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What are your recommendations for AV software?

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#1 Stressed Out888

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:55 AM

My ISP has as a free download an F-Secure based Antivirus Software for it's subscribers. I personnaly dont like it.

In the past, I actually had no AV software installed as I was careful where I went and I used Firefox with script blocking. As a habit, I routinely went to various sites that did free malware scans. I have malwarebytes scan and SUPERAntiSpyware FREE Edition

Unfortunately, F-Secure no longer does a complete online scan of my Windows 7 files. It basically craps out and tells me it cant read various cab files even though I specifically checked for it not to scan within archived folders.

I just reinstalled my Windows 7 OS and I felt compelled to install the full time version of the AV software.

Are there any apps that I should use or have within my arsenal to scan for malware? If so, what's recommended and that is not heavy on resources or bogs down your system?

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 02:33 AM

I use and recommend Avast Antivirus.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:09 AM

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 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.

My personal choice is NOD32 Anti-Virus if choosing a paid for program as it leaves a small footprint. Kaspersky Anti-Virus is also a good choice.
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:23 PM


You can try Avira Free

You can use programs like Winpatrol spyware blaster for monitoring changes and preventing the installation of malicious items as well

If you are planning to buy a paid product I suggest you give Norton 360 and Norton internet Security a try,

Symantec has done a lot of work in the past years

No system slow downs

Didn`t slow a PC with 512 MB Ram

Good scan speed

rated Highly by comparitives

The Bad

Norton 360 has some issue with core Draw,Auto cad,Roxi burning tool

User`s have complained about Auto protect being disabled although I have not faced any issue both with my licensed and trial versions...

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