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Previous | Next by ben 26 May, 2006 - 2:07 AM

not sure how i got it, but i'm getting these "security" warnings infrequently, winlogon.exe is using 30mb of memory, and adaware is saying i have 50 "critical" issues. damn. i'm guessing you're all going to recommend norton? or something else?

5/26/2006 >> ralph

I hate norton......I stopped using it about a year ago. I've been using Kaspersky for about the past 3 months and like it a lot. Give it a shot. You can get it from Oink.

5/26/2006 >> muhgcee

If you can figure out which virus you have, it might be a good idea to look up the manual removal instructions online.

As far as an anti-virus tool, I defer to Ralph.

5/26/2006 >> ben

jamie suggests nod32... i'll check out both i guess.

stu - it's got something to do with lsass.exe & (i think) winlogon.exe - every time it warns me that i'm at risk, it pops open a browser with some anti-virus software it wants me to buy... i forgot the name of it though

5/26/2006 >> muhgcee

Hey, by the way, is your normal user account an admin account? I've recently switched mine to a power user account, and made a separate admin account to do any software installs. I haven't been very much inconvenienced.

I think this may get rid of 90% of crap like this.

5/26/2006 >> elfie

yeah, I highly highly recommend nod32. I've been using it for several months and it's great. HIGHLY configurable, vastly smaller footprint than norton, and reasonably priced. they ask for a per-machine license coast, but I've never had any problem running multiple instances from within the same local network.

They make the claim that nod32 has never failed to block a virus in the wild. I can't personally vouch for the validity of that claim, but I have yet to see a reason to doubt it.

5/26/2006 >> ben

and i guess i won't be using symantec

good times.

5/26/2006 >> muhgcee

An anti-virus solution that a geek actually recommends...I'll be adding that to my "check this out" list of links.

5/26/2006 >> ralph

yeah, i did a little digging around after jamie's recommendation and it seems like it's getting really high reviews. I think i'll give it a shot. there's a free 30 day trial as well. (and apparently it's easy to crack with a registry setting....not that i would ever do that)

5/27/2006 >> elfie

Actually the newer version isn't quite as easy to crack. You need a user name and password to get the updates. It used to be that if you had an old install of the demo, you could set your computer forward like 50 years, install it, then set your system back to present day. Unfortunately, that older version, even though it still received updates, started having some compatibility issues with windows update. Getting the newer version of the software fixes it, but it also fixes your ability to cheat the system. Cest la vie.

But yeah, grab the demo and see what you think. Especially if you're currently using Norton, you'll see a HUGE drop in system resource usage. But man, you really gotta get EVERY hint of Norton off your machine. No firewall, no protected recycle bin, nothing, but I was SO glad when I did it. Fucking Symantec :p

One of my favorite features is the ability to set it up in kind of a "this is my mom's computer" mode where your ability to fuck with the settings is restricted by a password and it can email you if it finds any problems. I set that up on a friend's computer who has two kids and a husband who like to screw up their computer. hehe

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