often ask "What is the best anti-virus program". Magazine
reviews are of little use as they rarely compare programs and
often consist of company press releases slightly re written. Mostly
they concentrate on issues like "user interface" and
Anti Virus Programs
takes you to a NZ site that has taken the VIRUS
BULLETIN results and ranked them over
The charts and ranking need to be read in conjunction with the
notes and with the original VIRUS BULLETIN results at http://www.virusbtn.com/100/vb100sum.html
It is important to note that some highly regarded programs have
only recently been submitted and so will rank lower than those
submitted for a longer time.
of Hamburg, Computer Science Dept. Virus Test Centre
Encyclopeadia and descriptions of viruses.
favour the descriptions given by SOPHOS
as the easiest to understand.
Lab - AVP also has an excellent Encyclopeadia
Steve Gibson has developed a FREE
program for data recovery after a CIH virus attack. Hard
Drive Recovery: The CIH virus erases the first 2,048 sectors
(1 megabyte) of each of the system's non-removable and writable
disk drives. While this is certainly troublesome, the damage
is very often 100% reversible and recoverable! (This is especially
true if the drive contained multiple partitions, since only
the first partition was truly damaged..)
Sites for Anti-Virus Programs
Clear, easy to understand advice from Uzi Paz
to install and operate the FREE program F-Prot for DOS
have just discovered a long hoped for utility - and its FREE.
digital56k has released a nifty little freeware program
that will create a boot / rescue disk for you and also squash
the latest F-Prot (also FREE) + the rescue
/ boot disk onto two floppies. That means you can create
a set of disks easily to clean boot your machine, most important
for reliable infection cleaning, and then run F-Prot
off the other floppy. This program loads F-Prot into
RAMDRIVE so it runs well.
Full instructions on site.
Sites Anti Virus Programs
Most of these programs below offer a free, fully functional
version for download and use for 30 days.
list of programs and download sites is here at Claymania
Anti Virus Programs
for Personal use.
(CAI) has ceased offering
InoculateIT Personal edition for free. However
if you do have it already updates are still available. It is
also being offered at a low price to buy. For Win95/98, NT.
Information here: http://www.cai.com/antivirus/personal/
FREE for personal use. Excellent,
easy to use, highly rated, fast DOS program for DOS, Win3.xx,
The F-Prot file will be called fp-3XXx.zip. eg fp-309c.zip
If you have ifficulty accessing the sites. Try the F-Prot
homesite in Iceland:
small program to
automate updating of F-Prot over the net.
has made AVG 6 FREE
for personal use. GRISOFT
has been developing Anti-Virus software for more then 10 years.
The first version of AVG Anti-Virus was released at 1991. The
program development center is located in the Czech Republic. AVG
is a popular AV Program in Central Europe. Download here: http://www.grisoft.com/html/us_downl.cfm
is FREE for
personal use from
don't know very much about this German product although I have
heard talk of a tendency to high rates of false positives. Also
has a FREE LINUX version.