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What AntiVirus is Good?


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#1 TNSGF

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 08:17 PM

I'm currently using a real bad (IMO) Rogers Online Protection AV, anti-spyware, and firewall combo thing.
I recently had a virus, so we bought Norton's internet Security 2010. I assume it would work much better than the one I have now.

However, I'm a PC gamer and I hear Norton is a resource hog.

Anyone recommend something that can match up to Norton (or almost) but won't be wasting my CPU away?

Other opinions?
Thanks!

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 09:30 PM

If you're looking for a paid application. Kaspersky has a game mode you can toggle. You can usually find some deals on it for 3 licenses such as: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010, 3-User from Walmart.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 02:11 AM

ZoneAlarm has been my preferred antivirus/firewall for many years. It has the same feature that Animal mentioned that Kaspersky has, and it also uses the Kaspersky scan engine. It is about the same price as Kaspersky is on the link to Walmart that Animal posted but it is about half the price of Kaspersky when buying Kaspersky or Zonealarm from their websites.

http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zo...us-software.htm

http://usa.kaspersky.com/products_services/HomeProducts.php

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 07:50 AM

mcfee is the best.... But really you can't say one is better than the other it all depends on the amount of user using a anti-virus because the more people the high chance their database will be filled with virus signatures so that will make it easier to remove your virus.

Malware bytes deleted 5 viruses called zango which kaspersky couldn't delete. That shows you not all paid version may not seem as good as you think. But if i were you i would download two differnt anti-virus and update them on a regular basis.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 06:00 PM

Hi TNSGF,

I hope you do not take morfia's advice by downloading two AV programs, I'm certainly no "comp.techie" but it's pretty much
common knowledge that you only run one AV program-run two and you risk a serious conflict!!

Perhaps morfia meant to say download two anti-malware programs, of which Malwarebytes and Superantispyware are
excellent.

I am running the above two in conjunction with Microsoft Security Essentials which combines AV/anti-malware.Unfortunately,
I have realtime protection disabled with MBAM because otherwise it seems to conflict with MSE but I have realtime protection
enabled with Superantispyware.

These programs run well together, for me anyway, and touch wood I've yet to see an infection!

Best of luck TNSGF, hope you get sorted out.

Brian67

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 07:09 PM

My favourite antivirus is ESET NOD32. I have found it be very light on resources, but still has excellent detection capabilities. It has won lots of awards:

http://www.eset.com/home/compare-eset-to-competition/awards

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 01:14 AM

Eset,Kaspersky and Avast are my favorites and yes, Eset is very light on resources and also has 32 and 64 bit version downloads.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 12:54 PM

I notice that you ask for "best" and some reply with "favoritie" :thumbsup:.

You might be interested in the graph depicted at http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2010/04/1...proactive-test/.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 04:20 PM

Animal, I think favorite means in their opinion it is the best. :thumbsup:

As you know, the best is such a matter of personal preference that it is hard to determine the best, even with looking at the results of tests. Not only is it a personal preference as to which is best, it is also a system preference since they not all perform the same on all systems.

In my opinion, there is nothing better than ZoneAlarm, but not everyone agrees. Some say it is a resource hog and slows systems down, yet I have only 640 meg of ram and it does not slow my system down. I have used it on many computers and never had it slow any of them down, but other people do experience problems with that.

Since ZoneAlarm started using the Kaspersky scan engine, usually it doesn't even get listed in the tests. From what I can find out, the results for Kaspersky includes ZoneAlarm but I have not been able to get absolute confirmation on that. It does make sense though, as testing all products that are using the same scan engine doesn't make much sense.

