anti-virus and music downloads

Old 08-02-07, 07:03 PM
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anti-virus and music downloads

Just got a new computer. It came with a cheap trial Norton.

This is a home computer we use for email, pictures and eventually burn cd's.

Can you recommend a good antivirus software?

Also where is the best place to go to download music? I'm confused on how to do this. It seems free places bombard you with ads and others charge you monthly rates or by the song.

Can someone recommend a good site that is easy to use and affordable?

Old 08-02-07, 07:09 PM
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What type of connection do you have? If you have highspeed cable or DSL, your provider probably offers this anti-virus for free.

I've had back luck with Norton, so whenever I get a computer, I just erase it. I use McAfee and have had no problems with them at all.

As for the music, well, I use Pro edition of Limewire. It's a free music P2P program, and the music industry thinks it's stealing, but it is what it is.

Most legit music sites require subscription service and/or pay per song type of deal.
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AVG has a good FREE download for anti-virus software. Updates are also free.

As far as music downloads, I like Limewire pro too. And itunes is nice, if you have an ipod.
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anti-virus and music downloads

I have Comcast and get free McAfee.

I had Norton and hated it and it seemed to be too intrusive. McAfee is good and the updates do not get in the way. My only problem was when my laptop the was set up for wireless was not used for 3 months and after the uodates it took a couple of restarts to get back to normal.

As much as I dislike Comcast, McAfee is a plus.
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Norton wants to take over the machine. Even after you uninstall it, it leaves pieces of itself everywhere.

You might like CA AntiVirus from Computer Associates. It isn't free, but it's the fastest, most unobtrusive app I've tried. The daily updates (which happen behind the scenes) take about 20 seconds on DSL. It scans downloads in real time, so it does take an extra ten seconds or so per meg. It's caught several e-mail worms over the past year, including one that made it into the swap file.

You're going to need a good AV app if you use Limewire or other bit torrents.
Old 08-03-07, 04:57 AM
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Like said AVG is pretty good and you will also want Spybot and Ad Aware. They're all free and do a great job.
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SpywareBlaster also very good free add-on protection.
Old 08-03-07, 06:07 AM
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AVG free at

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