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Title: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Bon Voyage on Mon Jul 24, 2006 - 17:17:19
What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?

I use AVG, and its free.  I have dabbled with Clamwin.  Won't use Norton or McAfee.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: tidbit on Mon Jul 24, 2006 - 17:20:29
Norton.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: twd on Mon Jul 24, 2006 - 19:19:44
Antivirus?  I use Linux.  Don't need no steenkin' antivirus.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Bon Voyage on Mon Jul 24, 2006 - 19:40:48
Isn't that speshul!

Having a built in hardware firewall in the wireless router helps.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Jimbob on Mon Jul 24, 2006 - 21:14:15
I wash my hands often and clean the keyboard regularly.

Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Jimbob on Mon Jul 24, 2006 - 21:14:43
Oh, and on the XP I've got Norton, Zonelabs firewall, and a router firewall.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Follower the Heaven Bound on Tue Jul 25, 2006 - 11:42:56
McAfee. Since I contribute at Fsecure, I should really use theirs. McAfee's horrible.

Hi there! You have a virus? Would you like to simply continue what youre doing, or check to see if its really there? Idiots.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Cliftyman on Tue Jul 25, 2006 - 11:51:14
Well I'm a SysAdmin, our network has Symantec Corporate Edition, a Sonicwall Pro 2040 Firewall, Postini for SPAM blocking and I use Group Policy to lock down computers so we don't have much trouble with Spyware.

At home I don't even have Antivirus software go figure... if I ever take the time to put some on it'll be AVG  
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Weeble on Tue Jul 25, 2006 - 12:52:24
I am switching everything over to MAC so that is a savings of 70.00 a year!
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Nevertheless on Wed Jul 26, 2006 - 11:52:43
Norton.  It's always worked well for me but seems to be a resource hog.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: marc on Wed Jul 26, 2006 - 15:47:02
I used to use zpac, 'till someone told me it doesn't work on viruses.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: memmy on Wed Jul 26, 2006 - 19:14:32
I use AVG and for spyware blocking, Webroot's Spy Sweeper. So far so good, I suppose.   ::shrug::
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: WileyClarkson on Wed Jul 26, 2006 - 20:20:07
Norton Internet Security 2006.  I have also played around with the new MS anti virus/spyware.  I like it but it doesn't give near as much info and customization options as the Norton.  I have also used PC-cillin.  However, I am going to continue to use the Norton IS 2006.  With all the rebates I got with it from Fry's, it is free.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: seekr on Thu Jul 27, 2006 - 12:45:58
How do you get AVG?
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Cliftyman on Thu Jul 27, 2006 - 12:50:07
download it.

http://www.grisoft.com/doc/40/lng/ww (http://www.grisoft.com/doc/40/lng/ww)
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: marc on Thu Jul 27, 2006 - 16:29:34
How do you get AVG?

You divide hits by at bats.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: spurly on Sun Jul 30, 2006 - 16:39:17
How do you get AVG?

Do a search for AVG free on google and download the free software.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Jimbob on Sun Jul 30, 2006 - 16:44:31
I downloaded AVG last night.  I was interested to see if it slowed my older system down as much as Norton.  It doesn't, and email is coming in at least twice as fast.  To Norton's credit, though, I've not had a virus of any kind several years, and AVG found my system to be clean already.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Bon Voyage on Sun Jul 30, 2006 - 18:03:12
AVG has one gigantic advantage over Norton, and that is, it is F-R-E-E.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Jimbob on Sun Jul 30, 2006 - 18:17:57
Especially since my subscription was up and wallet down.  ::smile::
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Jaime on Mon Aug 07, 2006 - 19:28:24
I use Bsafe online Internet Filters. It was recommended by Dave Ramsey, and works wonderfully. The one time that I had to call customer service. I actually talked to an American.......I have a hard enough time understanding computer lingo, much less with a heavy foreign accent.

http://www.bsafehome.com/?29716 (http://www.bsafehome.com/?29716)
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: janine on Mon Aug 07, 2006 - 20:42:55
I don't mind the accent of the person who takes my customer service call -- I have a good ear for accents.  What I hate is when THEY can't understane ME.

