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Default Standard Virus Protection From Dell - 01-21-2009, 01:34 AM

I just received my new Mini 9, and it had no virus protection install. From everything I have seen on the net, it should have came with Mcaffee's installed. Is this normal? It was a referb unit, and looks brand new.


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Default Re: Standard Virus Protection From Dell - 01-21-2009, 01:44 AM

I've seen someone else on this forum report that their refurb did not come with any AV installed. Dell must be forgetting to install those on some of the refurbs. It's only a 30 day (I think) trial version. I uninstalled it as soon as I got my Mini set up, then installed Nod32. It's a good program, although not free, but has a small footprint on my system and does not bog the thing down.
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Default Re: Standard Virus Protection From Dell - 01-21-2009, 08:20 PM

My refurb Windows machine didn't come with any AV installed (and the drive was already uncompressed). As was mentioned, it was only a 30-day trial anyways. You can easily find comparable trials of other AV software, or just go for AVG or one of the other free AV programs.
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Default Re: Standard Virus Protection From Dell - 01-22-2009, 01:15 AM

My refurb. also didn't come with the av trialware. Nice, saved me uninstalling it. I downloaded the free avast home edition av. I'm pleased with it.

There is a thread here somewhere dealing with "free" av downloads.

avast site link: http://www.avast.com/eng/free_virus_protectio.html
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Default Re: Standard Virus Protection From Dell - 01-22-2009, 02:19 AM

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My refurb. also didn't come with the av trialware. Nice, saved me uninstalling it. I downloaded the free avast home edition av. I'm pleased with it.

There is a thread here somewhere dealing with "free" av downloads.

avast site link: http://www.avast.com/eng/free_virus_protectio.html

Thats what I put on it last night. AVG just has not impressed me lately, and I quit using them on my desktop about 7 months ago.

One thing I do need to look at though, Avast is an active av. That also means it should be using a little bit of the cpu at all times when you are running something. I have seen some choppy video playback when looking at 480p hi def video on Hulu. I need to see if removing Avast would give it enough headroom, that would stop the chop. I doubt it will, but it will be worth a shot. Even if it does, I doubt I will stop using it.


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Default Re: Standard Virus Protection From Dell - 01-24-2009, 09:46 AM

AVG is ok.

Linux is a better way.


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Default Re: Standard Virus Protection From Dell - 01-24-2009, 09:58 PM

Linux is not immune to viruses.


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Default Re: Standard Virus Protection From Dell - 01-25-2009, 04:42 AM

I'll be sure to let you know if I ever get one. However, don't expect a email real soon. :roll:

Insert cocky smile here.

While yes it could, in theory, get a virus... In practice it does not happen.

I'm tired of this, "Viruses are inevitable" mindset that seems to be shared by the greater public. Switch. To. Linux. Use a firewall. No not your feeble windows firewall, set it up on your router and get an honest to goodness firewall program. Do your research on what you download. Use Firefox. Use Noscript. Do not run as root. Install your updates in a timely fashion.

Take as many of those steps as you are willing to, each one helps. (Especially updates)

Sorry for any ranting but here's the thing, I feel the need to help when I see people floundering in the sea of computers and I tell them what 18 years of experience has taught me. I would honestly be very pleased if everyone could have a computing experience every bit as trouble free as I do.


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Default Re: Standard Virus Protection From Dell - 01-25-2009, 11:43 AM

I'll see your 18 years and raise you another 17, including being an OS developer. I've never ever had a virus on any computer I ran, on any OS. Linux viruses do exist, but they are rare, I'll grant you. A large part of that is that the typical Linux user is far more technically aware than the average Windows user and they don't engage in risky activities. Another is that virus writers focus on Windows because that's where the maximum payoff is. Mac OS users used to be as smug as you, but there are more and more types of malware aimed at Macs these days. As Linux becomes more popular on low-price computers, expect to start seeing a rise there as well.

As an OS, Linux has security weaknesses just as Windows (and Mac OS) does. You're in more danger if you assume that you can't be touched just because you're running Linux.

Suggesting that users switch operating systems just to avoid viruses is not helpful. It's also playing ostrich.


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Default Re: Standard Virus Protection From Dell - 01-25-2009, 05:08 PM

Avast is handy, the overhead don't affect videos (that I know of) - it's the limit in the video ram and buffering as far as I can tell and others have said...

I won't claim this as exact, just as something that sounds right.

I've used Avast a whole bunch and other than a slow down every so often when it downloads a update - it doesn't seem to be an issue at all.


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