After years of McAfee I'm looking for an alterntive.

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I've been using McAfee for years simply because I haven't looked into other options.

What is the choice of this forum when it comes to anti-virus protection.

Renewal time is a few days away and I need to protect 4 PC's

Your suggestions are graciously welcomed.

Mo
#alterntive #mcafee #years
  • Profile picture of the author onlinemlmrockstar
    I use Norton Antivirus,
    I find that i never have any problems with that, and you can use it over 4 computers,

    Hope that helps.

    Christopher Reid
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  • Profile picture of the author eshera
    Hands down, Mo, after working many contracting jobs in IT, I would highly suggest AVG....you only need the free version....FREE

    I have two servers running here, plus my usual four for my daily work stuff...never a problem.

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    • Profile picture of the author NewbiesDiary
      Originally Posted by eshera View Post

      Hands down, Mo, after working many contracting jobs in IT, I would highly suggest AVG....you only need the free version....FREE

      I have two servers running here, plus my usual four for my daily work stuff...never a problem.

      AVG Free - Download antivirus and antispyware software for Windows XP and Vista

      Have a great evening...
      -eshera
      I totally agree - I've been using AVG free for years with no probs at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    Some good info in the Warrior forum archives...
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-software.html

    Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author milamber
    Im recommending ESET NOD32 antivirus.. Im using it for quiet a while now and it never fails me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason G Anderson
    I use AVG Free while my wife uses Kaspersky, and I'd highly recommend both. I wouldn't touch Norton with a ten foot pole - in recent years I've found it nothing more than a resource hog.

    (To be fair, I have heard rumours that the latest version seems to be a bit better in that regard - but I don't trust them :-) )
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Transue
    Another vote for AVG. I have been using the free version for the past 2 years without issue.
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    • Profile picture of the author David_Thompson
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Brian
    AVG Free Edition does the job for me for years now. (Used to be a Norton user but I find it a resource hog).
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  • Profile picture of the author Rachel Incoll
    Personally I'd recommend Norton - have used it for many years (tried a couple of different ones first) and have been very happy with it's performance.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mantero Cantrow
    I used Kaspersky.. the best AV for me so far.. plus the license for 1 year pretty cheap - just around $20 for single user
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    • Profile picture of the author milamber
      Originally Posted by Mantero Cantrow View Post

      I used Kaspersky.. the best AV for me so far.. plus the license for 1 year pretty cheap - just around $20 for single user
      Kaspersky is one of the latest effective AV today. How was your experience on it?
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      • Profile picture of the author Mantero Cantrow
        Originally Posted by milamber View Post

        Kaspersky is one of the latest effective AV today. How was your experience on it?
        It does damn great They update their database each and everyday, so we're protected from the latest virus.. plus it used very low system resource
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        • Profile picture of the author milamber
          Originally Posted by Mantero Cantrow View Post

          It does damn great They update their database each and everyday, so we're protected from the latest virus.. plus it used very low system resource
          Sounds pretty great. But i hate it whenever my AV updates daily. Is there any way to change their update time?
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          • Profile picture of the author abbadox
            I have used the free version of AVG for years and have never had a problem. I have also installed it on many of my friends computers when they were having trouble and it fixed them. No need to go with the pay version.
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          • Profile picture of the author raynman
            Originally Posted by milamber View Post

            Sounds pretty great. But i hate it whenever my AV updates daily. Is there any way to change their update time?
            I think you can turn it off.

            I have been using it for several years and I have been using Advanced Windows Care for over a year but that is called something else now, maybe Advanced System Care?


            Both have been great for me.

            Norton....ehhhh. don't like it. resource hog extraordinaire.
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  • Profile picture of the author 07knev
    I prefer norton antivirus much better than Mcafee
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  • Profile picture of the author thomasukm
    Wow, looks like so many people favor AVG than all the paid antivirus, I'm going to check it out since my current antivirus on my notebook is already expired for some time, and never renew it.

    Thanks!

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  • Profile picture of the author Dave OSullivan
    Mo,

    I use NOD32 Antivirus Protection for Your PC: Antivirus for Windows XP and more it's just the antivirus package, not the Smart Security one.

    It sits in the background, updates daily and does its job without clogging up your resources.

    Dave.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      McAfee lost it this year for some reason - it had previously been reliable but didn't find that in the past few months.

      I went with AVG and I'm perfectly happy and have had no problems. When I first ran AVG it found dozens of bad files that McAfee had missed in the past few months.

