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      18.02.2005 17:16
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      McAfee Virusscan is, for me, one of the best antivirus programs on the market.

      I have been using it for more than 8 years in my home's computer, and I have never had a virus on it until now.

      The only virus I had one time was on my office laptop where I run Trend's Antivirus, and it didn't recognize it (Trend was updated daily). After that, I instaled McAfee and it detected the virus inmediately and removed it without any problem.

      Another thing that I like about McAfee is that it does not use so many resources like other Antivirus Programs like Panda. If you have Panda Antivirus and you don't have a powerfull computer, everything works very slow. It doesn't happend with McAfee.

      You can update McAffe through Internet. You ave at least one or two updates every week, so you are allways protected against every new virus. When a new risky virus appears, mcafee ussually have a tool soon to remove it.

      So, if you one to be protected from malicius programs like virus, trojans, etc., don't hesitate, McAfee is a very good option.

      Regards.
      zorlor.

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        Right !! I am an IDIOT !!!! And although I have sorted out three users affected by the Badtrans virus - two by my own idiocy and one by someone elses - and gained 'brownie points' for doing so, I am still wearing sack-cloth and rubbed over with ashes. If there was a brain-reprocessing plant in Edinburgh, then I would still turn myself over ... The BACKGROUND You see I have a McAfee VirusScan, but I had not re-installed it .... BIG MISTAKE !!! My computer is now rather elderly and due for replacement soon. Exactly when this is done will depend on whether I am off for a few trips abroad over the next year. If I am, then I will not replace until I am back in the UK after these contracts. If you check the prices/specification of computers over the months you will understand my reticence. I anticipate spending about £900 to £1000 on my next 'box'. Today, I could buy a better specification for £600 than I could for £950 three months’ ago. ... so whenever you buy, there is a better offer still, in only week or a fortnight. Anyway, that is my excuse for trying to keep my current 150Mhz DAN Pentium struggling on for a few more months. But to do this, then periodically I find I have to clean the hard disks and re-install the Software. This happened last about a month ago. ANTI-VIRUS Software for Cheapskates Those of you who know me well know that I am a star at cheap-skating – Indeed, I claim Welsh/Scottish/World & Olympic Championship medals (lol). So about 14 months' ago I was in a 'Bargain Books' shop and saw that they were selling McAfee Virus Scanners(Version 5.1.2) at a mere FIVE POONDS !!!! So I bought two .... Well, you see, when you register on line, on www.mcafee.co.uk, you get 12 months' service from their website, and when this is expired you have to pay their annual fee, currently £17.95. Now you don't have to be slick at Ar
        ithmetic to see that this payment of £10 would give me at least two years of professional protection..... So when I re-installed the software onto the hard disk, I did not re-install the Virus checker, thinking that I would wait for a little time, then install the second copy, and have another year of total protection. After all, what I was installing back was checked recently and was virus-free, and I have never fallen into the trap of opening ANY attachments that I did not know the history of. On two occasions disgruntled Doo-Yooers have sent Virus-ridden attachments to me that have been successfully intercepted before they could do any damage. Should I try to be more of a "Mr Nice Guy" on the site, so that I don't get sent these viruses ? (Naaaaah, enjoy it too much being 'uncompromising' - lol). Indeed I knew that it was '.exe' and '.pif' attachments that were the main danger, so nothing that contained these attachments was ever opened. But Why McAfee? Now don’t get me started on a debate of the relative superiority of 'Norton', and any of the new-fangled ones. Norton is more expensive than McAfee, and there are others which are cheaper. That is not the point. McAfee has been on the market for some years. When registered, it can be set to use its excellent update facility which checks the McAfee site for updates and downloads as necessary. There is absolutely no point in having Virus protection software if you don't update it frequently. You can have it set up on your system in a variety of modes, but generally a 'System Scan' is all that is necessary for protection. If you do not have a Virus-checking software, then registering online (at £17.95 for a year's updates)is cheaper than buying at PC World, at £24.95 and as long as you are sensible then you do not need the CD. Installation is a very straight-f
