Anti-Virus Quick Question

Which Anti-Virus program do you think is the BEST?

  • McAfee VirusScan

    Votes: 1 2.7%
  • AVG

    Votes: 6 16.2%
  • Norton

    Votes: 27 73.0%
  • Housecall

    Votes: 3 8.1%

  • Total voters
    37
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mixx941

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What Anti-Virus program do you all reccomend. Currently, I have McAfee VirusScan (the new one compatible with XP). I have heard that the free AVG is very good, and even better than others. I have heard that Norton is the best. I always thought that McAfee was the best.

What do u think?

-Mark
 
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hi... I voted housecall but your poll does not reflect that some are paid and some are free


AVG is what I run... but I wish I had PCcillin & I use Housecall when in doubt
 
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I would recommend either Norton or Trend's Pc-cillin. The latter is the paid version of House Call.
 

mixx941

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Any reasons that you would reccomend what you did. I heard that AVG is kinda slow on updating the deffinitions. Sorry bout' the not saying which is paid or not.

-Mark
 
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I agree with Rog Trends Pc-Cillin and Norton antivirus 2002 are your best choices. I use Norton on all my machines but many have Pc-Cillin and are very satisfied.
Dave
 
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I've only used InoculateIT personally, now it's ETrust in a paid version. But my recommendations are based on observation and reputation. I've overseen and troubleshooted more problems with McAfee than any antivirus available. And Trend's HouseCall has an uncanny way of picking up infections that others miss.

Moreover Trend is quick to update their definitions and provide complete manual removal instructions in their library for the latest buggers. Symantec is the same way, and by far has the best support library. When I want info on a virus I go to Google and enter the virus name followed by symantec to get right to the latest info.
 
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Currently using norton (and happy)had alot of problems with mcafee.
 

mixx941

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I have heard from some people that McAfee isn't any good. I always thought that it was the best. Previously, I got a free CD of Norton 2001, and it was OK. When I upgraded to McAfee, the scans took a long time (talking 48 hours for a 13.3Gig 7200RPM).

Myself, I do not really like Norton. I have always disliked that scanner. I have heard quite a few good (and bad) things about AVG:

Bad Review:
I downloaded AVG because of the new approach to virus detection. It appeared that the installation went well until I followed the last instruction to "reboot" the system. The computer froze solid during startup and I could not get it past the block to load windows to see what went wrong. I could not get to the Program file to find the uninstall for AVG.....Crash! Boom! AVG offered no support and has not answered any emails. It was necessary to use a Win Boot disk to access Safe Mode where I was able to uninstall AVG. I also found that AVG modified the registry, but did not return it to it's previous state when uninstalled. Luckily, a Registry restore put it back to working order. It may be free.....but not worth the trouble it can cause. Find someone with a copy of Inoculate PE....IPE is one great program with no bugs, no hazzle and does what it supposed to do..Find, identify and remove a virus. It also uses heuristic analysis to detect an unknown virus in addition to those in the tables. AVG has its'good points if your installation goes ok. My install did not, and AVG offered no explanation for what happened.
Do any of you have AVG? Has this happened to you?

Good Review:
knew I did not like theirs. So each time after trying another one I always went back to AVG. Just last Sept I went out and bought Nortons Security System. Hated it. Cost me 70 bucks for to figure out that it is not person friend and ran my performance level low. Maybe it's just me. But I like being apart of my updates knowing what I get and how often I get it. I configure it to look for updates everyday. If it don't then I do. Fine with me. The one thing I do not care for is the Web site and how the it's set up. The directions are not clear on how to remove a viruse. The support on this is a slow way to go.I would like to see a how to's page added. AVG did how ever find my Sircam when Norotons could not. I to had a backdoor trojan that it found that nortons did not. How do I know this? Its simple when AVG found it I removed my AVG and sent in Nortons,updated it and thenran it nothing. I like how AVG sits in Outlook. I was talking to what I feel is a good PC buff. I was told that they (AVG and others like them)plant viruses in their programs to get you to buy the upgrades or the best program. If that is true then I would have found more viruses. I truely feel this program is simple enough for any person who don't know what they are doing can run it and actually understand what it takes and learn how to maintain their pc in viruse control. I have had many of my friends download it and they love it to. Please I just would love for them to update the viruse deffinitions in the run Avg area. When I up date I woul like to see it in that area. It also is friendly with my firewall.
I have an idea about using AVG AND McAfee. Is this a bad idea, or might it protect me from some virusses that McAfee misses?

Please post back with any thoughts.

Any input would be appreciated :)

-Mark

P.S. Is AVG compatible with XP?
*All above reviews are from cNET
 

mixx941

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Well. I had a great idea last night. I thought that I would test AVG on my laptop, in case something went wrong. It turns out that AVG detected viruses that McAfee missed. It is a pretty good program in my opinion. Thanks for all your responses though:)

-Mark
 
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Hello,All

NOD32 is king

but if i needed a free scanner then

it would have to bee AVG it's a great

program
 

TonyKlein

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Here's an independent and authoritative test.
It should settle some differences of opinion:

<A HREF="http://www.virusbtn.com/100/vb100sum.html">Virus Bulletin VB100 list</A>

Meanwhile, I am a NAV fan myself, but any one of the top 7 or 8 apps there is sure to do its job properly, I reckon.


Grtz.
 
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I am currently using Norton and am very satisfied with it. I previously had McAfee. I did not have any problems with it other than installation. Norton was easier to install and configure. My friends also use Norton.:)
 
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I've pretty much tried them all and can say I like norton the best. Mcafee gave me the most problems when it came to liking my system.
 
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