Need some Antivirus Techie advice

Which one Do I Use???

By on March 10, 2008 5:50:18 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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In my house for a long time we've all used Norton Antivirus however Now I'm hearing it may not be the best solution? So I'v heard of other antivirus programs but I'm not sure which is the way to go. Currently I have Mcaffe installed on our computers because we got it for free from comcast. But is there something better? Plus I'm kinda annoyed with Mcaffe as it keeps quarentining files that don't need to be and even though I'v restored them, with the next scan they get quarentined again. It get's old. So what do you guys recommend?

Thanks in advance,
Angel
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March 10, 2008 6:47:21 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Most of my techie buddies swear by AVG by Grisoft, The home version is free.
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March 10, 2008 7:09:53 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Yes Ive heard of AVG Just wasn't sure about it, one can never be too careful when choosing computer protection, hence the post for advice...lol.

P.S. is the free version really that good or would it be better if I opted for the paid version?
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March 10, 2008 7:13:26 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I have used Norton (now Symantec) AV since 1991, and swore by it for years!  Not any longer.  It is a piece of buggy bloatware!

I use McAfee now, and love it (but then I do get it free).  I have heard good things about AVG and Kaspersky.  Not as great about Trend Micro (but it does work).

My recommendation - Chck with your ISP first.  Many are giving away AV products or giving great discounts.  If they are not, and money is an issue, try AVG.  If you have a few bucks, try McAfee.

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March 10, 2008 7:23:36 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
As I said I already have McAfee installed because I get it for free from comcast but I'm annoyed with it as it keeps quarantining files that don't need to be and even though I've restored them, with the next scan they get quarantined again.
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March 10, 2008 7:47:31 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
P.S. is the free version really that good or would it be better if I opted for the paid version?


I have tried the free version. My company also uses the paid version. There is not much difference. It's more a matter of being able to set it to run at certain times, update, etc.

I currently use Avast. It seems a lot of people these days are using Avast or AVG. Both have free versions and both are rated pretty high.

As I said I already have McAfee installed because I get it for free from comcast

A friend of mine has the same deal. She just got hit with a really nasty Trojan and has had to shut everything down. The free version she has of McAfee doesn't scan emails or P2P apps. I think her daughter was downloading crap off of Limewire.

I can't speak for AVG, but the free version of Avast works with private messengers, email, P2P, real time..it can do a full scan in boot. For a free app, it covers a lot and hasn't let me down yet.
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March 10, 2008 8:33:41 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
The two AV programs which are favorites with the 'tech' community are NOD32 and Kaspersky. If you look at this poll on Neowin you will see that NOD takes nearly 50 per cent of the vote WWW Link
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March 10, 2008 8:45:35 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Hmm that's one I had never even heard of but thanks for pointing that poll out to me Leo definitely pointed me to some Much needed overview info.
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March 10, 2008 10:21:00 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
McAfee and Norton are garbage IMHO. My girlfriend had McAfee and got a virus from a website she was redirected to while surfing the net. McAfee never picked it up and she had to format her hdd and reinstall everything.

I currently use AVG Internet Security (not free but worth the price). It has everything (literally). Avast and AVG both have great freeware versions, and NOD32 and Kaspersky are two excellent programs as well.

There are some great anti-virus/spyware proggies out there. Just do a little research to compare them and see which one is right for you.
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March 10, 2008 10:39:17 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
There are some great anti-virus/spyware proggies out there. Just do a little research to compare them and see which one is right for you.


killajosh got it right, recommendations are nice but everyone's computer is set up just a little different with different software/programs. What might work for one person could possibly not work for another.  

Just because a AV program is on the top of someone's list is not the only reason to get it. If they have a trial version or free version try that first, it won't cost you anything and you find out if it will cause you problems. Whatever you try give it a work out, not only see if it finds bad stuff on your computer see if it interfers with the running of other programs, like oh lets just say Stardock and WinCustomize for starters.  
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March 10, 2008 11:15:18 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
McAfee and Norton are garbage IMHO


Agreed.

I bought Trend Micro when I bought my pc about 3 years ago. Had alot of problems and never liked it. After that went back to Norton and still had a mess.