        orward step-wise process that even I can follow. McAfee also offer "Personal Firewall" at £20.95 on their site that I shall be considering for my new computer set-up. "Personal Firewall is an online application service that offers Internet users advanced protection from system intrusion by hackers and other online threats. If you want to take advantage of all the extraordinary benefits of using the Internet while having the peace of mind that comes from knowing you're protected from the Internet's dangers, you need Personal Firewall". Why my new set-up ? Well the current McAfee VirusScan software slows down my computer to snail's pace, so installing any more software operating whilst connected would be even greater idiocy on my part .... BAD DAY !! On 26 November, at 4.35 p.m., I arrived home and switched on the computer. At present we are still connected by a modem, through Freeserve Anytime, but will transfer to Broadband when the new 'box' is bought. I opened Outlook Express, and Internet Explorer. Opened my "another.com" email accounts and "dooyoo.co.uk". Whilst they were loading I checked my Freeserve email account. A couple of messages for me and one for my son, apparently from BBC Radio 2 (but actually from one of their 'agents'), from a person named "Pam Hobson". It referred to the "Radio 2 Young Folk Award", and the attachments were a ".txt" file and one labelled ".MP3.scr". Now this was thought by me to be an audio file, and this would be relevant, since a Folk-Rock group appearing in the Young Folk Award Final features our son as the Fiddler.... So I opened it. Logical .... but BIG Mistake!! I soon realised that it was a virus, since the opening up of both sites through Internet Explorer were slowed right down, but the flickering icon was going like the clappers, showing that th
        ere was a connection and that information was being exchanged with the Internet. I checked the 'status' and it was obvious that loads of information was being transmitted FROM my computer. It was no more than about 4 minutes in total, probably less. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Everyone must have felt that horrid empty fear in the pit of their stomach – I have certainly felt it before, but not for some time .... You see I had been able to avoid viruses, either by taking care not to open '.exe' and '.pif' files, or by having the software installed. But what I feared then was that I would have to download all my files onto zip discs, then wipe my hard-disks again, then re-install the software, and virus scanner, then scanning the disks and cleaning up any infected files ... a lot of time that I did not really have ... and a visit to York scheduled for the Wednesday of that week to discuss a rather large potential contract ... as I say, not the ideal time .... And there is always the possibility that the files have become so corrupted that they cannot be 'fixed' .... Solution ? Well, I installed my 'unused' issue of McAfee onto the hard-disk, but this would not sort out the problem. I tried to connect to their website for an update, but gave up after about 3 minutes because the amount of traffic being sent out swamped that which was coming back. So, I switched off and had a wee think. I went out to PC world at 7 p.m. and invested in an up-to-date copy of the McAfee Virus Scan software (6.0) for £29.95 including the QuickClean software. Tried to install it... Bl**dy useless. Because it is designated to operate with WIN 95B onwards. Mine is obviously the WIN 95A software, since the text appeared as a load of symbols on the screen. (Needless to say those 'Mr Nice Guys' at PC World the next day wouldn’t take this back - a
        nd the guy who told me when questioned that it was suitable for my machine even denied having spoken to me ! This, of course is another story .... Grrrrr ... ) "Right !" I said – well that wasn't exactly the word I used ... But this 'new' version of VirusScan would not have been any use, since I now understand that this was a new virus, which would not have been dealt with on the CD-ROM, the whole point being that you have to update regularly or automatically. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In this life, there are two sayings that come to mind and are relevant in this story: "a little knowledge (which is what I have with computing) is a dangerous thing" ; and, "it ain't WHAT you know .. it is ... WHO you know!". So, phoned my Son ("No Chance .... I have this design Project to finish .. by the way, Dad, what do you know about hydraulic pumps .... ?"). Then elder daughter ..... As anticipated, she was more interested in sampling the delights of a restaurant booking made on www.5pm.co.uk, but she said she would ring back later. So (much) later, she telephoned me, and recalled that at work (Accountancy Office) they had been warned about not opening ANY attachments, if they had not updated their Anti-virus software within the week. Then (the Darling !) had an idea. You see, she has always remained 'good friends' with all her ex-boyfriends. There are so many of them, that they could certainly form two teams to play each other at soccer or cricket - and at this rate, it won't be long before they could form two Rugby Union teams ! Anyway, two of them have Degrees in Computing/Artificial Intelligence and work for computer service companies in Edinburgh, so she phoned the first (who was "too drunk"), and the second (who wasn't - for a change lol). BADTRANS 32 V
