Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM?

Last response: in Applications
Share
March 28, 2006 4:37:28 PM

That's all this thread is about.

I like F-Secure since it has 3 scanning engines which enhance protection against any viruses.
March 28, 2006 5:28:31 PM

Nod 32 is the most solid out of the lot, may not look good but it does the job far better than the others.
March 28, 2006 5:28:34 PM

NORTON: is ok...I guess....but some virusses have messed my stuff with that
McAFFEE: this IS a virus....I hate that crap, I lost my pc TWICE due to McAfee (virus definitios were up to date), it detected viruses but they were allowed to dance all over my pc
AVAST!: same as McAffee but just one time,+, a friend had the same problem
Related resources
March 28, 2006 5:29:59 PM

Kaspersky is probably the best when it comes to definitions. Ask any trojan writer, they'll tell you 1-2 days of release Kaspersky is always the first to pick it up.
March 28, 2006 5:38:17 PM

I use AVAST, its a native 64bit kernal and thats baller for my xp x64!

i used mcaffe internet security suite for a long time and in my opinion avast is way better.

i do agree Norton misses alot, and mcaffee does a great job of finding the viruses but not cleaning them. i found my self manually deleting alot of stuff thx to mcaffee. avast has been great so far. takes care of those pesky active x controls also.
March 28, 2006 5:45:42 PM

I use Trend's PCCillin. When setup properly (which isn't hard), you never know it's there. Unlike Norton. My second choice would be Nod 32.
March 28, 2006 5:50:42 PM

I have never heard of that NOD32 before...i think i will give it a try..im getting sick of norton.
March 28, 2006 5:58:43 PM

None of these.... read on.....


NORTON is bloated and takes alot of system resources, however SYMANTEC antivirus (without the norton) has been amazing on my system. It has caught all kinds of hijackers, worms, even some adware and spyware.

If you can get the corporate edition I highly recommend it 8)
March 28, 2006 6:13:55 PM

Quote:
None of these.... read on.....


NORTON is bloated and takes alot of system resources, however SYMANTEC antivirus (without the norton) has been amazing on my system. It has caught all kinds of hijackers, worms, even some adware and spyware.

If you can get the corporate edition I highly recommend it 8)


DITTO I have the x64 edition for true 64 bit anitvirus glory.
March 28, 2006 6:29:19 PM

There's a few there I haven't even heard of.

tbh, I've only tried Norton and McAfee (currently using McAfee), and have so far never had a virus (of course, that may be due to the ineffectiveness of the software). Just a couple of false alarms with Norton (and problems connecting to online games - again with Norton).

I will follow this thread with interest, as I would be interested in switching
March 28, 2006 6:34:48 PM

I did a lot of research on this topic some time ago because most AVS programs take up a lot of system resources and slow your system down big time.

I ended up selecting NOD32 becasuse it kept your system running fast, it was hardly noticable. There were actual benchies for each program but I've long since lost that research.

But I'm pretty happy with NOD32 and have tried a few others. The latest version of NOD32 actually has a nice interface and looks very professional. It's very customizable for advanced users as well. You can really throttle the program to scan, update and filter just to your needs to further increase overall system performance.

But god help us all stay away from anything NORTON. What a POS company and software. Blech, it's like installing viruses on your own computer! But then soem people like self-torture.
March 28, 2006 6:45:03 PM

I also like F-Secure, but since I've knowed BitDefender's ability to find viruses I won't change anymore. Once you know BitDefender, you'll get in love with it.

Ohh, i almost forgot. here's a review of the best antivirus programs available and as you all can see, BitDefender is the best.
http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/
March 28, 2006 6:50:10 PM

well i use Sophos Anti-virus and never had any problems , i even tried to get a virus by going throw lots of dodgy sites, it picked them up and spat them out..!! great for surfing. 8O
March 28, 2006 6:52:08 PM

Oh - is Action_Man not online ?

Well, in his absence, I will do the honours....

Get a new keyboard ?
March 28, 2006 6:52:28 PM

I have a hard time trusting a resource like that though. They very well could be tipping the scales in favor of a certain product. That's not rock-science marketing to do that.

The comparrison also doesn't take into account overall system performance which for hard core gamers and computer nuts like us is pretty important. I'd like to see Toms or another reputable review site do a comparrison from a performance/feature perspective.

