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(Chicago Trib)   John McAfee is happy that his name is being taken off of his antivirus software, acknowledging that it was easier than getting the software off of a computer   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 65
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2014-01-07 04:43:08 PM
Mc-Crapware-Afee
 
2014-01-07 04:55:00 PM
Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes

CCleaner

All free.
 
2014-01-07 05:01:47 PM

Beerguy: Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes

CCleaner

All free.


Pfffft.  How good could free stuff possibly be?
 
2014-01-07 05:04:39 PM
He said he frequently gets emails
from customers who complain that it degrades the performance of
their computers and is difficult to remove.



It's funny because it's true
 
2014-01-07 05:05:00 PM
Oh well. Maybe the tech paparazzi can find out what Peter Norton is up to.
 
2014-01-07 05:05:27 PM
His software sucks but I cannot help but like him as a human being.
 
2014-01-07 05:07:42 PM
I thought he was a fugitive from a murder charge.
 
2014-01-07 05:09:05 PM
McAfee, Norton;et al, the AOLs of the anti-virus industry,
 
2014-01-07 05:12:12 PM

Nem Wan: Oh well. Maybe the tech paparazzi can find out what Peter Norton is up to.


I heard he had to change his last name to North.
 
2014-01-07 05:17:01 PM

Beerguy: Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes

CCleaner

All free.


Throw in ghostery and no script and you are good to go.
 
2014-01-07 05:18:19 PM
Everything I read or hear about John McAfee makes me believe that he is an unsavory weasel. And I mean no disrespect to weasels.
 
2014-01-07 05:22:16 PM
Isn't this the guy running around on an island murdering dogs?
 
2014-01-07 05:28:07 PM

wm734: Throw in ghostery


Goddamn, this is useful!  Thanks for mentioning it, I've never heard of it before.
 
2014-01-07 05:29:24 PM
"While we take any attack on our products seriously, these ludicrous statements have no basis in reality," company spokesman Ian Bain said at the time.

What reality does this guy live it?
 
2014-01-07 05:31:44 PM
Any chance we could get another hookers and blow video John?
 
2014-01-07 05:31:56 PM
It was no better when he ran the place.
 
2014-01-07 05:32:36 PM

styckx: "While we take any attack on our products seriously, these ludicrous statements have no basis in reality," company spokesman Ian Bain said at the time.

What reality does this guy live it?


The reality of a spokesman's job.
Lie and deny, everything.
 
2014-01-07 05:44:56 PM
nice headline, subby
+1
 
2014-01-07 05:47:32 PM

wm734: Beerguy: Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes

CCleaner

All free.

Throw in ghostery and no script and you are good to go.


Don't want to sound like a MSFT apologist, but Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty darn good.  Think it does a good job at balancing performance and protection.  I will never buy another firewall or AV product.  When Trend got all bloaty, that was the end for me.
 
2014-01-07 05:55:05 PM
Drop a train on him Edgar(surely not obscure)
 
2014-01-07 06:01:28 PM

wm734: Beerguy: Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes

CCleaner

All free.

Throw in ghostery and no script and you are good to go.


And replace MSE with AVG.  I've always used AVG and a  recent article said that MSE misses about 37% of malware out in the wild.
 
2014-01-07 06:01:45 PM
Ok, serious question.  I'm running Microsoft, Norton and other good products for security.  I picked up a recent McAfee version as part of some package update.  Should I scrub it from my home PC?  Thx
 
2014-01-07 06:02:22 PM

Oldiron_79: Drop a train on him Edgar(surely not obscure)


Yes! VERY YES!
 
2014-01-07 06:03:10 PM

SoupJohnB: Norton and other good products for security.


If you want to run good programs, why are you using Norton?  Why did you pick up McAfee?
 
2014-01-07 06:04:16 PM
Odoriferous Queef:

And replace MSE with AVG.  I've always used AVG and a  recent article said that MSE misses about 37% of malware out in the wild.

Weird, I stopped using AVG because it began missing all kinds of things that MSE would pickup no problem.
 
2014-01-07 06:06:12 PM

lousyskater: Odoriferous Queef:

And replace MSE with AVG.  I've always used AVG and a  recent article said that MSE misses about 37% of malware out in the wild.

Weird, I stopped using AVG because it began missing all kinds of things that MSE would pickup no problem.


