Poll: Do you use Antivirus Software

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by basskiddanny, Mar 14, 2007.

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Do you use anti-virus software on your PC

  1. No, I'm too smart to get infected with a virus

    24 vote(s)
    10.5%
  2. No, Virus protection is useful but it slows down my computer way too much

    16 vote(s)
    7.0%
  3. Yes, I use a free solution (Such as Avast)

    117 vote(s)
    51.1%
  4. Yes, I pay for my anti-virus software and subscription

    49 vote(s)
    21.4%
  5. Yes, I'm crazy and use Norton!

    23 vote(s)
    10.0%
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  1. shaheenarshan

    shaheenarshan Notebook Deity

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    to each his own
    one always feels comfortable with what one is used to
    for your case its kaspersky and for numerous others its avast
    its all down to personal preferance rather than whiich is better or not
    thought each would have its drawbacks as well as strengths
    they both do get the work done if im not wrong
     
  2. starling

    starling Notebook Consultant

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    I've used PC-Cillin on my main computer for a number of years. I currently use the 2007 version. I've tried some of the popular free AV programs, but I like PC-Cillin. It does everything, and it does it well. I've seen no slow down of my computer at all. It adds the option of a spam filter toolbar for Outlook Express which I think works nicely. I don't have MS Office, so I use OE because it's faster than any other 3rd party or open source email client I've ever tried. As I posted in another thread, if there's anything I can't stand it's a browser or an email client that doesn't open instantly. As long as IE and OE and my text editor (I use Notepad++ currently) open fast, I'm happy. I'm more patient with other programs. Anyway, I like how PC-Cillin reinforces the security and spam filtering for Outlook Express.
     
  3. sathyaterry

    sathyaterry Notebook Evangelist

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    I use kaspersky Anti virus v6.0.. It's really good..
     
  4. Mr. M

    Mr. M Notebook Consultant

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    I'd rather be safe and slow...

    Avast AVG for me. I also run Ad-aware SE (paid version) Spy-Bot SD & Windows Defender. My desktop has issues with viruses, needs a complete system wipe.
     
  5. Fant

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    For my desktop which is behind my home firewall I'm not too concerned. But with a laptop, I could be connecting into a wifi network wherever I take it and I have no idea whats running around on those networks. Even my work network probably has some viruses floating around looking for open shares. If I were to keep my laptop at home, I may choose to have no Antivirus. But with a laptop I plan on taking with me to lots of places, I want to be protected. My ISP (Optonline) provides CA EZ Antivirus free to all their users. Unfortunately this doesnt include the 2007 Vista version. However I somehow got registered for a copy of CA EZ Antivirus 2007 when they were testing it with Vista so I'm all set. It's small, does its job, and isnt a resource hog. Highly recommended for those that dont really want to futz around with antivirus.
     
  6. beattie010

    beattie010 Notebook Guru

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    You have to be crazy to not have virus protection. Anyone can be caught out.
     
  7. hoggie

    hoggie old boy

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    don't use IE and sit behind a router also helps
    but im stuck with nortans for now but AVG has been ok on the wifes laptop so AVG in 38days:D
     
  8. magenta

    magenta Notebook Enthusiast

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    I pay for McAfee antivirus, plus I use the free version of Ad-Aware to scan for spyware, and my router has a hardware firewall.
     
  9. zarono

    zarono Notebook Guru

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    What real time features are you refering to that aren't essential? Not having your virus program running at all times is essentially useless, there are viruses out there that will infect your system without you knowing it and make your system unusable before you can manually start your virus software. Having your AV running in the background to catch those viruses before they can wreck havok on your system is absolutly essential.

    A firewall and AV software provide two completely different forms of protection, and running one without the other is leaving your system vulnarable. On our network we run NoD32 for AV, and both a hardware and software firewall. Relying on only a hardware firewall is still asking for trouble, to be completely protected a software solution is vital.

    NoD 32 has worked very well for us, and as others have stated it is very light on system resources. I have not used AVG before but some of the free AV programs do not provide rootkit protection that the non-free programs provide.

    Also don't be fooled by the "only novices get viruses" propaganda, anyone can get a virus/malware from sometimes the most seemingly safe/secure locations, and in some of the worst cases you won't even know it. Running your system without AV software is an open invitation to become infected.
     
  10. zarono

    zarono Notebook Guru

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    On your system, which is killer BTW, you're running anything but slow. Having AV/firewall/Ad-aware installed on your system has about the same effect as a flies' effect on wind resistance to a Ferrari when it is splattered on the Ferrari's windshield. The Ferrari will still haul a@#. Unless someone is running a 486, the tiny drag on system resources is nowhere near worth the danger of running without protection.
     
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