What is the argument for paying for an antivirus program?

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by JWBlue, Jul 27, 2011.

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  1. JWBlue

    JWBlue Notebook Deity

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  2. sidvelu

    sidvelu Notebook Consultant

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    Its all preference. I normally find free antiviruses such as Avast do their job very well. As long as you have common sense an anti virus really isnt needed most if not all the time.

    Ive used avast, and currently norton(cause my laptop came with a 2 year subscription to it). And I havent really ever had to actually use them in like 10 years. They just stay in the background and make me feel safe.


    I feel that people use paid antivirus just as a placebo to feel more safer :p .
     
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    If you're a business/ using a business computer you may not be able to use free products legally. That's the only reason I'd ever pay.
     
  4. Steven

    Steven God Amongst Mere Mortals

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    ^This.

    Also, look at anti-virus programs such as Mcaffe and Panda who are worse than MSE and Avast! yet they charge a fee for their services.

    But look at anti-virus programs such as NOD that is considered top notch and superior to most (debatable, I know) and that would be one of the main reasons to pay.

    However, for most users, a free anti-virus such as MSE is sufficient.
     
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    hockeymass that one guy

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    Not sure why you wouldn't be able to use free products legally, but you definitely wouldn't get enterprise-level vendor support. That's pretty much the only reason.

    A lot of AV programs are scams, and a lot of people don't know how to use them. My aunt was having problems with her PC, so I took a look at it and found no less than four AV programs installed, some of them of dubious repute (StopSign was one that actually caused registry damage when I uninstalled it). Huge mess.
     
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    Lot's of free AV's are for personal/non-commercial (i.e. non-business) use only as per EULA, to which you have to agree.
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    -MSE can be used in a small business if it's not on more than 10 workstations installed.
    -Avast Free is for personal/non-commercial use only.
    (Perhaps it's legal to use it a non-profit organization but I don't know the legal details exactly).
     
  7. Raptor88

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    I think that Free AntiVirus systems have improved vastly over the years. Like Avira AntiVir and Microsoft Security Essentials are very good free options.

    But I have been using NOD32 / and now Eset Smart Security (which is just like NOD32 + a Firewall) for 6 years and have never had a virus, and better yet, I never even felt that I have an Antivirus program on my notebook due to the face that Eset's products are very lightweight on the system, yet very very secure. Add to that, they have 0 false positives. When I install MSE or Avira I immediately start getting notifications about viruses on my computer, but upon rigorous checking, it turns out to be a false positive. :)

    Its not a must, but an option, if you have some spare money. I always go for the 2 year licenses as they tend to be cheaper :)

    I paid $83 USD for a 2 year license valid to be installed on 2 computers for my Eset Smart Security Suite . They charged me only 10 USD more to have an additional license for another computer in my house so I figured why not? lemme hook up my wife too :)
     
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    i like to use a product that does not live from the fact that there are viruses (because will they really fight them, or just make a show so you continue to use it?).

    that's why i chose MSE. they don't care if there will at one point not be viruses anymore. it's a product that does not need to life "after the viruses", and thus will not care if at one point it would be useless. that trust can for survival reasons not be given by the other companies.

    but no, i never payed (used avast before). as a company i would pay. if just to sue them when something goes wrong :)
     
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    So people can still have jobs. To reduce unemployment statistics.
     
  10. Hungry Man

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    As an enterprise you are often required to use pay products. On top of that pay products often include endpoint management, enterprise level customer service, and guarantees.

    I would use MSE as an antivirus because Windows, as a closed source product, can only truly ever be properly managed by Microsoft.

    However, I would avoid 3rd party security software entirely if I had the choice. I believe all security should be built into the operating system.
     
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