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  • Profile picture of the author essmeier
    I like Avast. It's free, and it doesn't get in the way of everything like Norton does.

    Charlie
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    • Profile picture of the author radhika
      I recently saved myself from Norton by switching to Avast prfessional edition. It is working good.

      MOST important point for me is: Avast support guys are on their forums answering our questions. Not like Symantec where emails not answered. If you call them a person who has no knowledge of products comes on the phone and keeps you waiting for evrety question you ask ...

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      • Profile picture of the author Mo Goulet
        Originally Posted by radhika View Post

        I recently saved myself from Norton by switching to Avast professional edition. It is working good..

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        How many computers can you use the Professional edition on with 1 license?

        Mo
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  • Profile picture of the author Mo Goulet
    Thank you everyone

    It looks like AVG and Avast were the top recommendations. I'm going to look them both over.
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  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    Kaspersky
    AVG
    Avast

    Why are these so much better than the mainstream Norton, McAfee, etc...

    Just trying to weigh out all the bases before deciding on which to place on my kids new laptops.

    Which of these would you recommend for kids going to questionable sites? You know, music download sites, gaming sites, etc...

    Thanks for any responses!

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    • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
      Why ...

      Well when they miss malware/adware/spyware, and Norton [POS] embeds itself so deep into your windows install and it prevents effective install of a compeitors product - you tire of the games trying to remove their CRAp from your systems and servers.

      Having to rebuild a trashed windows install due to some nasty viral infect takes hrs and hrs of valuable time from production. Choose wisely.

      One of the hats I formally wore in ownership of a small 10 man company was Network Admin [i barely qualify for the term] I tried Norton, AVG, Kaspersky, Spybot, McAfee et al ... Whenever we had an issue we scanned with Trend Micro - they always seemed to catch what the others missed.

      I will also add ... this is the best software we ever used to manage our desktops and backing up ... Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows and Linux - Acronis Never seen anything like it as far as ... it just freakin works - good!

      [Acronis - I just signed up for their affiliate program :-) today - thats not an affiliate link] I find myself referring this software and 2 others all the time - so I got affiliated with them. You might too :-)

      Trend Micro + Acronis - about the best you can be backed up and secure on a windows PC.

      You could linux or Mac and do away with AV software altogether - went Linux Ubuntu on my daughters desktop and its been GREAT. A little funky for the first 2 weeks but its pretty BOMB now.


      Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

      Kaspersky
      AVG
      Avast

      Why are these so much better than the mainstream Norton, McAfee, etc...

      Just trying to weigh out all the bases before deciding on which to place on my kids new laptops.

      Which of these would you recommend for kids going to questionable sites? You know, music download sites, gaming sites, etc...

      Thanks for any responses!

      Allen Graves
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    • Profile picture of the author s4nt0s
      I've used all these and I'd have to say eset nod32 is the best. Before I got it I was using AVG and my computer was running super slow so I switched to nod32. After its first scan it picked up over 100 virus's. Now my computer performs like new. Highly recommended if you download a lot.
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      • Profile picture of the author Thecatman
        AVG - the best free anti-virus out there.
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    • Profile picture of the author PascalE
      I started 10 years ago with Norton, changed over to AVG due to Norton being to intrusive. A few weeks ago I checked out the latest Norton Internet Security software and I have to say they are back on track. It picked up 2 Trojans AVG missed and I wouldn't even know it is running. No notifications popping up, no slowdown of my computer and it updates every hour - install it and forget it. The only downside is the price of cause. There is a 30 day free trial option, deffinately worth checking it out.
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      • Profile picture of the author dmderoeck
        Avast coupled with Spybot is my vote. Great software and its free
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      • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
        Norton was 3 days - an eternity in AV terms - late to release an update to a past particularly NASTY trojan that hit my old office hard - plus their annoying intrusive as you put it solutions was just a huge productivity killer. By Bye .. coast was prohibitive as well.

        AVG on the desktops just missed too many things.... bye bye ...



