Which antivirus software shoud I get?

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by Emerican_Idiot, Sep 19, 2007.

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  1. Emerican_Idiot

    Emerican_Idiot Notebook Consultant

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    Should I get Norton, CA Anti-Virus (which I like because the software comes on a 2GB USB Drive that I could use for Readyboost) and or Windows Live OneCare? All of them are about the same price, so I don't care about the price.
     
  2. Patrick Y.

    Patrick Y. Go Newbs! NBR Reviewer

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    I don't know about CA-Antivirus, but the other two that you mentioned have horrible reputation. They eat up your resources and slow your computer down to a crawl. Personally, I use the AVG Antivirus, which is free and considerable light on resources.

    If you really want a commercial antivirus software, I suggest Kaspersky.
     
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    thelazyone22 Notebook Evangelist

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    Kaspersky's got a deal going on frys. $60-MIR-Competitive Upgrade rebate = $0. I've heard good things about it, but I've used AVG for a while and it was quiet and resource light as Patrick mentioned.
     
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    Get Kaspersky, which is really best, but expensive.

    Or get NOD32 from Eset, which is the best and not as expensive as Kaspersky. They both are wonderful. I would probably recommend BitDefender as well, but it has a very large amount of false positives.

    DON'T get Norton, ever. Or McAfee. They ruin your system.

    CA and Windows Live AVs both have medium detection rates and are not as good as Kaspersky or NOD32.

    Check www.av-comparatives.org for comparisons.

    P.S. I used to swear by AVG and used it for over a year and recommended it to all my friends, till it let in some virus which transmitted through people's flash disks. It gave me no indication whatsoever about that virus and the virus infected ALL my documents and I simply had to format the flash drive again. I had a hard time cleaning it out from my system as well. After that, I've been using NOD32, which detected and cleaned the virus no problem, and which is clean, fast and efficient.
     
  5. Sam

    Sam Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yeah, Norton AV and Windows Live OneCare aren't that great...I would avoid them if possible. If you must need an antivirus that you've heard of (considering Kaspersky and NOD32 aren't really known outside the techie-group), get Trend Micro.

    I highly recommend Kaspersky and NOD32.
     
  6. AKAJohnDoe

    AKAJohnDoe Mime with Tourette's

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    Of the free, I prefer avast! antivirus. I would probably go with either Kaspersky or NOD32 if buying. This is what I did go with for my own PC. I view this as a multiple front: FireWall + AntiSpyWare + AntiVirus.
     
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    AKAJohnDoe Mime with Tourette's

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    OMG, you are right! IT'S ALL HAPPENING AGAIN!
     
  9. zfactor

    zfactor Mastershake

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    nod32 user here and love it would not look elsewhere ... im actually using their full security suite at the moment beta testing it for them and i love that as well not the best firewall out there but it does work very well imo prob one of the best in a full suite
     
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    I use Kaspersky, they upadate their database hourly so you can always count on protection. It's an easy program to use, I guess it's expensive I didn't really think so but from what other people are saying. It's worth it I think.
     
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