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Does anyone know about Avast Internet Security
Have just switched over and not sure it is working properly

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#1 GeminiSix

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:48 PM

A few months ago I posted about a particular virus my computer had after being alerted by my bank.

At the time I was using Norton Internet Security, which I was advised by some posters was not the best.  Avast was recommended.  I did a bit of research on my own, and decided to download the trial of Avast.

When doing a full system scan with Norton, it always came up with a list various low risk threats - tracking cookies and the like.  

I have just done my second scan with Avast, and it has come up with absolutely nothing (same as first scan last week).  I find it hard to believe that I don't have any tracking cookies on my system anymore after always having them come up with Norton.  Or does Avast block these so they don't come onto my system at all.  I'm concerned it is not working properly (or at all!), leaving my computer open to risk (I do my internet banking on this computer).

I'm not particularly computer savvy with virus/internet protection, any insight into this would be appreciated.

#2 erypmaV

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:56 PM

Cookies just allow websites to count the number of times you have visited, and they can store the username and password for that site (if you have said Yes when asked to save them).

They are just text files, they can't be used to launch a virus.

I'd say Nortons is just trying too hard to look like it's helping you. Avast is fine, it's not reporting the cookies as an issue as they aren't a problem.

#3 greenthumbs

Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

We've used Avast (the free version) for years. Love it.

It has detected viruses and stopped them and alerted us each time.

Don't forget to use a malware/trojan detector too (I use malwarebytes and ad-aware).

#4 GeminiSix

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:09 AM

Thanks for the advice ladies, I think I'll stick with Avast.

Greenthumbs - I am actually using the internet protection package which is an upgrade from the free antivirus program.  Wouldn't this cover me for malware and trojans?  I am currently on a trial which expires in 12 days, I will then need to pay.

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