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#1 bizarrechaos

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 07:09 PM

Ive been thinking I have symantec antivirus because my father is in the army and they get it free
I was thinking about switching to a free less memory demanding one mainly avira antivir i was hoping you guys could give me your UN-BIASED opinion please i would like to hear from people who like symantec (i hear there aren't many) and those who don't like it
tell me what you use and why its better
Thanks in Advanced for all your help

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 07:42 AM

I have used most AV products at one point or another. In my opinion these are the top 3

1 nod32 http://www.eset.com/
2 Avira http://www.avira.com/en/pages/index.php
3 Kaspersky http://www.kaspersky.com/

I have used norton but found it to be too resource heavy and found that the above used less resources and their detection rates were considerably higher.
for freeware i would recommend these.

Avira http://www.avira.com/en/pages/index.php
Avast http://www.avast.com/

I'm using Avira now, it is low on resources, has a great detection rate and is just as good as paid for versions.

The VB100 may help you, I think it is based on detection rates only as in how many viruses got passed one AV product.
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 07:55 AM

Independent comparatives of Anti-virus Software
click on the "Comparatives" link on the left
TopTen Review: 2007 Anti-virus Software

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.

Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use. Another factor to consider is whether you want use a paid for product or free alternative.

See BC's Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps and List of Virus & Malware Resources.

Of course, you can always supplement your anti-virus by performing an Online Virus Scan like BitDefender.
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