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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by NICK MEALE, May 30, 2010.

  1. NICK MEALE

    NICK MEALE Flightless Bird

    XP,Home Edition,SP3 in current computer

    In the near future I will have a new pc with Norton protection..Recently
    experienced malware threats but my pc seems to working ok for now..I
    basically have 90 to 95 % of personal files on backup being done before the
    computer was infected..However, if I decide I need to transfer some files I
    may want to use into the new pc how do I be sure those new files are
    clean..I have Norton in current pc which came with the pc in 2003 which I
    have never updated and I use it to scan and seems to work ok..Would this be
    the thing to do before I transfer to new pc or scan with new Norton in the
    new pc before these files are open..Hope I am clear to you..Thanks,Nick
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "NICK MEALE" <nmeale78@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:-O5PxsKDALHA.5476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > XP,Home Edition,SP3 in current computer
    >
    > In the near future I will have a new pc with Norton protection..Recently
    > experienced malware threats but my pc seems to working ok for now..I
    > basically have 90 to 95 % of personal files on backup being done before
    > the computer was infected..However, if I decide I need to transfer some
    > files I may want to use into the new pc how do I be sure those new files
    > are clean..I have Norton in current pc which came with the pc in 2003
    > which I have never updated and I use it to scan and seems to work
    > ok..Would this be the thing to do before I transfer to new pc or scan with
    > new Norton in the new pc before these files are open..Hope I am clear to
    > you..Thanks,Nick


    If you never updated your 2003 version of NAV then it would be close to
    useless by now. While I do not have any figures to support my claim, I
    suspect that 90% of all viruses in the wild today did not exist in 2003. In
    other words, your old version of NAV protects you only against 10% of all
    viruses.

    If this was my machine then I would do things in this order:
    1. Remove Norton. It can cause quite a few problems.
    2. Install Microsoft Security Essentials
    (http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/) on both PCs. It's effective,
    it's free and so far I haven't heard any negative reports.
    3. Transfer your files.
    4. Perform a full scan.
    Note that Microsoft Security Essentials requires at least Windows XP and
    will not run on pirated versions of Windows.
     
  3. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:eHUeijDALHA.3840@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl,
    Pegasus [MVP] <news@microsoft.com> typed:
    > "NICK MEALE" <nmeale78@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:-O5PxsKDALHA.5476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> XP,Home Edition,SP3 in current computer
    >>
    >> In the near future I will have a new pc with Norton
    >> protection..Recently experienced malware threats but my pc
    >> seems to working ok for now..I basically have 90 to 95 %
    >> of personal files on backup being done before the computer
    >> was infected..However, if I decide I need to transfer some
    >> files I may want to use into the new pc how do I be sure
    >> those new files are clean..I have Norton in current pc
    >> which came with the pc in 2003 which I have never updated
    >> and I use it to scan and seems to work ok..Would this be
    >> the thing to do before I transfer to new pc or scan with
    >> new Norton in the new pc before these files are open..Hope
    >> I am clear to you..Thanks,Nick

    >
    > If you never updated your 2003 version of NAV then it would
    > be close to useless by now. While I do not have any figures
    > to support my claim, I suspect that 90% of all viruses in
    > the wild today did not exist in 2003. In other words, your
    > old version of NAV protects you only against 10% of all
    > viruses.
    > If this was my machine then I would do things in this order:
    > 1. Remove Norton. It can cause quite a few problems.
    > 2. Install Microsoft Security Essentials
    > (http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/) on both
    > PCs. It's effective, it's free and so far I haven't heard
    > any negative reports. 3. Transfer your files.
    > 4. Perform a full scan.
    > Note that Microsoft Security Essentials requires at least
    > Windows XP and will not run on pirated versions of Windows.


    Get an update AV and keep it up todate. Outdated AV programs without
    updating them are nearly worthless. Norton's NIS is a good buy right now &
    works very well if you're sticking to Norton stuff. Whatever you get, it's
    useless if you don't use the update features OFTEN!!

    Disconnect from the internet:

    For this, one of the free AV programs will be the most useful. MSE, AVG,
    Avast, etc..:

    Where do the files reside right now?
    Install your AV there
    Do a complete scan.
    When clean, transfer the files.
    Uninstall AV on computer files were copied to.
    Reinstall AV on computer files were copied to.
    Repeat the scan on the new computer.
    NOW you can register/activate the AV.

    Done.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     

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