As for anti-vius programs, I don't need one.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: normfromga on Wed Aug 09, 2006 - 11:35:47
For my home computer, I originally installed Symantec Corporate Edition, which DoD can supply free to employees, even to include the subscription.  (Thanks, taxpayers! ::tippinghat::)

The problem was getting NAV 2005 that was provided with my computer, uninstalled.  (No, it ain't as easy as you would think... ::frown::)

Then I decided that I would like to have parental control over what my 12-year old accessed, and the Cox Security Suite seemed the logical choice.  However, to install it, I had to uninstall the Symantec stuff (which, fortunately, was as easy as you would think) so now I am relying on Cox software for parental control, virus control, and some aspects of spyware and firewall protection.

BTW, for those who may use the Cox Security Suite at home, but are used to similar software which downloads and activates automatically: CSS does neither.

And while it reminds you when its files needs to be updated, it does not remind you to actually run the programs. ::doh::

Just be sure to remind yourself to periodically scan the drives with the software. ::nodding::
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: djcasp on Thu Aug 10, 2006 - 10:37:01
at home i use symantec corporate edition (joys of working for a large university with a lovely academic licsense package) and i love it except it does hog resources on my wifes old desktop.  I've dabbled with clamwin(me likey and its free). I'm thinking of giving Avast a try (free for home use). I haven't used AVG in a while 'cause i didn't like it when i tried it out about 4 years ago. 
all of this shouldn't matter too much by the end of the year as i am going to switch my wife's desktop to a Mac and my laptop to Linux(Ubuntu to be precise).
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Weeble on Thu Aug 10, 2006 - 13:28:17
Yea RedHat! (I know Ubuntu and Red Hat are not the exact same thing but you have gotta love Linux)
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: twd on Thu Aug 10, 2006 - 19:59:05
Yep.  I run Gentoo Linux on this ThinkPad laptop, and on two servers at work, and now have a work server running Ubuntu.  Viruses are essentially nonexistent.  Worms and trojans do exist, but are rare, and tend to do much less damage.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: ConqueredbyLove on Sat Oct 24, 2009 - 13:07:51
What anti-virus software would anyone recommend?

Any of them to stay away from?

My computer is majorly infected now   ::eek::
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: UtahDad on Sun Oct 25, 2009 - 01:30:26
What anti-virus software would anyone recommend?

Any of them to stay away from?

My computer is majorly infected now   ::eek::



Run this first.....http://www.myantispyware.com/2007/10/08/combofix-another-free-anti-spyware-tool/


That should take care of most of the issues, you can try AVG Anti-Spyware also.  Both programs are free and pretty straight forward.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: winsome on Sun Oct 25, 2009 - 13:32:07
I use Kaspersky. It's cheap off e-bay (at least in UK) and it has a high rating from PC Pro magazine (possibly a UK only magazine).

I have also used a free 3 month trial of Avira which was highly rated. That seems very good but renewal is expensive so I went back to Kaspersky.

The Internet Security version comes with some various extras over and above pure anti-virus.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: ConqueredbyLove on Mon Oct 26, 2009 - 10:37:06
Thank you both, very much!  ::groupprayer::
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: k-pappy on Mon Oct 26, 2009 - 19:20:18
I use Norton Anti-virus by Symentec.  I have used it for years and have no complaints.

In Christ,
KP
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: ConqueredbyLove on Mon Oct 26, 2009 - 19:37:18
I use Norton Anti-virus by Symentec.  I have used it for years and have no complaints.

In Christ,
KP

Thank you.  I think that is the one I was using and then I let it run out. 
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Charles Sloan on Mon Oct 26, 2009 - 20:12:50
I use a mac, so I am virus and anti-virus free. 
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: PRAY4U on Tue Oct 27, 2009 - 15:35:52
I dumped Wins for Linux and have no problems now.    ::pray:: ::prayinghard:: ::pray::
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: tennman on Tue Oct 27, 2009 - 15:58:02
Two of the best free ones in my opinion are: http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm (when it's done with the scan, select "no I do not wish to be protected with Windows Live OneCare now" and it will fix your computer anyway without you having to buy the software that monitors your computer 24/7.

