Fun, Fun, and More Fun

July 30, 2009

I have been preoccupied the last few days with computer issues.

I first noticed a couple of days ago that my computer was extremely slow when I tried to surf the internet. I found out from my brother that I had probably picked up a spybot or something along the way. I ran the Malwarebytes that was installed on my computer and it found a couple of items. I cleaned those out but my computer was still running slow. So, at the urging of my brother, I downloaded and installed Spybot Search & Destroy, which found a TON of stuff. After I cleaned all that stuff out, my computer ran fine.

Then this morning I woke up to find that my Norton Anti-virus software had expired. I have never liked Norton. It’s expensive and it seems to slow down my computer. I remembered reading somewhere that various internet service providers offer free anti-virus software to their customers. I checked with my provider, Roadrunner, and found that they offered anti-virus software from Computer Associates. I downloaded and installed the software and am in the process of getting it set up as I write this post. We’ll see how it works.

11 responses to Fun, Fun, and More Fun

  1. The CA antivirus is garbage. It won’t catch anything. You should definitely buy NOD32 — incredibly fast and worth every penny.

  2. If you’re looking for free avast is one of the best and it’s free.

  3. I use avast as well (3 years now) — free!

  4. You should go to and lookup CCleaner, and Ad-Aware. Both are great programs, and have free versions that are fully functional. I’m speaking as a person who has worked in IT support for a number of years.

  5. Another vote for avast.

  6. spywareblaster is great because unlike other programs it runs in the background and prevents spyware from installing in the first place. I think its more important than the search and destroy programs. for antivirus use AVG or avast, both free.

  7. AVG is another good free one…

  8. AVG is my favorite free anti-virus. Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D are my two spyware programs… each picks up threats missed by the other

  9. I’ve always hated Norton and have steered clear of it for years. After reading good reviews of Norton 2009, I bought it. It works great now. They revamped everything and have really improved it. Even the memory footprint it uses is small. I have 2 gig of memory and Norton is only using 7 Meg. You can usually find a 3-license version for about $35 online.

  10. ccleaner + sypbot + avast is just good enough. I have been doing that 3+ years. All three run light and take minimal disk space.

  11. Another vote for free AVG. I used this free antivirus for nearly 2 years now, it works well on my PC and notebook with take less disk space compared with Norton.