Receiving errors when trying to install free anti-virus programs
Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:31 PM
Posted 24 February 2008 - 03:42 AM
Almost certainly it's your version of Windows that's the problem -- indeed Windows ME was a problem in many respects from the day it was released, but aside from that, as the months pass it will be impossible to get a new version of anything for Windows ME or Win98 because the software developers are either planning to cease supporting them in the near future or have already done so.
AVG - The current version of AVG Free is supposed to be Windows ME compatible, but future versions of AVG from September this year will not be compatible with it.
Avira Antivir -- their website makes no mention of Windows ME so I think it's reasonable to assume it's not compatible with it.
Comodo Antivirus (free) - definitely not compatible with Me. Only runs on XP/Vista or Windows 2000.
So even if you did manage to get AVG installed (the only one that claims to be compatible), the time will shortly come when you won't be able to keep it updated because eventually you'll need the newest version, and if that's in September or later, the newest version at that time won't be compatible.
in fact, apart from AVG, I don't know of any current AV application which claims to be ME compatible, and believe me I've had dealings will quite a few (both free and 'paid for') over the past two years.
Another related point. Windows ME doesn't have a built-in firewall application. A firewall is essential to protect your PC (and the data on it) from hackers and malicious software. It's as essential as antivirus. The same problems regarding compatibilty will also be encountered.
Edited by pip22, 24 February 2008 - 03:45 AM.
Posted 24 February 2008 - 12:19 PM
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