Best anti virus program?

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Don't know if this has been asked before .... but what do you think is the best anti virus proggy to have?
Any and all replies most welcome. :D
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Personally I like Norton :)
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Unix. :)
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I got System Suite
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I think the best thing most can do is practice a little common sense when it comes to email attachments, downloads/installations, and security updates.

I've never used anti virus software.
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I use Norton, although I just read an article where a free anti-virus program (AVG anti-virus) beat Norton and McAfee slightly on finding and removing viruses. It just doesnt have all the bells and whistles the others do. Might be worth checking out
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I use AVG ( http://www.grisoft.com ) on all my PC's and most of my customers PC's, don't really care for norton, mcfee's DOS scaner has been pretty usefull also but really hard to find anymore for free
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Forget Norton and Mcfee. Get PC-cillin. It is only a one time fee and it is just over all better than all the other programs I have used in the past.
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Ill check out pc cillin, i love a one time fee.

I ran the free avg and it found some trojans that been in my computer since just after I bought the thing.

Norton had failed to recognize it in the past....
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I personally use Norton...

I used AVG from a recomendation from a teacher at school...
i got a virus, Ran AVG from a boot disc to clear it and it failed. The virus wouldn't let me into windows.

I had to re-format..
that was the last time i used AVG (and yes it was fully up to date)
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I prefer Panda - small, cheap and very effective:
http://www.pandasoftware.com

But now... on w2k im using my brain :D Im looking "into" mails before opening it etc...

And on linux - nothing :D
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Vladdrac wrote:
Ill check out pc cillin, i love a one time fee.

I ran the free avg and it found some trojans that been in my computer since just after I bought the thing.

Norton had failed to recognize it in the past....


Well, the thing is that no matter how good of a Anti-Virus you have it can't get everything. Actually, anti-viruses are not made to get rid of "most" viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, ect. They only take out the "big" threats. Why, I don't know why they choose to do it like this. They could easily get with Adaware or something and make a program that does all. But, anyways like I said you may have a ton of stuff on you sys that your anti-virus just will not pick up. Spybot and Adaware are both really good free programs and they both pick up a lot of the loose ends left behind from the anti-virus.
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I'm with Rainman.

Panda is awesome. And their website has been excellent for info.
I've got it on my two W2K stations at work. Used Norton for years, and it's been fine, but it seems like Panda's always a step ahead of them.

My Linux stations are naked, and loving very minute of it.

At home I've got a Win98 Gaming PC (also naked) - and I've left it like that because the worms attack the 2000/XP/NT flavors - and for the rest you just have to play it smart.
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Grisoft AVG gets my vote.... been using it for quite some time... I love it.

Not only is it great, but it's free.

Now that's a bell and whistle I like to hear ;)
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Yeah I think I am going to cancel the norton and stick with AVG and I already have Adaware...Should be good with my Windows
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For some reasons, Antivirus maker may create a virus too. So don't worry about which one is the best. Just install the one you think easy to upgrade and update.
Anyway, I use Mcafee and Panda in my system. It seems they are working together very well, like brother and sister ...
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Well --- I must say I am happy to see so many "thumbs up" for AVG. :)
That is what I am using now and I like it very much. It's very easy to use and does the job.
I had Norton's before and it screwed up my computer cause it would not allow me to turn off the auto update (live). Was always running in the background and D.L. the same update in over and over and over!
What a bugga a boo. Even had big trouble trying to uninsatll the darn thing! :x
Anyway -- very pleased with AVG and would recommend it heartily! :D
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Norton has the profile but I came across AVG by accident and have been using it ever since mainly because there is a free version with automatic updates. It picked up both W32 Blaster and MyDoom before I'd even heard of them! Yes peeps should use common sense with e-mail but it's crazy not to have anti-virus software installed these days.....too many anarchaic freeks about! Oh yea...AVG is at http://www.grisoft.com.
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digitalMedia wrote:
I think the best thing most can do is practice a little common sense when it comes to email attachments, downloads/installations, and security updates.

I've never used anti virus software.

I'm with DM on this one, a combination of common sence, & a traffic monitor should be all you need.
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Norton anti virus

HANDS DOWN
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**Disclaimer - I am in no way encouraging others to adopt my practices. I just like to live dangerous, that's all. LOL

Seriously though, I do practice what I preach, and so far, a-ok.
<cautionary knock on wood />

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digitalMedia wrote:
**Disclaimer - I am in no way encouraging others to adopt my practices. I just like to live dangerous, that's all. LOL

LOL
let me Emphasize my use of "Should" in my earlier post.
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digitalMedia wrote:
I think the best thing most can do is practice a little common sense when it comes to email attachments, downloads/installations, and security updates.

