Which Anti-Virus?

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  1. route666

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    My Macafee anti-virus software is up for renewel and I'm just wondering what virus/spyware/firewall you all think's the best, because I'm quite willing to change suppliers to get the best software.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Steve.J.Davies

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    lots of recent posts here on this already. rather than repeat stuff here I suggest a search.
     
  3. overkill

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    AVG free. Either that or AVast. AVG free updates every day, is easy to install, catches all the 'nasties' and has never given me any hassle. For Spyware I use Spybot and Ad-aware. Again both freeware.

    Avoid:-

    Norton
    Panda
     
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    Nod32, hands down.
     
  5. route666

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    Anyone heard of or use G Data Internet Security?
     
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    No, but I can recommend AVG and Spybot. I've also used ZoneAlarm for a number of years and if you're in a business Symantec Anti Virus.

    As has been said earlier though, steer well clear of Norton AV, though why that and Symantec are like chalk and cheese, performance wise, I have no idea :rolleyes:
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    Very good comparisons on here. shows where the free products like Avast and AVG do cut corners, I'd say polymorphic protection is probably one of the most important factors in virus protection and both AVG and Avast really let themselves down on this front.

    As has been said before you get what you pay for.
     
  10. route666

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    that av-comparatives site shows that G Data's protection is the best, i was just wondering if anyone on here used it, cos it's 80 euros to protect 3 PCs with it (I own 2 computers so i need this option).
     
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    Not impressed tbh. I've seen the results from other sites, both past and present results, and they, unlike this lot, have shown a steady improvement in the likes of AVG and Avast over a four year period, to a point where they are recommended over the likes of Norton, an AV package, which again, unlike this site, gets slated. I have to ask therefore what is their true testing criteria? The pay-for packages must be better so that's the end of it? :rolleyes:

    Sorry, but I have tried McAfee, Panda, Norton, and both AVG and Avast, and the detection rate of the paid packages was no better, and in fact in Panda and Nortons case, worse than AVG. Both let slip serious viruses which I had to re-build from.

    Yet not according to this sites tests - which as I say, conflict with results from elsewhere.

    However, as the main site for testing 'viruses in the wild' (used by govts Worldwide) states, there is no definitive testing process.

    So you'll excuse me if I view their results with a skeptical eye.
     
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    Another vote here for NOD32:thumbsup:

    Updates everyday, as simple or difficult as you want it to be and has hardly any CPU usage.
     
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    Does Nod32 come with firewall, if not, is the Windows firewall worth falling back on?

    Thanks
     
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    1) Not currently, although ESET are working on a firewall
    2) Not XPs built in firewall no, Vistas is though.
     
  15. route666

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    thats fine because my laptop has windows vista, and pretty soon my desktop will have vista to
     
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    Having a few problems at the moment getting AVG Pro to update correctly with Zone Alarm Pro.

    Seems to never successfully content to the outside world even though I have given all AVG components full access in ZA-P...
     
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    I've used SAVCE and to be honest, while it's completely different from NAV. It's nothing compared to ESETs Business solutions.
     
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    I work for a large IT Services company supporting thousands of companies globaly and have only ever come across Trend, Mcafee and Symantec in large scale corporate use.
     
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    Nod is the one to go for.

    I have connections who work for another virus company and they admitted that Eset have the best reaction time to the latest threats. Well worth the money and very unobtrusive.
     
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    i've downloaded Nod32 now

    thank you all for your help & advice
     
  21. route666

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    Hello again

    I've been using NOD32 to do an in depth analysis, and its finding quite a few files that are "error opening (file locked)"

    is this normal?

    thanks
     
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    Kaspersky is a good paid for anti-virus or Avast if you're looking for a free version.
     
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    completely agree, used avg & zone alarm & spybot for years and no problems at all.:thumbsup:
     
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    I've found Kaspersky to be a good anti-virus program. I've been using it for the past three years. Steganos sell Kaspersky anti-virus rebranded under their name at a slightly cheaper price and that's worth a look. They've yet to release a Vista version yet though (Kaspersky have).

    I don't think there's much between Nod32 and Kaspersky. Both provide very good protection. It comes down to price and which interface you prefer (I preferred Kaspersky's).
     
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    NOD32 is the way forward mate, kapersky is a resource hog, and you need to watch out for that. Also make sure you have a "spy remover" running in the background as well ( that is the name of the program )
     
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    kaspersky if deffanatly not a resource hog.
    unlike some norton/mcafee etc

    good thing with kapersky you phone there uk suport tel no straight away you get put through to a REAL uk person with out having to press 1 2 3 4 5 or getting redirected to mars ,listen to stupid music,that to me is worth its wait in gold .

    i would defantly say avg for free and kapersky if you wana pay

    in most of the maggs computer shopper-micro mart-computer active its alway highly rated
     
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    Kaspersky Internet security - easy to use, runs in background and pickup up many problems the others missed!

    Download their free trial and see for yourself...
     
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    Don't think it's anything to worry about. Look here ...

    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=25646

    NOD32 gets another thumbs up from me (even though I don't use it myself I know plenty of hi tech folk who do).


    Couple of threads here that may help you with all anyone needs to protect a small stand-alone PC or home network (mostly free apps)...

    http://www.castlecops.com/t7736-So_how_did_I_get_infected_in_the_first_place.html

    http://www.help2go.com/Tutorials/Protect_Your_PC/Avoid_Web_Browser_Hijackers.html

    There is a little duplication but these tutorials are both well worth reading.


    (Mind you ... if you get behind a NAT/router that would be best).


    PCR
     
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    I agree Kaspersky has great customer service. I don't find it takes more resources than any other anti-virus app I've used!
     

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