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    Best Antivirus?

    Hi,

    I have been using AVG for a while. It is on all the time, yet I just ran a scan and found 47 threats on my computer. It seems he can find viruses when scanning, but it sucks at scanning on the fly and stopping you from running infected files.

    I would like to find an antivirus that does not have the same problem, and that would not slow down my computer too much.

    Suggestions? What are you guys using?

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    Kaspersky, according to PCpro, has the best 'catch rate'/

    I use AVG... its fine for my needs... and every so often it does popup cos its found a virus.
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    Ya, Kaspersky is pretty effective without severely overburdening your system like some other products out there. AVG runs light-weight on your sys but, like you said...

    You might check NOD32 if you're only looking for an AV:
    http://www.eset.com/

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    AVG and Opera (seriously) - I've been using the Opera browser since version 5 and have YET to see a virus, worm or Trojan slip through. Can't say the same thing about either Firefox or Internet Explorer.

    But I tend to be one of those DELTA principle types - Don't Even Let Them Aboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz View Post
    AVG and Opera (seriously) - I've been using the Opera browser since version 5 and have YET to see a virus, worm or Trojan slip through. Can't say the same thing about either Firefox or Internet Explorer.

    But I tend to be one of those DELTA principle types - Don't Even Let Them Aboard.
    That's what I use.

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    I use Avg also. No real problems so far

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    Here is a comparison between some anti-virus software / internet security suites (anti-virus plus firewall):

    http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com
    http://internet-security-suite-review.toptenreviews.com

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    I've been running without any Antivirus for about 2 years now and have not had any problems. The key idea here is to just use your brain. You have to not browse bad websites (i.e. stick to the ones you know), and do not run programs that may be dangerous. I would especially stay away from IE and use either Firefox or Opera and you'll be in pretty good shape. The next step is to just avoid installing programs your not 100% sure are legit. If you regularly downloaded random programs, then you probably do need some antivirus, if you don't, you can probably get away without it. The key thing is to just use your brain, and avoid actions that can lead to viruses.

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    Have been using free AVG for 1.5 years and still using in my personal laptop. So far, no problem.
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    I use Avast! It gets solid ratings all around and is light-weight. I have heard Nod32 is very good. But I agree, it is just a matter of watching where you go, what you install, etc.

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    I switched to Kaspersky about a year ago after getting manhandled under the "protection" of AVG (and previously used Norton products).

    No problems since then, so I recommend it to all who ask.
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    i use ESET's NOD32. I am satisfied with it's performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirAdrian View Post
    I switched to Kaspersky about a year ago after getting manhandled under the "protection" of AVG (and previously used Norton products).

    No problems since then, so I recommend it to all who ask.
    Just out of curiosity, what problems did you have with AVG? And when did you experience them?

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    I've been using the Opera browser since version 5 and have YET to see a virus, worm or Trojan slip through.
    Didn't know that, i'll try getting used to Opera, so far, it's been Zone Alarm and 3 spyware catchers and Firefox, always catch something using IE, only use IE for web devellopment offline.

    I've stopped using anti-virus 2 years ago, they slow down everything and only catch outdated crap.

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    I have been using AVG for years but I just switched to Avast, for (in my opinion) the silliest reason.

    I've been playing BioShock, and that game comes with nasty product activation software that acts as a virus (among other things; it also installs files on your computer that you can't see and can't delete). Hence AVG, being a good resident shield, prevented me from running BioShock. Avast does not consider it to be a virus.

    So, shamefully, I have switched to Avast because it is actually less thorough in detecting viruses.
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    I use TrendMicro - trendmicro.com - pretty solid + online free scans.

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    AVG shuts down my PC while scanning. Anyone has the same problem?

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    Nope. How much memory do you have, and what programs are running when you use it? Don't forget that while you may not have anything "active" there are always programs running in the background, and those will use up memory as well.

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    Nod32 hands down.

    I've used a plenty of AV software and used AVG for a few months. Nod32 is light-weight, very usable and does an extraordinary job in detecting and cleaning viruses.

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    The BEST antivirus? Take a pair of whire cutters to your internet connection

    I personally use the internet a lot, so I use zone alarm. It works fine for me.
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    What about BitDefender? I heard it's the best out there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz View Post
    Just out of curiosity, what problems did you have with AVG? And when did you experience them?
    I was working on a large client site which was was compromised. They used an IE CSS (cursor) exploit to distribute the virus which. Just for the sake of testing, I open the page up and it was fine. "No, try it in IE".

    Bah, then everything went to hell. 3 weeks offline because of it. It was around last Feb. Both the client and my partner were fine because they were using Kaspersky. If it weren't for this incident, I would probably recommend it.

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    Ok, sorry to sound pessimistic, but that sounds like BS. I've NEVER heard of CSS causing an exploit. Do you have any 3rd party information on this by any chance so I can check this out for myself?


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