Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Software Wednesday - AVG

posted by Scott Roche

I worked on my boss's computer this past weekend. Turns out he had a Trojan. No not the latex variety. A Trojan Horse in computer terms is a malicious program that is disguised as or embedded within legitimate software

What makes it worse is he had a brand new version of Norton AV which did not catch this bad boy. So he was being a responsible PC owner. What did your friendly neighborhood tech do? Well I installed AVG. It's a free antivirus software that absolutely rocks. It found and fixed the virus infested files. Unfortunately I had to end up reinstalling Windows, because the virus had corrupted a few very important files.

Point is, Trojans have to be run from an executable and if he'd had this instead of Norton it probably would have caught the virus before it infected his system. Remember that while generally you get what you pay for there is a HUGE movement of folks who want to put good, cheap/free software in your hands. Unfortunately there is also a large number of people who want you to pay them $65 (or more)for crappy software.

Grisoft also makes an antispyware package that you can get at the same link above.


At 11:51 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

AVG rocks.

I've been using it for about a year, and it's been just peachy to me.


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