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AntispywareBot is a virus – and McAfee won’t help…

AntispywarebotWe’ve removed the “AntispywareBot” virus/Trojan off quite a few consignment store owners’ systems, but why let it get on there in the first place?  Why risk your consignment software and database?  Here’s a perfect example of why we recommend ESET Nod32 Antivirus.

We just worked with a client who called in stating his PC was “acting weird, running slowly and “hiding things” from him.”  Fortunately, we were still able to remote-in to his system.  As soon as we remoted-in, here’s what we saw…

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Antispywarebot and McAfee
AntispywareBot and McAfee

 

Notice he has McAfee installed?  Not only is McAfee installed, it’s running and up-to-date with the latest virus definitions!  So why doesn’t McAfee protect from this (AntispywareBot) common, well-known threat?  I don’t know and I don’t care.  McAfee has proven its track record enough for me to count it out as a viable security product.

Do not waste your time, money and sanity on McAfee!

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With McAfee running, we still found 724 infections…

724 infections!
724 infections!

So why do The Computer Peeps recommend ESET?

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This is why.  If this client would’ve been running ESET, when he clicked on the link that ultimately led to Antispywarebot getting installed, ESET would’ve stopped it…

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Antispywarebot stopped by ESET
Antispywarebot stopped by ESET

ESET cut it off long before it even had a chance to run!  Why bother removing infections when you can avoid them altogether?  Antivirus software is only as good as the viruses/threats it knows about.  No antivirus program is 100%, absolutely perfect.  It’s all about response time and ESET knows a virus is a virus long before the others guys do…

ESET proactive threat detection
ESET Proactive Threat Detection

 

A quick recap:

  • It’s easy to get a virus
  • It’s easy to prevent viruses
  • McAfee will not protect your system
  • ESET is a better antivirus/security program than McAfee

As always, if all of this is just far more than you ever wanted to know about, call The Computer Peeps!  We do this sort of thing every day and we love what we do.  This isn’t a sales pitch, but maybe it should be.  It’s plain and simple – we can reduce the cost of operating a consignment store that uses computers and consignment software, period.

I've been helping consignment & resale store-owners since 2003. I started The Computer Peeps in February of 2010. After 15 years of working with consignment stores, I understand the unique challenges consignment & resale storeo-wners face. From electrical issues in old building or strip malls, to advocating for them when their consignment software keeps crashing. I now manage over 400 computer systems, servers & websites for store-owners all across North America and I am the developer/programmer of Peeps' Software -- the only software written FOR consignment & resale stores specifically.

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