This type of software is the bane of my life. I’ve lived a pretty long time, so far at least, and never, not once, have I found anti-virus software that I’ve been happy with. On the contrary, for the most part it has been a royal pain in the arse. What’s worse is that as the apparent threats multiply, so does the amount of widgets and fidgits needed to combat them, at least that’s what they would have you believe. Used to be only the odd trojan or worm we had to worry about. Now we’re supposed to have sleepless nights over spyware, adware, identity theft, spam and a thousand other things that are just waiting out there to sneak into our PCs and ruin our lives.
I’ve just uninstalled the 3 month trial version of CA’s software. I think this is the second time I’ve done the same so I’ll have to try and remember that before I download again. Whether it worked or not I have no idea. What I do know is that it bugs the hell out of you telling you what it’s doing or what it wants you to do as well as, fatally for itself, reminding me at least 6 times already that it is “about to expire” when it still has/had 81 days left of the trial!! Sorry, but life is too short to be paying so much attention to software.
Prior to this I had been using AVG’s free version. It only does virus protection but it does it for free and with limited hassle. Trouble with that is that they have been slowly making the free version ever so slightly annoying through poorly functioning updates. It’s been a bit ‘buggy’ recently so I was looking for an improvement. In the past I’ve had horrid experiences with the big ones like McAfee and Norton, which just ruined the functioning of my PC totally. I’m told newer versions are better but once bitten twice shy. So what are my alternatives?
If I leave the PC with nothing I just get bugged to death by Micro$oft XP telling me that I’m at risk because nothings installed. And yet, I have the XP firewall switched on, so what are you saying to me XP? You know I’ve got your super-dooper firewall switched on but that’s not worth the hard drive it’s written on so I ought to go install something else as well?? Just how many evil-doers do you think are out there trying to steal my worthless identity or trash my insignificant files?
I use Firefox browser and Thunderbird mail, both supposed to be far superior to others in terms of security. Perhaps that’s enough if I can just find a way to switch off the XP panic messages! The whole thing is beyond a joke. Corporations I can understand need good security but little old me here in my spare bedroom?
Any recommendations for software that does the following would be highly appreciated:
- Deals with most viruses
- Costs nothing
- Updates without me needing to hold it’s hand
- Shuts the hell up
- Does not screw-up the good nature of my PC
- Runs full scans at about the right frequency – i.e. once a quarter