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#1 nixie21

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 09:47 PM

Through work I can have either

Symantec CORPORATE AV 10 (not norton AV)
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AVG pro 7.5

Which one of these would you choose and why?

Is there a free version that is better than these?

This would be in addition to...

Trojan hunter, comodo firewall, router firewall, firefox, winpatrol plus, spyware blaster

Also,

I do not run a AS, I used to run win defender, but I never get spyware....do I need to waste resources?

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 05:48 AM

Well there are as much programs as there are opinions. Check this great post in how to remain protected. Never say never, if you check the HiJackthis threads you will see what spy-/malware can do so better be safe than sorry!

My setup is :

Firewall Zone Alarm FREE
Antivirus AVG Antivurus FREE
Antispyware AVG Antispyware and Spwayer blaster incl Spybot and Adaware
Cleaner Ccleaner

This has kept me protected.For links check my signature. Also check the freeware link in my sig where you can find free software

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 08:36 AM

Thanks, what about my choice in AV?

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 09:21 AM

I'd recommend that you choose the AVG. The Norton, at best will put bloat on your system and slow it down. Also, uninstallation of the Norton is a task to try your soul. Worst case, it may allow infections in (but I haven't checked this recently - it's the reason that I stopped using Norton several years ago).

If you want free - go with AVG Free. It works well for me (I've got AVG Pro, but just have never found the time to install it).

As for antispyware - The AVG product is pretty good, but you're also helping it out with SpywareBlaster. One other product that you may wish to try is the free MVPS Hosts file ( http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm ) It uses a different list than SpywareBlaster - and keeps it in a different place, so there's no danger of conflicts arising.
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Posted 17 December 2006 - 09:59 AM

I would, as usual, agree with Usasma's choice. Norton products are generally bloated, resource hogs, and not easy to delete if you want to change anti-virus applications.
The differences between AVG Pro and AVG Free (which I have used for quite a few years) are not fundamental to maintaining your computer's security. Both use the same engines and the same definitions, and both offer real-time protection.
Naturally, a anti-viirus needs to be supplemented by anti-spyware applications; these tend to have slightly different criteria for what they look for, so having several will extend the scope of their search. Again, there are several excellent free applications. I use and recommend the following:
Ad-AwareSE
AVG AS
Spybot Seach and Destroy.

Naturally, any of these are only as good as their definitions are current, so keeping them updated is as important as installing them on your hard drive.
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Posted 17 December 2006 - 02:31 PM

Thanks!!

Just to make sure, this is not the bloated Norton AV's for home use, it is the Corporate edition. It is not as bad as the home versions, but does use a lot more resources than AVG pro....

You all still would do AVG Pro?

If so,

Anything I sould know about setup or settings?

Thanks so much....




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