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What antivirus would you recommend for Win98?

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February 3, 2013 6:55:28 PM

I currently have Clamwin, but I don't like it (no real-time protection, not very user-friendly). But I can't find any others that are current and support Win98; any ideas?

I thought about downloading older versions that are compatible (like from OldApps), but would the virus definitions still be current enough to offer adequate protection?

Thanks for any help you can give!
February 6, 2013 10:15:18 PM

As you suggested, old virus software would not be updateable because of the the latest virus definition files being incompatible.

In order to have better online security you really should consider upgrading to a new or used computer which runs a more up-to-date version of Windows, or certainly nothing older than Windows XP which most security software developers are still supporting.
February 6, 2013 10:21:22 PM

Thanks Phil, but I'm into legacy computing. Alot of people seem to be confused by's really no different than someone who has a classic car that they like to drive once in awhile, just for a "blast from the past".

What I may have to do though is keep my browsing very logging into email or any other sites with personal info. That way if I get a virus, at least I haven't compromised any personal info.
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February 7, 2013 8:28:24 AM

Well on the pro site, new viruses should be incompatible to your Windows as well.

Install a Firewall like

February 16, 2013 9:09:46 PM

Clamwin is pretty good for Win98
February 16, 2013 9:16:07 PM

In my original post, I stated that I have Clamwin, but I'm not satisfied with it (no real-time protection, quarantined items folder too hard to find, etc). But it looks like I might be stuck with it, unless someone knows of another kind?

Thanks for the answers everyone.
February 23, 2013 11:57:49 PM

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March 15, 2014 11:58:28 AM

I know this post is a little old, however, Avast 4.8 is still being updated. Support was supposed to drop in 2009/2010, but the signature definitions are still being released on a daily basis. It's a great program, runs on Windows 95 and later, and only requires a 486 with 32MB RAM.

You can get Avast 4.8 from my FTP ( or from FileHippo ( After installing you need to register or it will stop working after 60 days (

Don't forget to get the latest manual update here if you don't have internet access on that machine (