Switched to the free version of AVG for awhile and liked it so I got the paid version of AVG antivirus and firewall for a year. Never had a single problem in that time.

More recently switched back to the free version of AVG and the free Comodo firewall and still haven't had a single problem with either.

Comodo also has a free antivirus that is supposed to be good. I tried both that and AntiVir's free version but just preffered AVG over either one.

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March 10, 2008 11:30:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
NOD32 or anything that uses the Kaspersky (KAV) engine.

Consumer products like McAfee and Norton are bloated crapware.
Free AV products are a you get what you pay for situation.

When all of these other products have failed in the past for my friends and clients, I've had them download NOD32 trialware to clean up the mess the other products missed/made, and sure enough they convert to NOD32 on the spot.

And I've never had a repeat after that...period.

NOD32 works great on every CPU and Windows OS, is light on resources, wins every AV competition hands down, etc. etc.
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March 10, 2008 12:32:02 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Whatever software you go for it's always worth running one of the FREE on-line scanners through your system about once a month.......both ESET NOD and Kaspersky have these facilities on their websites and they are a great 'double banker' to make sure you are clean.

In addition to an Anti-Virus and Firewall prog, it's also wise to have a couple of spyware hunters. Spybot and Adaware are FREE and they do a great job.   

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March 10, 2008 12:54:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Very good advice Leo.  
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July 5, 2008 11:22:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Use AVG Free Edition there is a new one out called AVG Free 8.0.1. Search it on www.download.com.
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July 6, 2008 12:37:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Need some Antivirus Techie advice
Which one Do I Use???
By MetalHellssAngel Posted March 10, 2008 05:50:18


Hopefully they have found one to use by now.
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July 6, 2008 12:38:40 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums
I use Norton and still swear by it. As demonstrated in another thread, a lot of people disagree with me though.

I find Spybot to be good, but Adaware just doesn't seem that great to me. In particular Adaware likes to split the same spyware app into a dozen different entries. It always looks like you just just cleared out a gigs worth of files when you run it.
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July 6, 2008 2:30:34 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
1. Use Avast or NOD32.
2. Do not install two antivirus softwares simultaneously.
3. Always keep a backup.
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July 6, 2008 3:06:16 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I run AVG8 and it works swimmingly. free is awesome and the paid version is even better.
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July 6, 2008 5:02:56 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
You should try Avast, it's light for the processor, efficient, and ...free !
You can complete your protection by AVG antispyware or Spybot Search and Destroy.
it's a good association without interaction.
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July 6, 2008 10:34:38 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

wow how did this get on top again? I've been using avast for a while now and I'm happy with it Thanks to all who replied

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July 6, 2008 11:26:16 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
The two AV programs which are favorites with the 'tech' community are NOD32 and Kaspersky. If you look at this poll on Neowin you will see that NOD takes nearly 50 per cent of the vote.


It gets my vote! NOD32 is absolutely the best AV program out there.

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July 6, 2008 4:30:00 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
Years ago, rising bloat drove me from Norton to MacAffee and finally to ZoneAlarm, which did OK for me through a couple of years under XP.

Then Vista + ZoneAlarm drove me to try CA, on the advice of a friend who isn't as sharp about AV as he used to be. I'm only halfway or so through my CA license and I'm trying out Kaspersky Internet Security.

I'm liking KIS so far, but I'm curious what the NOD32 people who've tried Kaspersky have to say about their choice. I've never tried NOD32, but maybe I should take a couple of weeks with it before deciding to pay for a Kaspersky license.
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July 6, 2008 5:15:11 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums
Avast.
http://avast.com/
You download the demo version (it is a full version) completly free all you need to do is get a new registration key for it each year.
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July 7, 2008 12:10:55 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
but I'm curious what the NOD32 people who've tried Kaspersky have to say about their choice


I'm not sure bout the Kaspersky it's like $80 right? the Nod 32 is half the price... and I've loved NOD 32 since I got it...



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July 7, 2008 1:01:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'm liking KIS so far, but I'm curious what the NOD32 people who've tried Kaspersky have to say about their choice. I've never tried NOD32, but maybe I should take a couple of weeks with it before deciding to pay for a Kaspersky license.

Give BitDefender a look....

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