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« on: August 26, 2004, 07:49:21 PM »

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Are there any free virus-protection programs that are downloadable to a floppy? I am planning to reformat my hard drive in my older PC and re-install Windows 98 to it, but the Windows 98 disk has no built in virus software (I'm fairly certain). I would like to have something installed before I connect to the internet for the first time with my nice clean hard drive. And, of course, I'd rather have something free


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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2004, 08:33:43 PM »

I can't think of any that would fit on a floppy, maybe others have an
If your trying to clean your system of a virus than there may be some help there, but after a clean install, I would think you would want a good operational virus scanner

This is my recommendation:
Do a Clean Install----Get your drivers installed, blah blah blah
Get to Windows Update after your online and Get ALL CRITICAL updates
and Service Packs---Keep returning to Windows Update until you get them all, I'm not talking about Recommended updates, just the Critical ones Including IE and OE updates......The only reason I mention going to Windows Update first, it is probably a good idea to shut down your
AV protection when installing Windows updates

Because these 2 downloads are quick
You should install these 2 apps., they add extra security while
silently protecting you without running in the background
SpywareBlaster by JavaCool---will block bad ActiveX and malevolent cookies
Install---Check for Updates---Enable all protection

IE-Spyad---IE-SPYAD puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all.
Here is a tutorial and download link

With both---Check for updates every couple of weeks

Now let's get that AV on your system
You only need ONE, more than one can cause conflicts
Both of these are very good Anti-Virus Protections and both have a Free version
AVG anti-virus

Avast may use more resources, but it comes with 5 built in scanners
On by default
I use AVG on my laptop, I've never had a problem
I use AVAST on my desktop---Never had a problem
With avast----I only have the Standard Anti-Virus scanner running
and the Internet Email Scanner running
It has 3 other scanners
P2P file sharing scanner----I don't use it
Outlook scanner--I don't use it, I use Outlook Express
Instant Messaging scanner--I don't use it

Personal preference----With Avast's Interner Mail and Standard Shield running the resources are the same as AVG

Take a look at them and you decide which one you need
There's others out there, but I like the above 2, Remember, you only need one.

EDIT--I believe that with either of those virus scanners you will have to supply them with a legitimate Email Address, not a webbased one such as Hotmail either
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