        IRUS This friend, Iain, kindly allowed me to telephone him. He said that he had spent much of the day sorting out four of his company's clients with what was probably the same virus – "Bandtrans32". Once infected it would raid your list of email addresses and send messages and copies of itself to them in random. The ".scr" attachment that I had received is described as a "Windoze screensaver", and are simply (?) executable files that have had their extension renamed (if any of that makes sense to you !). So, we must treat ".scr" or indeed any other name that we have not seen before as file attachments with the same wariness as an ".exe" or ".pif" attachment.. Iain took me through the process for removing the Virus from the computer without wiping the hard-disk. It took about 40 minutes at that time, but I have managed to take three people through the process (two infected by my email, and the other by someone else) each in about 20 minutes. REMOVAL You should search the website of the anti-virus software that you have for information about this virus and see if you can update the anti-virus software, but in the meantime you will have to remove the virus that you have. Assuming it is this virus mentioned above then you need to go to: "Shutdown", Then restart your computer in "MS-DOS mode". [Note not all of the deletes given below will operate - it depends on which variant of the virus that you have, but two or more of them should delete successfully - which thus give no message after pressing Enter.] Those which are there and get deleted, will just return you to the 'Command Prompt' indicator after pressing "Enter". At the command prompt type in turn : del c:\windows\inetd.exe del c:\windows\system\kern32.exe del c:\windows\system\hksdll.dll <
        br> del c:\windows\system\kernel32.exe – (This was deleted with 'my' version of the Virus) del c:\windows\kdll.dll del c:\windows\system\kdll.dll - (This was deleted with 'my' version of the Virus) Then to double check type: "cd\dir inetd.exe/" for each of the above files - none should be found. Then Restart the machine: You need to run the Registry Editor. Make sure you DON’T CONNECT to the internet - take out the modem cable if necessary - then go into Outlook Express and delete the message you got the virus from. Registry Editor Instructions: Boot up as normal into Windows. Go to Start, Then to RUN ; and then type "regedit" in the box and click on "OK". Use the registry editor like you would the 'File Manager' facility and navigate to : "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" ; then "SOFTWARE" ; then "Microsoft" ; then "Windows"; then "CurrentVersion" ; then "RunOnce" If there is an entry such as : "kernel32" with "kernel32.exe" or "kern32.exe" on the right-hand side then right-click on it and choose "Delete". Mine had "kernel32" with "kern32.exe" This should remove the virus, but then the real 'fun' starts of putting the latest anti-virus software on your computer and telling all your friends that you have inadvertently sent out this virus. I have done this – and it took some time. Several of my friends and contacts on DooYoo had received the file, and most had been sensible NOT to open the attachments. I expect those are where the file was entitled "SEE_ME_NUDE" (NOT a pretty sight, I might add !!!) Others were labelled "sorry_about_yesterday&quo
        t; (highly unlikely !). A total of 38 of my contacts have admitted to receiving an infected message from my computer and a further 25 have confirmed they have not received any, with a whole host who have not yet responded. Moral of this story ? Well, I regard myself as an idiot for not having my Virus software re-installed. In the past whenever a potential virus has appeared, then I have voiced oaths in the direction of the miscreant from whence it was directed. Now, of course, I know that many of them probably acted in good faith and not knowing an expert in computing, had machines that they dared not re-connect to the internet before getting (expensive) professional advice. Being possessed of a suspicious mind, I am undecided as to whether the source of the Virus is the Anti-Virus Software writers, or a major Computer manufacturer .... or one of those Computer Services companies .... Footnote This Virus seems to have caused many problems throughout the world. My next door neighbour has received SIX emails with the virus, from all around the world. I have received emails from companies who had just blank emails from me. One went so far as to telephone me hoping for an order ... So how much has that Virus cost industry ? To remove it takes about 20 minutes if done verbally over the telephone, down to 10 minutes if the details can be sent by fax or post, and then the recipent guided through the removl process over the telephone. The Agency that sent the Virus to me admitted to having received it from the publisher of a Folk Music magazine. It took a Computer specialist the whole of Tuesday morning to remove it from their systems ...... hmmmmm ... obviously a better Computer services company for that type of service exists in Edinburgh .... good 'ole Iain - a bottle of a good whisky is now in your hands (or, more likely, your stomach). © Sidneygee 2001