The other is http://www.malwarebytes.org. Both are excellent.

And yes, Charles my friend, Macs have fewer viruses usually (though I have a friend with a Mac who has all kinds of problems and my PC has been much stronger). But the reason Macs have fewer viruses is because they don't even own 10 percent of the market share. PC/Windows has 90% + of market share so obviously more hackers are going after their Windows software. PCs have to deal with far more attacking viruses than Macs. Macs can get viruses, it's just that the vast, vast majority of viruses are not programmed to Macs.

Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Charles Sloan on Tue Oct 27, 2009 - 16:54:47
I dumped Wins for Linux and have no problems now.    ::pray:: ::prayinghard:: ::pray::


I tried ubuntu on a laptop that got decimated earlier this year and it was a great distro. I would have loved to install something like yellowdog or debian, but after that machine I got a gaming laptop for awhile. That one was an asus and it was nice but the battery life just sucked and the hdd ended up dying. So I ended up getting this macbook pro for about the same price. I've been thinking about doing a linux/osx install, but its works well for what it does.

And yes, Charles my friend, Macs have fewer viruses usually (though I have a friend with a Mac who has all kinds of problems and my PC has been much stronger). But the reason Macs have fewer viruses is because they don't even own 10 percent of the market share. PC/Windows has 90% + of market share so obviously more hackers are going after their Windows software. PCs have to deal with far more attacking viruses than Macs. Macs can get viruses, it's just that the vast, vast majority of viruses are not programmed to Macs.


I understand that due to the larger number of pc's that they are the easiest target. But there is also the indisputable fact that windows machines are less secure and are much easier to exploit than macintosh or linux. This is the main reason that  virus programmers and hackers primarily use linux or macs to launch their attacks, since they know the weaknesses of windows machines. Of course you can spend money to install various programs to try and protect your pc, but I would rather my machine just work and stay working.

Although I hear the windows 7 is going to change all that, but I will believe when I see it.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX8yrOAjfKM[/youtube]
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Dexter on Wed Oct 28, 2009 - 15:31:41
I run AVG and have had ZERO issues with it. Love it!
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: antheia187 on Wed Nov 25, 2009 - 09:31:13
Im using Avira, Im just contented with its feature and everything doing fine with my Pc for now..
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: walker starr on Wed Nov 25, 2009 - 09:34:07



   I use Norton.  What they do other than annoy me and how they do it remains a mystery.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: farouk on Wed Nov 25, 2009 - 09:35:37
My wife from time to tome uploads something onto the computer, re viruses; I don't always keep up with it. Something to keep away the moskitoes, so to speak.

Im using Avira, Im just contented with its feature and everything doing fine with my Pc for now..
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Bon Voyage on Thu Nov 26, 2009 - 00:59:21
I am not into AVG anymore.  When I get time I am going to find something better.  Now AVG has popups.  It is definitely a lot more annoying now and the free edition doesn't work as well as it once did.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: h2r77 on Thu Nov 26, 2009 - 06:01:56
What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?

I use Symantec

(http://www.ttsathens.com/images/Symantec.jpg)

Seems to work like a charm
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: HRoberson on Fri Nov 27, 2009 - 12:43:18
This laptop has Norton 360, and works fine thank you.

Wife's laptop and the desktop have paid AVG and they also work well thank you.

Only issue has been the periodic upgrades (not the updates) for the AVG suites. They aren't as straight forward as they could be.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: k-pappy on Fri Nov 27, 2009 - 15:11:40
I've been using Norton 360 for years...it has helped me many times.  I like that you can register it on up to three different computers.

