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What Antiviral Software Do You Recommand?


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#1 MGBY

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 12:01 PM

Can someone recommand a good antviral software to use. Thanks. MGBY.

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 12:15 PM

here is a list of free AV and other free programs.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 07:58 PM

Scan some of the threads in this forum to find discussions of preferences for AV applications; there has been much discussion about this.
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#4 MGBY

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 11:53 PM

John: I understand you use AVG. What criterias influenced your decision to employ AVG? Thanks. MGBY.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:41 AM

About when my McAfee was about to run out, and somewhat dissatisfied with it, I looked around for alternatives (excluding Norton). My requirements were simple: it must scan incoming and outgoing E-mails, be able to scan all or selected parts of the hard drive on demand, and must offer frequent definition updates. A colleague of mine, an expert programmer on my IT team, suggested that it is not necessary to PAY for security, and suggested I try AVG.
I found that AVG met and exceeded my criteria in many ways, and tested it over several months for reliability and security. Updates never failed, it never crashed or slowed my system (ME at the time), and when I used independent on-line scans, they never found anything that AVG had missed (I should add here that following best computer security practices was, and is, a habit of mine, which might skew the independent testing).
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Posted 04 October 2006 - 11:55 PM

:thumbsup: Over a yr ago I had to decide WHICH FREE antiVIRUS program to get and I selected Avast because :
1. It has 7 "Providers/Shields" and 2.EXCELLENT Support forums ( I admit I am one of the Regular
"Helpers" there ) . Also I at the time I heard AVG antivirus occasionally had update problems,
even "serious" ones .
So I recommend you go to www.avast.com and do NOT fail to read the "FAQ"s at :

http://www.avast.com/eng/faq-avast-4-home-professional.html .

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 12:53 AM

I've been studying the various free-ware AV products too. One of the things that Avast does that AVG doesn't is to scan incoming and out-going IMAP e-mail. This is the only AV product I've seen thus far that scans IMAP mail both ways. For me this is a concern as one of my e-mail providers uses IMAP. Most e-mail scanners scan only POP mail. ZoneAlarm (AV is not free) scans IMAP incoming but not outgoing.

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 12:15 AM

For Independent Anti-virus research opinions see =
http://www.virus.gr/english/fullxml/default.asp?id=82


Requires free registration = Latest test results from Virus Bulletin :
Independent Anti-virus and Anti-spam Advice =
http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archives/products.xml

http://www.viruslist.com/en/index.html


http://www.av-test.org

http://www.av-comparatives.org

http://antivirus-software.6starreviews.com

Review: Free Antivirus Software - about.com =
http://antivirus.about.com/od/antivirussof...ws/a/freeav.htm

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 09:18 AM

Thank you everybody for their insightfullness in this issue. It is always interesting to hear other people's point of view on this issue as to what ones decision is base on in using a certain software in their computer. In particularily, what IT professional use as a guideline in selecting a specific software for their own personal use can teaches us laymans a lot how to go about it the correct way when it comes to selecting softwares for ones computer. This really has been an invaulable learning experience. John: Thanks for sharing your experience, it is very enlightenig indeed. I sure have learned more from you in such a brief stint of time at BCForum than I have learned in a year elsewhere. BC Forum sure is a great resource. THANK YOU very much. You guys are the best!! YOYO. :thumbsup:




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