ZoneAlarm has stopped viruses dead in their tracks while being downloaded to my system so those viruses did not hit my system. If something did slip by and hit my system, the operating system firewall would keep programs from installing themselves on my system, inserting themselves into my startups, keep things from modifying the registry, and probably many other things I cannot think of right now. I love ZoneAlarm. :flowers:

Edited by Stang777, 17 May 2010 - 04:24 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2010 - 09:32 PM

Hi TNSGF,

I hope you do not take morfia's advice by downloading two AV programs, I'm certainly no "comp.techie" but it's pretty much
common knowledge that you only run one AV program-run two and you risk a serious conflict!!

Perhaps morfia meant to say download two anti-malware programs, of which Malwarebytes and Superantispyware are
excellent.

I am running the above two in conjunction with Microsoft Security Essentials which combines AV/anti-malware.Unfortunately,
I have realtime protection disabled with MBAM because otherwise it seems to conflict with MSE but I have realtime protection
enabled with Superantispyware.

These programs run well together, for me anyway, and touch wood I've yet to see an infection!

Best of luck TNSGF, hope you get sorted out.

Brian67


The primary concern with using more than one anti-virus program is due to conflicts that can arise when both are running in real-time mode simultaneously. Anti-virus software components insert themselves into the operating systems core and using more than one can cause instability, crash your computer, slow performance and waste system resources. When actively running in the background while connected to the Internet, they both may try to update their definition databases at the same time. As the programs compete for resources required to download the necessary files this often can result in sluggish system performance or unresponsive behavior.

Each anti-virus will often interpret the activity of the other as a virus and there is a greater chance of them alerting you to a "False Positive". If one finds a virus and then the other also finds the same virus, both programs will be competing over exclusive rights on dealing with that virus. Each anti-virus will attempt to remove the offending file and quarantine it. If one finds and quarantines the file before the other one does, then you encounter the problem of both wanting to scan each other's zipped or archived files and each reporting the other's quarantined contents. This can lead to a repetitive cycle of endless alerts that continually warn you that a virus has been found when that is not the case.

Anti-virus scanners use virus definitions to check for viruses and these can include a fragment of the virus code which may be recognised by other anti-virus programs as the virus itself. Because of this, most anti-virus programs encrypt their definitions so that they do not trigger a false alarm when scanned by other security programs. However, some anti-virus vendors do not encrypt their definitions and will trigger false alarms if used while another resident anti-virus program is active.

Further, dual installation is not always possible because some anti-virus programs will detect the presence of others and may insist they be removed prior to installation. To avoid these problems, use only one anti-virus solution. Deciding which one to remove is your choice. Be aware that you may lose your subscription to that anti-virus program's virus definitions once you uninstall that software.

Most anti-virus vendors recommend that you install and run only one anti-virus program at a time:
Symantec's statement.
Avast's statement.
AVG's statement.
Dell Support advises the same for their systems.

In contrast, using more than one anti-spyware running in real-time mode simultaneously increases your protection coverage without causing the same kind of conflicts or affecting the stability of your system as what can occur when using more than one anti-virus. Even if your anti-spyware programs are not running in real-time, the overlap of protection from using different signature databases will aid in detection and removal of more threats when scanning your system for malware.

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 malware infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes spyware 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 provides the most complete protection.

As a general rule, using more than one anti-spyware program like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, SuperAntispyware, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, etc will not conflict with each other or your anti-virus if using only one of them for real time protection and others as stand-alone scanners. In fact, doing so increases your protection coverage without causing the same kind of conflicts or affecting the stability of your system that can occur when using more than one anti-virus. The overlap of protection from using different signature databases will aid in detection and removal of more threats when scanning your system for malware. However, if using all their real-time resident shields (TeaTimer, Ad-Watch, MBAM Protection Module, Spyware Terminator Shields, etc) together at the same time, there can be conflicts when each application tries to compete for resources and exclusive rights to perform an action. Additionally, competing tools may even provide redundant alerts which can be annoying and/or confusing.

However, you can over do it with resource heavy programs that will slow down you system performance. Sometimes you just have to experiment to get the right combo for your particular system as there is no universal solution that works for everyone.



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