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#1 jpm1363

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 09:55 PM

I am looking to try an new antivirus program and have narrowed it down to Avast or Avira. I am hoping that I can get some feedback based on user experiences :thumbsup:

Any feedback would be appreciated

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 10:10 PM

http://www.av-comparatives.org/

Try then both, careefully uninstalling each totally as you switch. What works well for one user may not fit your system in the same way.
I've used both and like both. Avast has a funky non-windows-like interface and uses proxy port which you will need to lock down in the firewall.
Antivir has a splash screen aka buy-me nag every update which is very rough to disable. But then if we don't pay ...
So now you have a summary of totally unimportant features :thumbsup:

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 10:15 PM

Thanks Tos,..........................this may be a stupid question, but what do you mean when you say it needs to be locked down n the firewall?

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 10:31 PM

Avast for me. The free version is able to scan for spyware, rootkits, and and a bunch of other stuff, while I believe Avira's free version only scans for viruses.

And, I don't like the nag screen of Avira either. I shouldn't complain though, b/c its free.

Edited by funnytim, 18 February 2009 - 10:32 PM.


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Posted 18 February 2009 - 11:21 PM

I have used both Avast and Avira free versions. Personally I do not like the user interface of Avast and find it not as intuitive as the traditional everything from one window Avira approach. I do not find Avira's screen to purchase once a day bothersome at all, one click and it's gone. These folks are just trying to make a living and letting me use their product for free. On my particular system Avira seems to have less negative impact at slowing things down and Avira scans on comparable settings have been faster. My confidence in Avira's detection ability is higher but what the heck they both are excellent products. One of the great things about these free product is that you can try them and decide for yourself.

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 12:19 AM

Avira Free does have a rootkit search. However, several people posting here have had problems with
Avira infections lately. Maybe they could be prevented by manual downloads of all the updates, which I have trouble with since they changed the procedure.

Some AV programs can be purchased for "free" if you go to their site and use Trial Pay to pay for something else. The problem is that the something else is often located on a crummy web site; makes you wonder about the safety.

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 10:12 PM

I have used Avira and Avast and have found I like Avast better. Avira seemed to have some false positives. It would pick up things in my MBAM and Windows Defender. A full scan from Avast is a little longer, maybe 10 or 12 minutes. Avast I think has more flexabilty with boot scanning and setting Avast as as the screensaver which will scan everytime your saver comes up. Setup is simple and easy to use. Just read the users manual ( http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html ) click on the PDF.

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:04 PM

<br />Thanks Tos,..........................this may be a stupid question, but what do you mean when you say it needs to be locked down n the firewall?<br />

&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />No stupid question at all.<br />My understanding is that a local machine port is used by a product such as Avast and others to examine mails or web pages. Then through that local port the Avast product connects out to the internet. All nice and safe really. BUT, you need to lock down that port only for the applications that need internet access. Otherwise some trojan can come in in form of an application and will tunnel right smack through the port to the outside. So if you have a firewall you set up permissions for several applications to be allowed to use that local port and no other application could tunnel through. You'd allow email client or a browser or anti-malware update to use that port. All other applications will be blocked. I hope I got it right in this explanation <img src="http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /><br /><br />On second thought, perhaps I'm complicating things. I don't know. Maybe if you specify which applications are to be watched by Avast it might be sufficient. I've read a bunch of websites discussing the need for careful setup with local proxy ports, so that's where I'm coming from.<br /><br />

Edited by tos226, 19 February 2009 - 11:05 PM.


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Posted 20 February 2009 - 06:15 AM

They really are both excellent products and either will do an excellent job. One thing is very clear after viewing many posts from people who have been experts on this subject for many years is that the user internet practices is the biggest factor in whether or not they have become infected. How often do we see posts where people associate becoming infected with a given product rather than associate becoming infected by largest reason people become infected, the users themselves. Many experts do not see the need to run the latest and greatest on the AV-comparatives and although it is an excellent test it may not represent real world effectiveness. Be sure to take the time to read the outstanding information provided here in BC on safe surfing habits and protecting your PC. Links are found through out these posts.




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