Anti Virus software is quite a divisive issue. Usually people like to stick to what they know and are happy to carry on regardless. I confess that I am a little like that, I have stuck with my favourite; Bullguard, now for 7 or 8 years and as long as they provide me with user interface I can recommend to my customers as being easy to understand and as long as they do the job they set out to do – keep nasties away, then why change.

Well, change you might; renewal prices change and so do the quality of the products. Some recent disasters with AV software underline the point. Recently a BT Netprotect McAfee firewall issue stopped all internet traffic on problem computers, Avast’s free antivirus program is stopping machines booting in to Windows and a recurring Norton issue necessitates that the program needs removed and reinstalled. These are recurring problems I have encountered in the last three months.

Furthermore, the auto-renewal subscription feature in most antivirus programs pretty much ensures that you are getting the ticket price and are missing the any deals on offer. I recommend to my Bullguard customers to hold off until the product expires as they will sometimes offer an immediate 25% discount.

As I said, I have my favourite AV, but my choice of program very much depends on the platform on which the software runs. Is it installed on Windows XP? If so remove it as no AV program can plug the holes of that much loved but very much sinking ship. April next year will be the end of XP’s update cycle, shortly after software and hardware vendors will cease to support it too.

My antivirus guide is available on my next newsletter, you can subscribe to that on my website.


New Service, this is no blog?!!

October 2, 2013

Colcom can provide you with more than just computer consultancy. In recent years we have all seen the decline in the customer care that we get from our domestic service providers. Call centre waiting times and poor service along with the incomprehensible billing structures and the uneasy feeling that we may be getting ripped off […]

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Mobile device? Hazards beware!

August 5, 2013

Over the last few years and months my computer repair job requirements have changed quite considerably. Where a couple of years ago I would be repairing or recovering two or three faulty hard drives every week, now I may get one every two weeks. Where before I would almost always be sitting in front of a […]

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Any Questions – just ask..

March 5, 2013

Getting used to new things can be a nuisance, where possible I avoid it. Whether it is cutlery, cars or keyboards I don’t like change. I have been working recently in a Dental practice installing a new system; the old one was no longer suitable so the time had come to change, root and branch. […]

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Caught on camera? Don’t pay the scammers.

March 5, 2013

I hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoyed the New Year celebrations. As we all get used to and enjoy our new techy toys I am reminded again of these ever-present viruses and fraud ware scams that can harm our new laptops. I know I am at risk of repeating myself here on […]

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Windows 8, reinvention or relegation?

January 5, 2013

You may have seen the advertising on T.V. or heard in the press that Windows 8 is here. I have met some brave souls who have invested in computers with the new operating system installed and we seemed to share some views on the usability of the software. I apologise now if I get too […]

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Share and Share; a dislike

October 22, 2012

Before going away on a short break I signed up to Spotify premium. It is £10 per month for all the music you could want with no contract (free options are available too). I thought it would be good to download and keep a holiday playlist. As soon as the music software was installed I […]

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June Blog

June 1, 2012

With the relatively recent release of the iPad 3 I have noticed an upsurge in iPad jobs and enquiries; not least because the iPad 2 has dropped in price since the upgrade. The third version of the ubiquitous handheld is a further improvement on the previous with an emphasis on the screen and graphics capability. […]

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May Blog

May 15, 2012

Working as I do every day; with broken computers, there are some job requirements that necessitate that I must be ever present in front of a computer or laptop while installing programs and updates. It was with some relief that I recently happened across a free online service that reduces my exposure to the eternal […]

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April Blog

April 12, 2012

Disposal of your old tech can be a bit of a bind. Many households have old computers stored away in the attic as just another thing to deal with later. You may not know how best to get rid of you old or broken kit in a way that is secure and safe, for you […]

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