I get a couple of computer magazines on a monthly basis. I may revise that now that the business is gone, but in the meantime…………
The last edition I received of one of the magazines came with a DVD attached with a three month trial of Kaspersky Internet Security. It seemed like a reasonable package, and with three months to run, I felt I had nothing to lose.
I installed it, and it rather high headedly insisted that I remove my current antivirus package and switch off all firewalls. I was prepared to live with that however, and let it do its business.
I must say, I was very impressed with its features. It seemed to take a belt and braces approach which is not a bad thing. For example, it would flash up any arriving email for my approval, and even then it would scan it. If it was suspicious of any (legitimate) program, it gave the option of running that program in a sandbox, thus quarantining it.
The more I looked into the program, the more I liked what I saw and decided that I would let it run its three months, and then I would subscribe.
The next day, I went to open an application (I think it was Word) and it took an age. I’m talking maybe five minutes to open. This concerned me, and my first thought was that something had gone wrong and an errant program somewhere was hogging too much memory, despite all the warning lights being in the green. I decided to reboot anyway, as that can’t do any harm.
Rebooting took about ten minutes. This is a fairly clean machine with 2Gb of memory and a duel core Pentium, so rebooting should be slightly faster than that?
My next thought was that a virus had crept in while Kaspersky was installing. I fired up a full scan.
Twenty minutes later, the scan gauge still showed 0% progress.
For the next few hours, work on the machine was next to impossible. Simple operations, like opening Firefox took maybe ten minutes. Something somewhere was obviously preventing anything from running. By now I was getting worried.
I began to get a wee bit suspicious about my new found friend Kaspersky, so I removed it.
I reinstalled my old antivirus of choice – Avast, and rebooted.
It flew through the process! Programmes loaded like lightening and all was well with the world again.
My machine has been running very happily since.
Alwil’s Avast – Thumbs up. I’m sorry I doubted you.
Kaspersky – Excellent CD for playing Frisbee with the dog..