I stopped my neighbor from using AVG because it wouldn't remove viruses, only detect them :/
 
2014-01-07 06:06:59 PM

lousyskater: Odoriferous Queef:

And replace MSE with AVG.  I've always used AVG and a  recent article said that MSE misses about 37% of malware out in the wild.

Weird, I stopped using AVG because it began missing all kinds of things that MSE would pickup no problem.


Having just one AV program installed is really dumb, anyway (note I didn't say running concurrently).
 
2014-01-07 06:07:50 PM

wm734: Beerguy: Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes

CCleaner

All free.

Throw in ghostery and no script and you are good to go.


That's a new one for me. Thanks.
 
2014-01-07 06:10:02 PM

Odoriferous Queef: wm734: Beerguy: Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes

CCleaner

All free.

Throw in ghostery and no script and you are good to go.

And replace MSE with AVG.  I've always used AVG and a  recent article said that MSE misses about 37% of malware out in the wild.

We need a full list of Farker-recommended utility programs.  I use Malwarebytes and RKill because someone here endorsed them.  My sister-in-law had already turned me onto CCleaner.
 
2014-01-07 06:10:46 PM

SoupJohnB: Ok, serious question.  I'm running Microsoft, Norton and other good products for security.  I picked up a recent McAfee version as part of some package update.  Should I scrub it from my home PC?  Thx


You really shouldn't run more than one antivirus in real time on your system.  You can get all kinds of unexpected behavior.  I would recommend picking just one and stick with it.  My personal preference is Microsoft Security essentials, but the case can be made for AVG or others.  I would avoid Symantec and McAfee, they are both resource intensive.

If you are scanning your system, in addition to real time protection, look at MalwareBytes free in addition to your realtime protection.  Get some sort of ad-blocking software, and even consider a flash blocker.  Surf with care and don't install anything without due consideration.  Some will tell you not to use IE or Firefox.  They really aren't a problem, unless you install a bunch of add-ins.

tl;dr version: Keep your computer simple and clean.
 
2014-01-07 06:10:51 PM
Crotchrocket Slim:

Having just one AV program installed is really dumb, anyway (note I didn't say running concurrently).

I agree completely. Just stating I haven't used AVG for a while because it's been lacking greatly compared to most others I've used recently.
 
2014-01-07 06:12:05 PM

RyansPrivates: wm734: Beerguy: Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes

CCleaner

All free.

Throw in ghostery and no script and you are good to go.

Don't want to sound like a MSFT apologist, but Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty darn good.  Think it does a good job at balancing performance and protection.  I will never buy another firewall or AV product.  When Trend got all bloaty, that was the end for me.


You know... I keep hearing that.  But then I keep running into virused up machines running MSFT.  Granted, there is no such thing as a perfect antivirus, but I've still seen more infected MSE machines than AVG, Viper, Avast, etc.

/Norton and McAfee don't count as antivirus software.  They are the TSA of the software world.
 
2014-01-07 06:14:50 PM

ParallelUniverseParking: nice headline, subby
+1


Came here to do this. See you in December.
 
2014-01-07 06:31:23 PM

Odoriferous Queef: wm734: Beerguy: Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes

CCleaner

All free.

Throw in ghostery and no script and you are good to go.

And replace MSE with AVG.  I've always used AVG and a  recent article said that MSE misses about 37% of malware out in the wild.


This came up on reddit a few days ago and the general consensus was that the test was flawed. I don't know what their test rig was for this most recent test, but in a previous test of MSSE they used an unpatched XP system. My understanding is that Security Essentials is fine when you keep your system updated, but that MS isn't necessarily going to duplicate efforts by patching the OS and building protection for the patched exploit into their free A/V product.

My personal experience backs this up as well. Keeping my system patched, in addition to Security Essentials (and Ghostery) and a bit of common sense I have been able to avoid malware infection for many years. I did throw an extra layer of protection in the mix last week when a MalwareBytes Pro lifetime license was on sale for $9.99 on NewEgg last week. No hits so far, but it came highly recommended, is light on resources, and at that price seemed like a no brainer.
 
2014-01-07 06:50:53 PM
Damn, this again. Avast, Comodo firewall, SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes. Run Ad block, no script, ghostery, and better privacy and you are good to go.
 
