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  • Norton

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  • Zone Alarm

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  • AVG

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  • McAffee

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  • PCcillin

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    Re: Anti virus software



    Quote Originally Posted by paul_h View Post
    AV software depends on what you what.
    Do you want something that runs continously consuming resourses and checking every file you access constantly?
    Or do you want a simple small program you can use just to check new downloaded files manually before opening, and maybe run a full scan once a week?

    I use to run AVG and avast, but I didn't need that level of obtrusiveness and memory stolen from me, as I didn't seem to get any viruses anyway. I didn't need every program checked on schedule or every email checked.

    Now I just use clamwin, it's a manual scanner that doesn't protect you automatically, so it doesn't hog you PC memory. You just manually right-click and scan any downloads or attachments before opening and if you know what you're doing, that, a good firewall, good malware scanners and good PC usage is enough.
    You don't have to pay continually for a product or updates (clam win is free and has free updates), and you don't need some resource hogging bloatware always running on your PC.
    I recommend avast if you want something fully automatic and have a decent spec PC though, small enough and funtional enough.
    It sounds like good AV softwaqre for you if you are the only user of the PC,

    In my situation many house hold members use my PC and will not know how to manually run the AV manually or will be to lazy.

    I think for PC's that are used by other users need auto protection, especially in my application and situation, otherwise i may be doing system the dreaded system recoveries every 3 months.

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    NOD 32 for me, tried a few and they seem to slow the system down, this one you install, set it up for scanning and forget about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by malcoa View Post
    NOD 32 for me, tried a few and they seem to slow the system down, this one you install, set it up for scanning and forget about it
    I agree with malcoa Nod 32 for me also. I've tried them all kaspersky, norton, mcafee and i've got to Nod32 is the best as far as im concerned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by US Iceman View Post
    I'm curious what types of anti-virus software everyone is using. If there are some brands I have not listed, please tell us what you use and the results you have had.

    Thanks.
    I have used F-Prot from Frisk Software International, Iceland since 2004.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    Avast Home Edition Its Free And Updates Every Day

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    AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0 now available for download.
    You can use this edition to protect your computer from virus.Many people have downloaded this free edition version
    here is link free.grisoft.com/ww.download?prd=afe
    Last edited by chillin out; 15-05-2008 at 12:04 AM.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    Quote Originally Posted by US Iceman View Post
    I'm curious what types of anti-virus software everyone is using. If there are some brands I have not listed, please tell us what you use and the results you have had.

    Thanks.
    Though at home I have Window Live OneCare I think the best one is NOD32 from www.eset.com.

    Norton crashed my computer several times and McAfee is slow besides don't detect viruses in .dbx (Outlook Express) files and this is anoying. It does detect them if you try to open an email with the virus but not if you scan the files.
    Haven't tried the rest.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    I know this is an old thread but I read through it and just wondered how many of you have tested your firewall. If you haven't you could try this.

    grc.com
    I haven't made 15 posts so it won't let me insert a hyperlink
    Click on shields up and choose the various options to see how hidden you really are when online.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    avg free edition with comodo firewall (also free)
    excellent combo

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    Re: Anti virus software

    Switched my desktop to linux last summer, so no longer need anti-virus there. Use Kaspersky suite on the laptop Haven't had a virus in years.

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    I use nod 32 it covers most viruses, and it keeps its self to its self, Just get the odd pop up telling me its updated. did i mention its free too

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    I used Kaspersky Anti Virusversion 2009.
    You can get free 100 days by using their promotion

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    Re: Anti virus software

    To my way of thinking; if I install several anti virus software if one doesn't catch the bug the other will. However, I was told that is not a good idea, it will slow down my system - which I beleived. I am also getting other conflicing advice - not sure if it is sound advice.

    I would like to hear some of your opinions.
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    Re: Anti virus software

    Only run one AV if it's a constant background running program. Even one of them chews up a lot of system resources. Right now I'm using avast as a constant running program for anti virus. But I have installed many anti spyware type scanners as they are manual scanners, not always running in memory, (superantispyware, spybot, antimalware and MS's own defender), and clamwin for antivirus as I have mentioned before.
    So I scan every so often with those manual spyware/malware scanners, plus online anti virus scanners if I feel that my one full time running antivirus isn't doing the job.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    Trend Internet Security seems to be pretty good

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    Re: Anti virus software

    There is quite a good guide here:

    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/sho...virus-software

    Gives details on free anti-virus and spyware programs.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    I am a nod32 user too

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    Re: Anti virus software

    NOD32 from www dot eset dot com

    No reduction in performance.
    No false positives.
    Daily updates.
    Very light on resources.
    Nothing got through it yet.
    I dare say I havn't seen it's equal.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    Quote Originally Posted by round_the_rack View Post
    Switched my desktop to linux last summer, so no longer need anti-virus there. Use Kaspersky suite on the laptop Haven't had a virus in years.

