Best Anti Virus to install?

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    Feb 13, 2011 2:07 PM GMT
    My Norton Antivirus has lapsed and I need to renew or find one better.

    Suggestions?

    I especially feel the need after having two laptops cleaned-up after recent infections and crashes.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 13, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    Just by yourself a MAC and not worry about viruses anymore.
  • starboard5

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    Feb 13, 2011 2:37 PM GMT
    For a PC I think Avast4 is a good option... and it's free. I used it several years ago on a PC laptop and it seemed to do a great job.




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    Feb 13, 2011 2:39 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidJust by yourself a MAC and not worry about viruses anymore.


    Mac's are definitely better with viruses (viri), but as they become more popular, the virus creators are targeting them more:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12537279/ns/technology_and_science-security/

    I consider switching to a Mac, but right now I have Kaspersky on my PC and it's doing fine (6 months now).
  • iowaguy000

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    Feb 13, 2011 2:51 PM GMT
    Google AVG Free and download the Free 2011 version.
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    Feb 13, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    I do have a Mac myself but for a PC Microsoft makes their own now free virus program called Security Essentials. What better program to have than a program from the company that actually made the OS. When I had a PC it use to be called Windows Live One Care, and you use to have to pay for it now; it's free.
    http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials
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    Feb 13, 2011 3:56 PM GMT
    For my PC with Win 7 i haw Nod 32 and it work great with me no problems ever icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 13, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    I use Avast at home. I got turned onto it by my job.

    It's free, it's fast, and it doesn't bog your system down.
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    Feb 13, 2011 4:06 PM GMT
    Avast is very comprehensive, and just works right, across all the Windows platforms.
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    Feb 13, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    psududenow saidI do have a Mac myself but for a PC Microsoft makes their own now free virus program called Security Essentials. What better program to have than a program from the company that actually made the OS.


    That might seem to make sense, but MS Security Essentials rates pretty low on benchmark tests. Kaspersky, AVG, and Avira all rate very high. And all those using Avast may want to reconsider. It ranks second from the bottom for protection for Windows XP.

    Take a look at the comparisons.
  • rebelbeard

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    Feb 13, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    I have used McAfee for the past couple years and I love it!
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    Feb 13, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    +1 for Avast.

    Free, lightweight and very reliable!
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    Feb 13, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    I've heard good things about Kaspersky, but AVG has always worked well for me in Windows (I don't have a problem with viruses, really, because I typically run Linux.)
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    Feb 13, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    Avast is probably the most effective free anti-virus I've come across.

    It's much less intrusive than Norton and has a very simple interface.
  • rnch

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    Feb 13, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    AVG(free) and spybot "search & destroy" have kep my laptop hummming smoothly for 6 years now.


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    norton didn't do shiote for my last desktop. icon_sad.gif
  • jazzbassrocks

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    Feb 13, 2011 6:34 PM GMT
    Another vote for Avast. Although AVG isn't bad either.
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    Feb 13, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    TheUnhingedOne saidI have used McAfee for the past couple years and I love it!


    DITTO
  • danielek

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    Feb 13, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    Microsoft Security Essentials. Before that, none. And before that, I used a Mac (again with none).
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    Feb 13, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    avira antivir personal
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    Feb 13, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    carabin saidavira antivir personal


    +1 This was recommended to me by several system administrators who know what they're doing.
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    Feb 13, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    Try Eset Nod32 Antivirus 4. I'm very satisfied with their Eset Smart Security 4 which has the antivirus, antispam, and firewall in one. It's not free but they do offer a trial period.
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    Feb 26, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
    another vote for Avast. AVG is more widely downloaded, but CNET gave Avast better reviews.

    I had also read that MS Windows 7 Security Essentials is all you need, but am afraid to trust it.
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    Feb 26, 2011 8:09 AM GMT
    Macs are awful; don't waste your time or money.

    I'm running Common Sense 2011 edition. It's cross-platform, so I've got it in both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10.

    In my honest opinion, I think anti-virus software is more viral than any real virus. Have any of you ever tried to completely uninstall McAfee? My god, what an endeavor. Clicking the uninstall link in the Start menu doesn't actually remove it; McAfee will live on in secret.

    Well, that and 99% of anti-virus software is complete and utter crap. Norton? AVG? AHAHAHAHA good luck removing most modern viruses. Also, false positives are way too common.


    For an honest recommendation, I'd have to say Ad-Aware from Lavasoft. I wouldn't bother paying for the full version; just stay up to date, run a scan every once in a while and don't be an idiot (clicking sketchy links on porn sites; downloading a jpg, changing the extension to bat and running it because someone on the internet told you to; etc.). icon_wink.gif

    Alternatively, even though I was talking shit about McAfee and I don't use it, I do have a lifetime subscription to its enterprise edition for free that I wouldn't mind sharing; there's no limit to the number of times I can install it. I think it's version 8.7i. Of course, I wouldn't blame any of you for being suspicious, especially after I just said not to be an idiot.

    Your gamble. PM me if interested. icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 26, 2011 8:43 AM GMT
    Get these 3 things
    1. Avast
    2. Spy Bot Search and Destroy
    3. Mal ware Bytes
    and you will be set
    Yes I'm a big nerd :]
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    Feb 26, 2011 6:35 PM GMT
    Microsoft Essentials.