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Which Antivirus?

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#1 deaddybear


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Posted 14 September 2005 - 02:17 PM

I am looking for an antivirus because I am tired of all that bleep that tries to infect my PC. So far I looked into Kaspersky Antivirus and McAfee Virus Scan. Which one is better or should I pick something entirely different?

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#2 gunner


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Posted 14 September 2005 - 02:30 PM

I use Avast home edition. It is free but you must register it. What I like is it has a screensaver that is also a virus scan .{so I can't forget to scan.}
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Posted 14 September 2005 - 04:44 PM

Another free anti-virus that many members have used is AVG. See: Antivirus & Trojan Removal in the pinned post listing free alternatives to commercial applications:

The nice thing about free applications, outside of the great price, is that you can download, install, update and then try them out. If you don't like one, you can try another without having to spend a lot of money. Free versions may not have all the bells and whistles of paid anti-virus applications, but they are generally robust and do the basic job of protecting your computer.

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 05:08 PM


Take a look at the VB100% data.


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Posted 14 September 2005 - 11:38 PM

AVG has a full (paid) verison that is only $32/2yrs. Iwas tired of paying a scrip to McAfee and have them ignore me when I had problems. I switched three years ago to AVG free edition and haven't looked back. I have 12 computers at the house 11 are running AVG Free Edition 7.0. The last is a server. AVG does not have a free verison for servers. About 8 to 10 times a month I talk people into ditching Norton or McAfee and making the switch to ACG Free Edition. In three years I have not heard a complant.

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AVG Free Edition 7.0

MicroSoft Antispyware Beta

Spybot S&D 1.4

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This isn't perfect but it works well for me.
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 12:54 AM

I had Panda and found out that as long as they have your money, they don't want to talk to you. I've been running AVG and like it enough that I would buy it if I had to.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 06:59 AM

To answer the specific question here. If you are going to pay for an AV and the choices are Kaspersky or McAfee, then by all means go with Kaspersky.

If you want a free AV, then either AVG or avast will do the job.
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Posted 16 September 2005 - 11:21 AM

Dr. Web Antivirus is pretty good. It doen't give any trouble to me

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 06:11 PM

Kaspersky also has a 30 day try before you buy feature as well. I personally have used Kaspersky for 2 years now and wouldn't change a thing. One caveat I might add is that Kaspersky is more memory intensive, than most other AV's. If you don't have at a minimum 512 of RAM I would not recommend it. You won't be happy, and should choose another AV. Additionally you might want to take a look at http://www.av-comparatives.org/ for additional information, on other AV's.

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Edited by Animal, 16 September 2005 - 06:29 PM.

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Posted 17 September 2005 - 12:26 AM

If you are willing to pay I'd defintely go with Kaspersky. From what I've been told they have the largest file database on viruses. However McAfee has the instant notice of new virues so I'd find it as a tossup.

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Posted 17 September 2005 - 01:34 AM

For Peace of mind and a very good suit I recommend Zone Alarm Pro..... AV, SW, FW plus other stuff, and great controls.

It costs but is not expensive when you think of the hours spent disinfecting an infected machine and or the hassle of pop ups and cr*p like that.

I let ZAP run, and with the other recommended Anti Spywear stuff from BC I have had 18 months CLEAN Trouble Free. I find ZAP very good at Updates and it has found 2 viruses that were just hours old, certainly Norton nor McAffee had not reported them.

Of course SP2 and Microsoft Beta are free and are installed. Modzilla is good for a browser, but I run I.E and Modzilla and do not see much difference now. Don't get any rubbish from either. :thumbsup:

Edited by SaxonManFinland, 17 September 2005 - 01:36 AM.

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