I debate even having virus software at times. I know what not to click on and how a person gets viruses. But I guess some viruses are getting tricker so it's better to be safe than sorry.
March 28, 2006 7:21:35 PM

I don't either because I don't download random crap from weinerpeniswarez.com or use Internet Explorer so it isn't really a problem. Again you guys, email a real trojan writer and ask him what works best at killing his work :p 
March 28, 2006 7:25:25 PM

Norton is absolute crap and bloatware, and never finds anything -- not because it does a good job of keeping garbage out, no way, it is simply useless! :x

like someone else said, McAffee finds more than Norton (but then, so could anything else :roll:) , but is useless for deleting anything.

AVG is what I use, it's definitely better than that Norton and McAffee crap.
March 28, 2006 7:33:34 PM

I've had really bad experiences with Mcafee + AVG :o 
March 28, 2006 7:50:04 PM

Thats a start, but facts are preferred. depends on the clients habits as to what they need if any at all, so I vote for whats needed, anything from free AVG to Panda Titanium. Oh, and servers are another story!
March 28, 2006 8:14:47 PM

i have to agree with the norton haters here!

i read somewhere "dont quote me" that norton sucks up a ridiculous amount of system ram. i wish i could remember the exact number but it was enough for both eyes. 8O

also when i first began working for teh company i do know the main computer we use here had a FULL uinstall of norton antivirus with everything from all the lil utilities to "norton system go back".

total boot time was around 20 mins. there was a time they had no tech here and would power it on and walk away until it was on.

since i threw that norton crap out the window (except "go back" due to OS complications and back ups) the computer runs fine with no lattencies or crazy boot times.

what a hog!
March 28, 2006 8:19:58 PM

So far AVG has not failed me. However, Norton recently failed not on me, but on one of my friends, allowing his pc to be so overloaded with trojans in one go, that now the pc, even when reformatted, is so unreliable it can be classed as an artform.
March 28, 2006 8:27:15 PM

Mcafee is a pile of useless donkey crap.
Norton is a pile of useless ram eating donkey crap.

Simple.

Get a free one, theyre just as good anyways, and you can get as many different free A/V programs as you want, as long as only one of 'em is running in the background.
I have manually deleted more viruses than Mcafee has 'deleted'. Within a few days of getting the internet connection with a new and up to date Mcafee program, we got a tonne of viruses. Not only that but I had to manually delete em.
No way am I ever paying for a AV program again.

What on earth makes people pay for programs that are crap, when they could be getting great programs for free.
March 28, 2006 8:30:35 PM

Clamav + clamwin + AVG + spybot S&D + adaware + *BSD + Linux + Unix ++
March 28, 2006 8:31:37 PM

Quote:
i have to agree with the norton haters here!

i read somewhere "dont quote me" that norton sucks up a ridiculous amount of system ram. i wish i could remember the exact number but it was enough for both eyes.


Second here.

Norton is crap, and it even gets worst if you try to uninstall it since the d@mn thing is too intrusive with Windows files. I had a horrible experience trying to uninstall Norton 2004 from a friends comp and believe me, it was one hell of a experience since the damn thing corrupted the windows registry and some other important stuff in the windows kernel. I ended up formatting the whole HD which took my work even longer.

As I said before, F-Secure is really a good antivirus program. Just give it a try here:
http://esd.element5.com/demoreg.html?productid=300042689&languageid=1

Quote:
9-Inch: Ohh, i almost forgot. here's a review of the best antivirus programs available and as you all can see, BitDefender is the best.
http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

I really don't know how reliable that source is, but definately F-Secure works for me.
March 28, 2006 8:40:37 PM

Quote:
i have to agree with the norton haters here!

i read somewhere "dont quote me" that norton sucks up a ridiculous amount of system ram. i wish i could remember the exact number but it was enough for both eyes.


Second here.

Norton is crap, and it even gets worst if you try to uninstall it since the d@mn thing is too intrusive with Windows files. I had a horrible experience trying to uninstall Norton 2004 from a friends comp and believe me, it was one hell of a experience since the damn thing corrupted the windows registry and some other important stuff in the windows kernel. I ended up formatting the whole HD which took my work even longer.

