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Advice On Anti Virus Programs

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#1 Bill L

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 04:23 PM

Looking for opinions on some of the better anti-virus programs. Would like opinions on free ones but would also like to hear about ones I can purchase. Which ones should I try and which ones should I stay away from.


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#2 jgweed


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Posted 12 January 2007 - 06:46 PM

Many members here at BC use AVGFree Anti-virus (as well as the free AVG anti-spyware application). It has good real-time protection, a fairly straightforward user interface, and the updates to its definitions are frequent and timely.
I can certainly recommend it.

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 02:51 PM

AVG is the best free one out there IMO. It has a very clean unobtrusive interface, light on system resources, and reasonably effective. The other decent free AVs out there are AntiVir Personal Edition and Avast! I don't care for either of their UIs, but they work decently for detection. There is also Clamwin, a good open source AV scanner, but it's best use as a supplemental scanner since it doesn't offer any active monitoring.

For paid scanners, the best are Kaspersky and NOD32. Both have great detection rates, NOD32 is a bit more lightweight. Both kick the living crap out of Norton AV/IS.
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Posted 14 January 2007 - 01:48 AM

I have been looking at different AV programs too. I'm currently using avast! AntiVirus along with AVG Anti-Spyware, Ad-Aware SE, and Spybot - Search & Destroy.

I dont' know much about the stuff, but from the little "research" I've done, I've found the best of the paid programs to be NOD 32, Kaspersky, and BitDefender. They're always ranked in the top 5 or so.

Also look at getting a firewall (Other than Microsoft's) such as ZoneAlarm, if you don't have one already.

Here are a couple of links that I found helpful:

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