Please do not start new threads or duplicate topics
as this causes confusion and makes it more difficult to get the help you need to resolve your issues. Further, it necessitates staff spending time with housecleaning...time which could have been provided to others needing assistance. I have removed it from this forum.
Norton and McAfee are as good as most of the others, but they tend to be resource hogs.
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. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution
that works for everyone. Another factor to consider is whether you want to use a paid for
product or free alternative
My personal choice is NOD32 Anti-Virus
if choosing a paid for program or avast! Free Antivirus
if choosing a free alternative.No single product is 100% foolproof
and can prevent, 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.
See BC's Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps
and List of Virus & Malware Resources
Edited by quietman7, 16 February 2010 - 12:05 PM.