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Arski18

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How's yall day going? i wasn't here for a while (i logged last time on the nov last year) i hope you guys are surviving covid 19 and everything, anyways is there any anti virus for windows vista sp2 that still gets updates? thanks for any answers!
 

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wither 3

Vista Guru
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Norton 360 and Malwarebytes, to name a few.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
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    Cyberpower
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    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
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    NVIDIA 780i
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    4 GB
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    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
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    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
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Vistaar

Vista Guru
...is there any anti virus for windows vista sp2 that still gets updates?
If you mean program updates, Vista is now supported only by a few Chinese companies and Panda (which is Spanish). But if you would be content with definition updates for a “legacy” antivirus, then Avast Free 18.8 (released in November 2018) is probably the best free option.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
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    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
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    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

ilikefree

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Avast just got bought by Norton so things might change there.
 

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    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
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    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
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    LENOVO 64734VM
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    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
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    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
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    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
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    15 inch
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    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
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    Medium for New Zealand
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    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
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    Other bits a pieces as needed

ilikefree

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Gold Member
I don't use any anti-virus software and haven't done so for years.
I read an article by a security expert years ago that made me uninstall it. Just tried to find that article but couldn't.
I did find this though
And I did read where one anti-virus software flagged itself as a virus.
They all have total access to your whole system and have been hacked before.
Virus writers send their viruses to sites like Virus Total and have it scanned, they then make the changes needed to get them to pass .
I'm not saying I don't have security on my system, I do, just not anti-virus
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
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    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

Vistaar

Vista Guru
I did find this though
I am familiar with that article - in fact I posted it as a Vista News item Feb 2, 2017 (and was the last person other than Brink to post something there). Unfortunately, the article’s subtitle advises “Update your software and OS regularly instead,” which is hardly practicable for those who are still running Vista. I used to get a kick out of Norton users who paid for this mighty antivirus, then resorted to browsers that Norton did not support because “Firefox is using too much memory” (largely because Norton was “supporting” Firefox). These days it seems almost absurd to discuss security and Vista at the same time, but I will not go so far as to suggest abandoning their preferred security blanket, which is hopefully better than nothing.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

ilikefree

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Gold Member
I am familiar with that article - in fact I posted it as a Vista News item Feb 2, 2017 (and was the last pers hereon other than Brink to post something there). Unfortunately, the article’s subtitle advises “Update your software and OS regularly instead,” which is hardly practicable for those who are still running Vista. I used to get a kick out of Norton users who paid for this mighty antivirus, then resorted to browsers that Norton did not support because “Firefox is using too much memory” (largely because Norton was “supporting” Firefox). These days it seems almost absurd to discuss security and Vista at the same time, but I will not go so far as to suggest abandoning their preferred security blanket, which is hopefully better than nothing.
This was not the article I read that made me choose to uninstall my anti-virus, the article was by Jeremiah Grossman and is mentioned here ( not the actual article. just a mention and some details, it was years ago I read it, unable to find it now)
Part of what I use are a key scrambler and two way firewall, other software I will keep to myself.
Regular scans with MalwareBytes help.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

wither 3

Vista Guru
Gold Member
I'm using Norton 360 with no issues. I am also using the paid version of Malwarebytes. I feel pretty secure. Using Vista for the last 13 years, I've only had one real issue and that was a rootkit 8 or 9 years ago that I was able to uninstall.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

Vistaar

Vista Guru
I'm using Norton 360 with no issues. I am also using the paid version of Malwarebytes. I feel pretty secure...
Just last month you complained that Firefox 52.9 uses too much RAM. I suggested disabling Norton, which you probably dismissed as a stab in the dark. (Imacri assumed you had malware, perhaps because she always used both Firefox and Norton back in the day.) But I’m sure you can prevent that issue from becoming acute by figuring out which tabs cannot be left open, and I’m glad you feel secure.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

ilikefree

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Gold Member
Just last month you complained that Firefox 52.9 uses too much RAM. I suggested disabling Norton, which you probably dismissed as a stab in the dark. (Imacri assumed you had malware, perhaps because she always used both Firefox and Norton back in the day.) But I’m sure you can prevent that issue from becoming acute by figuring out which tabs cannot be left open, and I’m glad you feel secure.
Firefox using too much ram was an old issue caused mainly by leaving tabs with adverts open in the background
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

wither 3

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Vistaar- If you look at my thread on the Firefox issue, I identified that the high use of memory appeared to be due to leaving websites, which have constantly changing pictorial advertisements, open the same as what ilikefree just mentioned. I have no idea why that is since the Firefox cache doesn't seem to be increasing proportionately to the use of memory.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

Vistaar

Vista Guru
I wonder if OP @Arski18 has any further questions?
 

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  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
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    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
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    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

AfTaStEr

Member
you can use eset still , version 12.2.30 is the last one released for vista works like a charm and still get definitions updates
 

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    Windows 10
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    AMD FX 8150 @ 4.5 Ghz
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    Asus Crosshair V Formula
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    16GB Corsair Dominators @ 1866 Mhz
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    AMD R9 290
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    Creative X-Fi
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    23' Samsung
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    256GB Kingston SSD / 8TB Seagate
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    Vantec 1000W
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    Coolermaster CS920
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    Custom Water Cooling
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    Razer Imperator
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    Razer Blackwiddow
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    Windows Vista 64 Ultimate
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    AMD Athlon 64-X2 4800+
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    ASUS A8N-SLi Deluxe
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    8 GB Samsung Buffered ECC @ 400 Mhz
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    2 x Nvidia 8800 GTS 640MB
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    Creative Live 24Bit
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    500GB Samsung Drive
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    800Watt Gigabyte Odin GT
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    Bitfenix
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    Asus
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    Razer Imperator
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    Razer Blackwiddow

Vistaar

Vista Guru
you can use eset still , version 12.2.30 is the last one released for vista works like a charm and still get definitions updates
You mean someone is actually using ESET 12.2.30 on Vista in September 2021!? That is fascinating, although I never used ESET myself because they have no free version. Can you confirm or deny that SHA-2 support must be installed in order to receive definitions now? There was an interesting question about that at the ESET forum: ESET 12.x on Vista after April 15, 2021?
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
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    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

AfTaStEr

Member
No dont need the sha 2 installed for it , if you install version 9 on xp the updates for definitions still works as well , only need to have root certificates installed
 

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System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10
    CPU
    AMD FX 8150 @ 4.5 Ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus Crosshair V Formula
    Memory
    16GB Corsair Dominators @ 1866 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD R9 290
    Sound Card
    Creative X-Fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23' Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB Kingston SSD / 8TB Seagate
    PSU
    Vantec 1000W
    Case
    Coolermaster CS920
    Cooling
    Custom Water Cooling
    Mouse
    Razer Imperator
    Keyboard
    Razer Blackwiddow
  • Operating System
    Windows Vista 64 Ultimate
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64-X2 4800+
    Motherboard
    ASUS A8N-SLi Deluxe
    Memory
    8 GB Samsung Buffered ECC @ 400 Mhz
    Graphics card(s)
    2 x Nvidia 8800 GTS 640MB
    Sound Card
    Creative Live 24Bit
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB Samsung Drive
    PSU
    800Watt Gigabyte Odin GT
    Case
    Bitfenix
    Cooling
    Asus
    Mouse
    Razer Imperator
    Keyboard
    Razer Blackwiddow
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