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#1 Aberfocation

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 02:30 AM

Hello!
i am really having a headache of which anti virus program to use.Panda or Norton?
can anyone give me some advice on which to buy?
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Posted 20 August 2006 - 02:37 AM

I have been using AVG free for the past 3+ yrs with very good results. I found that both Norton and MacAfee were heavy on resources. I run AVG on 11 computers and have not had a problem.
I have never used Panda.
Here is a list of the four freeware antivirus we recommend at BC.

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 06:34 AM

hmmm...so it means i can dont buy any and use e free ones?
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Posted 20 August 2006 - 07:20 AM

That's correct. :thumbsup:

In addition to those freebies, here is another one: Active Virus Shield - If you choose this, during the install, it is recommended to uncheck the Security Toolbar component.
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Posted 20 August 2006 - 09:08 AM

The free antivirus programs have paid versions, the only difference is the paid versions have more bells and whistles. Most users can get by just fine with freeware version, or at least I can.
Look at it this way, you can always spent money if the freeware does not suit your fancy.
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Posted 20 August 2006 - 11:03 AM

Since many AVs are free, there is nothing to stop you from trying them one at a time for a couple of weeks each until you find one that you like, and that works well with your particular computer configuration. I am sure you can find other uses for the money you save.
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Posted 29 August 2006 - 08:33 AM

Thanks Lol ^^
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Posted 29 August 2006 - 09:12 AM

Your welcome. :thumbsup:
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Posted 29 August 2006 - 05:52 PM

I would agree 100% that the free AV's available offer very good protection and i would indeed look into them if i were you.

I personally at present am using F-Secure AV 2006 which you do have to pay for. If i was to suggest an AV that you pay for it would most definately be that or Kaspersky. I got F-Secure for free for 2 years through my bank,and to be honest i may even pay for it after. I have seen benefits that i have not experienced before using F-Secure. Not only is it an AV but it has a Spyware scanner,equivalent to the paid version of Ad-Aware SE and also has the built in Rootkit detector. It is an excellent product, but if you have an older PC it may pull on your system resources.

Most would say that you can get nearly all of those benefits with the freeware products, and they would be correct. If freeware is fine by you, then i would back it totally. I only offer this information if you choose to BUY an AV instead.

I would suggest though downloading freeware AV and see how it suits you, i think you will find it adequet enough as long as your a safe browser. If you dont feel its for you,then consider buying an AV then.

You're in good hands in this forum, and with acklan,quietman7 and jgweed telling you how much they believe in the free AV area, well i would trust them if i were you.

Happy and safe browsing
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