As I said before, F-Secure is really a good antivirus program. Just give it a try here:
http://esd.element5.com/demoreg.html?productid=300042689&languageid=1

Quote:
9-Inch: Ohh, i almost forgot. here's a review of the best antivirus programs available and as you all can see, BitDefender is the best.
http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

I really don't know how reliable that source is, but definately F-Secure works for me.
The fact is, that uber-trojans straight from the programmer's desktop will get by any anti-virus for a fair amount of time unless publicly released. Virus writers also have what's known as packers/binders that will change the tiny pieces of data in a file that virus programs read, which essentially turns any old virus into an undetectable. an anti-virus is only as good as the definitions, and kaspersky by far has the best...
March 28, 2006 8:47:31 PM

Quote:
i have to agree with the norton haters here!

i read somewhere "dont quote me" that norton sucks up a ridiculous amount of system ram. i wish i could remember the exact number but it was enough for both eyes.


Second here.

Norton is crap, and it even gets worst if you try to uninstall it since the d@mn thing is too intrusive with Windows files. I had a horrible experience trying to uninstall Norton 2004 from a friends comp and believe me, it was one hell of a experience since the damn thing corrupted the windows registry and some other important stuff in the windows kernel. I ended up formatting the whole HD which took my work even longer.

As I said before, F-Secure is really a good antivirus program. Just give it a try here:
http://esd.element5.com/demoreg.html?productid=300042689&languageid=1

Quote:
9-Inch: Ohh, i almost forgot. here's a review of the best antivirus programs available and as you all can see, BitDefender is the best.
http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

I really don't know how reliable that source is, but definately F-Secure works for me.


like i said above, I cant even remove NORTON SYSTEM GO BACK! with out losing everything on the computer. if it werent for important work files on this rig id strip it down faster than adriana lima!
March 28, 2006 8:52:05 PM

Quote:
The fact is, that uber-trojans straight from the programmer's desktop will get by any anti-virus for a fair amount of time unless publicly released. Virus writers also have what's known as packers/binders that will change the tiny pieces of data in a file that virus programs read, which essentially turns any old virus into an undetectable. an anti-virus is only as good as the definitions, and kaspersky by far has the best...


OK, I got it.

Well, to my previous experience, F-Secure does have good file definitions and they upload them 2 or 4 times in a day (depends on new threats).

Some time ago I used AVG 6.0 and I really liked it because it's not a system resource hog, but once it finds viruses "on the fly" (while you're using internet) it can't delete them. That was something really weird since you know your AV is working but it can't delete, heal or rename those viruses once it finds them; also, virus definitions in AVG are not that good and that was the final reason why a change this AV program :?
April 26, 2006 2:57:21 PM

Panda Platinum Internet Security for me.
May 7, 2006 5:55:30 AM

Well with Symantec Antivirus there is a heuristic detection, basicly if it is acting like a virus or smells like a virus it will be detected and dealt with...Im sure some might get through but nonetheless extended protection in that scenario.
May 27, 2006 3:17:16 PM

I have used Avast for quite a while and never got any problems with it. Looks better than AVG too.
June 10, 2006 5:15:26 PM

I use PC-Cillin, and have since 1997. The current version works incredibly well, and the only thing I would improve on it is the way you can only get rid of one spyware file at a time.

But I mostly use Spybot and Ad-Aware for that anyway. And Trend Micro definitely updates as often as anyone, particularly when it comes to definition files.
June 13, 2006 6:55:53 AM

I emailed Panda support about an issue I was having with a select few webpages. Firefox would simply display the HTML code instead of the page and IE would display a distorted version of the page. I knew it was an issue with Panda, because if I turned it off, the pages loaded fine.

Just this evening, they emailed me with a hotfix that fixed the issue. I don't know if this is something they had been working on before I emailed them... but I'm pleased they took the time to listen and actually fix their software... most such requests from major vendors fall on deaf ears.

I do realize it's been a month... however it was a problem that happened on only 2 websites I tried to visit. Everything else was fine. So they took the time to fix what to most big companies would be an insignificant problem.
July 28, 2006 7:32:05 AM

:twisted: :p  Zone-alarm Security Suite
(spyware & a virus remover)
& AVG Free
let zone alarm run and turn avg off incase you need a back up virus detector you never know :twisted: 8O :D 
!