CA Antivirus Review and Giveaway

So, Staples was nice enough to throw in a license for CA Antivirus 2008, probably because they were trying to get rid of it (seeing as 2009 is shipping now). Regardless, I have a legitimate antivirus program thats valid until 2010, which is cool, and I’d like to give away 2 copies of it. Just read the article, and post a comment or two, and you’re submitted to win a copy (Valued at $39.99).

Now, for a review.

It installed rather smoothly, until it noticed I had Avast Antivirus installed on my computer. Since, as everyone knows, 2 antivirus programs on one computer will result in the end of the universe as we know it, I was forced to remove Avast from my computer, which naturally prompted a thousand and one popups regarding its uninstallation, saying things like “Malware might be trying to remove avast!”  and the like. This was naturally followed by several restarts of my computer. *grumble*

I got it up and running, and started my first scan. It had told me that there were updates that would not take effect until my computer had restarted (which I still haven’t done, might I add), but I decided to scan anyways. So, I hit scan. And waited about 19 hours. That’s just ridiculous. Here’s something from the scan’s log:

Started scanning at 2/9/2009 5:51:21 PM.
Finished scanning at 2/10/2009 1:12:08 PM. 

I did have my laptop lid shut, but seriously. What the heck. I think I’m going to restart and try it again. Be right back…

 

 

 

I’m back. Ok then.

As for other features, it does include a spyware-specific scanner, which checks for spyware (duhr), adware, and malicious cookies.

No, not this kind of evil cookie.

No, not this kind of evil cookie.

 

 

No, not the kind you eat. Like most antivirus programs, you can schedule scans, actively scan your email, and scan your computer in real time. You can constantly view new virus threats and their threat levels. Pretty standard stuff, but it’s a bit stronger compared to Avast. I did one final scan with Avast for comparison’s sake (which is renounly slow), and it found nothing. While CA identified a few of my non-malicious programs as viruses, which is to be expected, it did find a number of tracking cookies and some remnants of spyware, which it quarantined and removed. 

In all, its a good program, and its cheap, but it lacks the features of something that you could get with a little bit more money. I know that if you get CA antivirus from Radioshack and register it online, you unlock things like IM and phishing filters, as well as things like a firewall and some parental controls, but I’m pretty satisfied for now. 

This leads me to my last bit: I have 2 licenses for this software that I want to give away, seeing as I don’t need them.

You guys know the drill: If you want CA Anti-Virus 2008 edition, post a comment, or send me an email, or contact me by ANY means you wish, and I’ll sign you up. You need at least Windows 2000, Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher, 256 MB’s of ram, and 50 MB’s of hard drive space, which isn’t asking for much. If you want to download the trial, you may do so by clicking here. You need to download the trial to activate it if you get a key from me.

Comment it up, everyone. I’ll be announcing the winners sometime soon.

 

Download here.

  • http://Www.ndcx.net Evan

    No thankyou. I have a mac. No viruses can touch my laptop.

  • http://auntiethesis.blogspot.com Michelle

    Count me in, my Norton expired (which it wants to tell me every 10 hours) and I could use a new anti-virus…cheap. I liked your review, I think I could live with this product.

    • Megan

      WEll … i have no idea why that’s in all caps… anyways. I don’t need this b/c i just got antivirus stuff [norton] but i wanted to reply to michelle’s comment hahah bc my PC downstairs had MacAffee I think? or something and those pop ups are SO ANNOYING!

      i understand… you are not protected…. i’m sorry you are not protected…. if I had bought a new anti-virus thing for you I would have installed it… so shut up.

      ^ my emotions every single time it comes up.. lol

  • Carolyn G

    [quote comment=””]Count me in, my Norton expired (which it wants to tell me every 10 hours) and I could use a new anti-virus…cheap. I liked your review, I think I could live with this product.[/quote]

    I could use this. The hand-me-down laptop, I got from hubby does not have anti-virus and the other comps in the house are macs. This is the only PC>

  • Perry

    great artice and a great review, i loved the part about the cookies. and how u said there were 2 kinds. It made me hungry ha ha ha ha

  • Jessica P

    Ohh enter me., this would be fabu

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    hmm. strange :)

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    Thanks very much for taking your time to create this very useful infos .

  • http://www.davidshawblog.com/2009/06/15/antivirus-software/ Computer Questions

    I really liked your blog!

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    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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  • Tired_Tech

    CA in the best case scenerio shouldn't cause you any problems. I've encountered too many people who's pc's have been infected even by old viruses, however. Then you encounter the uninstall / reinstall problems and trying to navigate the horrible support page / forums. If you have a 64 bit system stay as far away as you can. All in all, CA antivirus is exasperating and terribly inferior to many antivirus alternatives. The sad thing is I was such a fan of the CA anti-spy tool in the yahoo toolbar.

    • http://technoheads.org Salem

      Yeah, I have actually since moved way on to bigger and better things…
      Speaking of, Norton owes me a 2010 edition of norton antivirus, gratis, and
      they haven't sent it yet. Grh.

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    • http://technoheads.org Salem

      Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. As of right now, I'm trying to get
      Symantec to send me the copy of Norton Internet Security that they owed me
      from October. *sigh*

  • rockymeet

    Hello friend i m using so many anti virus but world number one anti virus Bid Defender and other option
    anti keylogger
    |
    antikeylogger
    .two virus name g phone, ghost just try now :) my experiences and share your more

  • http://technoheads.org Salem

    Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. As of right now, I'm trying to get
    Symantec to send me the copy of Norton Internet Security that they owed me
    from October. *sigh*

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