Everyone should be doing this even if they have an antivirus scanner.
Metaphor: Buying a car and cleaning it once a week. well you are still going to want to be carefull about what you leave in and do in the car.

edit: fixed quote
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Does that also apply to busses? lol j/k
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Vladdrac wrote:
Does that also apply to busses? lol j/k


No, I don't clean it why would I care?? j/k

*mob from ottawa bus cleaner services forms to my house*
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anti-virus software.... my brain.. thats it. I dont use any software
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we have McAfee.

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I've never had an antivirus program on my computer and ive never had a virus on my computer.

i run zone alarm firewall (free from http://www.download.com ) and have also tightened some things up on xp

im smart with my email programs, I dont activate preview panes and I dont open anything i dont know where it comes from or that its clearly marked.

I dont open junk forward mails that people send me. (you know those fun little .exe etc programs sometimes contain viruses)

i have a popup stopped installed (google) which prevents most popups from appearing (some of these are what have the virus's in them which automatically download onto your computer).

Every now and then I run Adaware just to be sure, to be sure.

I'm smart about what programs I allow to run on my computer and I check my firewall regularly for any leaks etc. http://www.grc.com is a good resource for all those gadgets to keep your computer safe as well as a mountain of computer security information to keep you informed.

Im not saying im 100% percent protected from viruses - however in the 10 years+ ive had a computer - I've never had one intrusion or virus.
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well I certainly understand that, I am cautious about those things too. But I am very paranoid about viruses, so I scan once a week as well. In the past 5 years I have only had one virus, and it was easily removed.
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I actually have the best antivirus ever. I'm sorry to change the way this post was running, but just couldn't think of a better antivirus. :roll: (no offence to anyone.)

Check it out: http://cubaneo.250free.com/Personal/The ... iVirus.jpg
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hahaha

that is a safe way
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LOL...I'm sure it is.
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Vladdrac wrote:
Ill check out pc cillin, i love a one time fee.

I ran the free avg and it found some trojans that been in my computer since just after I bought the thing.

Norton had failed to recognize it in the past....


Well, the thing is that no matter how good of a Anti-Virus you have it can't get everything. Actually, anti-viruses are not made to get rid of "most" viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, ect. They only take out the "big" threats. Why, I don't know why they choose to do it like this. They could easily get with Adaware or something and make a program that does all. But, anyways like I said you may have a ton of stuff on you sys that your anti-virus just will not pick up. Spybot and Adaware are both really good free programs and they both pick up a lot of the loose ends left behind from the anti-virus.


The new PC Cillin Internet Security is amazing:
Fast, Excellent Detection + optimized concerning ressources...
It has everything fom, firewall to spyware and adware cleaner......
The cool part its dosent cost a thing compared to others with what it offers.
+ the renwal is cheap...

As for pandasoftware...i bought last year panda platinum...it is a full antivrus but is not that good on detection....(it skipped a Klez infeted file, that got caught by pc cillin, when i was installing it). But its the best looking and easiest to use ever
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I'm using AVG, very good and free!
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I'd recommend AVG for home use since it's free.

I really hate the AVG interface, so I run Symantec/Norton Antivirus 2003... It's lightweight, has fast updates and is very stable!

I tried NAV 2004 beta (final RC) but it made my machine look like my c64 :)
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I cant believe no-ones said it yet, but,

KASPERSKY ANTI-VIRUS PERSONAL PRO!!! Its the mutts nutts!

Best one out there by far, although they all do the basic job, this one is ver very very good. It'll cost you a bit though, but havent you been introduced to the wonderful world of P2P sharing?
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Kaspersky is the best along with Mcafee-forget this commercialized Norton name-it detects quite less than Kaspersky and Mcafee only talking a lot the guys from Symantec! :shock:
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We are using Sophos Anitivirus.
Its not cheap but it proved itself as one of the best at our company.
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I like norton but it has just run out on me! Its a 3 month old laptop that I have just bought and the anti virus is expired now!

any trick to it? change system clock or something?
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Avast - and its free!
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I like norton but it has just run out on me! Its a 3 month old laptop that I have just bought and the anti virus is expired now!

any trick to it? change system clock or something?


Format hard disk and reinstall everything is the only solution (thats legal), or get a crack from... (didn't even bother putting a URL)
or open it up and remove expiry date..google it.

http://www.astalavista.com
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You can trick it by setting the clock back before you run an update each time. At least, that worked on the version I had on my machine before I dumped it for AVG, that is.... =]

There are enough viruses that can find their way on your system without you doing ANYTHING that you're fooling yourself if you think you're smart enough to stay safe. You've been very lucky if you've never had a virus and you're on a Windows system without any sort of protection.

