I’ll admit something now: I don’t have a virus scanner on my computer. I’ve never been a fan of scanners that run all the time, and the fact that I’ve survived this long without one is probably testament to my carefulness with email attachments, ZoneAlarm and spyware. As for which one to choose, I have three options:
- McAfee VirusScan 7.1 – this is available free to all university students and staff. Obviously McAfee is a well-known product but I want something that isn’t going to turn to my computer into a 486, and I know this was a complaint with this program (or at least an old version of it).
- AVG – it’s free, and a lot of people rely on it
- Some other free program
So… any recommendations? I’m currently in the process of updating the student magazine computers with McAfee 7.1 – one already had it, but the other was stuck on a really old version. Seems alright so far and the computers are much slower than mine.
Note to readers: Always run a virus scanner. Just because I put my computer at an unnecessarily high risk doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.