        Originally Posted by Scooper View Post

        I started 10 years ago with Norton, changed over to AVG due to Norton being to intrusive. A few weeks ago I checked out the latest Norton Internet Security software and I have to say they are back on track. It picked up 2 Trojans AVG missed and I wouldn't even know it is running. No notifications popping up, no slowdown of my computer and it updates every hour - install it and forget it. The only downside is the price of cause. There is a 30 day free trial option, deffinately worth checking it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author sama
    hi i use kaspersky it really good its the best one i ever had
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  • Profile picture of the author freedomtolive
    I use AVG free, it's not a resource hog, does the job and best of all has no recurring fees.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joel Gray
    I have used ZoneAlarm for the last couple of years and have not had any problems to this point. I also like the interface that comes with ZA

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  • Profile picture of the author imon32red
    I'm dumping McAfee too. My computer has been bogged down eer since I installed it. Thanks for the suggestions, I think I will go with AVG.
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  • Profile picture of the author JNFerree
    I would definitely check out Kaspersky. Google search bring 5.9 million hits.

    I've been using their tool for 3+ years and haven't been hacked or infected w/ a virus or any calamity ever since. The price is par w/ Norton and McAfee @ $59.95 a year plus is doesn't slow your system down like the others.

    Good luck,
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  • Profile picture of the author Sleaklight
    AVG all the way for me. I avoid Norton as well since it came pre installed with all my computers and laptop past purchases and has always failed to protect me while AVG has done a superb job and is fast and non annoying.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Chambers
    Another vote for AVG. The new control panel is easier than it used to be with anti spyware included. I use it in conjunction with Zone Alarm for a firewall and ad-aware to double check the spyware. You can never be too careful!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    AVG. My brother's PC was infected and his paid Norton couldn't find it. He installed the AVG free edition and it wiped it out as soon as it ran the first time.
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    Last year, all my computers and external hard drives were infected by a very nasty Chinese virus. Norton and AVG were unable to detect it. Kaspersky could detect it but could not eradicate fully. Only NOD32 could do the job.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
    I have been using Norman (not norton) and it has been very effective.

    I installed AVG on my Mother-in-law's computer in pace of Norton and it is smoother and less disruptive.
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    • Profile picture of the author thomasukm
      Originally Posted by James Schramko View Post

      I have been using Norman (not norton) and it has been very effective.

      I installed AVG on my Mother-in-law's computer in pace of Norton and it is smoother and less disruptive.
      Hi James,

      Thanks, one more good testimonial for using AVG...

      I have just removed the Mcafee on my notebook, and installed the AVG, will see how it goes...

      Has anyone tried the paid version of AVG yet? How is it going for you?

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  • Profile picture of the author Norma Holt
    Originally Posted by proapc View Post

    I've been using McAfee for years simply because I haven't looked into other options.

    What is the choice of this forum when it comes to anti-virus protection.

    Renewal time is a few days away and I need to protect 4 PC's

    Your suggestions are graciously welcomed.

    Mo
    I have Vista and that has protection but I also have Firefox as my browser. I took McAfee off my computer because it slowed it too much and was generally a nuisance. Since then I have no imported virus protection except what is in the program and Firefox, which is a mighty protector in itself.

    I do a lot of surfing and web building and can assure I have less problems now than ever. With the new technology in the systems now and the constant updates I don't think it is necessary to have a virus program on as well.

    Hope this helps.

    God bless

    Norma
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  • Profile picture of the author Buster Iversen
    Sophos is properly the best but I don't think they sell less than 10 licenses (these guys answer their phone support within a minute 24/7).
    NOD32 is the second best.
    those 2 above does good fast scans using few resources.

    Symantec and Kaspersky have very good protection but they take a lot of resources (they can basicaly make your computer useless for 2-3 hours a day depending upon your computer specs)

    AVG recently made a huge screw up so wouldn't recommend them.
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  • Profile picture of the author HervinBalfour
    I personally LOVE Trend Micro Internet Security. I personally had a bad experience with Norton when I tried to uninstall it and it destroyed my registry. I had to re-install my operating system. So I wasn't a happy camper after that.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesFraze
    I do not like Norton because of doing upgrades and experiencing problems with them (multiple upgrades, multiple BSODs).

    Norton products are sold to government contracts, and are thus widely used, but that doesn't mean they are the best.

    Here is a List of the ones I have used:
    NOD32 - very good AV
    AVG - not quite the best, but it's free and adequate
    Avast - I used them for a long time, but not anymore
    Avira AntiVir - my current favorite because they detect the most.

    The free version of Avira AntiVir shows a nag screen every day, but besides that it's great.

    I've maintained thousands if not 10s of thousands of computers and this is what I base my recommendations on. Perhaps it will change tomorrow
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