Oh, and for firewall... dump Zone Alarm... That app has screwed up every system I've every seen it installed on (mine and friends). I recommend Kerio personal firewall these days, it's simple enough that anyone can use, but has the ability to be very granular as well. It even can firewall off applications on your system from other applications on your system, if you want to mess with that.

Only once has AVG missed a virus, and Kerio caught it trying to send datagrams to my other system (home network) so I was able to isolate it before it did any real damage.

Anyway, I know this was an old topic, but it was linked to from a new one, and it's a good bit of info that never hurts being updated now and then =]

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EDIT. Forgot one thing. Kerio is FREE. If you pay for it, I think it comes bundled with AVG as and added bonus. eh? Pay for a free peice of software and get another free peice of software? Well, you get support when you buy it, of course, and I think you get the pay version of AVS too, but I don't know... since I'm never going to pay for either =]
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Hee hee hee... well on my family's pc i have mcaffee, avg and kapersky installed, cos my family are useless at anything security.

On my pc, i run ZoneAlarm, which is excellent in my view, together with a few permanent-resident spyware programs- Spybot S&D, AdAware, and use a free scanner called Bazooka for manual removal of viruses and quick checks.

Ive never had Norton.... considered it once bt i cudnt b bovard to walk to work and buy it.... :P
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IMHO, Mcafee is junk. Especially the security center package. I prefer to use Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition, which is provided to me since I am a University of Iowa student. It is slim and runs nicely.

However, when I work on a student's computer, the best way to make sure it is clean enough to install SAV on it is to run the stinger that Mcafee makes, checks for something like the most current or prevelant 40 viruses, all in a handy little executable file. Very nice.
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You can trick it by setting the clock back before you run an update each time. At least, that worked on the version I had on my machine before I dumped it for AVG, that is.... =]


yea I know about that one but i tried that too late. now,, its expired for good! heh. forget about formatting HDD too. i have too many stufs in my computer..heh.

whats AVG website btw? i have no idea- :wink:
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It's made by a company called Grisoft

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thanks mate. gonna check it out :-)
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for me, kapersky antivirus is the best !! Anyone use it ?
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Please kindly help me newbie here. May i know which is the BEST program which combined anti-virus program and anti-spy (spyware removal tool)
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I like AVG Anti Virus.
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Personally, I don't much care for bundled software that professes to do everything. Usually, those sorts of products tend to do a bunch of stuff poorly, despite the propaganda on the side of the box (or website, whatever).

I would suggest you get SpyBot Search and Destroy to deal with your spyware problems, and AVG Free Edition from Grisoft to deal with your anti-virus needs, both are completely free of charge.

If you want a firewall, my suggestion USED to be the free version of Kerio PFW, but their newer version seems to not be quite as good as the older free version was. Guess they realized if they wanted to sell a product they can't give away most of the features in a free version... heh.

Too bad, I liked that firewall... ZoneAlarm isn't nearly configurable enough.

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I am looking for an antivirus for Windows XP because I am tired of all that *plum* that tries to infect my PC. So far I looked into Kaspersky Anti Virus and McAfee VirusScan. Which one is better or should I pick something entirely different?
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Personally, I use Norton 2005 and Micro$oft Anti-Spyware. The two of those together work great for me.
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Not sure about Microsoft, but Norton Antivirus 2005 does a good job.
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Ditto Norton. It saved me on many occasions.
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Defo!

That avator Daremedy! :shock: :wink:
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I merged your topic with this one LukaBuka. You can continue from here.
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I don't use anti-virus software, or anti-spyware.
I used to have a whole bunch of things: Norton, ZoneAlarm, Microsoft AntiSpyware, Spybot, to name a few. But I really found it an unncessary use of my comp resources, and usually exited them the moment I logged on.
If you're careful about downloading stuff, it usually shouldn't be a big problem.
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avast! Anti-Virus Professional 4.6
Small, Effective, Efficiant.
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crystalized wrote:
I don't use anti-virus software, or anti-spyware.
I used to have a whole bunch of things: Norton, ZoneAlarm, Microsoft AntiSpyware, Spybot, to name a few. But I really found it an unncessary use of my comp resources, and usually exited them the moment I logged on.
If you're careful about downloading stuff, it usually shouldn't be a big problem.


Jesus, how to you manage to stay clean?
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I have sophos anti-virus. The college I'm at gives the students the program for free. It works but I'm not overly impressed by it. I figure i'll test out AVG

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