what's the best antivirus?

by maverick8 47 replies
hey people,
what antivirus do you guys use?
thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gile
    I personally use AVG. I have been using it for years with no problems. You can download the software for free. They also offer a spyware application that you can also install for free also.
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  • Profile picture of the author sideserver
    NOD32 is by far the best Antivirus software I've used (and believe me, I've tried them all).

    The only downside is that its subscription-based and costs about $30 a year.
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    • Profile picture of the author onlineleben
      Originally Posted by sideserver View Post

      NOD32 is by far the best Antivirus software I've used (and believe me, I've tried them all).

      The only downside is that its subscription-based and costs about $30 a year.
      NOD32 is really good and doesn't cause a high system load.
      USD 30/year is more than reasonable when you think about the protection you get.
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      • Profile picture of the author sideserver
        Originally Posted by onlineleben View Post

        NOD32 is really good and doesn't cause a high system load.
        USD 30/year is more than reasonable when you think about the protection you get.
        I'm glad someone agrees with me here.

        The problem that I have with the free antivirus solutions is that the virus writers are well aware that programs like AVG, Avast etc have a sizable percentage of the market share, and they do actively create virii that are precisely designed to circumvent these popular software.

        By the time AVG or Avast release patches to fix the problem, precious hours or days would have passed. My digital assets and business is far too precious to allow this to happen.

        Remember, folks. Just because AVG says your system is clean, doesn't mean there isn't anything there.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
          I used AVG Free Edition for years, right up until a few months back when version 8 was rolled out, I decided it was just becoming such a fat application, trying to do too many things, I just want a simple and effective virus checker not a security suite.

          So I switched to Avast! and it's been fantastic so far.
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        • Profile picture of the author Vector
          Originally Posted by sideserver View Post

          I'm glad someone agrees with me here.

          The problem that I have with the free antivirus solutions is that the virus writers are well aware that programs like AVG, Avast etc have a sizable percentage of the market share, and they do actively create virii that are precisely designed to circumvent these popular software.

          By the time AVG or Avast release patches to fix the problem, precious hours or days would have passed. My digital assets and business is far too precious to allow this to happen.

          Remember, folks. Just because AVG says your system is clean, doesn't mean there isn't anything there.
          I can confirmed this. I used AVG for years before it was popular and it was great. Eventually it became too popular and I got a horrible virus. It wiped my HDD and was only able to rescue some of my data that wasn't already backed up. It is better to pay for Karpesnky or other heavy duty pro anti virus. You live, you learn!

          Jay
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    • Profile picture of the author Tuzic
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      hi,

      i have a friend who tested mist anti viral software programs 7 found AVG to be the best! it doesnt slow down your computer & protects it, 7 is much better than mccafee & norton. & its free too.
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  • Profile picture of the author imstar
    i've used several Anti-Virus including Norton, Panda, Anti-Vir, Avast, AVG. At last, i decide to rely on AVG.
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    • Profile picture of the author JeremyL
      Not Norton's... That's for sure!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    I put in a vote for Avast as well, best one I've tried so far. And ya, no luck with Norton either..
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Panda Internet Security , hands down.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dave OSullivan
      Eset Nod32 Antivirus is the best I've used so far. It does an excellent job and isn't resource hungry at all.

      Dave.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jason Hodgins
        Firewall, Antivirus, Antispam: ESET Smart Security Has It All

        One of, if not the top piece of kit I have on this box.

        Honestly for the piece of mind, even the price tag is worth it.

        As a computer/networking professional I have tried or used just about everything free or paid.

        The above has caught and logged things that even I would have never known were on the war path.

        ...of course sooner or later I'll buy my Mac and then...

        Anyway, top choice above no doubt--get it. In this case you get what you pay for.

        --Jay

        PS: For those that don't know or notice it's the same but meatier than Nod32 (same company).
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      • Profile picture of the author Guy Horton
        I've tried several antivirus programs over the last few years AVG,Panda,Avast,and Kaspersky.
        All of these worked well but, as I'm sure you know these programs tend to be resourse hungry as they develope new features.
        I liked Panda the best of the above mentioned until....I found Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico.

        Here's a few features

        Yoggie Gatekeeper Personal’s 13 layers of security:

        * 520 MHz CPU and 128MB memory
        * Anti-Spam
        * Anti-Phishing
        * Antispyware
        * Antivirus
        * Parent Control System
        * Transparent Email Proxies (POP3; SMTP)
        * Transparent Web Proxies (HTTP; FTP)
        * Intrusion Detection System
        * Intrusion Prevention System
        * Firewall

        · Adaptive Security Policy™

        * Multi-Layer Security Agent™ (Patent pending)

        * Layer-8 Security Engine ™ (Patent pending)

        Okay, I know this seems like a pitch fest for the product.....it's not. This is just a darn good product which stops those nasty bugs BEFORE they reached the Windows operating system. Let's face the real facts, what good is your Virus protection if it allows the problem to gain access to your computer. My opinion.... Virus onboard equals a problem.

