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Looking for your Opinion on anti-virus s/w

Discussion in 'General Security' started by ejaggers, Sep 21, 2008.

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  1. ejaggers

    ejaggers Thread Starter

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    My Norton internet security 2005 subscription runs out in a few days. I’ve seen people on forums that don’t care for Norton. Since it’s time to pay up, I’m looking for opinions on AV S/W. I’ve been pretty satisfied with Norton, but have never used anything else. And what about those free anti-virus programs?
     
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  3. Avtar

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    I'd recommend getting ESET Smart Security. Earlier also known as NOD32, been using it for a while now and had no issues with it, works like a charm. I've tried Kaspersky, Panda, BitDefender and all that jazz in the past, sticking with this one as of now. :)
     
  4. happychic

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    Hi,

    I have tried AVG.......and got rid of it when it failed to pick up a virus that wiped out half my OS.

    I now use Avast! which is also free for home users. I haven't had any problems with it and I find it has a really simple user interface.
    It doesn't take up to much space either.

    I am only a beginner? And this is only my opinion. Hope it is of some help.
     
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    I used F-Secure. Never had a problem with it. Instant performance increase after getting rid of NOrtON

    Free = Tell you after infected

    Paid = Prevent from infecting
     
  7. BobJam

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    It's just a matter of 1) What you're comfortable with, and 2) What "plays well" with the other stuff on your system. Nevertheless, all of them may exhibit some problems. Antivirus programs are notoriously cranky.

    The most common bash on McAfee and Norton are that they are resource hogs.

    AVG, Avast, and Avira's Antivir are three that have gained a reputation for not taking up much resources.

    As far as virus detection itself, they are all pretty good, and the ratings that the trade magazines give them are all within a few percentage points, so I don't think any one is a whole lot better than the other (of course, there are a few slackers out there, but if you stay with the brand names and exercise good security best practices, you'll be pretty safe).

    Bottom line: As I said, it's mostly a matter of personal preference and what you AND YOUR SYSTEM (Norton is notorious for not playing well with systems) are most comfortable with. No doubt, though, you'll find plenty of people that will bash individual products. (And I think I just bashed Norton there!)

    And if you visit Manufacturer forums, just keep in mind that most people come to those forums to complain about problems they've had, so your information from them is going to be skewed. Very few people visit a forum just to say "Atta' boy".

    And what ever you decide to pick, it's a good idea to run an on line scan now and then, because what your local protection misses (and they all miss some things), an on line scan may detect.

    1. Panda ActiveScan 2.0 - http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/

    2. Kaspersky - http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner

    3. Symantec Security check - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/default.asp?langid=ie&venid=sym

    4. Trend Micro Housecall - http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

    5. McAfee - http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp

    6. BitDefender - http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html

    7. VirScan - http://www.virscan.org/ NOTE: This is just for selected files, NOT the whole machine.

    8. Virustotal - http://www.virustotal.com/ NOTE: This is just for selected files, NOT the whole machine.
     
  8. worf51

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    i use avira on my xp and avg on my vista,i will admit that avira is more sensitive and thorough,it has saved my pc quite a few times...........
     
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    I think AVG is fabulous. Runs on DOS through Windows Vista.
     
  10. BobJam

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    BTW, I used to have McAfee Enterprise 8.0i and Zone Alarm, but now I've switched to Avira's AntiVir and Comodo FW, and things are just fine (and start up is a lot faster, obviously, and resource availability is better). As I said, the main thing to me is how things get along with your system, and McAfee and ZA were starting to do their dance on my resources (but I have to admit that for years this combo played nice).
     
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    clamwin, windows defender and hotspot shield = very light on my p3 500 laptop
    and returnil if i go to susp sites
     
  12. TOGG

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    Here's another candidate for BobJam's online scanner list; http://www.eset.eu/online-scanner I've never actually tried this because I have the full NOD32 program.
     
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