4581Free Anti-Virus Package
- Jun 4, 2003Hi all!
Just wanted to tell you guys about a free virus scanner that I started
I got it here: http://www.avast.com/index.html
I must note that I am a big big fan of AVG, but IMO, this has got it
beat. I'm taking the time to write this because I just got done taking
care of Nimda on about 25 PC's. While I can't install it on a server
directly, I could still scan remotely.
At any rate, I installed AVG (latest version downloaded today) and
scanned the entire system (note that these were 90% Windows 2000
machines and 10% Win98 machines.) and AVG reported that it was clean.
Skeptical, I downloaded this Avast Home (free edition) and elected to
allow it to scan on next reboot (default suggestion) and it found
another instance of Nimda and I chose to delete the file. AVG
apparently wasn't smart enough to find C:\Downloads\F-Nimda.com
I'm sure there's more to the story, and the boot-time check helped, but
the interface is cool (IMO) and you get the system tray popup notices
with a weird guy telling you about the updates taking place, etc. It's
just an all-around cool product to me. It even has email support. I'm
sure the pro is worth it.
It was neat to see a free virus scanner take care of Nimda on all
workstations in a LAN.
For what it's worth, Norton System Works 2003 was previously installed
and even doing full system scans with NAV 2003 never found a virus.
Then I would uninstall NSW 2003 and scan it with avast and it would find
around 6 viruses, ranging from Nimda, to Magistr, Hybrid, etc.
Mind you this network wasn't setup by me. I just came to help out with
getting the viruses out. You can see why I don't like Norton though! :P
Just thought it may help some of you someday.
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