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          29.10.2001 22:42
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          Okay so you have a PC, before you plug the thing into the mains and turn it on you NEED to have virus software installed. Why so adamant? Well these days your viruses affect me and everyone else who use the Net, so many times have my webs servers been scanned by Code Red infected systems and the like. Even if you don't connect to the net, you need virus software if you have any kind of file of any value, or even if you don't want to risk having your computer rendered useless by BIOS flashing viruses (the nastiest beasts in all computerdom). I had 3 viruses on my PC pre net days, so they did exist before the behemoth that is the net was in common use. Since having the net I have been sent dozens of viruses by people who didn't know they were infected (im not that unpopular!) and have seen viruses in all kinds of software downloaded from the net.

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            26.10.2001 23:46
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            I have had Mcafee virus scan for quite a while now. I decided to buy it after a friend had bought it and told me about it. I have version 5, which was new when i first bought it. You can upgrade the version you have online though which is good, as you know you will always have the newer version of it. Mcafee virus scan is software that scans your pc to see if you have any viruses. Its very easy to download. Just put the cd in your hard drive and follow the on screen instructions. Once installed you are ready to scan your pc for a virus. Mcafee scans floppy discs, internet downloads, e-mail attachments, shared files, networks and online services. It destroys any virus that it finds and repairs files automatically. This is good, so that you do not pass on any virus to friends through emails. You can get 24 hour, 7 day a week support at www.mcafee.com I bought mcafee virus scan from pc world for £15.99 as there was a sale on at the time. It said the original price was £24.99, so I got a real bargain. It's so easy to use as well. Just press the scan button and it will scan your pc. It's as simple as that. If it finds any virus on your pc it tells you and it will destroy it for you. You can keep it running in the background or check it every day for viruses. It's best to have it running in the back ground though. Since I have had Mcafee virus scan, I've only ever had one virus on my pc, which was a back door virus, but it got rid of it for me.I've never had any since. It's worth while having to stop all the viruses.

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              11.06.2001 15:43
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              The first time that I used McAfee I was not too sure about it as I was used to the Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus product. When Dr Solomon,s was taken over I by Network Associates (NAI) we were told by our suppliers that we would have to use McAfee as that is what they would be supplying now. It seems that both Dr Solomon’s and the McAfee team had been using similar techniques to find virus using their different bits of software, so they were quite easy to combine together. Since using McAfee I would say that it so much better than any other product on the market. The features are good, you can check for viruses while your screen saver is on, while your in a dos box, when you are surfing the Internet and it also checks your e-mail attachments. ** Installation ** As you might imagine this is very easy to install, all you have to do is to insert the disk and follow the instruction and you are away. This will install in about five minutes unless you really have some problems with your computer! ** Using the Software ** The program also adds useful shortcuts to the right click menu, making it possible to scan a file for a virus without having to find it again in the program. An example of this is if I wanted to look at my A: drive, if I wanted to check it for viruses all I have to do is right click and select “Scan for virus”, the same is true if you want to check an individual file. McAfee Anti-Virus also provides you with a real time scanner, this is a bit of software which is loaded all the time that you computer is. It sits in the background of your computer and everytime you access the computer it scans those particular files for viruses. This software can be configured so that it only scans incoming, outgoing or all files. You can say which directory for the scanner to check as well as which files to scan for. The only problem with this is that it can cause your computer to slow down if it is wr
              iting to your hard drive a lot. An icon in the system tray, the bottom left by the time, shows this bit of the software. The Virus Scam Console is a bit of software that can be set-up to automatically run a virus scan of your entire computer. It can also be set-up to download an update for the software from a computer on your network or even from the NAI website. An icon in the system tray, the bottom left by the time, shows this bit of the software. ** Updates ** It is also very easy to get updates; they publish updates to their virus definitions+ every Thursday, which are available for download from their website. These updates are known as DATs (updates virus definitions), there is also another type of update called a Super DAT (updates virus definition and scan engine+). What this is an updated of the virus definitions and the scan engine. These can be downloaeded from: www.nai.com. All you have to do is to click on "Download Updates Now", which is located at the top of the web page, and follow the instructions given. When you get the file all you have to do is run it and it updates all of the relevant parts of the software. + A virus definition is a file, which is used by the scan engine to check for viruses, a scan engine is the bit of software that actually finds the virus’ ** Performance ** Although I have not had that many viruses attack me, the ones that I have had have been detected very quickly and removed from the offending media just as easily. When a virus is detected is asks your whether or not you want to remove it, click yes and the disk is clean, click no and it is left alone. ** My Thoughts ** This is an excellent product to protect your computer from viruses, especially if you are using the Internet a lot. It provides a peace of mind and is very simple and easy to use and update. I can’t comment on the price of the software as it was bought through work for
              work, but it has been a very good bit of anti-virus software, well worth the money spent.

