for ME?

Nah - all it needs is one decent PC and a huge hard drive - Virtual PC does
the rest (and makes it easy to recover from the inevitable faux-pas's (or is
it faux-passes?? - or is that what happens when you get a slap in the face?)

--
Noel Paton
CrashFixPC

Nil Carborundum Illegitemi
www.crashfixpc.co.uk

 




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