Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 13:16:31 GMT
From: 'nuther Bob  <>
Subject: Re: OT - Windows port 135 virus alert

On Wed, 20 Aug 2003 09:48:53 +0100, MeatballTurbo <> wrote: >Luckily we are running Symantec Corporate anti virus, so once a new def >file is out, the whole network gets updated automatically, and new >versions are checked for nightly. Personally, I despise Symantec products . I understand the Corporate desire to run some thing "main stream". However, they invade your system, putting hooks all over the place which are near impossible to extract. Even uninstall doesn't work-you have to hack the registry. An ugly mess if you ask me. There are other lesser known virus products that appear to be better and less invasive. Two other reasons I don't like their products: first, there's a *major* bug in their virus checking on network copies. Try copying a large file or directory with Norton switch on, then do the same test with a fresh file (avoid caching) and check the time difference. We did some extensive testing in a Corp where I consulted and we found something like a 20x slowdown for Norton. It was making some lab work take 10 minutes instead of 30 seconds. The problem is documented at their site (pointer available) and has been since *Windows 95*! They have yet to fix it. Their solution is to shut off network copy virus checks. Very nice... shows their attention to detail. (not!). The other reason I don't like Norton is more personal. I put a floppy in one day which apparently had a virus on it. (You could only get the virus by booting that floppy I found out later). Norton popped up a warning to me and I choose "remove virus". It then crashed my system, the machine rebooted off the floppy, and I got infected. I spent the next day trying to remove that fast cloning virus from my system. Personal, but I carry a grudge. Bob

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