Antivirus Recommendations?

I'm sick and tired of Dad's McAffee that he's got set up on most of our PCs, and I really want to try something different on my computers.I'm looking for an "all-in-one", so to speak, that can handle all or most of this criteria:AntivirusAntispywareFirewallSpam BlockerFree of CostSo, let me know what you use, have used, do like, and don't like!

Posted by Labot2001 10 years ago


instant start virus alert programme

I have recently had 2 newsletters from instructables where upon opening an instructable of interest I get a virus warning and the device seems to start searching my C drive. The warning is nothing to do with AVG and upon running a scan nothing is found. I am alarmed by such things getting into my computer without my permission, what is going on? I have AVG, a firewall and windows defender all updated daily. Why does instructables allow this sort of intrusion? dougoutcanoe

Posted by dougoutcanoe 8 years ago


Anti-virus

I bought a copy of PC Format today, here is their view on anti-virus software:"There is an argument against using any antivirus software at all."But, Avast! with it's exclamation mark is not that well ratedAVG comes out pretty goodThat's the free stuffPay-for-it, they rate Avira Premium Software Suite (above McAfee Total protection 2009, F-Secure Internet security 2009 and Norton Antivirus Gaming Ed 2009)See also http://www.av-comparatives.org/

Posted by lemonie 9 years ago


AVG 8 sucks, I need a new antivirus program

I started using Grisoft's AVG a couple weeks ago, and it was great. But version 8 is out now, and it is slooooow. I don't mean when it does scans that I initiate (I haven't done any yet anyway), but ever since I got it my computer freezes for a couple seconds every 5 minutes or so, it's really annoying. Also, there's ads on the "control center" screen. And if I disable the stupid linkscanner thingy (it doesn't work in Opera anyway), it shows a big exclmation mark on the system tray icon. Oh, and it takes about 5 seconds for the control center to come up from the system tray. AVG is slowing my whole system down. It may perform better on a more powerful machine, but I'm not going to upgrade just for an antivirus program. So I guess I need a new antivirus program, AVG is just too bloated now. NOT AVAST. I've used Avast before, and I hated it for a variety of reasons.

Posted by Aeshir 10 years ago


virus?

Https://www.instructables.com/id/Build_an_Easy_5_x_5_Home_Greenhouse_for_under_25/I clicked on this page and my antivirus deleted the trojan virus 'actns/Swif.T' think it's embedded in that page.

Posted by bad_kitty666 9 years ago


What the F?

My background for instructables is displaying the background as an annoying flash file for norton anti-virus.

Posted by A good name 9 years ago


When Browsing Instructables...

Every so often, when I browse the Ibles Website, I get prompted in a message box to download some antivirus Software. It is obviously not antivitus software, a virus in disguise, so I get out of the message screen as fast as possible. Is this an actual virus on Instructables?

Posted by The Jamalam 8 years ago


Trojan found....cant delete..wtf?

Renos.y is the name of the trojan that my AV software picked up (trend micro antivirus), but it's unable to delete the Trojan and I can’t open the drive D, E, F. so what do i do now? Maybe I should reinstall my computer and restore the data with EASEUS data recovery wizard or other data recovery programs.

Posted by chris878758 10 years ago


Redirected to other website

Lately whenever I visit www.instructables.com I get redirected to: http://google-feed.net/results.php?q=instructables%20liftium_iframe%20html%20method=Liftium%20iframeHop;arg1=http:%20delb%20opt%20fimserve%20adopt%20?r=h&l;=96138f2b-d90c-4cfa-9e7a-8ea9bdf9522e&sz;=728x90&neg;=&ega;=&puid;=&rnd;=21368%20&cx;=partner-pub-8834790871905156%3Af2xzzwyyn77&cof;=FORID%3A10&ie;=UTF-8&said;=&do;=search∅=0 It is very annoying and it is nearly impossible to navigate your website. I have run Norton Antivirus and found nothing. It has only done this with www.instructable.com so far, not with any other websites.

Posted by Sooney-Roo 8 years ago


WTF!!! Is Spyware attacking macs!?!?!

WTF!!! Is my mac under attack by some spyware!?!?! I really don't know, I was surfing the internet to find out how to hack into parental control (almost same thing as net nanny) that my is going to put on me soon to prevent using instructables so much. The window that I was surfing on just disappeared and the smaller window came up saying my computer is infected by spyware! Then I clicked "cancel", then another window popped up, its antivirus 2009, it had scanned my computer, then is said it has detected some dangerous spyware on my mac computer! Is this really true? Is mac computers beginning to get all the problems like PC always have??? Or is it an error?

Posted by Plasmana 10 years ago


ntoskml.exe is being contacted by a remote computer?

Hello boys and girls. I got a problem, my anti virus (norton) says that ntoskml.exe is being contacted by a remote computer, and it has an ip address. The IP address is the address of my router Also this only happens when Im receiving windows updates or if im using live messenger. As far as I know, my computer and wii are the only two things on my network. (i checked it) Does anyone know how to fix this, i searched my computer and i cant find a ntoskml, even went to the directory where it was located. I also have the opportunity to install AVG antivirus but will having two antiviruses conflict with each other, (too many cooks in the kitchen)

Posted by thematthatter 9 years ago


Unable to filter searches

When I try to search the instructables website I'm not able to alter the scope of the search. My searches return comment, forum posts, etc rather than just instructables. The search type combo box reverts to "All" and doesn't work. If I use the whole site search (top-right corner of the page) it does limit the search to instructable articles, but if I use the navigation links (Next, page 1, etc), the search again reverts. I was also unable to search the forums to see if this had been reported by others. Here's my platform: Windows XP SP3 Firefox 3.5.3 with clean profile Also tested with Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702 Cookies enabled Javascript enabled McAfee Security Center (Antivirus and Firewall) Linksys BEFSR11 Router Comcast cable internet

Posted by tinkertime 9 years ago


What to do about an IRC bot?

