Which AV software should I use?

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  1. Shaythong

    Shaythong Notebook Evangelist

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    I am having trouble choosing a good AV software to use. I have the option of using:

    1. aVast! Home Edition - I am currently using this and have for years. Should I stay with it? I like its boot-time scanner.
    2. Nod32
    3. Avira Free Personal
    4. BitDefender
    5. Kaspersky
    6. Microsoft Security Essentials

    I'm hearing that Avira, free edition, has the best detection rates. Am I correct?

    Also do any of these programs delete the "infected file"? A long time ago when I tried AVG, it deleted a false positive file even though I pressed ignore/quarantine.

    Are there any other good ones that I should check out? Which one wouldn't take up a lot of resources? :D
     
  2. arjunned

    arjunned Notebook Deity

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    Yes Avira has the best detection rates among the free AV's.
    I'd say if your happy with avast!, then just stick with it, unless you want to give something like Avira a try. They'r both pretty much on the low side of resource consumption.
    Microsoft Security Essentials, although doing very good now, is still in beta. So i wouldnt recommend it now. But when's its out its definitely a good option to look at.
    Now, among the paid ones (Kaspersky, Bitdefender, NOD32), dont even think abt BitDefender. Very high resource usage. But its just my personal opinion.
    NOD32 and Kaspersky are very good suites, and u should look into them, if ur willing to pay.

    If you wanna know anything else, let us know.
    Cheers!
     
  3. DarkSilver

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    If you have the budget, go ahead and take paid version AVs.
    Your choice would be Kaspersky or ESET NOD32 currently(BEST I think). Actually, many paid version AVs are all good as well.
    I heard Norton 2010 is performing great too but it is on BETA only.

    If I am you, I would use the Free AVs 1st, AVIRA, AVAST! or AVG in the meantime. AVIRA and AVAST! are the BEST, AVG slightly weaker than them.
    After that, wait for new AVs, because many AV companies is planning their 2010 AV. Grab the new 1 is better to grab the old 1. LOL.
     
  4. steelroots7xe

    steelroots7xe Notebook Evangelist

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    If you're comparing based on the light footprint the AV software has on your computer, here is a direct comparison of a few:
    1. Kaspersky (50MB installation)
    2. ESET Nod32 (34MB installation)
    3. Norton Antivirus 2009 (~150MB)

    Personally, I've been using Norton Internet Security (it's better than Norton Anti-virus) for the past 5 years. I was dissapointed with previous versions, but since NIS 2009 came out, it's been a significant improvement, and with NIS 2010 reaching shelves soon (after beta testng), I would consider it a worthy competitor.

    Regarding your question, for NIS 2009, the software doesn't delete the infected file (or false positives) automatically. It gives you a few choices (monitor, quarantine) before the option to delete it.

    However, the best detection rates and the lightest resource user among all is ESET Nod32. After my subscription for NIS 2009 is done, I'm considering either shifting to Nod32 or staying with Symantec for NIS 2010. However, one disadvantage for Nod32 is that it doesn't include Firewall Protection.

    Check this link for Competitive Advantages of Nod32 for proof of their claimed best detection rates. Note on that link that Symantec/Norton does not trail behind too far and is the next best bet.

    Lastly, if you want an overall side-by-side comparison of all the features, prices, support, etc. of all the major antivirus programs, check this reliable link to Top Ten Reviews. This compares all of the top 2009 antivirus programs. Take note too that some AV softwares offer P2P Protection for downloaded torrent files (which Nod 32 and Norton don't have).

    Anyways, good luck on your search. Hope all the info helps!
     
  5. DarkSilver

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    AVG is in the LIST! LOL!
    I don't like AVG honestly. If it is AVG free edition, I might think about it(I would use it if AVIRA and AVAST are dead). AVG paid edition would be lame totally. I rather buy Kaspersky since they are the same price. Moreover, Kaspersky is far superior than AVG.
     
  6. crazycanuk

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    Avira is good, I have a few hundred machines running NOD and have yet to try the new NAV/NIS 2009 as Symantec totally turned me off their products around 2007 with their bloated and resource hungry programs ... I promise to try it sometime
     
  7. DarkSilver

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    NIS 2007 is purely a resource hungry devil.
    My computer runs slower with it.
    NIS 2009 is totally different from its previous generation. It does improve a lot. No doubt it is GREAT!
    NIS 2010 beta is out there. Rumour said it is BETTER than NIS 2009.
     
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    yuyi64 Notebook Consultant

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    My vote is for Avira. I tried Avast but I just couldn't get used to its interface, and it seemed to increase the startup time on my computers.
     
  9. MaXimus

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    NOD32 FTW!!! Least system resources, highest detection rate! you can't go wrong with it!

    and there are 32 bit version and 64 bit version so by purchasing one license, you can install either of them on your system :)
     
  10. Cin'

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    Avira AV 9..it's that simple..!~

    *nice, simple and even better...free! :)


    Cin ;) :)
     
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