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                18.12.2000 07:50

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                I acquired a copy of Mcafee VirusScan V 4.03. I was pleased with the software and it detected a couple of viruses. However, I recently upgraded to version 5. I bought the software from amazon for £25 and expected improved virus detection facilities. I feel cheated because the virus scan engine is the same version as the one I already had and you can get a free upgrade to version 5 from version 4.03 anyway by clicking 'update' from within the program and downloading from mcafee.com! I found this out recently when I chose to reinstall version 4.03 because I damaged the disc on the newly bought version. Also, I had a problem with a virus on my computer which kept renaming the windows directory to windows.0, moving files everywhere and requiring windows to be reinstalled. I contacted mcafee through their website to report this behaviour. They replied merely by asking me what the virus was called, as if I could possibly know! The onus is all on you to detect viruses their software does not. Overall, though, this software is good and easy to use. Apart from the 2 problems I have mentioned I am pleased with its performance and I suppose mcafee cannot be faulted for offering free upgrades to existing customers. I would recommend it above Norton Antivirus, as it uses less system resources and is easy to use.

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                05.11.2000 03:13
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                Any user of the Internet needs an appropriate level of protection against the ever-increasing number of viruses that are around today. For a few years I have been a user of Mcafee products and found them very reassuring. Mcafee has detected several viruses in files and e-mail attachments; this has prevented my system from becoming infected. The current version I am using is Mcafee VirusScan 5.13. Previous to this version I was using VirusScan 5.12 and I found this was making my computer run much slower than normal, I was informed that this release should fix the problem and sure enough it did. Mcafee release virus definition files approximately weekly and it is important to update to ensure the latest protection. The version 5.x range of products provide an easy update facility and is much quicker than previous versions because the full definition file does not need to be downloaded, I have found this works very well. A disadvantage for some people may be the limited e-mail protection, because at present the e-mail scan does not scan e-mails received in Outlook Express, due to the way the mail programme operates. However, users of Outlook should be impressed.

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                  04.10.2000 17:55
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                  Having McAfee Virus scan meant that I didn't get infected by the virus that attaches to JPG files and was sent to me by an infected computer. As soon as I tried to open the attachment I was asked if I wanted to continue as it contained a virus. I chose to delete instead. It's that simple. There are a lot of things I don't yet know how to use, like how to retrive the back up files, but I hope it will never get to the stage where I have to do that. My one complaint is that you have to change the settings to get it to scan e-mail. As I'm not very technical I don't like playing around with new software. I think that this should be preset as most people want their e-mail scanned, being the most common sorce of viruses. The hand book could explain a bit more, or at least guide you to finding help on the actual program.

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                  04.10.2000 05:24

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                  This is without doubt the best antivirus software on the market. It is very easy to install and use and regular updates are provided via the McAfee Website. However the best thing about this product is the relatively low amount of CPU usage that it consumes whilst running, I have used the other virus products (mainly Norton which consumes a large amount of the CPU). When this product detects a virus it can generally repair it without any hassle, occasionaly it can only repair viruses by removing a file. Everybody should have some sort of Antivirus protection and this product does the job very well at a very good price.

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                  03.09.2000 04:32
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                  The scenerio goes something on the lines of... "We had a McAfee Virus Checker which came free with Windows 98 Plus. We thought we were fine, until one day we booted up the old 'puter and suddenly a funny looking tools driver box came up. It ran a couple of files and then disappeared. We knew that we've caught a virus. The free virus checker although regularly updated detected nothing! Now was the time to fork out some notes for a proper Virus Checker!" I decided to update the old McAfee Virus program with McAfee VirusScan. After a quick installation, the virus program was up and running. It quickly detected that we have been "kak'ed". It quickly removed the virus and we've been virus free ever since. McAfee VirusScan allows you to have a background scanner running in the background. It also scans emails and the internet as things download. It has picked up many incidences of viruses being sent by email. All people who think that they won't get a virus because it comes as an attachment and they won't open it! Are kidding themselves because they are wrong. We got the kak virus from an email with came without any attachments (except the virus). The problems we have discovered are that it slows down some programs when running in the background. Also when our six months 'lease' ran out, every time we boot up the system we get the annoying message saying so! It's time to update the virus checker!

