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AOL suspends Active Virus Shield, gives us McAfee instead

September 2nd, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Updating the definitions keeps failing on my Active Virus Shield installation. Why? Quickly Googling it I find out that it's suspended and is being replaced with a special version of McAfee VirusScan. This comes only a couple months after I just removed Norton off all my computers and the people I support (family, friends) since it was becoming more of a resource hog as time went on.

Originally I discovered AVS through CPU Magazine, and in their tests Kaspersky Anti-Virus ranked #2 (IIRC) - which was a bonus - it was free, and it was basically the best. Now if I want a free "supported" copy from AOL, I have to change to McAfee, which is already scaring me with its 25 meg download and extra programs like "SecurityCenter" - at least I was able to unselect the firewall.

Instead of a single program with a smaller footprint, I now have SecurityCenter AND VirusScan running. I highly doubt this will run as clean as AVS did. Currently it is struggling to update the windows even. Feels like Norton all over again... sigh.

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  1. Josh Bancroft
    September 2nd, 2007 at 18:58 | #1

    *cough* AVG Free *cough*


  2. mike
    September 2nd, 2007 at 19:26 | #2

    Last time I tried AVG I wasn't impressed. The UI seemed really weird. Maybe I'll give it another shot.

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