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Which internet and home computer Anti virus is the best?


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#1 stoneowner

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 08:49 PM

My previous anti-virus software's license is about to expire and i was wondering which is the best out there?

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 09:09 PM

If you read reviews, past and current, you will find there really is no best.

What you will find is that there are those, both paid for, and ones that offer free versions, that constantly rank in the top 5 to 10.

Many will suggest giving several different ones a try. One at a time of course. See which one seems` to suit your PC\you the best.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 09:22 PM

do you happen to know those top five because i'm not really sure. i had kaspersky and that worked fine except that everytime it downloaded an update(which was everyday) my computer would lag throughout the update

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 09:55 PM

Kaspersky is usually among the top ones.

Any good AV will download updates daily. Sometimes multiple times.

Are you looking for free or paid versions?

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 08:13 AM

Independent Anti-virus software Comparisons & TestsThese kinds of comparative testing results will vary depending on a variety of factors to include but not limited to who conducted the testing, what they were testing for (type of threats, attack vectors, exploits), what versions of anti-virus software was tested, what type of scanning engine was used, and the ability to clean or repair. There are no universally predefined set of standards or criteria for testing which means each test will yield different results. As such, you need to look for detailed information about how the tests were conducted, the procedures used, and data results. Read Anti-virus Testing Websites: An overview of testing sites

Anti-virus Software Reviews
Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, 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. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no best anti-virus. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs. For more specific information to consider, please read Choosing Your Anti-virus Software.

A multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense, safe computing and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.


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