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#183756 - 01/21/09 07:36 PM AntiVirus program for Win98 and Win2K?  
KJay  Offline
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Does anyone know of a decent AntiVirus program, either with or without, a Firewall that still runs on both Windows 98 SE and Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4?
None of the major commercial brands seem concerned with these operating systems anymore.

Running on Windows 2000 SP4, my former savior AVG Internet Security Version 8.0 has begun to take on the characteristic stench of McAfee Internet Security Suite. Especially since the last major update, which has once again led to nothing but headaches.

AVG is also no longer going to support their Version 7.5 for use with Windows 98 either, so this is another looming problem with no solution as of yet.

Thanks!


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#183759 - 01/21/09 08:34 PM Re: AntiVirus program for Win98 and Win2K? [Re: KJay]  
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It's getting risky to run Windows 98 on Internet-connected computers as security updates are no longer available for that OS (which is, after all, over ten years old now).

That having been said, I use and recommend "avast!" which has a free "Home Edition" available. It supports Windows versions back to Windows 95, and it's done very well in magazine comparisons against the expensive ones.

http://www.avast.com/eng/home_edition.html


#183766 - 01/21/09 10:36 PM Re: AntiVirus program for Win98 and Win2K? [Re: Rob In NJ]  
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I just went through it with McAfee for my Win2k machine.

After many hours with their online tech support and letting them control my machine, they couldn't get it re-installed.

For some reason I get a blank window when running their setup program.

They say I need a new Computer and Operating system. I told them I have no problem installing anything else, so I guess it's goodbye to them.

I will try the Avast software.

Bill


#183773 - 01/22/09 01:23 AM Re: AntiVirus program for Win98 and Win2K? [Re: Admin]  
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I use ClamAV on a laptop running Win2K, that has 96 MB of RAM. It doesn't have all the extra features like newer antivirus programs, but it has a light footprint--which is why I use it on said laptop.

http://www.clamav.net/

It's completely free, open-source software.

Last edited by noderaser; 01/22/09 01:23 AM.

#183788 - 01/22/09 02:46 PM Re: AntiVirus program for Win98 and Win2K? [Re: Rob In NJ]  
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Originally Posted by Rob In NJ
It's getting risky to run Windows 98 on Internet-connected computers as security updates are no longer available for that OS (which is, after all, over ten years old now).

That having been said, I use and recommend "avast!" which has a free "Home Edition" available. It supports Windows versions back to Windows 95, and it's done very well in magazine comparisons against the expensive ones.

http://www.avast.com/eng/home_edition.html



Thanks for the link... I'm downloading AVast as I write this. Their website says they are going to support Win98 until the end of 2009, which is substantially longer than AVG, who will be discontinuing support in April.

I can definitely understand having issues with an unsupported OS like Win98, but Win2K is still more or less at least a partially supported platform with patches and updates available for download from the Microsoft Update site. I believe, at least, for Win2K Server anyway.

What I can't understand why AVG seems unable to maintain their software compatibility with this patched and updated OS without constant screw-ups, especially since they specifically listed it as a supported platform and required me to pay for a two-year license in advance.
Anyway, hopefully brighter skies are ahead. Thanks again!



#184298 - 02/06/09 04:55 PM Re: AntiVirus program for Win98 and Win2K? [Re: KJay]  
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Slightly off topic, but the mods here seem tolerant.

I'm using Norton Internet Security from Symantec, and I need to renew within 16 days or so. However, the on-line renewal system refuses to recognize the state of Maine as a part of the USA! We haven't seceded yet! One of Norton's tech people (named Deepak) tells me that they are aware of this glitch and "working on it." They've been working on it for at least a month. Why doesn't this give me confidence? frown


#184308 - 02/06/09 09:52 PM Re: AntiVirus program for Win98 and Win2K? [Re: Retired_Helper]  
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Boy, while you're pondering your statehood, why not go get your:
AVG FREE anti-virus
ZoneAlarm FREE Firewall
Spybot S&D FREE anti-spyware &
Adaware FREE anti-sptware
Is there a pattern here or what?
The only thing I paid for that is due for renewal this spring is Regcure for the Registry
Joe


#184310 - 02/06/09 10:06 PM Re: AntiVirus program for Win98 and Win2K? [Re: JoeTestingEngr]  
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Joe:

I am making careful note of those choices! laugh


#184317 - 02/06/09 11:52 PM Re: AntiVirus program for Win98 and Win2K? [Re: Retired_Helper]  
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http://www.komando.com/downloads/categories.aspx?cat=Security

Here's a good place to look for the links, from a digital goddess, no less. Below are specific shortcuts from the above "Security" page. These get you to Kim's descriptions and links to the free downloads that I mentioned. (not in order)
Joe
http://www.komando.com/downloads/category.aspx?id=1234
http://www.komando.com/downloads/category.aspx?id=2519
http://www.komando.com/downloads/category.aspx?id=1650
http://www.komando.com/downloads/category.aspx?id=1260


#184318 - 02/07/09 12:24 AM Re: AntiVirus program for Win98 and Win2K? [Re: JoeTestingEngr]  
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Thank you, Joe! I will definitely be checking this stuff out! smile


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