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                    27.08.2000 21:33
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                    Scared of computer viruses? Been affected by computer viruses before, and now want to take on precautions? If your answer to either or both of those questions was 'yes' then you'll definetly need to invest in anti-virus program. It's definetly a good investment, particularly in this day and age when computer viruses are being rolled out more than hot dinners, and with a large majority of people online, it's more easier to get affected, and anyone can - and it's frightening when you hear some of the scare stories of modern viruses bringing down entire corporations! As far as I'm concerned, there's only two main competitors in the anti-virus software field. Norton with their popular Norton AntiVirus, and the cheaper, more popular McAfee VirusScan which I own and am glad I do. Also there used to be the expensive Dr. Solomon's Toolkit, but McAfee bought them and so that expensive product has become part of this product, which costs peanuts at about £20, but still pays for itself if you're ever in danger of losing data because of some malicious and sad programmer. There are a few other anti-virus programs on the market, but if you're serious, I really recommend McAfee as they're renknowned, and have a cheap product. Not only that, but the product is available for all major platforms (including Mac) for one single price. Plus you get 6 months worth of free upgrades, obtainable online or by CD request (for free) on registration and still you have a lifetime's worth of DAT (a file list which recognises viruses and how to eliminate them) updates! The software is easy to use, easy to install and has a wealth of features. Such as VShield which monitors for virus activity continually in the background, a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook to monitor your emails, and the ability to create an emergency disk that you can boot from if your computer does succomb to a virus before tracking, when your computer becomes unu
                    sable. It even monitors bad files on disks (like your floppy, if you have one stuck in) on shutdown of your computer, excellent! You're also notfied of probable new upgrades periodically aswell. The only thing I don't like, is that the upgrades have been more demanding on resources. I.e. more recommend more memory and so forth, so unless you own a really good computer, you'll find the upgrades may make your computer sometimes perform funny even without viruses, and some upgrades you won't be able to use at all! But since DAT files are all stil grand, you can always go back to an older version if your computer appears constipated. But that aside, this is a value for money package! I fortunately haven't had any viruses, atleast none have been tracked so I can't tell how it works, and how well, but with a lot of recommendations, a big user base, lots of features, free upgrades, support for multi-platforms and being attractive and easy to use...whew, all for £20, you can't go wrong! If you're going to get a cheap, but truly excellent anti-virus package, for any computer, you know what to do! Prevention is always better than the cure!

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                    24.08.2000 20:15

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                    This is without doubt the best antivirus software on the market. It is very easy to install and use and regular updates are provided via the McAfee Website. However the best thing about this product is the relatively low amount of CPU usage that it consumes whilst running, I have used the other virus products (mainly Norton which consumes a large amount of the CPU). When this product detects a virus it can generally repair it without any hassle, occasionaly it can only repair viruses by removing a file. Everybody should have some sort of Antivirus protection and this product does the job very well at a very good price.

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                    19.08.2000 01:34
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                    I bought this software on the recommendation of the store where we bought it from. It is great at detecting viruses and is fairly up to date. You can download new virus update files every few days from their update site for free. However compared to other software I think it could be more user friendly. The automatic update often will not connect and you have to manually donwload the update file. Unless you have the correct email software it won't scan your emails for viruses just any files you open. Compared to some other software I cant say there's much difference so go by price I would say.

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                    09.08.2000 22:17
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                    All anyone really wants is to install some anti-virus software, spend 5-10 minutes setting it up and forget about it. Well, this is the package for you! Installation takes about 15 minutes, depending on the speed of your hard disk, while a full system scan is made before completing installation including the memory resident programs. Once finished, configure the update settings to 'automatically check for new DAT files', the FTP site is added for you and that is about it. There are some important settings in here that you should pay close attention to! Change the scan setting from 'Program files' to 'All Files'. Viruses like "ILOVEYOU" were NOT program files but VBS scripts. Program files normally end in .exe or .com, the "ILOVEYOU" virus ended in .vbs. Make sure the 'Compressed files' option is checked as well. It is also important to tell the virus scanner what to do when a virus is found. I always set to 'Clean' the file on a stand-alone PC or 'Delete' on a networked machine. It is worth buying a 'big brand' AV scanner as they seem to react quicker to new viruses than smaller companies who have less resources. Good product worth the money.

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                      05.08.2000 10:31
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                      Mcafee virus scan may well be a superb virus scanner but its too damnd fussy, your PC seems to take an age to boot with this scanner installed but once its booted things are fine and it does its job, my biggest gripe is the interface the scanner uses, its just too fussy, there are products that equal mcafee in every respect but with interfaces that are very simple to understand and in plain english. I got mcafee free as a full product because i used to use homeguard and with that being registered they sent me this as a superior product, i installed it and 20 mins later un-installed it which leads me to another point the program doesnt like to be taken off! it leaves bits of its self all over the shop, and to make matters worse the bits its leaves still affect the performance of your machine and they dont like other virus scanners being installed. I would not recommend the use of a scanner but as these things are what you think works best, i cant.

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