Re: avg virus and jfw

  • From: "Billy Littlejohn" <blittlejohn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 19:52:22 -0500

Hey, Michael!

Well, I just made the switch from Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition to AVG AntiVirus, and I couldn't be happier about it! <smile> I made the switch, because my UPS (universal power supply) has auto-shutdown software that I wanted to install, but in the installation notes, it said that it wasn't compatible with Norton AntiVirus, because of a known problem with Norton. Actually, that was only the last in a long list of gripes with Norton... I found Norton to be not very "blind-user friendly," if you know what I mean.

AVG scans my system promptly at 8:00 every morning, which is more than I used to scan it, because of doing the scans manually with Norton and dreading the procedure so badly. AVG also downloads the updates each and every day, and I have found it to be very user-friendly, and in the end, you just cannot beat free, as long as the protection is adequate, right?

As for firewalls, I use the free version of Sygate Personal Firewall, and although it can be a pain at first, I have never had a problem in over two and a half years now. Pretty much any firewall is going to be a pain at first, if it monitors outgoing traffic, so the initial process of telling it what is okay to pass through it, and what is not, is going to just be part of the process, no matter what.

With all of that said, I would also recommend that you install a custom hosts file, which has almost single-handedly saved my butt from all kinds of spy ware. In fact, I have only had about thirty pieces of spy ware over the last year and a half or so, and I have friends who do scans each and every day, and have half a dozen or so to deal with. By the way, none of those thirty pieces of spy ware were malicious, if that is important to you. <smile> If you need to read up on the subject, I can recommend a couple of sites, including the site where I obtained my custom hosts file free of charge.

To read up on the subject from a nationally recognized computer goddess, go here:

You may just want to do a Google search on the web site for the words "custom hosts file," because her search engine is kind of quirky in my opinion. To further read up on the subject, and to download your own custom hosts file free of charge, go here:

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me privately... I am no expert, and installing the hosts file is not that difficult, but in case you have questions, you can find me here:


   Good luck and have fun!

----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael McDermott" <mmcderm@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2006 7:03 PM
Subject: avg virus and jfw

Hi all, I am considering switching from Norton anti virus to a v g
virus, as I understand  there is a free addition, and they don't soak
you for subscription updates to get virus definitions.  I know there has
been talk on the list about the program before, but I would like to open
discussions again and ask how well jfw works with it, and how users of
it like it.  Also I am looking for some fire wall soft ware suggestions,
as I am using Norton internet security and am not to happy with that


No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.1.392 / Virus Database: 268.5.5/333 - Release Date: 5/5/2006

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