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Favorite Anti-Virus

Favorite Anti-Virus

  • Bitdefender

    Votes: 2 3.4%
  • Kaspersky

    Votes: 4 6.9%
  • ESET NOD32

    Votes: 12 20.7%
  • Norton Anti-Virus

    Votes: 3 5.2%
  • Avast Professional

    Votes: 5 8.6%
  • McAfee Anti-virus

    Votes: 3 5.2%
  • Microsoft Security Essentials

    Votes: 2 3.4%
  • F-Secure

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • AVG Anti-Virus

    Votes: 21 36.2%
  • Panda Anti-Virus

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Antivir

    Votes: 6 10.3%

  • Total voters
    58

maynardvdm

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#1
Which Anti-virus would you choose :

Bitdefender
Kaspersky
ESET NOD32
Norton Anti-Virus
Avast Professional
McAfee Anti-virus
Microsoft Security Essentials
F-Secure
AVG Anti-Virus
Panda Anti-Virus

Edit.

Now added
Antivir
 
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Seth

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#3
Bitdefender - System degradation is average, but very good protection.
Kaspersky - As above
ESET NOD32- As above but with better coding to prevent system degradation.
Norton Anti-Virus - crap
Avast Professional - Better than AVG's free version, but no match for sas or mb.
McAfee Anti-virus - crap
BullGuard Anti-virus - crap
F-Secure - even more crap
AVG Anti-Virus - laughable
Panda Anti-Virus - Haven't experienced enough of said to comment.
 

JEBWrench

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#4
The only ones I've used have been McAffee, Norton, AVG, and Avast.

AVG is the only one that isn't at least partially responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs, diabetes, and SARS. :D
 

Seth

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#5
Agreed.

They're all crap when compared to knowledge.
 

JEBWrench

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#6
The only problematic virus infestation I've had on a computer has been one way back in my high school days that prevented me from accessing my floppy drive.

The most amusing part is that it came from the school's computers! :D
 

maynardvdm

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#7
Home or Corporate versions?

Symantec's home suite pretty much blows - hog and a half for resources, pretty much the same for McAfee. However the Corporate version of Symantec AV isn't too bad at all.
I think we keep it to home coz the corporate one sounds expensive :D

Seth said:
Bitdefender - System degradation is average, but very good protection.
Kaspersky - As above
ESET NOD32- As above but with better coding to prevent system degradation.
Norton Anti-Virus - crap
Avast Professional - Better than AVG's free version, but no match for sas or mb.
McAfee Anti-virus - crap
BullGuard Anti-virus - crap
F-Secure - even more crap
AVG Anti-Virus - laughable
Panda Anti-Virus - Haven't experienced enough of said to comment.
LOL.
Good answer. :)
 

DSTM

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#8
I use Avira Antivir with full time Guard.
Is this one good,Seth,or crap?:confused:
 

Seth

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#9
I use Avira Antivir with full time Guard.
Is this one good,Seth,or crap?:confused:
Lol.

I'd say it's better than AVG but not as effective as NOD.

Remember though, knowledge is your best defense.

Maynard, SAS and MB aren't just scanners. They both offer real time protection in their paid versions.
 

colinm345

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#11
We swear by Eset Smart Security (NOD32) so much so that we have become a reseller for their products

Please delete the reseller statement should you not think it to be fitting:)
 
C

CrazyComputerMan

#13
We also use the AVG Rescue Disc and The U3 version of Avast on occasions :)
I voted for Avast Pro but i really meant Home Edition, It's really good protection as old furbag recommend :D

My mum and Dad use Avira Ant Vir and my sister has no protection on her laptop. tut cos she got "creepy software" is SmileyCentral which i was not happy with it, She has Vista.

I've told her that there are many good Anti-virus on site espically free.
 

DSTM

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#14
I use Antivir Personal Classic,with full time guard.
Why isn't this Antivirus on the list? Quite popular.
Had Avast,but hated the look of it, and the navigation,wasn't as simple as some others.
Also had AVG,which I wasn't impressed with it's abilities.
 

DSTM

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#16
Wondering what Test site is considered to be most credible.Have quoed Test reslults in the past,Maynard,and many times have got the reply,Oh that test site isn't the most credible,as they test for different things in the one product.Hence my Question.
Read earlier NOD32 produced 6 false positives in one Test.
By the same Test Site, Avast returned either 3 or 5 false positives.
I run a HI-Jack log recently and Kapersky gave a false positive,so which Antivirus have you Tech Guys found the most effective? Thanks.
Hope this is the right Forum to ask this question.:)
 

maynardvdm

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#17
I like the scanning abilities of SuperAntiSpyware and MalwareBytes, though their free versions doesn't have real time protection. I am currently using BitDefender, which in the 2 years i have used it, was very effective for me. My next antivius program will most likely be NOD32.
 

rowal5555

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#18
What seems to work for me is

Sygate, Avast + ThreatFire, SuperAntiSpyware Pro, and the ever handy WinPatrol Plus, with occasional online scans.

If I was to pay for an antivirus, I think I would go with NOD.

You will never get agreement on this subject as everyone has their own opinion as to what is best, so I just say to try out the options and stick with what works for you.

Cheers
 
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DSTM

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#19
Point taken Rob. We may never get agreement,but Members and Techies discussing different Security Programs,we learn what combinations work best.
I will start a new thread in the Security Forum, and look forward to everybody's input.