    Wise ... Very wise I use linux (ubuntu distribution)

    And have a hardware firewall running (IPcop) Virus free since 2002

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    Re: Anti virus software

    My son is a wizard at computers and he says AVG free and Spybotsd for ativirus. He says use Sandboxie for internet and guaranteed no virus problems ever. (Also a free version.)

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    Re: Anti virus software

    Quote Originally Posted by knighty View Post
    I'm a geek.....

    but I dont have any anit-virus, anti-spyware etc...

    router has a built in fire wall which is 100 times better than anything you can install yourself (hardware firewall is always better than software)

    other than that... no protection, I'm just carefull

    ....then again, I guess it's easier for me because I can fix it if it goes wrong
    I have the same solution.
    But if I really need avir programms I use online scanners, like mks.com.pl.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    I use several OS's for different reasons and found out that avast works good on 2Kpro, Mcaffee works good on XP and AVG is great on 7. No issues.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    i started useing "bullguard" on a reccomendation from a friend in the know.

    So far so good!

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    All of AV is good I think, as long as it up to date...

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    Re: Anti virus software

    Everybody know SMADAV antivirus?
    It 's Indonesian product. I use it. so far is OK.
    I think no antivirus ferfect to protect all virus attack.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    i use Nod 32 from last two years, as its serial are readily available on torrentz .com and its uninstalling is also very eazy.. if u have any problem then u can uninstall.

    Unlike norton its very difficult to unistall.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    I've voted for AVG but my real choice is Avast... wondering why its not included in the choice. For me it the best.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    For those techies out there you might want to check out this site, which is very trustworthy:
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/
    As far as virus scanners, I'm with Paul. The free versions of these have to be updated manually but they are very good:
    http://www.superantispyware.com/
    http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
    I run these weekly.
    For my real time scanner I use Webroot Spysweeper
    http://www.webroot.com/En_US/consumer-products.html
    get the 39.95 version, that is all you need. When you renew you can get the CD for another $5-6 but you don't need it. Although it is real-time, you should run a full scan weekly also, and it can be set to do that automatically if desired.
    I'd also run Spybot as mentioned
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/
    These recommendations are from techie friends who do this for a living. You definitely need to run more than one scanner.
    If you have your business and finances on a computer, I would highly advise that you never go on-line with that computer, instead use a separate computer for on-line activities.
    You should also consider cleaning your machine weekly using this (but don't use the registry cleaner utility):
    http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
    Set it to automatically update, and clean before you scan, that way scanning will be faster.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    i use smadav, is the best antivirus for indonesian users
    u can visit here smadav.net

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    Re: Anti virus software

    AVG free
    Malware Bytes
    SuperAnti Spyware
    and Microsoft Security Essentials

    use all 4 concurrently, they work great together, nothing gets through and they are light on using system resources

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    Re: Anti virus software

    I have been using Avast, NOD32 and AVG free, the latest years, and I have quite meny pc's of different types. I can not say which is the best, for sure, but I have ended up using AVG free on all PC's. It does what it should, without any problems.

    If I buy a new PC and it comes with Norton, I allways remove Norton and install AVG. (Because of the way the Norton slows down the PC.)

    By the way, not much new or revolusionary. I thing my conclusions is much the same as in the tread above.

    By the way, I was using paid NOD32 for a period, and I was very pleased with this solution.

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    Re: Anti virus software

    Quote Originally Posted by wingman View Post
    Wise ... Very wise I use linux (ubuntu distribution)

    And have a hardware firewall running (IPcop) Virus free since 2002
    Doing the same since around 2005, but still have ClamAV installed as well ( I might be supplying a file to a Windows box and it could be infected) and have not gotten many warnings, though I do like the site warnings you get from a Google search if the site is suspicious.

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