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Best Antivirus Software?


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#1 noisehag

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 09:41 PM

I'm sure this is brought up quite a bit and the sticky posts I've read seem to be pretty dated on all the forums I've visited. Would like to get some opinions on what people consider to be the best Antivirus programs and why. I just want the best protection with one package and sticker price is not an issue.

Thanks!

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 02:15 PM

There is no right or wrong answer here really. For every negative someone will find a positive and there is no 100% every time applcation.

I would suggest that you first decide if you want a free product or a paid for product and then it's a case of what you are happy with.

My choice is Avast for free and Nod 32 for paid but others will have different opinions.

Why - low resouces used and good write ups. I also like the way the look and operate.

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 03:15 PM

My choice is Avast for free and Nod 32 for paid

Same here.

Independent comparatives of Anti-virus Software
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Comparison of Anti-virus Scanners
TopTen Review: 2007 Anti-virus Software

Of course these types of comparative testing results will vary depending on who is doing the 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.
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Posted 21 November 2007 - 03:23 PM

NOD32 :thumbsup:
Tried'em all and never had to reformate due to a virus in the 3 years I've been using NOD32.
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Posted 21 November 2007 - 06:07 PM

I agree with Avast for free. But I'll stick with my paid Kaspersky. And as far as NOD or Kaspersky. It almost becomes a Ford vs Chevy argument. Each have their camps.

The best part is almost all good paid AV's have a try before you buy period to see if you like it. And free?? Well, it's free......

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 05:27 AM

What ppl often forget is, that as well as good protection, it's just as important that your av can co-exist with whatever else software you got running.
Only way is to experiment.
I have stuck with ZA for a long time now and that software firewall runs very well with kaspersky av. That would be my favorite choice for a safe solution combination av-firewall.
Nod32 runs well to, but it has several conflict problems with other software, games in particular. Online games.
Norton is a dinasour dying a well deserved and glorius end. Stay away from that.
As I said, it depends a lot on your setup.

My cents. :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 08:07 AM

Nod32 runs well to, but it has several conflict problems with other software, games in particular. Online games.

I know this is off topic but just so you and others are aware.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 09:36 AM

More off topic.
Definate it is so, like it is with so many other online services/sites, as you point out.
No av or precautious surf habits can keep you safe from that. Some av's can keep you safer than others.
My personnal expirences with nod32 and games only include single-player offline.
The online problems are admittedly from 2nd hand hearsay.
Just so you know I wasn't really talking about online poker, more like wow and games like that.

But you are completely right and I appreciate you point it out.

Edited by nightspydk, 22 November 2007 - 09:36 AM.


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Posted 23 November 2007 - 04:36 PM

This is some very helpful information from all of you. Thank you so much!! :thumbsup:




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