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#1 Pizza and Pepsi

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 12:24 AM

According to PC Mag, Microsoft Security Essentials got a bad rating.

Does this mean we shouldn't use it?
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:26 AM

No. These 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

The PC Mag review admits:

...The independent labs give it good ratings, for the most part...


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Posted 22 April 2012 - 12:06 PM

I am thinking about getting a new AV from this list:

Avira, Avast, or Eset/Nod 32


Which of these uses the smallest amount of system resources and also provides realtime protection against spyware (antispyware)?

I am also open to any other suggestions.
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:22 PM

You ask a common question for which you will receive varying opinions and recommendations. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no best anti-virus. Please see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.


My personal choice is NOD32 Anti-Virus if choosing a paid for program as it leaves a small footprint, meaning it is not intrusive and does not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-Virus is also a good choice.

As for antispyware, see: Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:08 AM

Thanks for the info quietman.

I have been hearing a lot of good things about eset products on the forums here. I'll try out nod32.
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:43 AM

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