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which antivirus for my new computer?


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#1 Egad Elaine

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 06:47 PM

The folks that built my new XP computer put on AVG trial. I thought they were going to put on AVG Free, which my daughter used to use on her computer. It wanted me to buy, but has now run out. I ran the program for removing it, but now don't have any. Should I use Avast or Avira or AVG Free or what?
It's a home computer, but I do sell online. More hobby than business.
I am also still using my old computer running Windows 98 with Norton, but not particularly happy with Norton. When I had a problem with lazy virus, their phone number took me first to someone in the Phillipines, who sent me to someone in India, and I'm not sure they fixed anything, but it cost an extra $100.
So I'm not inclined to put Norton on this one.
What should I do?

In the mean time I mostly use my old one for going online.

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 06:50 PM

I've been using the freeware Comodo antivirus/firewall and am happy with it.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 07:00 PM

Most people really like the free ones but I am stuck on ZoneAlarm Antivirus (firewall included). I have used it for many years and like it so much I do not mind paying the 30 bucks for the program and the 20 bucks to renew it each year.

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:14 AM

If you only want an AV then Avira is hard to beat, but since you are not too happy with Norton I suggest you do a search on these forums for completely removing Norton and install Comodo CIS v3.9 which is a complete security suite and is by far the best product Comodo have come up with so far. Very light on resources, no conflicting programs and very few pop ups once it has learned your programs. It also has an excellent help forum.
http://forums.comodo.com/
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 08:47 PM

If you want an excellent, fast, high detection program, then I would get Kaspersky Internet Security. They are currently offering $20 off until 7/13/09. It is a paid subscription, but it is well worth it :thumbsup:

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 12:31 AM

OK, I downloaded the Comodo security program. Hope it works well. They do have a nice forum there.
Thanks everyone for all the help.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 02:14 AM

OK, I downloaded the Comodo security program. Hope it works well. They do have a nice forum there.
Thanks everyone for all the help.

I strongly recommend you not use Comodo. The antivirus component is relatively untested and has a high FP rate and Defence+ is only suitable for advanced users.

Using AntiVir free with Firefox, WOT, AVG LinkScanner and OpenDNS is a much more user-friendly option.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 03:07 AM

OK, I downloaded the Comodo security program. Hope it works well. They do have a nice forum there.
Thanks everyone for all the help.

I strongly recommend you not use Comodo. The antivirus component is relatively untested and has a high FP rate and Defence+ is only suitable for advanced users.

Using AntiVir free with Firefox, WOT, AVG LinkScanner and OpenDNS is a much more user-friendly option.

Absolute misleading rubbish from someone who obviously knows nothing about Comodo at all. The virus data base in Comodo has well over 5,250,000 signatures now and is being updated 3-4 times daily. I am 60yrs old and completely PC illiterate but I can operate Defence + and all the other Comodo functions without any problem and if I do have a question it is solved very quickly at the excellent Comodo forum.
The anti Comodo comments usually come from Pc magazines etc with vested interests by the people who pay for the advertising et al. These companies are obviously not to happy with Comodo giving free what they are charging for and thereby reducing their market share.
I have used Comodo for approx 4yrs now since v2.4 and wothout doubt the latest version 3.9 is the best most secure and easiest to operate product for the beginner that Comodo have ever made.
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 05:45 AM

Absolute misleading rubbish from someone who obviously knows nothing about Comodo at all.

I have used Comodo many times. And every time I expected their usability to be better due to all their hype and it always turns out to have no significant difference.

The virus data base in Comodo has well over 5,250,000 signatures now

Numbers provided by the vendor means nothing. It's well known that all vendors count their signatures differently.

I am 60yrs old and completely PC illiterate but I can operate Defence + and all the other Comodo functions without any problem and if I do have a question it is solved very quickly at the excellent Comodo forum.

Can you elaborate on using Comodo "without any problem"? Do you really understand what all the pop ups mean? If you can use Comodo with its default settings without any problems, then you are not "completely PC illiterate" at all.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:59 AM

Or a relatively cheap alternative could be Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It only costs around $25 for a lifetime.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 01:23 PM

Malwarebytes Antimalware is an antimalware scanner, not an antivirus.

Antispyware/malware scanners are to supplement the protection of your computer alongside your preferred antivirus, but it won't replace an antivirus.

Also, to add, where one setup/program may work for a user, it may not work so much for others because of their operating system, hardware components, and other possible things that can affect how a computer runs the software.

"Ototo'i wa usagi o mita no...Kino wa shika...Kyo wa anata." -Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad) [see below for translation]
"Day before yesterday I saw a rabbit, and yesterday a deer, and today, you." -The Dandelion Girl
"You are not alone, and you are not strange. You are you, and everyone has damage. Be the better person." -Katawa Shoujo


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Posted 18 June 2009 - 01:30 PM

Malwarebytes Antimalware is an antimalware scanner, not an antivirus.

Antispyware/malware scanners are to supplement the protection of your computer alongside your preferred antivirus, but it won't replace an antivirus.

Also, to add, where one setup/program may work for a user, it may not work so much for others because of their operating system, hardware components, and other possible things that can affect how a computer runs the software.



Thats what I meant, i meant for the poster to add it to their free choice of an anti-virus product

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 01:40 PM

Just to add, Malwarebytes Antimalware is free. The one-time registration adds MBAM's realtime protection module, so there's no need to register it if you don't want to.

"Ototo'i wa usagi o mita no...Kino wa shika...Kyo wa anata." -Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad) [see below for translation]
"Day before yesterday I saw a rabbit, and yesterday a deer, and today, you." -The Dandelion Girl
"You are not alone, and you are not strange. You are you, and everyone has damage. Be the better person." -Katawa Shoujo


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Posted 18 June 2009 - 01:43 PM

As from what I think, the real-time protection isnt really needed




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