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The Best Commercial Anti-virus


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#1 cor3

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 06:08 AM

whats the best commercial anti-virus i can buy at like best buy or anywhere else they sell them
also whats a good commercial firewall

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 08:09 AM

There is no guarantee by terms of being "best" though :trumpet:
but in my words,if i am to interpret your question this way
(Best for me)
Anti Virus:
Avast Anti-Virus Professional v4.7
(Not really because of the animated UI :flowers: )
Firewall:
... I use Comodo Pro version(Free) :inlove:
But for the best paid firewall i had was outpost (before)
Like I have said earlier,these are not 100% guarantee to be best in quality
they have certain differences like scan engine,definitions,real time protection,etc.
which really makes the difference
So it is better to try and compare other products
judging which is better than the other and what product suites your needs more :)
Other Products for Anti-Virus programs you may want to try are:
AVG,AntiVir,Nod32(Good :thumbsup: but not good enough for me ),Sophos,and many more other products
Happy Safe computing :woot:

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 08:30 AM

According to the reports I've read, NOD32 seems to be one of the best commercial virus scanners you can get that has the best balance of virus detection, new virus updates, heuristics (detecting new unknown viruses), and efficient use of system resources (so it doesn't bog down your whole computer.

I would recommend it, but I doubt you can find a box version at Best Buy. Failing that I would suggest either Kaspersky or Norton AntiVirus (though not Internet Security, that's a bit of a resource hog).

Kerio is a good paid firewall, Softperfect makes a decent free one, too.
Although honestly most people would be fine with the XP built-in firewall.
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 08:58 AM

TrendMicro Anti Virus Enterprise 8.0
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 12:17 PM

I've been using Panda Titanium and love it. In my opinion..... stay away from Norton, good marketing, inferior product
I hear really good things about Kapersky also although I have no personal experience with it

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 10:31 AM

It's probably Norton Antivirus.

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 02:54 AM

I have been using AVG free Edition for years, so when I needed a paid version for my Windows 2000 Server I went with AVG's File Server Edition. I have been running AVG on 13 computers since 2003 and have only had 2 virus'. That was because my daughter has a hard head and downloads P2P mp3s. Other than that I have not had a virus on 11 of my 13 computers since I dumped Norton and MacAfee.
I like, use and recommend AVG free Edition and File Server Edition.
AVG File Server Edition

I have no reason to believe the standard AVG subscription is any less effective.

AVG Internet Security

Comes with..

* Anti-Virus protects from viruses, worms and trojans
* Anti-Spyware protects from spyware, adware and other malicious programs
* Anti-Spam filters spam and protects against phishing attacks
* Firewall protects from hackers
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 08:00 AM

Comparative results will vary depending on who is doing the comparison testing, what they are testing for, what versions of anti-virus software is being tested, etc. There are no universally predefined set of standards/criteria for testing and each test will yield different results. Thus, you need to look for detailed information about how the tests were conducted, the procedures used, and data results. Then you have to consider the features offered by each anti-virus program, the amount of resources utilized and how it may affect system performance.

There is debate as to the effectiveness of some of the top anti-virus suites. Read "Why antivirus apps from Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro do not work"

...The most popular brands of antivirus on the market...have an 80 percent miss rate So if you are running these pieces of software, eight out of 10 pieces of malicious code are going to get in...the actual reason why the top selling antivirus applications don't work is because malware authors are specifically testing their Trojans and viruses to make sure they can bypass these applications before releasing them in the wild...


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Posted 25 August 2007 - 08:05 AM

Hmm, then it has to be BitDefender, the newest.

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 09:57 AM

Just a side note...

Antivirus while important is on a part of a secure computer, in my option a small part. There are several other things that are equally as important

1) The operating system, weather it is Mac, Windows, Linux, is routinely patched and updated.
2) Several antisypware (both active and passive) programs to fill in the gaps that antivirus' do not cover.
3) A software firewall, and by the way Windows firewall is inadequate. I prefer and still use SyGate 5.6.
4) A router, even if you have only one computer.
5) Have several online scanners pre-installed. If you do become infected you may not be able to install them later.
6) Probably the most important is safe computer online. That includes no P2P downloads and not opening attachments.

