What's your favourite Anti-Virus program?

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Just bought a new desktop and was hoping to get some opinions about anti-virus programs. I have PC-Cillin on my laptop, but that subscription runs out in a month or two. Seems to do just fine and I can get a copy for $20 at the campus computer store at the university in my hometown.

My desktop has a two month subscription to Norton installed and I have been using it so far. When I transferred files from my laptop over to my desktop, it actually found three trojans in three separate files (and says they were successfully eliminated). PC-Cillin never flagged these files though, so I'm curious if the program isn't as comprehensive as others.

Any recommendations would be great!
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  • Profile picture of the author money2k
    Norton is awesome. With antivirus software I believe you get what u pay for. I would rather pay a couple more dollars to get superior protection.
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    • Profile picture of the author admiral
      every one who goes online have a favourite antivirus and i have tried oh so many down over the years but the one i trust the most is avast i find it excellent.
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      • Profile picture of the author LeapingHorse
        Originally Posted by admiral View Post

        every one who goes online have a favourite antivirus and i have tried oh so many down over the years but the one i trust the most is avast i find it excellent.
        Didn't see it - will have a look. Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author AragornStrider
        Originally Posted by admiral View Post

        every one who goes online have a favourite antivirus and i have tried oh so many down over the years but the one i trust the most is AVAST i find it excellent.
        I agree... Im using it for over 2 years and no problem...
        Im also a Norton User/Avid whatever you call it before... but im experiencing alot of Lag before w/c i hate...

        so when my brother introduced me to AVAST it was the best...you wouldn't knw it was there working on the background.... but still provide good protection... two thumbs up !!!

        Avast.com

        just be sure to get the home use so they wont ask you for a charge...

        but if you have the extras...go for it...

        Avast is just my personal experience and opinion its always up to you...

        Good luck !!! :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Goatboy
    I use Norton, but that is a subscription service. I have AVG Free installed on my wife's desktop. We have also tried the free version of Avast but I found it was too instrusive. You can check out Download.com from CNET for the links to the free downloads.
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  • Profile picture of the author LeapingHorse
    Thanks for the reply. I had Norton years and years ago and remember it slowing my system down, but so far I haven't had any problems with my new cpu.

    Just from doing some reading on cnet and other places, it seems like Norton or Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 would be the way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    AVG anti-virus program is my best bet for now. I have been using it for 2 years now.
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  • Profile picture of the author rajput441
    I use Symantec Anti Virus, it is really good..
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    • Profile picture of the author glchandler
      We have also tried the free version of Avast but I found it was too instrusive
      Yep....intrusive ad nauseam! I tried to "upgrade" to the latest Avast and have had nothing but difficulties. Now I must uninstall with awsclear from their website (in safe mode of windows) in order to get new installed.

      Easier to go back to AVG and get the job done.
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  • Profile picture of the author LeapingHorse
    Thanks for all the responses! Much appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mili_D
    McAfee really dose the job and it is easy to install. McAfee also runs security against Internet threats and you have protections in anti-spam, anti -phishing and many more....
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  • Profile picture of the author nuwav
    I have been using kaspersky internet security for over a year now, its the best anti virus software I have used...and I have tried most of them..
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  • Profile picture of the author rockyk
    If I had the money I would go for Kaspersky cuz I have read all kinds of reports how it is the highest rated. But I'm broke so I use AVG Free, it's effective and doesn't affect my pc performance at all like norton did.
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  • Profile picture of the author mine1718
    spyware doc is good, im using avg and thats the top of the top right now
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  • Profile picture of the author Billy Deakin
    I've had more clients who had problems with Nortan on their system than just about anything else over the years, it's a real system hog and tends not to "play nicely" with lots of other software. I now suggest Kaspersky, but AVG is very good too and I use that on several of my own systems.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeb
    My vote goes to avast. I've used avg and avast and i always seem to go back to avast. Avg seems to slow my system down and it does use more resources than avast. Don't know why some say that avast is slower than avg, when i find it the exact opposite.

    Check cnet's site and you'll see that avast is better ranked by it's users.

    Also do check out av-comparatives site as they independently review all major anti-virus programs :-
    AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - Welcome to AV-Comparatives.org

    And here is the link to the latest comparisons report :-
    http://www.av-comparatives.org/image...c_report24.pdf

    Avast as a free antivirus gets the highest advanced status among other paid anti-viruses.

    Judge for yourselves
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  • Profile picture of the author DanielCW
    Sorry folks but Google Top 10 Antivrus and you will see Bitdefender Total Security is by far the best of the best. It smashes virus silly and doesn't bog your whole PC down to a standstill like Nortons.

    For the best use Bitdefender Total Security
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  • Profile picture of the author RoyChan
    I use Norton as well as ZoneAlarm (Paid) version, as recommended by a trusted IM adviser.
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    • Profile picture of the author seancravenplan
      I use the paid version of AVG - I could not continue with Norton as it would not let me log into the system and pay after the free perioud had ended
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  • Profile picture of the author CesarGalano
    Without a doubt, Karpesky.I actually decided to purchase a copy with 1 year subscription and althought it's a bit expensive it's well worth the investment.Has a lot of features!

    Absolutely Love It!
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  • Profile picture of the author legs
    AVG, though it tends to slow down my system when it is on.
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  • Profile picture of the author riverdude
    I use ESET. It does a great job and doesn't slow down my PC
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