Bond
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Azrael on Sat Nov 28, 2009 - 08:03:55
I use WebRoot but it has issues with Vista.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Bon Voyage on Sun Nov 29, 2009 - 00:03:26
I won't use Norton or McAfee.  They are too bloated.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: walker starr on Sun Nov 29, 2009 - 00:08:31




   Excuse my inorance.  Please explain bloated as pertaining to a virus protector.  Thanks.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Bon Voyage on Sun Nov 29, 2009 - 00:12:16




   Excuse my inorance.  Please explain bloated as pertaining to a virus protector.  Thanks.

Take up too much of the system's resources, such as processor and memory.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Logismos on Sun Nov 29, 2009 - 13:25:35
I use AVG Free.

Doesn't hog resources. Checks both viruses and spyware. Updates every day. Doesn't cost anything.

Popups?? I have never seen those and I just updated a couple days ago to the newest version.

EDIT: Okay there are pop-ups--apparently one a day asking if you want to upgrade to the pay version. I've never noticed it before since it takes about 1 second to close it.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: vmand on Tue Dec 01, 2009 - 14:14:30
Avira (even the free version) is a good solution for computers with not enough memory, specially notebooks.

Eset Smart security for the rest.

Having tested all the rest and never condidering cost, I strongly suggest these two, based on

proactive defense, stealth tech, and lowest possible usage of resources. Good for gamers too !

Note: for multimedia work it is wise not to be connected on the Internet and to disable the antivirus software.

Kaspersky (once was very good), Avast,  Bitdefender, Norton and Zonelabs are also good but very heavy, drain resources too much. They are all similar and I think my criterion would be the user interface.

AVG, many "false positives" and hardly retrievable anything "killed" by AVG ! Leading to frequent re-installations
of Windows !

hope this helps...
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Charles Sloan on Wed Feb 03, 2010 - 10:18:09
I dumped Wins for Linux and have no problems now.    ::pray:: ::prayinghard:: ::pray::

What Linux distro do you use?
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: HannahT on Sun Feb 21, 2010 - 09:03:18
I work online, and use alot of the computer resources so they recommended AVG or Avast.

I noticed a huge difference, since the computer came with Norton.  My new computer I removed Norton's soon as the computer came home.  I agree its a resource HOG!

lol my father isn't a computer dude, but he called me thinking he could get twice the protection.  He had Norton on the shelf, and his computer came with McGee.  He installed both!  Let me tell ya - that was a JOY getting his computer back!

DON'T ever place two anti virus programs on ONE computer!  ::frustrated::

Has anyone tried asquared?  I had placed that on my daughter's laptop when we first got it.  I was checking it out per a recommendation.  She of course downloaded some truly nasty virus from an email (which she won't do anymore lol), and the asquared did great with it!
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Grinandbearit on Mon Feb 22, 2010 - 11:53:37
One of the most important things you can do to keep your computer virus free is to download and use Mozilla Firefox as your browser instead of Internet Explorer. Browsing is so much faster. It warns you before anything can touch your computer, and you can abort that connection. I don't use my Outlook Express any more either. Too risky. I use Internet based email only.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Little Lamb on Tue Aug 17, 2010 - 17:00:49
AVG works best for me and the version I use in 100% free! I've also tried Kaspersky, McAfee and Norton. First one works perfect but if quite expensive. Latter two are viruses themselves!

One of the most important things you can do to keep your computer virus free is to download and use Mozilla Firefox as your browser instead of Internet Explorer. Browsing is so much faster. It warns you before anything can touch your computer, and you can abort that connection. I don't use my Outlook Express any more either. Too risky. I use Internet based email only.

 ::applause:: One more vote for Mozilla Firefox!!!  ::disco::

About internet based email; I won't use hot/livemail anymore since it seems to be a real spam source. I'd prefer Gmail above anything else, although yahoo works fine too!
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: marc on Tue Aug 17, 2010 - 17:06:40
I'm a man, so I sit in front of my computer with my .44 and wait for them viruses to show up, then when they do, I shoot them suckers!!!

