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September 24, 2005 10:04:26 AM

I'm looking at BitDefender and Avast. Any comments on the free versions?

Always remember, you are unique...just like everyone else. :wink:
September 24, 2005 10:39:01 AM

There is no consensus, you will get recommendations for all of them. I use Avast and like the way it works.

....WW (5.1)
September 26, 2005 2:05:40 PM

They're all over rated and expensive.

I use McAfee Enterprise edition which works great, but it's expensive and really only used in companies.

Norton is a hog.. the ones you can buy off the shelf in the stores are commercialized and idiot proof, but make you an idiot and screw your computer up.

Panda Antivirus is really good and well priced.

www.pandasoftware.com

You won't be disappointed by them.
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September 28, 2005 8:58:44 AM

Thanks for the advice. I'm trying out Avast and liking it so far.

Always remember, you are unique...just like everyone else. :wink:
October 8, 2005 1:49:49 AM

YOu got one more vote for PANDA.

I have been using panda for about 3yrs now? yea about 3 yrs now and i love the firewall that's built in to the older verision the platinum 7 version. Now it's Changed and i No longer have it.

I currently been using Adaware, Pest Patrol (very nice app) AVAST, and Zone Alarm all at once and my PC has been pretty stable. scan each of those apps once a day sometimes more.

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October 11, 2005 3:41:13 PM

Should still be there... I'm using Platinum Internet Security and I still have the firewall. Even the Titanium version comes with the firewall now.

<font color=red> If you design software that is fool-proof, only a fool will want to use it. </font color=red>
October 23, 2005 7:30:02 PM

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Is Avast Free significantly superior to AVG Free? Because if so I'll probably switch.

I used to use AVG ... was a good free AV, but was constantly having problems with it's "free" update server (doesn't seem to be any issues with the paid version) ... so I switched to Avast and have NO PROBLEMS with updates ... I think they both rate about the same in comparative reviews (at least the last time I read any).

But opinions on AV programs will be all across the board ... but I like the "price" of Avast (and haven't had a single issue since I've used it).



<b>"The Edge - there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over." Hunter S. Thompson, </b><b><i>Hell's Angels, 1965</i></b>
October 27, 2005 11:32:57 AM

Yes me too...
Avg gives me update problem frequently and has
sometimes trouble finding a connection to the update server.
So i have to update manualy.
Pain and suffering... over a 56k


P4 530 asus p5gd1 O/C 3.3ghz
Dual Channel 1gb DDR400 3-3-3-8
Msi NX6600le MOD 8x1,3vp 375/533
and pushing on...-
October 27, 2005 12:51:04 PM

The updating problems of AVG was the reason I gave it up also.

Avast has worked flawlessly for over two years.

I need to reformat my kids!
....WW (5.1)
October 29, 2005 5:52:29 PM

Can't say I've *ever* had problems updating with AVG, maybe I'm just lucky... I'll stick with it - it's done me proud.

A program that costs £40 or more has to be pretty fewkin good for me to switch from something that's free, and most of the time, no matter what type of software it is, I don't see the added value. Now, to figure out Linux....

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November 1, 2005 10:48:17 AM

Avast is free ... and is more dependable (update-wise) than AVG ... but both are priced right.


<b>"The Edge - there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over." Hunter S. Thompson, </b><b><i>Hell's Angels, 1965</i></b>
November 2, 2005 4:30:57 PM

So is it safe to say AVAST is better then AVG?

"STOP BEING LAZY AND GOOGLE IT!"
November 2, 2005 11:15:28 PM

Better? Who is to say? I think there are too many variables when these things get tested such as release timing of updates etc. What is better one week could fall behind the next. Avast has been a very reliable program for me, and I have it on four different machines. Other than the reliable updating I also like the boot scan it will do before Windows loads.

Consider it a good alternative to the other programs out there.



I need to reformat my kids!
....WW (5.1)
November 3, 2005 5:38:15 PM

Also, for all of you cheapskates out there... look to see if you can find Panda OEM. It's dirt cheap (especially compared to Norton) and I like it better than Norton. I was able to get it for $15 CDN. (That wholesale, though... but I can't imagine it selling for more than $20 - $25)

<font color=red> If you design software that is fool-proof, only a fool will want to use it. </font color=red>
November 5, 2005 2:02:38 AM

yea well i used Panda Platinum 7 series for some time... untill my Subscription ran out. I was extremely used to the way there firewall worked, excellent program....

now the new version i tried the tiral version, the firewall is so crappy compareed to the old way, you can't set as many settings as you used to be able to

"STOP BEING LAZY AND GOOGLE IT!"
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