What is the best antivirus?

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by qohelet, Feb 23, 2006.

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What is the best antivirus in town?

  1. Alladin eSafe

    1 vote(s)
    0.1%
  2. Cat

    1 vote(s)
    0.1%
  3. Frisk F-Prot

    4 vote(s)
    0.5%
  4. GFi

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    0.1%
  5. Norton Antivirus

    99 vote(s)
    12.8%
  6. Trend Micro Pc-cillin

    46 vote(s)
    5.9%
  7. Virus Buster

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    0.3%
  8. AhnLab

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    0.3%
  9. Avast! Antivirus

    119 vote(s)
    15.3%
  10. BullGuard

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    0.3%
  11. CA eTrust

    15 vote(s)
    1.9%
  12. DialogueScience

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    0.1%
  13. F-Secure

    8 vote(s)
    1.0%
  14. Grisoft AVG

    178 vote(s)
    22.9%
  15. ViRobot Expert

    4 vote(s)
    0.5%
  16. Kaspersky Antivirus

    117 vote(s)
    15.1%
  17. McAfee Antivirus

    66 vote(s)
    8.5%
  18. Norman Virus Control

    4 vote(s)
    0.5%
  19. Panda

    18 vote(s)
    2.3%
  20. Protector Plus

    1 vote(s)
    0.1%
  21. Sophos Antivirus

    8 vote(s)
    1.0%
  22. Sybari

    3 vote(s)
    0.4%
  23. Zero-knowledge

    3 vote(s)
    0.4%
  24. Eset

    116 vote(s)
    14.9%
  25. eScan

    3 vote(s)
    0.4%
  26. Others

    82 vote(s)
    10.6%
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  1. Unicron

    Unicron Notebook Enthusiast

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    I suppose if you use the same brand for several years and never have any problems you can say that your AV is pretty effective.

    I continue to use Norton because it's always served me well...I'm sure that other folks who've used brand "X" for several years and never had any probs would swear by their AV suite.


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  2. donka

    donka Notebook Geek

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    I think the best way of ensuring is to stick with one Av solution but every so often run an online scanner from different Vendors and see if anything is found. If things are found then your AV solution is not as robust as you think. The saying 'No news is good news' does not apply to Antivirus products.
     
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    Superczar Notebook Consultant

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    AVG for me...free and doesn't hog system resources
     
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    Symantec Corp 10
     
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    AVG pro 7.5 Is the bast:D
     
  6. sanpabloguy

    sanpabloguy Notebook Deity

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    After running into a problem with Kaspersky Internet Suite (sometimes conflicts with Logitech devices - fried my USB stick for keyboard/mouse), I switched my desktop over to AVG Pro 7.5. Have been using AVG Pro on the NB for 6 months with no problems.

    Big props to Kaspersky and Logitech. Kaspersky gave me a full refund, and Logitech is sending me a new USB stick at no charge and without putting me through too much grief.
     
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    Eset NOD32 is great!
     
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    bmwrob Notebook Virtuoso

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    Have had no problems with Kaspersky and Logitech, though, oddly, a machine I used to like a lot which ran Kaspersky and also had several Logitech devices hooked up blew its water-cooling system to hell last night. :D I suppose that little incident probably had very little to do with the AV or Logitech gadgets. [​IMG]
     
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    It was odd. KIS ran fine for 6 months. Then an update suddenly caused problems. It is a known conflict. Other folks have run into problems, as mentioned several times in Kaspersky's forums as far back as 2005. Doesn't happen to everyone. Kaspersky's only option was to disable all Logitech services. I needed the Logitech keyboard and mouse more than I needed their AV (thank goodness we have choices).

    If Kaspersky gets the conflict worked out, I'd go back to them. I liked them for the desktop PC.
     
  10. cypher909

    cypher909 Newbie

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    This thread made me want to try Kaspersky and NOD32 to see which one works better. I have an old computer. If something hogs too much resources I will instantly notice a slow down, so a smooth, clean, quick AV is a must for me. I've been running AVG for years and it works great. It seems to run a tiny bit faster on this machine than NOD32, but such a small amount that it doesn't make a difference.

    Kaspersky - First off I didn't like its layout that much. It didn't seem very user friendly, but that's not a problem as long as it does what it's suppose to do.

    The first thing I noticed was a major slow down from AVG. I keep hearing how people call it light on resources, it hogged a ton more than AVG and with a lower end computer such as mine the slow down was unacceptable. It was actually only marginally faster than McAfee which was a real disappointment. It does have a high detection rate so if you have a high end machine and/or can handle the slow down, go for it.

    The other thing about Kaspersky is it will not leave you alone. I'm sure you can change it in the settings somewhere, but it continuously spammed me with "____ program is doing _____... do you want to allow it?" and other such messages.

    I ran a complete scan which was very smooth and it found nothing.

    NOD32 - I like the layout a lot. It was very easy to use, but again when picking an AV that means nothing to me.

    I was amazed at how little resources it uses. It idles at 2 to 4 MB. It didn't increase my boot time at all as far as I could tell when Kaspersky had increased it quite a bit. It was basically the same as running AVG. Very smooth, light, and quick. My old system can handle it easily. Like Kaspersky, NOD32 also has a very high detection rate, but without all the annoyances.

    I ran a complete scan with NOD32 and it was the only one that caught the key logger I had installed that both AVG and Kaspersky had missed. It also CAUGHT 2 OTHER VIRUSES that I didn't even know I had. The scan wasn't quite as smooth as Kaspersky. It did take about 20% longer, but I'll trade that off for actually finding viruses.

    I'm really happy I found this thread and tested those two out. I will definitely go with Eset NOD32 next time I buy an AV, but for now when my 30 day trial runs out I'll head back to AVG. It's done a good job of saving my but plenty of times in the past.

    PS. Just for the record, I do a lot of browsing at random and sometimes very sketchy sites.
     
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