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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hello everyone

Could you guys please tell me what is in YOUR opinion the best antivirus out there and why do you prefer this AV over any other?

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I don't use any AV. I lock the registry instead using Mike Jacob's Reg Watcher. A fix for a virus can only come after someone's PC has been infected. If it's not your PC, then it doesn't matter, but what if your PC were the first to get the virus or if it were in infected on a Monday and the new .dat files aren't released until Tuesday? The AV is useless in such a case.

Any virus has to seat itself in the registry. If I reject all changes, what can it do? That is not to say that bad scripts can't run from malicious web pages. That's another story.

When my client, a mortgage company wanted and AV, I picked Trend Micro, mostly for the reason that they are the last to offer phone tech support and it's very good, I might add.

I don't like Norton at all and I will never use them again. Every time Symantec acquires a company, you can kiss it good bye.
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Don2007 wrote:
I don't use any AV. I lock the registry instead using Mike Jacob's Reg Watcher. A fix for a virus can only come after someone's PC has been infected. If it's not your PC, then it doesn't matter, but what if your PC were the first to get the virus or if it were in infected on a Monday and the new .dat files aren't released until Tuesday? The AV is useless in such a case.

Any virus has to seat itself in the registry. If I reject all changes, what can it do? That is not to say that bad scripts can't run from malicious web pages. That's another story.


Even though I think this is pretty risky I am seriously considering the same. Although I would absolutely never recommend it to one of my clients.
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If it's risky, it's only risky for one reason and that is, most people will click on an attachment without thinking. The only reason to click on an attachment is if I requested it to be sent. If I didn't request it, I'll either delete it or call the sender to find out if he sent it or not because those worms read address books very well.

One time my sister sent me something. We really didn't speak to each other much so I thought it was suspicious. My father also received it but was smart enough not to open it. He was 80 at the time. Two or three of my brothers clicked on it and you can guess the rest. She never sent it, the worm did.
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As for the original question, I really like AVG.
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As for the original question the answer should depend on whether this is for a personal home PC or a company PC/network
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Just give both answers if you think they should be separate questions.
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We use Trend Micro Office Scan here at work, and I use AVG at home for my Windows PC's. Norton's standalone AV is fine, but I personally can't stand any of their packages (Internet Security, etc). McAfee is also fine, and probably more preferred than Norton.
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i like nod 32 because it is really fast and secure. it is written in asembly language that is why it is really fast. karpersky is another antivirus i like, \\removed. but get the trial version from the the website and they \\removed.

and i recommend you get an antivirus, locking the registry will help you a lot, that is why some antivirusese already included that "karpersky does" but that will not protect you 100 % neither will the antivirus. you might also get an antivirus with the latest updates and run it from a bootable cd from time to time, so that there will never that will stop you from finding a virus in your computer unless your antivirus doesn;t have the updates to kill it.

security depends on the person who uses the computer not on the operating system nor the other people. Your best weapon against viruses, spyware ,etc. is your knowledge. i haven;t gotten a virus in many months and the last time i got one was because i forgot to use that freaking keygen in a buffer. eventually i killed it without using any antivirus, just by looking information about that virus and files that it uses, get rid of it pretty quick
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Personally, on my home machine, I tend not to use one AV over the other. Instead I use a suit of tools such as registry blockers, spyware scans, and adware scans. On the systems that I manage at my office we use McAfee because it came with the package that we bought from dell. But, even then I have spyware and adware scans running on all machines.

When deciding on AV for business allot of things need to be considered such as your network and what types of applications will work well on it. Cost is something the folks higher up are going to be concerned about so it has to be affordable. And then from the IT point of view it has to be easily manageable.

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