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Anti-virus software

Does it really clean the viruses

     
12:08 pm on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi Guys and Gals,

Please let me start by saying no name droping or url droping please. This is a generic question.

I normally run a very popular anti-virus program, however, the company recently put the licence cost up extremely dratically. I have been offered, as part of a deal, a piece of anti-virus software free. The software in question has impressed me greatly, however, it has one floor. It does not have a clean option. I have two questions:

1. Do the clean options of major players do a good job of cleaning files or are you normally forced to delete the files.
2. I know with, major viruses like Nimda, standalone cleaning apps where built. Would you say this is a regular occurance with most viruses or just the big ones.

Chris

11:52 pm on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi Chris.
The danger of viruses is overstated if you have a good general security policy. Don't run IE, don't download files from people you don't trust, get all the patches for your system and get your emails scanned and you are normally safe.

>>Do the clean options of major players do a good job of cleaning files or are you normally forced to delete the files.

It depends a great deal on individual viruses and how destructive they are. If a virus attacks particular filetypes then you should be prepared for their removal. Making regular backups of important files is a better protection against viruses than most virus scanners will ever be.

>>I know with, major viruses like Nimda, standalone cleaning apps where built. Would you say this is a regular occurance with most viruses or just the big ones.

Pretty much just the big ones. But if you get a virus then your security has failed. If you're careful, viruses are extremely rare. But even if you're running an up to date, expensive virus scanner you could still be one of the first people to get a new virus and no scanner would be able to help you. Emails are the biggest source of viruses so I would pay more attention to those than files that you put on your hard drive.

I feel like I haven't answered your question very well, but hope it's useful :)

1:21 am on May 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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From the sound of it, your AV program is not one of the mainstream, which usually run for 12 months and then nag you to renew, but you can ignore the nag and get an update.

Nothing beats a conservative operating policy as the other poster said. I delete emails unread if the sender and subject line look sus. Some are deleted unseen because they contain trigger words I have deemed to be sus. My email program won't let me open certain file types or even save them to disk. Therefore, there is little possibility that a virus will try to launch, in which case my AV program will grab it.

Yes, I also run a hardware firewall and a soft one. I also run ad-aware from time to time.

Who's paranoid? ;)

- ash

1:26 am on May 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>but you can ignore the nag and get an update.

Anyone care for a Mac user opinion? ;)

12:48 am on May 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I guess I really don't understand your problem... with virus protectors the infected files are never written or closed on the protected machine.
8:25 am on May 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I still not really sure what to do. I backup my data regularly so having to delete a infected isn't really a problem unless it's an os issue.

I really like the new software.

Ahh well. Still pondering.

Chris