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Not sure if this is the place to launch the question ...I recently switched from McAfee to Norton for various reasons and although I never had problems in FS9 with McAfee still running in the background, I now have regular stuttering with Norton.Some people will argue to turn you virus scanner and privacy protector off when in FS9 but how do you run ActiveSky if you are not on the Internet and how do you protect yourself if your Security system is not active ...?Which Security system will give you the firewall and spyware protection without making FS9 going slideshow?RegardsTerblanche

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I used norton for many yrs and was happy with it, but it was system hog. I recently read a review of antivirus software and Kaspersky anti virus came out on top for detection and also for not hogging system resources. I also use zone alarm firewall with antispyware and run them both while simming with no problems.Paul.

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I have Trend Micro on my home network and our business servers. Norton brought our server performance to a crawl with certain applications. I once had to manually remove Norton from a computer and it was invasive with the crap it installed and left over. Never had virus on any of my boxes with Trend Micro and you get a live person with tech support. Norton's customer service stinks.Bob..

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For the past couple years or so, my ISPs have stripped all viruses on email, which is the only vector I have seen for a long time. ISTM that if you have a properly setup firewall, I don't see any reason to worry about antivirus when running FS9 with Active Sky. scott s..

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I was running McAfee until recently, when I had a consultation with FS-GS about optimising my FS9 setup. They recommended I ditch McAfee as it has too large a footprint. I went with NOD32 and I have been extremely impressed with it. It is fast to load and rock steady. I have no reservations about recommending it to anyone. http://www.eset.com/Cheers,Noel.

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I dumped Norton after several years and replaced it with Avast! and I've been very happy with it. Uses a lot less resources than Norton did.Jim

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You are going to get a lot of different opinions, and except for the system hogging of Norton AND McAfee, some don't really know why they prefer certain AV software. It's what they "heard" or "read" about them.You can turn the virus acanner off when using FS if you think that it's causing stutters. You will only be downloading weather and have nothing to worry about.

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>"ISTM that if you have a properly setup firewall, I don't see any reason to worry about antivirus"A firewall and AV software are two different things. Know what you're talking about before giving advice.

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I can honestly say that NOD32 is the best antivirus solution I have ever used.Small footprint and doesn't install tons of junk. I still turn it off using FSAutostart when I use FS9 with AS.I am behind a router so I dont feel too exposed and have had no problems yet.

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I use Avast! - it's free and works well.

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I agree. I've used many Av programs and NOD32 is, by far, the best of the lot. Small footprint, daily updates, and uses very little system resource.Doug

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I concur - NOD32 is the best package available due to its very small footprint.Best,Owen

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AVG....and it's FREE!I used Norton for many years on all my PC's (Office and Home). It's truly a system HOG and one day I deleted it, and never looked back. AVG is very comprehensive, updates itself just about every other day, and my FRAMES on FS are better than ever.

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Do you have a firewall built into your router? If so, you can turn off any anti-virus package when running FlightSim as long as you aren't running anything else that might download executables in the background (like your browser or email). Using a weather program only retreives text, and is not a problem.If you don't have a firewall built into your router, you will need to either enable the XP software firewall, or download one (ZoneAlarm, Outpost, etc.). But do NOT disable this firewall when running Flight Sim. You can still disable your anti-virus.As to which anti-virus, there are many varied opinions. The tops I've heard about are avast, avg, and nod32. I personally use Avast. It is easily stopped by FSAutoStart, and even when running, does not impact my computer very much. I get constant virus and program updates, and all for free. And on other people's computers that were infected, the boot-scan by Avast cleaned these computers with no problem (they had other anti-virus packages installed and they managed to get infected, I immediately uninstalled them and installed Avast). Avast also provides P2P, Instant Messenger, Email, Outlook/Exchange, Network, and Browser plugins for free and come with the Home edition.

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Footprint is an issue but not as critical in todays systems, after 10 years experience in the security business you have to go with a Antivirus program that is proactive at stopping threats before they get to you. For this the absolute clear winner is McAfee's corportate version with its built in HIPS - host intrusion prevention technology, the consumer version is not bad either. Simply put it will proactively stop buffer overflow attacks without new signatures while the rest of the AV gang rush to get new signatures to you. Nice thing about the corporate edition is that you can exclude trusted processes from scans like FS.exe!!!

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I use McAfee at work, Trend on my laptop, but I'm happy I changed to NOD32 on my FS9 PC. Footprint is less an issue for business applications than for FS9, where we scramble for every MB of free memory and processor cycle. That's where NOD32 has an advantage. You can also exclude files and folders in NOD32 from scanning; necessary for some add-ons such as those by Cloud9. Cheers,Noel.