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I got an IRC bot on my comp and pendrive. I know IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat, and that it allows someone to acces my computer. Norton antivirus can't remove it, and I haven't tried with spyware doctor yet. Until I can conctact a friend of ours who can hoefully fix it, I'm open to suggestion. Also, another note. My previous comp, a desktop comp, had a virus. (I had written about this sometime ago) I had inserted Spyware doctor CD while it had that virus, then my comp started fainting (restarting randomly), and I was wondering if there was any chance the CD got damaged or infected? Last but not least, how do I remove the afore mentioned bot from my pendrive? I'm scared...

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago


What Apps/Utilities Do You Use Often/What's In Your System Tray?

My, system tray, in no particular order:Internet Call Director - I have dial-up so when someone calls me it disconnects the computer from the internets and reroutes the call to the phone.[pidgin.im Pidgin] - Awesome instant-messaging client. Compatible with about 15 different networks (MSN, AIM, ICQ etc.).My Dial-up internets connection icon.[opera.com Opera] - Opera web browser.Volume ControlAvira Antivir Personal Edition Classic - My antivirus program.Sound Volume Hotkeys - Use winkey + up/down arrow keys to change volume, handy when there's no volume dial (ie. headphones).WinRoll - Rolls up windows to their title bar, transparency, minimize any window to the system tray, stuff like that.[r2.com/au System Lock] - Click to password protect system. Hides everything on the desktop.What's in yours?

Posted by Aeshir 11 years ago


Virus Problem **Updated Topic - 1/12/2010**

This is the official forum post for the virus problems some users are experiencing with our ad networks.  From now on please post all virus reports here. One or more of the ad networks that serve advertisements on the site has been loading ads that are infected with a virus.  We have been monitoring the situation for almost two weeks now, working with users to identify the infected networks, and then shutting them down from our ad rotation. Despite our best efforts, the Instructables Staff has not been able to reproduce the problem locally, either because the viruses are appearing in only certain geographic areas, or because we work on Macs.  As a result, we've been relying on users to help us identify the problem and target the infected ad networks.  Please understand that we are not serving these ads intentionally, nor is there a virus on Instructables directly, or our servers, and that we are doing everything possible to shut down the suspected ad networks that are causing this problem.  Here's what we know so far The virus appears to be what Microsoft calls a Rogue Antivirus.  It basically tricks users into thinking that their computer is infected with a virus, when their machines are in fact just fine.  A fake virus scan window alerts users that their computer is infected.  Once alerted with this news, users are misleadingly encouraged to install malicious software on their machine.  The alerts seem to pop up after users are redirected away from Instructables, sometimes immediately after loading a page on the site, or in some reports, just from users dragging their mouse over the ad spot.  The problem appears to have only effected a very small percentage of our users, as hundreds of thousands of people visit the site each day and only a few dozen reports have come in over the last two weeks. What to do Don't click on any links that instruct you to install software onto your machine.  Update the definitions for your virus program and install the latest updates for your operating system.  If you should experience any of these redirects or virus screens, please read the section below about how you can help us, and post your information to this forum topic. How you can help If you see a pop-up warning you that you are infected, or if you are redirected away from Instructables and onto another page that triggers a virus alert, take a screen shot (command + shift + 3 in mac; print screen button in windows) close the page down, and then come to this forum topic and post as much as you can describing what you were doing before the problem happened, what happened when the virus attacked, and what you did to fix the problem. Please include the following details with your post if possible - the following information is necessary for us to identify which ad network the virus is coming from: any ads serving on the page that you remember description of malware the URL of the page on Instructables you were viewing direct URLs of malware screenshots city, state and or country you are located in what operating system and browser you are using If you have Firebug installed, you can use it to inspect the problem pages and gather even more information which you can post to this topic. Previous forum topics about this problem include "Ad-Problem",  "Virus on Instructables" and "instant start virus alter programme".  While these forum topics are still useful in identifying the problem, we need to congregate all new reports here with the bulleted information above so we can gather the necessary facts to pass along to the ad networks to start attacking this problem as aggressively as we can. I've aggregated offline screen shots, emails, and other useful comments below that contain useful clues to get the ball rolling. Please accept our deepest apologies for this unacceptable frustration and continue to work with us so we can completely eliminate this virus problem our ad networks. ****1/12/2010 Update**** There's reason to believe that the virus could have infected your browsers cache, and thus be re-infecting your computer from there.  As per the instructions given in the New York Times Article "What to do if you saw an antivirus pop up ad" please follow the steps below before posting any new virus reports on this forum thread so we can be sure that your computer is not repeatedly infecting itself regardless of the state of the site. 1) Close the screen 2) Clear your browsers cache (directions here) 3) Scan computer with a legitimate anti virus software 4) Run any and all updates to your operating system If you are then still seeing warning messages and pop ups about the malware, then please do let us know so we can continue to track and fight this problem. We've shut down all of our ad networks that aren't absolutely essential to the running of the site and are working with the last two remaining networks to troubleshoot this problem.  All data shows that the ad networks are responsible for the virus attacks that many sites have been experiencing around the web recently (this is not just a problem on Instructables ), and we've got to take the fight to them to effectively stop the attacks.

Posted by noahw 8 years ago