That, and AVG.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Joe Luna on Mon Oct 25, 2010 - 09:45:35
AVG(free) and Kaspersky(paid) are both good.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: wgooden on Thu Jan 20, 2011 - 04:57:57
I quit using AVG ... they are getting a little bloated and spammy ... started using Microsoft Security Essentials ... it's nice and free ... who else should be responsible for the mess of windows??
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: CrazyChristian on Sat Jan 29, 2011 - 12:01:07
Antivirus?  I use Linux.  Don't need no steenkin' antivirus.

Lol!

-Still though, You can have the strongest walls built, but their useless if you forget to lock the door...

Linux has a sort of anti-virus built in right? There are technologies out there for it. It's just by far the most stable.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: willy105 on Fri Feb 25, 2011 - 13:29:53
at work we use ZenOK Free Antivirus (http://freeantivirus.zenok.com/url). Using antivirus at the office is very important to protect our files so after trying with other trials version of free antivirus we stick with ZenOK
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: bookcase on Thu Mar 17, 2011 - 21:26:51
Anti-Virus?

None.

I'm running Linux.  Linux is basically immune to viruses.  There was a Linux virus that made the rounds back in 1998...I think that's when it was.

Linux is free and much faster than Windows.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: sunshine4God on Wed Oct 19, 2011 - 23:55:23
Avira antivirus.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: larry2 on Sat Oct 29, 2011 - 04:36:38
I had Norton as a part of my Comcast package, Avira as a backup, and my computer expert dumped both of them from my computer today in favor of "Microsoft Security Essientials" as being far superior to the others in security, free also, and faster.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: mwds120 on Mon Nov 21, 2011 - 15:09:11
I used AVG for a long time, although recently I switched to Microsoft's Security Essentials.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: DaveW on Fri Dec 09, 2011 - 11:54:22
When he was in college my son was on the computer help desk at Univ of Baltimore. They looked at a LOT of AV programs and what he told me was the one that performed the best for them was Avast - the free version. It actually caught more bugs than the paid version and as it was a smaller package, taxed the recources less which gave better speed to the rest of the programs running.  So we have been using that exclusively for the last 4 years.  (even tho I could get a major one for free from Comcast)
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Lavender on Wed Feb 01, 2012 - 12:27:24
My Norton Internet Security is about to expire and I am not going to renew it.  I want to go with Microsoft Security Essentials.  Should I uninstall Norton before or after I download MSE?   Or, does it matter?   ::shrug::
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Victor08 on Fri Feb 03, 2012 - 09:15:23
My Norton Internet Security is about to expire and I am not going to renew it.  I want to go with Microsoft Security Essentials.  Should I uninstall Norton before or after I download MSE?   Or, does it matter?   ::shrug::

If you install the new one immediately then you should be OK, you should not leave your computer unprotected for very long.

I always install Microsoft Security Essentials before uninstalling the expired AntiVirus.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Lavender on Sat Feb 04, 2012 - 02:10:00
Thank you for your reply.  I will install first.  I just didn't know if that was a good idea.  Thanks again.   ::smile::
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: fcadcock on Sun Feb 05, 2012 - 02:02:39
It's really sad that there are this many pages of people talking about anti-virus software on here when it's SO easy not to get them in the first place.

Simply use an operating system that doesn't grant system priveladges to it's user accounts.  It's been almost 15 years since Win98 came out and Microsoft STILL hasn't fixed this problem.  Simply don't allow the user (that's you) to have write access to system files and viruses are a non issue.  Mac figured that out early and it's taken years for the first real mac malware to show up.  I once got a virus on my linux machine, it asked me for a password and told me exactly what it wanted to do before it ran.  (so I deleted it)  It's a simple fix, but Microsoft makes too much money on security tools to fix the problem.  They'd just rather take your money for "protection," than make a secure system.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: LivingbyFaith61 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 - 00:01:43
I've used many over the years, both McAfee & Norton slowed my system down, so I started using Avast, which did a very good job for several years now. I didn't like AVG until they introduced the 2012 version...the Security Suite version is pretty good. Have used MS Security Essentials but not long enough to make an opinion about it. Currently I am using ESET Smart Security...it is light on the system and doesn't slow you down...but I had to buy it online for about $30.
If I had to use one of the free versions I would go back to Avast. And like others here, I have used Linux (Mint, Vector, Ubuntu, Puppy) and they all were without problems.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Victor08 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 - 04:03:57
I've used many over the years, both McAfee & Norton slowed my system down, so I started using Avast, which did a very good job for several years now. I didn't like AVG until they introduced the 2012 version...the Security Suite version is pretty good. Have used MS Security Essentials but not long enough to make an opinion about it. Currently I am using ESET Smart Security...it is light on the system and doesn't slow you down...but I had to buy it online for about $30.
If I had to use one of the free versions I would go back to Avast. And like others here, I have used Linux (Mint, Vector, Ubuntu, Puppy) and they all were without problems.

