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Old 5th January 2008, 03:25 PM   #1
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Happy New Year Guys

Until 12/06, I used Snorton Semantics antivirus software. After considerable nagging to renew towards the end of the last subscription (and because it slowed things down), I discussed the problem with my regular computer store, who recommended Panda antivirus. All year, throughout 2007, I had no issues with the stuff - until 3 weeks ago when they began literally spamming me to renew. The current subscription ends on the 10th January 2008 and eventually, I sent polite mail to their local distributor, explaining that I will renew, that I will not buy online and that I will load Panda 2008 at a time to suit me.

Their answer? They turned up the wick and INCREASED spamming me with renewal notices - almost every few minutes, displaying the most dire warnings on my screen about the consequences of non-renewal.

What's worse, if you manage to 'unsubscribe' to one warning, another pops up.

I have since bought a new Panda subscription for 2008 but have not loaded it. In fact, I'm planning to exchange it for Kasperski od something similar.

Have you had similar experiences?

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Old 5th January 2008, 03:31 PM   #2
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I use the free Avira Antivir. Daily definition downloads and 1 pop-up advertisement per day to buy the premium version. Never had a problem.
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Old 5th January 2008, 03:46 PM   #3
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Ditto. Panda was a nightmare for me. Antivir works great.

A hint my built-in expert told me: Once a week, uninstall Antivir and install a different package (like AVG). Run that to catch anything that Antivir might have missed, then uninstall it and reinstall Antivir. It's a pain to have to go through that, but anti-virus programs don't seem to play wel together.
A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there. A theologian is the man who finds it. - Mencken
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Old 5th January 2008, 04:00 PM   #4
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I recently installed ESET NOD32 on my girlfriends PC and I am fairly impressed with it.

I personally haven't used any anti-virus programs on my own PC in years, but if I were to install one, NOD32 would probably be it.
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Old 5th January 2008, 04:20 PM   #5
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Try AVG. It is free and available from Highly rated and free? Seems like this can't be, but it is!

You won't be disappointed!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME ****, why didn't he just buy dinner?
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Old 5th January 2008, 05:37 PM   #6
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I've been using Avast! for years. Free! and it works.

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Old 5th January 2008, 05:50 PM   #7
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I use AVG Free and now I alos use the AVG Spyware scanner.

Great software, no charge, updates by itself, no ads no spam no nothin!

I honestly cannot see why you would need to pay for a antivisur software when you can legally get them for free.
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Old 5th January 2008, 06:12 PM   #8
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I have a friend who used to custom design viruses for attacking one person.

Where is he when you need him?
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." - Carl Sagan. Sometimes the claims aren't extraordinary. Sometimes the weakness of men's minds are the culprit. Mass mentality has nothing to do with obviousness or truths.
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Old 5th January 2008, 06:20 PM   #9
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Lol some good cash potential in that.. only you need to find it a usefull job... like find a specific computer on the internet... and make it self destruct... this would be sold as an anti-theft measurement... I'd sure as hell pay for it.
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Old 5th January 2008, 06:58 PM   #10
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Hi All

@ Happy New Year, Sy

I take note of the general consensus here. It's just unbelievable when this lot has built up a customer's goodwill over a 12 month period, how they then systematically destroy it towards the end of a subscription.

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