2014-01-07 07:04:34 PM

Unoriginal_Username: wm734: Beerguy: Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes

CCleaner

All free.

Throw in ghostery and no script and you are good to go.

That's a new one for me. Thanks.


Its a ridiculous CPU hog as is though, beware if you're on a laptop that browsing to any site will act like active 3d gaming on your battery.
 
2014-01-07 07:37:54 PM
Is McAffee that freak who got addicted to dopamine reuptake inhibitors and have a psychotic breakdown?

//Coulda googled it but worried about google spam virus.
 
2014-01-07 07:46:44 PM

walktoanarcade: McAfee, Norton;et al, the AOLs of the anti-virus industry,


Almost.  If you get an off the shelf PC these days, it often comes with McAfee or Norton.  AOL not so much these days.
 
2014-01-07 08:34:44 PM
Anti-Virus? What's that? It must be some kind of windows program.
 
2014-01-07 08:41:58 PM

Shadyman: I stopped my neighbor from using AVG because it wouldn't remove viruses, only detect them :/


I stopped my neighbor from using antivirus software because it kept detecting the remote webcam drivers I put on her computer.
 
2014-01-07 08:44:09 PM
fake ass beard!
 
2014-01-07 08:56:47 PM
Add superantispyware and combofix to the free tools pile. I use them all weekly cleaning user PCs.

Also, adblock, noscript, and ghostery for whichever browser you use

Put that all together and DON'T CLICK EVERYTHING and you're virus and spyware free for 99% of folks. Bill Gates won't send you an email to click on, don't click there for coupons on cat food, and your bank will NEVER EMAIL YOU ASKING FOR YOUR PASSWORD AND SS #.

NOR WILL YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY.

Ahem.

Back in the day when he was at McAfee (also when Peter was still at Norton), the AV products were actually halfway decent on occasion. Now, not so much.
 
2014-01-07 09:08:07 PM
I've won the Spanish national lottery!
 
2014-01-07 09:55:39 PM
McAfee: products so good we have to pay companies to sneak them on to your computer.
 
2014-01-07 11:45:13 PM
fang06554:   But then I keep running into virused up machines running MSFT.  Granted, there is no such thing as a perfect antivirus, but I've still seen more infected MSE machines than AVG, Viper, Avast, etc.

 I have a suspicion that msft & other large industry playas actually put viruses/trojans/vulnerabilities into computers thru updates, then bank the proceeds of people struggling to 'catch up' with latest flaw.
It makes monetary sense.

How the hell can w-7 or 8 get attacked when their 0S takes up 10+ gigs?
 
2014-01-08 12:01:21 AM

JSTACAT: How the hell can w-7 or 8 get attacked when their 0S takes up 10+ gigs?


...can I buy some drugs off of you?
 
2014-01-08 12:03:50 AM
I stopped using AVG myself when it started to get false positives all the time and couldn't even tell me WHAT it was detecting (that no other program could detect). Mind you, it's a whole nother level of sad that the program cannot even remove these false positives...
 
2014-01-08 12:23:53 AM
I always found it funny how much like virus legit anti viruses are. I mean I've had actual viruses that pretended to be antivirus software, but they were only slightly more annoying then most of the paid legal ones.

/Use to use AVG
//Now I use Microsoft Security Essentials
///And a weekly scan by Spybot S&D
////Also not downloading anything that has a large red flashing download button does wonders.
 
2014-01-08 12:34:17 AM

NateAsbestos: JSTACAT: How the hell can w-7 or 8 get attacked when their 0S takes up 10+ gigs?

...can I buy some drugs off of you?



No.
With 10 gigs, there is more than enough room for several virtual machines, one for kernel, one for programs, and another for browsers.

Instead its some clanky version of past mistakes with more and more drm & backdoors woven in.
You should be able to start your machine with a virgin copy of the OS, programs, and have working data completely isolated. Off the Shelf.
but that would put a lot of programmers & etc out of business; so we clank around with ever larger sets of ball & chain.
it can be done with a good FW & lots of trimming.
Windows [c dr] can be less than a gig...
 
2014-01-08 01:37:24 AM

NateAsbestos: JSTACAT: How the hell can w-7 or 8 get attacked when their 0S takes up 10+ gigs?

...can I buy some drugs off of you?


I too would like to procure what JSTACAT be smokin'.
 
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