Why would you pay $30 for ESET Smart Security when Avast is free?
Did something make you think it is better?
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: LivingbyFaith61 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 - 16:39:25
I've used many over the years, both McAfee & Norton slowed my system down, so I started using Avast, which did a very good job for several years now. I didn't like AVG until they introduced the 2012 version...the Security Suite version is pretty good. Have used MS Security Essentials but not long enough to make an opinion about it. Currently I am using ESET Smart Security...it is light on the system and doesn't slow you down...but I had to buy it online for about $30.
If I had to use one of the free versions I would go back to Avast. And like others here, I have used Linux (Mint, Vector, Ubuntu, Puppy) and they all were without problems.

Why would you pay $30 for ESET Smart Security when Avast is free?
Did something make you think it is better?

I chose to purchase ESET Smart Security because it provides total security for email, web, malware, etc., and does not slow down your computer. The free version of Avast only protects against viruses and spyware, but I was using the Avast Pro version which I had paid about $30 for it as well. Nothing wrong with just using the free versions of AVG or Avast...I would recommend them to anyone...but if you want total protection (firewall, email scan, web scan, anti-spyware, anti-spam protection and such you really need one of the upper level versions of those programs. I was really impressed with AVG's Internet Security 2012 but chose ESET because I got it at a cheaper price.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Alfred Combes on Wed Feb 08, 2012 - 16:42:06
On my ubuntu system I am not worried about antivirus protection.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: fcadcock on Thu Feb 09, 2012 - 06:26:39
On my ubuntu system I am not worried about antivirus protection.

I might rather have viruses than the Unity desktop...  Not sure which is worse.  (xfce4 user here)
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Madona789 on Tue Feb 21, 2012 - 01:47:52
Currently I'm using Avira anti virus...... 

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Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: Charles Sloan on Fri Apr 06, 2012 - 22:59:21
nada
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: LoveToBeCatholic on Wed Apr 25, 2012 - 03:11:27
I think Avast is the best.  Microsoft security essentials works okay and is free.  AVG is good as well.
Title: Re: What Anti-Virus Program Do You Use?
Post by: old hand on Mon Mar 18, 2013 - 08:18:24
It's really sad that there are this many pages of people talking about anti-virus software on here when it's SO easy not to get them in the first place.

Simply use an operating system that doesn't grant system priveladges to it's user accounts.  It's been almost 15 years since Win98 came out and Microsoft STILL hasn't fixed this problem.  Simply don't allow the user (that's you) to have write access to system files and viruses are a non issue.  Mac figured that out early and it's taken years for the first real mac malware to show up.  I once got a virus on my linux machine, it asked me for a password and told me exactly what it wanted to do before it ran.  (so I deleted it)  It's a simple fix, but Microsoft makes too much money on security tools to fix the problem.  They'd just rather take your money for "protection," than make a secure system.

Mac virii exist, and will become more prevalent as market share increases (especially since the processor technology change).  Not sure why people buy Macs anymore, given the comparative price.  Linux is great for some, but there are still issues to work out.  It isn't immune to malware, either.  (Look at Ubuntu with adware by default.)

Norton and McAffee have been bloated beyond usefulness about as long as I can remember.  I quit using AVG when it couldn't get rid of some things it found.  Avast free is great, and I've never an issue using clam-based systems in *nix.  Spybot S&D is also useful as an addition.