The reality is, except for the router, all of what I described is free and transparent once incorporated into your system.
Whatever you decide just remember a proactive system is much less of a headache that a reactive response to and infection.
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 03:15 AM

Yes, and why don't the most popular antivirus products detect and remove all sort of threats? That's bad ... :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 August 2007 - 06:14 AM

No single product is 100% foolproof and can detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new malware infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes spyware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus provides the most complete protection.
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 01:49 PM

Also, if your machine has good enough specs to run it, Kaspersky was one of the best AV programs I used for brute-force removal of spyware and viruses. I had a lot of times when things like McAfee and NAV would detect a virus but couldn't do anything about it, while Kaspersky would obliterate anything it flagged.

Just a side note...

Antivirus while important is on a part of a secure computer, in my option a small part. There are several other things that are equally as important

1) The operating system, weather it is Mac, Windows, Linux, is routinely patched and updated.
2) Several antisypware (both active and passive) programs to fill in the gaps that antivirus' do not cover.
3) A software firewall, and by the way Windows firewall is inadequate. I prefer and still use SyGate 5.6.
4) A router, even if you have only one computer.
5) Have several online scanners pre-installed. If you do become infected you may not be able to install them later.
6) Probably the most important is safe computer online. That includes no P2P downloads and not opening attachments.

The reality is, except for the router, all of what I described is free and transparent once incorporated into your system.
Whatever you decide just remember a proactive system is much less of a headache that a reactive response to and infection.
Just a thought.

I emphasize #6 because the best security system to prevent infection is still between the computer and the chair. If you're running a firewall, not using an ActiveX browser (anything but IE), and you never download suspicious executable files or untrusted attachments, you'll never get an infection and you probably will never use AV software. I know several guys that don't run any kind of antivirus, haven't for years, and have never been infected by anything. And they're not running on stand alone systems either, they're connected to the internet every day. AV and antispyware software is a nice safety net, but it's no substitute for smart online practices. Likewise, the best security software and infrastructure in the world won't help you if you're opening forwarded attachements, regularly downloading shady files from P2P, clicking random popup windows, or entering your password into unexpected dialogs.
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 01:49 PM

I fully agree with QM7 and Acklan. I had used AVG (referring to Acklan's post) for a year atleast, but switched to Avira coz its German :flowers: and the detection rate is slightly higher than AVGs. I had AVG run on my mom's pc as Avira tends to sometimes stop working properly in terms of updates (have had odd reports of that and unfortunately my mom's pc too). I only installed KAV with her PC, because it came free with an Online mag. Firewall I have Kerio Personal Firewall and AVG AntiSpyware / DrWeb if I get really "worried" after playing with some live malware :thumbsup: (training purposes). Also regarded as good tools are SpywareGuard and SpywareBlaster. People report Spybot and Adaware to be good but I never really used it.

I do not recommend those bloated "All in one" tools, as Antivirus developers are AV developers and not Malware specialised. Same goes in terms of firewalls...

-edit- posting at same time.

Safehex (point six above) is definitively the first and foremost measure. Second and third come those tools above

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Posted 26 August 2007 - 09:29 PM

I like Avira AntiVir. I'm not German :thumbsup:

It's free. Impeccable user Guide and the Help screens. Very nice AV, updates quietly and reliably for me every day as scheduled. It runs well, has good detection rate according to reputable sources. It's quite configurable and does the job quietly. Well, almost. It talks to itself a lot, or more precisely, to local host, non-stop chatter which drives ZA firewall nuts in that ZA continuously displays traffic which is there, but is not a threat.

AV bundled with larger security things is often stripped of features (such as configurations or schedules), so a standalone AV is nicer in my opinion.

Avast is another good one.

Firewall - ZA free, pre-version 7. Version 6.1, 6.5 are good and small. Kerio version 2 is much more difficult to use but I like it as well. Comodo free is good according to reports.

But, POINT SIX is the KEY!

Edited by tos226, 26 August 2007 - 09:36 PM.





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