The Search for an Anti-Virus Software

we’ve been having problems with this PC ever since we started playing Ragnarok Online again. we’ve tried everything we can – scanned for viruses and spyware, reformatted all drives. so, we concluded that the problem might be with the memory or motherboard.

since we don’t want to buy anything new for this PC, we just sucked it in and we’ve been pretending that we can ignore the problem until we leave on the 24th.

last night, after watching The Scorpion King (yes, the first movie. mai hasn’t watched it yet so we did yesterday), mai tried to play Ragnarok. but the PC acted up again and we had to restart it.

i had to re-install Trend Micro’s PC-Cillin Internet Security 2007 to check if there’s any virus or spyware lurking, causing this PC to hang. installation didn’t finish because problem started again. argh, this is killing me. so i rebooted.

HALA. it won’t restart completely. we didn’t want any anxiety before going to bed so we just turned off the PC and wait ’til the morning to fix it.

and that i did. i uninstalled pc-cillin through safe mode. i knew it was causing the problem. had to clean up my registry, too. and now PC’s working okay.

now… i’m really contemplating on changing the anti-virus software we use. i’ve read PC World’s Top Antivirus Software article and other reviews but i still can’t decide on anything.

i’ve read some really good stuff about Kaspersky Anti-Virus but i’m not sure if it is suited for this PC. Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 - Image from

Trend Micro’s PC-Cillinhas been my choice for years. it’s easy to update and i believe it really does the job. however, it really takes time to load.

you see, we need an anti-virus that won’t take up too many resources/memory, like trend micro’s pc-cillin. i have NOD32 installed but i won’t let it run automatically because it still slows down the boot-up.

hmmm… i hope i can get any suggestions. if not, i’ll just stick to NOD32 and continue not having it run in the background automatically.

Can you tell me about your experience, bad or good, with your anti-virus software?

argh. technology is causing me unnecessary stress. sheesh.