        Yoggie is simple to install, 15 minutes and your done! Yoggie comes with a 1 year license for Kaspersky. Make sure your machine is Virus, Spyware free, Kaspersky will do this, it will report a few false positives....it's a little aggressive. Then uninstall the the anti-virus program and install the Yoggie drivers. It may take up to 15 minutes for the process to complete the first time you activate the Yoggie but then your finished.

        There is a $30 annual renewal fee for the service, first year is included with the purchase price, around $100. If you shop around you can find Yoggie for $90

        What about support? I had a question about writing a rule for Yoggie. Support got back to me in 42 minutes with a detailed step by step answer. The support tech sent an email about an hour later asking if I needed any further assistance. I've only contacted support one time during the 5 months that I've used Yoggie, just have not had any issues with the product or their service.

        Bottom line.... No software slowing my computer down, No headaches.

        Hope this info helps,
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        • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
          The thing is a lot of these applications Yoggie included, are no longer simply anti-virus applications, they are all beginning to become full security suites. If you would rather use a different firewall or malware scanner you are duplicating applications. This is especially true if you are happy using the standard windows firewall and Microsoft defender. Finding a nice thin AV application is becoming increasingly difficult.
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    Open source all the way!
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    • Profile picture of the author Greg Cooksley
      Hey maverick8,

      I have used a number of systems over the years.....

      I recently migrated from Trend Micro, after doing some research
      on the net. I now use BitDefender.

      So far, it's been great.....it picked up viruses embedded in
      files that Trend missed completely. Also, it is very resource
      friendly.

      I personally believe that it's best to pay for crucial products
      that ultimately will protect your assets....

      Regards

      Greg
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter_J
    another vote for avast from me
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  • Profile picture of the author David Surk
    I use Nod32, but I just looked up Yoggie Gatekeeper and boy does it seem pretty cool. It's not software. It's a small device that plug into a usb or pc card slot and works like a mini server that acts as a gateway. This is definitly worth a look since it works sorta like a physical wall.

    Much love,
    Dave.
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  • Profile picture of the author Carlsbadd
    ESET NOD 32.

    I had trend micro and it would hang up and hog resourses. It also let some viruses through. I love ESET so far
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    • Profile picture of the author lukyjoe
      I downloaded AVG but when i try to open it it says "file is corrupt", what should I do now?
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      • Profile picture of the author KimW
        Originally Posted by lukyjoe View Post

        I downloaded AVG but when i try to open it it says "file is corrupt", what should I do now?
        download it again.
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        • Profile picture of the author lukyjoe
          Should I remove it from my system first?
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    If you mean delete the corrupted version, yes.
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  • Profile picture of the author yaz8888
    I use Avast on all my computers. I had problems with Norton and made the switch
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    • Profile picture of the author johntanyishin
      I'm using AVG free version

      and SpySweeper paid version

      JTYS
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    • Profile picture of the author lukyjoe
      Thanks KimW
      Now AVG is installed
      but it detected another antivirus program an suggested to uninstall the competing program without naming it.
      I have McAfee which I don't like and also I just downloaded Ccleaner.
      Now, Should I just go ahead and uninstall mcafee?
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      • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
        Originally Posted by lukyjoe View Post

        Thanks KimW
        Now AVG is installed
        but it detected another antivirus program an suggested to uninstall the competing program without naming it.
        I have McAfee which I don't like and also I just downloaded Ccleaner.
        Now, Should I just go ahead and uninstall mcafee?
        Yes, unless you want to put up with fake alarms as the antivirus programs detect each other.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Johnson
    nod32 is by far the best antivirus. No competition really.
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  • Profile picture of the author John M Kane
    Avast?!!!!
    What we don;t have enough Pirates here already?
    Arggggh Matey!
    HA
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    For winblows systems - Antivirus Software: Kaspersky Lab - Protection Against Malware and Cybercrime

    Other than that the next best thing is to buy a Mac..

    James
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    • Profile picture of the author eljay003
      I have tried Norton before but I find it real slow. Next, I used Trendscan but just like Norton, it was also slow. A friend of mine suggested Avast. I installed it in my PC and I had been using it for more than a year now. I am really happy with it. My PC is still running fast and performing very well. It is the best for me J
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      • Profile picture of the author roblas
        Hi,

        Currently I'm using AVG but now I'm thinking to use PANDA ANTIVIRUS Its gives more security to my PC.
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        • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
          I've used nothing but Norton, and will continue to do so.

          My experience is based on over 10 years being virus free, while I keep having to remove various viruses and trojans from friends machines that use other av software on the market.

          Blast norton all you want. I know my machine is virus free. Can you say the same?
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          • Profile picture of the author acreativetouch
            Originally Posted by Floyd Fisher View Post

            I've used nothing but Norton, and will continue to do so.

            My experience is based on over 10 years being virus free, while I keep having to remove various viruses and trojans from friends machines that use other av software on the market.

            Blast norton all you want. I know my machine is virus free. Can you say the same?
            Yea, like mine! Thank you.

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            • Profile picture of the author lukyjoe
              How do I remove AVG toolbar from my browser?
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  • Profile picture of the author Lukmus
    Norton an antivirus, it is good)
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  • Profile picture of the author JAIDEEP2959
    Trend macro antivirus works best for me. It comes free with Sify broadband connection in my country.
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