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which antivirus is best

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Mtneer, Jul 11, 2007.

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  1. Mtneer

    Mtneer Thread Starter

    Jul 11, 2007
    I just recently purchased a Toshiba laptop with Vista operating system. I was wondering what antivirus/spyware program is the best but is most affordable. McAfee came as a default on the laptop, but wanted an opinion as i am trying to be cost effective yet be adequately protected. I am rather computer illiterate so an antivirus program that requires little to no maintenance would be ideal. I've read that "The Shield Deluxe" had great reviews and was priced in the $29.99 per year range.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Retired Moderator

    Mar 3, 2004
    I use AVG and love it
    There is also Avast or NOD32
  3. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jan 24, 2002
    Hi, You'll have to completely remove the McAfee suite that was preinstalled to install any other antivirus, antimalware programs.

    Then, you have a lot of options...staying with totally free programs is one. Let me know if you would prefer that, but it does mean there would be 3 or 4 separate programs, and downloads, to do.

    If you would rather get an all in one security suite> these can range in price. Right now, CA has their Internet Security Suite free after rebate comes along with a 2 gigabyte flash USB drive.


    Most of the security companies offer free trial versions, some for their Professional versions....

    I have not used the program you posted about.

    Info here: You'll be able to get a good idea of the frontrunners from these sites.


  4. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

    Apr 4, 2003
    I have enjoyed AVG Free for several years.
  5. cfhpantera


    Jul 15, 2004
    My vote will always be for NOD32 if someone is serious about antivirus.
  6. Goku


    May 17, 2007


    May 8, 2007
    Hello Byteman:
    i recently purchased CA Suite 07 directly from the manufacturer when my year was running-out with C.A. -while i love the program , after seeing your above post i visited Tiger and i'm not happy to discover an existing 'free rebate' offered by the manufacturer (CA) VIA Tiger !! ......i didn't know about that distributor !!! and manufacturer made no mention about a 'rebate' !! :mad: any suggestions? thanks so much
  8. bkdc


    Apr 23, 2003

    I have used both AVG & Avast; they are both very good but I prefer Avast because I have more control over configuration settings.
  9. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jan 24, 2002
    Hi, The rebate has some restrictions...a freeware type of suite will not qualify you, nor will a free trial version of any competitive company suite.... I hadn't gotten all the details when I posted that.

    But, for anyone who has purchased the competitor's suites, they can get the offered rebate and the USB flash drive...ends up free to you after rebates.

    These rebate deals are something you have to try to find when you want to purchase something-
    part of rebate may be offered just by TigerDirect, and only part by the software company, that is what
    you see fairly often.

    And, it's true, the makers don't have info about rebates on their site, much of the time, but some do.

    it can take some good searching around, but there are several sites that specialize in posting active rebates, and almost every good online store like TigerDirect, has a whole Rebates category, where you can read all the present rebates they have, before you start shopping. Some of the rebates you see on their main, special sales, weekly specials, etc pages when you go to the site.

    Don't know what you could do-- if the software has a return policy, maybe it's still able to be refunded?
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