Monday, June 26, 2006

Why is the free stuff better?

Each time I have had a major problem with a virus on my computer, I have found and fixed it with free Internet scans and free software downloads. Which makes me wonder why I should pay for a big anti-virus/anti-spyware program ever again.

In fact, my computer is running the best it ever has because I fixed a lot problems with free software the past few days.

I'm staying with the free stuff until it no longer works.

4 Comments:

At 1:51 PM, Blogger curtis said...

Good call. I've never used Symantec, Norton, or MacAffee on my computer, nor do I ever intend to. Following a simple set of rules (don't use IE, patch windows regularly, don't run outlook, know exactly what is in the programs I download) has kept my machines free from viruses for the most part- and when I did get malware, AdAware and Avast worked great. (I'd also recommend Windows Live Defender- it found an interesting piece of malware that Avast and AdAware missed)

I think that most anti-virus programs do little other than slow down your machine- its better to avoid them altogether, I've found.

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger Lynn said...

Curtis,

Many thanks for the response.

I uninstalled PC-cillan and it really improved my performance. Now, I've got Avast, Trend Micro Spyware, Ad-aware, and Spybot.

Avast really bailed me out by finding and removing a nasty piece of malware that stuck an add-on in IE, infected my PC-cillan files, and brought my computer to its knees.

I used Windows Defender to scan my machine the other day and will check it out further. I have a copy of Mozilla, but haven't made the transition yet.

 
At 5:26 AM, Blogger beatroot said...

I have had loads of problems too...it drives me mad...I am not a computer obsessive, I just want the thing to work when I want it too...but oh no, nothing is that simple.

But now I have fixted things to, for now...with free software!!!

Yeah!!

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

beatroot,

Three cheers for fast, free, and easy!

 

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