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Points to Consider while selecting Antivirus


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#1 ONT

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 03:07 AM

Below are the some points which can be taken into account for selecting any Antivirus software.

1) Detection Rates.

2) Protection Technologies e.g Signature Based, Generic and Pattern-based, Heuristics Detection, Behavioral Scanning etc.

3) Protection Features e.g Firewall, Antispam, Parental Control, Antirootkit, Privacy Control, Sandbox Feature, Rescue CD, etc.

4) Ability to remove infection traces completely.

5) False Positives.

6) Additional Features offered e.g Tuneup, Backup/Restore, Vulnerability, Encryption, Game/Silent/Laptop Mode, etc.

7) Self Protection feature and ability to install, if the system is already infected badly.

8) Technical Support.

9) Resource Utilization (Not resource hogging).

10) Small Installation Footprints i.e occupy less space after installation.

11) Able to restore/undo any unwanted changes made by the virus in the system.

Edited by ONT, 28 June 2011 - 03:09 AM.


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Posted 28 June 2011 - 05:02 AM

I would include cost of the software too.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 06:29 AM

This article provides a nice summary of things to consider and more: Choosing Your Anti-virus Software
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:24 AM

Modified guidelines for Antivirus selection

1) Detection Rates.

2) Protection Technologies e.g. Signature Based, Generic and Pattern-based, Heuristics Detection, Behavioral
Scanning, Intrusion Detection, HIPS etc.

3) Protection Features e.g. Firewall, Network Monitor, Anti-Spam, Anti-Banner, Anti-Phishing, Parental Control, Anti-Rootkit, Privacy Control, Sandbox Feature (Application and Browser), Rescue Mode/CD, Theft ID Protection, Command Line Scan, Boot-Time Scan and Script Execution for removing some malwares etc.

4) Additional Features offered e.g. Tune-Up, Backup/Restore, Vulnerability, File and Messenger Encryption, Game/
Silent/Laptop Mode, etc.

5) Self Protection feature and ability to install, if the system is already infected badly.

6) Ability to remove malware traces completely.

7) Able to restore/undo any unwanted changes/damages made by the malware in the system

8) Technical Support and Service.

9) Resource Utilization (Not resource hogging).

10) Small Installation Footprints i.e. occupies less space after installation.

11) False Positives Rates.

12) Cost of the product.

Edited by ONT, 08 August 2012 - 01:29 AM.





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