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    Default XP x64 edition help

    I just recently installed windows XP pro 64 edition. runs good, fast, but I need a virus protection. Does anyone know of an anti-virus protection that is compatible with 64 bit? or do you know when one will be available?

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    Hello seavolt88,
    If you want a free version try avast. See link 1 below.
    I have been told that AVG also works with 64 bit but cannot confirm that (no reason why it shouldn't). Link 2 is for AVG info and more links.
    Regards guy9663

    Link 1 http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

    Link 2 http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php

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    Additional info on Avast can be found here. As you know not many choices out there for 64 bit:

    http://www.avast.com/eng/x64.html

    Cheers

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    Actually, you don't need to worry about virus yet, as none of the virus can infect a 64bit system... so until the 64bit technology takes off and the virus writers get to work... make the most of it...

    Having said that Symantec do claim to have caught the first one...

    http://www.pcsympathy.com/article516.html

    I have XP 64bit and Longhorn sitting on a shelf next to my old computer.... all I need is a new computer to put them on

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    Interesting post Steam.
    To satisfy my own curiosity would you mind answering a couple of questions please?
    1 If an antivirus program such as Avast runs on a 64 bit system does it simply use the existing Avast database (adapted for the new system)?
    2 Does 64 bit mean new virus types or will existing viruses simply be changed?
    Regards guy9663.

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    Hi Guy

    1. If an antivirus program such as Avast runs on a 64 bit system does it simply use the existing Avast database (adapted for the new system)?
    From what I've read about it (and that's not a lot) it's not just a case of adapting an anti-virus to 64bit...practically every line of code has to be checked and re-written... recompiled and tested. I don't begin to understand all that is required... I just know it is very involved... as well as avast, I believe Symantec, McAfee, Bit Defender Pro, ezAntiVirus and KAV either have or are very close to having a version available...

    Please bear in mind I am not a programmer, and a lot of this is beyond me...

    2. Does 64 bit mean new virus types or will existing viruses simply be changed?
    I expect we'll see the hackers getting to work re-writing a lot of the existing ones, as for new ones, well there always just round the corner...

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    Thanks Steam.
    Guy.