Well yesterday was a learning curve for sure. I've been going along for years thinking I was protecting my computer by having a good virus program (Norton 360). Well, I don't have Norton 360 anymore. Let's do a recap of the last week plus. As many of you know I had a very severe virus called TrojanDownloader. We took it to our computer guru and he figured he would have to remove Vista and then reload Vista.
Well, he got to working on this computer and found a litany of problems. It booted up really slow for one and the reason for that? Norton 360. So he removed Norton and it booted in half the time. He then loaded AVG free Version 9.0 virus protection program. Here's where I learned something new. Don't ever just type in AVG Free Version 9.0 into your search engine. Always, I repeat always type in www.download.com. This will take you to cnet, now type in what you want to download. In any event Moses swears by AVG and if you purchase a computer from him that program will be one of two he installs for virus/malware protection.
Next he removed the TrojanDownloader. Then he loaded Lavasoft Ad-Aware to check for malware. He left two different lists of malware this computer had. I didn't count how many let's just say there were two full pages of different malware on this computer. This knowledge didn't make me all that happy since we have been paying Norton quite a bit of money for virus protection. According to Moses, Norton never even addressed any of this malware. We have three computers that no longer have Norton 360. We've made the change across the board.
Can I still get that horrible TrojanDownloader again. Yes, any of us can. Okay Empress Bee...not Mac users. What I've learned today is my computer guru is my best friend. If you use IE then know this. He says it has more holes in that program than Swiss cheese. That's a lot of holes. He recommends using FireFox. Lastly businesses like Norton and McAfee keeps him working on computers. Virtually all the computers brought to his business are either using Norton or McAfee virus programs. These two places are making him lots of money. Bye-bye Norton.