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AntiVirus/AntiSpyware Protection Poll

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#1 aland08


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Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:00 PM


I have been a CA AV/AS user for years & am in the process of switching as their '09 updates have been incredibly problematic. I am taking poll here, looking for opinions about AV/AS programs either paid or free. I don't mind paying, if the paid product is better than the free product. Quality is most important, not saving $50.

I been doing my research as I haven't researched this type of software in years. Would love to hear some thoughts....the polls are open...

Thanks, Alan

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:04 PM

Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your technical ability and experience, 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 to use a paid for product or free alternative. My personal choice is NOD32 Anti-Virus .

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 infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware 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 anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.
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#3 aland08

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:14 PM


Hi...thanks again. You already gave me your opinion in the other post that you've been helping me with. I am actually trying Avast Free Home on one system now. :thumbsup:


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Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:34 PM

Hi Alan,

I am a huge fan of ZoneAlarm av\fw, so much so that I am beginning to sound like a broken record aroud here. Some people have had issues with it but I have not, I have been using it for many years and would not give it up for anything. I have never tried the suite, but I love the av\fw combo. I am using an older version of it, 7.something and they are now on 8.something, but I am happy with the one I am using and just have not felt like updating it as sometimes newer is not better. It is not an expensive one, it is only about 30 bucks for the product on their website and 20 when you renew it after a year. To me, it is money well spent.

Most people around here seem to really favor the free ones, especially Avira and Avast, it is really just a matter of trying them out and seeing what you like. ZoneAlarm does offer a free 15 day trial so if you want to try it before buying it you can. Also, if you find an antivirus program you like that is free that does not come with a firewall, ZoneAlarm firewall is free and runs with most antivirus programs just fine. Another free firewall that people around here seem to like is Commando which I know nothing about.

Good luck in your quest

Edited by Stang777, 19 March 2009 - 09:37 PM.

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