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About 3 years ago I dumped Mcaffee. I now use NO antivirus and have not used it in three years. By this I mean no antivirus installed running in the background on my computers, I have scanned my computers with the free online virus scan by Trend Micro. I do use and recommend the use of firewalls and antispyware apps like Adaware, Spybot, etc. If you are running a server, do internet banking, open untrusted emails, use your computer for work, use Internet explorer instead of Firefox and visit all kinds of porn sites, or anything else that require information confidentiality don't do what I do. Antivirus programs unless you do the above are USELESS RESOURSE HOGS some worse than others. If you have a dedicated FS computer that just accesses the internet for downloading weather or activating Flight 1 products you don't need it period. Make sure you run an good firewall however or in a few hours your computer will be FULL of spyware.If you are behind a router then you already have a firewall running. There was a previous thread on this and I got majorly attacked and called pirate and a bunch of stuff just for stating an opinion so here I am going to say I am not telling anybody not to use antivirus just saying I don't and won't hinder my FS performance by running one. You may do as you choose.P.S. Norton is the worst one of all as farr as using up resourses.Regards,Carlos

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Thanx guys ...whao that is a MOUTHFUL ~ !!now for the $1 000 000 question - how on earth or on jupiter do I get Norton deleted/removed/uninstalled from my computer?I started to uninstall Norton last night at 10pmat 1am it was still stuck in my registrystarted again this morningand not Registry Crawler or XPRepair could get it OFF... any suggestions?(and Symantec Web Site has NO reference to a remove/uninstall whatsoever)Kind regardsTerblanche

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I use Command AntiVirus. The total "footprint" is less than 6MB :)www.authentium.com

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>>"ISTM that if you have a properly setup firewall, I don't>see any reason to worry about antivirus">>A firewall and AV software are two different things. Know what>you're talking about before giving advice.>>I don't think he was advocating not having a AV program, just that it wouldn't be needed while running FS9 if he had a properly setup firewall. Since the only application accessing the web from his computer would be the ASV6 program. A firewall should prevent an unsolicited attack, so AV would be redundant. Of course the AV program should be reactivated once he wants to browse the web again, or read email.

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Which ever software you use, please read up on what to do when you receive a virus detection warning.Everyone's computer is someday going to report a virus warning.Part of that is of course the massive number of viruses out there, and an even bigger part of the problem is the way ALL ANTI-virus SOFTWARE DOES UPDATES - PUBLIC BETA TESTSAnti-virus software does not recognize or identify viruses. It identifies a section of code within a file which matches an example stored in the A/V software definition file.When I first started working with anti-virus software on Mac's back in 1988, the A/V companies took weeks to test their update definition files to make sure they would not report "false" positives.Today some companies like Norton and McAfee and Avast and NOD32 are releasing beta definition files to the public FOUR TIMES A DAY.And that is exactly what you get - BETA files.Avast users have reported about 10 false positives on this forum in the past year.NOD32 users have reported about 5 false positives on this forum in the past year.AVG users have reported about 5 false positives on this forum in the past year.We've had about 5 false positives from Norton in the past year in the company I work for - and we do get and distribute four beta updates daily to about 250,000-300,000 computers worldwide in the company.The key is to read what the company says to do - and it's basically the same for all the companies.If an anti-virus scan after a definition file update identifies a file which has been on your system for over a month, or is from a commercial software company - quarantine the file and submit a copy of the file and the warning message to the A/V company.This helps them test to see if the file actually has a virus, or their definition file needs to be changed.We have seen a couple dozen people cripple payware software in the past year by deleting files rather than following the procedure which their A/V software company recommends.One final point - re: FREE software - you get exactly the quality you pay for. I believe all the free companies have better products available for very reasonable fees.If your budget is very tight, or you want to try before you buy, that's understandable, but if someone does not support the AV company by buying products to pay for their staff and testing - the company will go away soon.There is a little something called integrity and honesty which seems to be slipping away - especially in the FS community. Treat software companies the way you want to be treated in your own business.

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>Today some companies like Norton and McAfee and Avast and>NOD32 are releasing beta definition files to the public FOUR>TIMES A DAY.>>And that is exactly what you get - BETA files.>>Avast users have reported about 10 false positives on this>forum in the past year.This explains why Avast threw a lot more alerts at me than Bitdefender... thanks for the heads-up. Anyone know if the latest free Bitdefender is compatible with XP x64? I'd like to switch back now. :)Regards,http://www.bremmekamp.com/img/misc/avsim.jpg

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Without going into details of why I dont use Nortons, McCaffy, ZA, etc, the best I have found is AVG: http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5It does daily updates, its non intrusive, and its free.I havent read all the other replies, but you really don't need an AV running while your in FS. Viruses come from email attachments or websites. Delete any email that you dont expect that has an attachement, and stay away from porno sites and you shouldn't have to worry about viruses :-)

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Oops, I forgot, I also use a program that stops emails before they ever get to my computer, Mailwasher: http://www.firetrust.com/It lets you see your email while its still on the server, and select what you want to keep before it gets downloaded.

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Hi fellows,What about a good firewall,I

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