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What Anti-Virus do you Use/Recommend?

What Anti-Virus do you Use/Recommend?   1,064 members have voted

  1. 1. What Anti-Virus do you Use/Recommend?

    • AntiVir
      53
    • Avast
      94
    • AVG
      97
    • BitDefender
      26
    • ClamAV
      14
    • eTrust
      12
    • F-Prot
      11
    • Kaspersky
      154
    • McAfee
      30
    • NOD32
      272
    • Norton
      28
    • Symantec
      60
    • Trend Micro
      20
    • Other - ?
      51
    • None!
      44

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Kaspersky is taking up 7 MBs during Idle all the time. :)

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using avg now, used to use norton, but its a pain to use now, resource hungry.

lokking at getting NOD32

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I have never heard of NOD32, until on this forum.

What so good about it?

I don't have AV since they take up too manu resources on my slow machine.

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Nod32 and Kaspersky have very good detection rates and use minimal system resources.

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I don't have AV since they take up too manu resources on my slow machine.

Post #76.

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i use avg but maybe i should try nod32

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NOD32 boasts excellent credentials worthy of an effective guard. Microsoft uses NOD32 in their release labs. Canon Japan also exclusively uses NOD32. ESET's software claimed the Virus Bulletin's coveted 100% award in every test since May 1998 and the ICSA Labs (Internet Computer Security Association) has given their "nod" to NOD32.

NOD32 Review

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wasnt really much of a Fan of Nod32 i really liked Kaspersky detection was perfect at the moment am trying out Avast like the Boot Scanner but i think thats all i like about it to be honest

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EDIT: I removed some content from my post because, like the idot i am, i was confusing NOD with Norton!!! Two WAY different products and as far as i know, NOD is a very good A/V.

When you read published results of how 'good' an A/V tool is, you have to take that information with a grain of salt. Often they don't include information like how well it gets along with your system or how many problems people have had with it. I've reason to believe that some A/V vendors tailor their s/w just to secure a good score and some of the criteria that the reviewers set is rather stupid.

I've used several products in the past, including AVG and Avast!. I've probably used the latter for the longest period of time. I think i used some sort of Norton security suite WAY back when.

Avast! is really good and it doesn't infect and bog down your system. They also seem like an ethical bunch. Once when i scanned a file which i thought was a known trojan and Avast! didn't alert, i emailed them about it. They explained exactly why it wasn't in their definitions and i agreed that they were right not to include it. I also asked them why they didn't make the VB 100% score on Virus Bulletin (http://www.virusbtn.com/index) (they are probably considered thee authority on A/V stuff) one time and they also explained that in detail. That's when i started to learn about the screwy criteria that some A/V reviewers set.

As Avast! progressed, it also got a little too bloated for my taste (been using it since early beta), so i started looking for alternatives. I found ClamWin and it was exactly what i wanted! -- no bLOAt, no hogging resources, no slowing down of my system, powerful command line options, a super clean GUI, completely free and, to top it off, open source. Updates are pumped out faster than some major vendors (Clam is set to check it's database hourly by default) and background scanning isn't even an option. Right now it's an on-demand scanner only, so i'd suggest noobs stay away. As an open source product, i think that would take the pressure off the developers to advertise useless statistics like "we detect 49,0000 known viruses". They also don't have to compromise their product to get a "good score" with any reviewers.

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wow atomizer, you really do pick the worst AVs to rely on.

i think that would take the pressure off the developers to advertise useless statistics like "we detect 49,0000 known viruses"

ahahaha. yah, i prefer an antivirus that can only detect ten viruses

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wow atomizer, you really do pick the worst AVs to rely on.

ahahaha. yah, i prefer an antivirus that can only detect ten viruses

i prefer intelligent comments from knowledgeable people who've done their research. oh well, guess i'm out of luck.

i knew it was portable, but didn't see that page. good catch :)

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I use Symantec's 8.0. It is resource hungary surely but works for me.

I must admit that first time I have read abt NOD32. I really did not know it exists. I am really impressed with its rating in this Poll. And will try to test it soon.

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There's way too may horror stories with NOD, some of which i've experienced myself on other peoples machines. IMO, for all intents and purposes, NOD is a virus.
In computer security, a computer virus is a self-replicating computer program that spreads by inserting copies of itself into other executable code or documents.
Wikipedia - Computer Virus

I've never heard of NOD32 installing itself on other computers automatically... :P

But honestly - "way too many horror stories"? I've heard of some incompatibilities (DX8 cards and the custom GUI for example, Azureus IMON problem), but never any real horror stories. Any links or specific examples?

That's defintately cool. I'll be adding that to my USB stick. :)

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I've never heard of NOD32 installing itself on other computers automatically... :P

...But honestly - "way too many horror stories"? I've heard of some incompatibilities (DX8 cards and the custom GUI for example, Azureus IMON problem), but never any real horror stories. Any links or specific examples?

Man-oh-man!!! I did it AGAIN! My fault -- i keep confusing NOD with NORTON! Far as i know, NOD is a very good product. Sorry about that.

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Man-oh-man!!! I did it AGAIN! My fault -- i keep confusing NOD with NORTON! Far as i know, NOD is a very good product. Sorry about that.

thats a pretty bad mistake! :P btw Have you heard of Norman antivirus? :D

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thats a pretty bad mistake! :P btw Have you heard of Norman antivirus? :D

I have. I don't know anything about it, though the name sounds like an obvious rip from Notron and it they're trying to be like them, well, heh.

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Hehe... I thought that might be out of place. I decided to take the cheeky route. :P

But yeah... Norton is a pretty horrible product. :no:

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I use AVG free. im thinking about getting kaspersky, but i see no resion to stop useing avg. its worked great for me so far.

i would also like to conferm how much norton sucks. its not even funny.

how good is NOD32?

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You can download a 30-day trial of NOD32 from their website - www.eset.com

I've always prefered NOD32 over Kaspersky - it's not me saying one is better than the other - it's just personal preference. Kaspersky is a very good on-demand scanner, and I've heard that the real-time scanning performance has improved with version 6, but I haven't tested it yet.

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I guess i will give both try before i decide. ive heard good things about both, so i shall see...

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NOD32 got my vote. It boiled down to the resource usage. I used it on my 2000 Server (AMD K6-II 350 w/ 128MB RAM) up until recently. It had a bad reaction to heat. Anyway, it ran great on that little old box for a couple of years. The interface is a little clunky which is the only downfall I can think of for it.

I still have Norton SystemWorks 2004 on my main system w/ no problems & decent detection when I do something stupid. It does have problems removing things, though. I then have to remove them manually. It has some other functions that I like so I haven't jumped ship...yet. I definitely will never touch their Internet Security Suite. I have seen many problems first-hand with Symantec products & don't recommend them to anyone, nor will I buy anymore. :realmad:

I use AVG on my wife's computer and that works ok.

I use McAfee Enterprise 8.0 on my laptop. Seems to work just fine and can detect some adware/spyware.

I will have to try out Kaspersky. Since 2002, when I first heard of them, they've been held in high regard. Looks like another job for VMware. :yes:

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