>> The 2 versions of Tiny XP I tried were 100% clean - and I
>> use ESET NOD32, the best AV program - AND I pay for it,
>> even though I know where to get free def updates - I am
>> not ALL evil ;-)
> I generally don't have money to spare on software, so I
> normally stick with AVG Free on my main machine. If I get a
> positive there, I check it on VirusTotal.
What do you run? I see whining about no free AV for 9x all the
time. Do you actually use XP or later (I have a bad memory, I
think you may have said something about this before) or have you
managed to get AVG to work on an earlier Win version?
If so, you might consider posting the info for those poor
*ers in microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion
>> I noticed that in XP "versions" I have tried, the
>> "malware" found are usually the MS updates/verification
>> "workarounds" and disablers.
> Lovely. And totally expected.
Yes, there has been a lot of complaints that AV programs tag
certain "politcaMSally incorrect" things as viruses..
>> Generally, I have found /maybe/ 5 or 10 malware instances
>> in 10+ years of DL'g stuff from the "usual places" - I
>> like to try programs, but I usually delete them after 20
>> minutes. I am certainly not going to pay $50-$500 to play
>> around for 20 minutes! OTOH, I /have/ happily paid for
>> free/donation programs of /real/ quality.
> That sounds like the stated reasons that "warez d00dz" do
> what they do, remove limitations so you can get the full
> version before buying to see if you really want it. (At
> least, that's how it used to be. A glance at a warez group
> just now reveals what looks like 100% viruses.)
That was the stated philosophy in most of the nfo files from
cracking groups in the past. I don't need anything any more -
and I think that freeware from the 90's is the BEST stuff there
is, in general, but I have noticed that "certain" people have
been super-flooding most warez groups with hundreds of thousands
of different new cracked programs, which, curiously, are ALL
exactly the same size.
These */are/* the bad new days. It's a lot harder to find decent
stuff - but there is also LITTLE decent stuff. All the best
programs were written in the 80's and 90's, and excepting
certain REALLY valid and new technologies, it has all been
bloated rewrites of the old stuff. I have Acronis TrueImage from
2002, under 10MB installed, it has never failed me, not to
mention it came (FULL version) FREE in a British computer
You can play Asteroids on Win7, but it's probably a 50MB
program, and the 4KB one was more fun!
The Elder Gods are doing their damndest to kill everyone's
imagination. I REFUSE to see films based on books I love, for
Anyway, the 2012 version of Acronis is a 252MB /download/ (even
I can NOT believe this...), and I have read a fair bit of
complaints over the years from users of the later versions...
although it could just be user stupidity...
Still, a QUARTER OF A GB for a program which basically does what
several free utils under 1 MB do? How large is the install? 2
>> Thanks for all these great links.
> Np. Here's one more:
Thanks. Unfortunately, it, like the one below which I came
across while looking at your previous links, need NET, which I
just do NOT trust.
I just pray that this 2003 computer which has the LAST Intel
chipset to support 98 lasts as long as I want to sit in front of
a keyboard... I have a 1997 computer with a PCChips (!!!) MB
which still works just great, so it IS possible...
Since the damn WWW replaced reality, sitting in front of a
computer just is NOT rewarding any more. What Google has done to
its search pages, especially the image one, recently, is enough
to make you consider unplugging from the net forever, or just
"Well, Steve, I think there's more than one way of looking at
it. I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named
Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found
out that you had already stolen it."
Bill Gates to Steve Jobs, around 1983