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antivirus for Windows Me

I have a home user client, running Windows ME, since 2001, no problems (amazingly!) a very light computer user, Word, Email and web.

She needs an antivirus that will work on Windows ME. None of the 'big boys' support Win ME.

I've done a quick Google and come across an open source product http://www.clamwin.com/ that according to its specification does wortk on Win ME. Anyone come across it?

If you know of any suitable product (it does not have to be free), then please let me know.
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sstone55423Commented:
Yes, I use clamwin, and it works great, and will work on ME.
 
An alternative you can try is AVG  http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html
 
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gerlisAuthor Commented:
sstone55423: Thanks for this, good to know someone else has used it successfully

(AVG, by the way does *not* support Win ME, I'd already checked that)

Thanks
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Mark_FreeSoftwareCommented:
have you looked already at avira antivir?

as for clamav:
it is an open-source virus scanner,
and as far as i know it is not really fast with updates
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sstone55423Commented:
Yeah, I think the main constraint is Windows ME compatability, and not updates.  Clamwin changes the updates nearly every day.  Not bad for free.
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gerlisAuthor Commented:
I have just taken a look at avira antivir and it only goes back as far as Win 2000, not Win ME :-(

Indeed, Windows ME compatability is the crucial issue here. It would be dificult, cost-wise, to justify my client upgrading her PC to even XP at the moment.
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PurpleWineCommented:
I like   Eset NOD.  I don't use it on ME (run XP and Vista) but it says it supports 98/2000/ME   and I really like it. Good luck!

Darren

http://www.eset.com/products/win9x.php

(that is the link for the ME page too)
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gerlisAuthor Commented:
Interesting, I had looked at Nod32 but didn't find anything about Win ME.

I assume one has to buy or take a 30day trial of the main Home User ESET NOD32 version 2.7 and the Win ME version is part of that?

I tried to just download it but it asks for a username and password
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PurpleWineCommented:
Intriguing...  The download lists Vista/XP/2000   I can't find anything else, but on the main page (the link above) it does say ME. If you want, here is their direct download link for the home program (30 day trial)  You can at least give it a shot :)

http://www.eset.com/download/trial_software.php?product=EAV
 
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PurpleWineCommented:
Yeah, Avast is another good choice.
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Mark_FreeSoftwareCommented:
to be honest, i have been using avast for quite a while,
but lately i was disappointed with its performance,
it slowed down my computer way more than necessarily
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gerlisAuthor Commented:
Yes I know of avast, thanks for this ... and the home edition is free!

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PurpleWineCommented:
Interesting on the 'slow' issue with avast. I've never used it, but slow is what was killing me on my wifes PC. She had Norton on it and I hated it. Switched to Eset NOD and she's ok with it, and I love it. It's very non evasive.
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JonveeCommented:
Have been running a WinMe since Dec 2000 and (amazingly?!) have simply found the OS to be just a little temperamental.   For at least 4 years my choice has been AVG, with a Router at the front end giving added protection .. no serious viral or Malware problems to date.

AVG Antivirus Free 7.5 :
http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10645435.html
Includes helpful reviews.

From AV reports my 2nd choice would have to be the Avast Home Edition, as already recommended by blue_zee.

How much RAM has the home user?  Recommend 500 MB minimum, & this should enhance performance.
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gerlisAuthor Commented:
Although the CNet download page implies it does support Win ME, the actual AVG page makes it clear that it doesn't

http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition#tba3

(Win ME has an "X" next to it under system requirements, tho' this may have referred to the previous version)

Seems like Avast is the one we need to go for.
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dcolvard2008Commented:
Sophos Antivirus supports Windows ME
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gerlisAuthor Commented:
dcolvard2008: Ah yes, you are quite right. We are actually Sophos resellers, but... it it not geared for home users as they price it expensively for single users (£100 approx $200?)

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dcolvard2008Commented:
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gerlisAuthor Commented:
Well, well, yes. I know of this product as well
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gerlisAuthor Commented:
BitDefender installed, no problems.

I will split the majority points between dcolvard2008

and some for blue_zee

for their suggestions for the two products which support Win ME and the particualr needs of my client

... also a few to Mark_FreeSoftware for the open source suggestion


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blue_zeeCommented:
Thank you.

Glad you found a solution.

Zee
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