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February 3, 2012 6:50:58 PM

So I just finished my new computer and I'm looking to get some anti virus. I used to use avast all the time on my old PC. Anyone know of something that's really good or just better then Avast? Or is Avast pretty good?

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February 3, 2012 6:58:09 PM

AVG is back.
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February 3, 2012 7:03:22 PM

I don't know about best, or how to measure best.

But, look at microsoft security essentials. It is entirely unobtrusive, seems to be effective, and gets updated as necessary.

It is free. MS does a lot of research on viruses, and it is in their best interests to keep windows running well.
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February 3, 2012 7:06:34 PM

you didnt say free or paid for

comodo internet security free version is pretty good and includes a firewall as well as anti virus
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February 3, 2012 7:13:45 PM

I use Avira free edition and when I see the comparison studies it ranks among the best and has for years both in free and in paid programs. I put it on all my friends and families computers as well and not a one has ever got a virus.

Other highly ranked free programs are Avast, Microsoft Security Essentials and AVG ( AVG did just have some major issues recently ).
I also use Malwarebytes antimalware.

You can also add a free firewall like Comodo for extra safety.

http://www.avira.com/

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/firewall.p...


Here is some 3rd party testing you might find interesting.

http://www.av-comparatives.org/en/comparativesreviews/d...
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February 3, 2012 8:03:56 PM

Hi :) 

I own computer shops and we fix viruses ALL the time....several every day....

Once we have removed the Viruses we INSIST on installing Norton Internet Security 2012, to the extent that if the customer wont have the Norton to protect them afterwards we refuse to remove the viruses...

Also, ALL my machines both in my shops and my personal machines have NIS 2012...that should tell you something....

AV is always a contentious subject and you will get LOTS of opinions about it in this thread, you will get lots of people saying the "free" ones are best, etc...

All I can say to them is that we see more machines with the "free" av WITH VIRUSES than anything else...

So you pays your money and takes your choice.....

The Americans have a great saying that I use a lot, "There aint no such thing as a free lunch"....

That applies to Anti-Virus programs as well...

All the best Brett :) 
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February 3, 2012 8:50:10 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
you didnt say free or paid for

comodo internet security free version is pretty good and includes a firewall as well as anti virus

sorry bro, you beat me to it..
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February 3, 2012 8:58:20 PM

I used to use Avast and AVG free AV's on my Win XP computers and they were OK, I guess, although I would get many false alerts and warnings and immediately stop everything I was doing to run a virus scan, only to find nothing. I eventually had 2 occasions of virus infections in which I had to reformat and reinstall WIN XP. I purchased Norton AV and found that it did more harm than good to my XP installations. It would somehow scramble .dll files or other system type files until I uninstalled it and promised'Never again' will I buy Norton AV.
I've since moved onto WIN 7HP and use Windows and use Microsoft security essentials. On a 30 day trial I got Norton Interne Security and it seemed to be transparent so I eventually bought a 3-pack for my rigs. It works in the background and is invisible. It scans the system when idle and never gives false alerts.
I think a lot of gains in AV have been made since the WIN XP days and WIN 7 has a lot to do with that.
I still feel a lot safer using the WIN firewall and Norton than relying on a 'free' av program.
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February 3, 2012 9:23:19 PM

In recent years, one of my most common fixes when peeps bring in their computers for repair is to remove Norton, Trend Micro or McAfee. Most common symptom is unexplained 90+ % CPU usage which usually results from a 3 month trial that came with a new PC and has now expired, that somehow mysteriously disappears as soon as the Norton / Trend Micro / McAfee processes are shut down in Task Manager. But have to say that I haven't seen this in almost two years ....cant say it don't happen any more just that I don't see many people using either of them anymore.

The free ones are OK if you are willing to put up with:

1) The manual update requirement.
2) The need to use separate malware and firewall programs.

We're not very insistent on what people use, there are numerous good products out there. But the three I recommend most are:

Checkpoint Software's ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite ($40 for 3 PC's)
http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-compu...

Bit Defender Internet Security Suite ($70 for 3 PC's)
http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/internet-security....
http://www.av-test.org/no_cache/en/tests/test-reports/t...[report_no]=114803

Kapersky Internet Security ($80 for 3 PC's)
http://usa.kaspersky.com/products-services/home-compute...
http://www.av-test.org/no_cache/en/tests/test-reports/t...[report_no]=114864
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February 3, 2012 10:25:51 PM

I say get Norton Internet Security 2012.
Set it & forget it. It's good for a year. After that you need to update your license key, but they always have sales.
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February 3, 2012 10:27:58 PM

nikorr is spot on for free programs!

for paid versions, kaspersky and bitdefender... although bitdefender is a pain to remove, even with their removal tool
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February 3, 2012 10:31:18 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
In recent years, one of my most common fixes when peeps bring in their computers for repair is to remove Norton, Trend Micro or McAfee. Most common symptom is unexplained 90+ % CPU usage which usually results from a 3 month trial that came with a new PC and has now expired, that somehow mysteriously disappears as soon as the Norton / Trend Micro / McAfee processes are shut down in Task Manager. But have to say that I haven't seen this in almost two years ....cant say it don't happen any more just that I don't see many people using either of them anymore.

The free ones are OK if you are willing to put up with:

1) The manual update requirement.
2) The need to use separate malware and firewall programs.

We're not very insistent on what people use, there are numerous good products out there. But the three I recommend most are:

Checkpoint Software's ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite ($40 for 3 PC's)
http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-compu...

Bit Defender Internet Security Suite ($70 for 3 PC's)
http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/internet-security....
http://www.av-test.org/no_cache/en/tests/test-reports/t...[report_no]=114803

Kapersky Internet Security ($80 for 3 PC's)
http://usa.kaspersky.com/products-services/home-compute...
http://www.av-test.org/no_cache/en/tests/test-reports/t...[report_no]=114864

sorry 'jack' too many free ones are just as good and the update function in Comodo is very hassle free..

Rogue77777 said:
I say get Norton Internet Security 2012.
Set it & forget it. It's good for a year. After that you need to update your license key, but they always have sales.

even though the new suite is easier on the system resources, it's still a heavy draw compared to others..
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February 3, 2012 10:32:46 PM

I haven't run any Antivirus program since 08 and I have never had one virus since getting rid of the Antivirus program. The people that made the Antivirus programs are the same people that make the virus Monopoly to the power of 2.
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February 4, 2012 6:12:11 PM

Norton 360 v4.0 or the new v5.0 has never let me down.
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February 10, 2012 11:04:34 PM

Well thank you all for the many choices to chose from. I went with Microsoft security essentials.
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February 10, 2012 11:45:16 PM

G Data Internet Security!
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September 5, 2012 7:43:21 PM

Norton 360 is decent, but don't ever let your subscription lapse, or you'll get annoying popups DAILY. Also, I'm not a big fan of their customer support either. I'd prefer a purely US based company any day of the week.
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December 21, 2012 5:56:21 AM

scubasteve526 said:
So I just finished my new computer and I'm looking to get some anti virus. I used to use avast all the time on my old PC. Anyone know of something that's really good or just better then Avast? Or is Avast pretty good?

I have just deleted avast and that was a problem. My comp geek swears by it but I am going back to AVG free or kaspersky if my new laptop shares
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April 9, 2013 10:11:09 PM

When it comes to save your data and personal as well as professional information from any virus or malware infection which generally gets into your PC via net, any external device, any mail, or any unauthorized access. There are many antivirus present now a days. You cannot choose the best one among them. While selecting your antivirus it is important to check your and OS requirements.
Some of the antiviruses good for your PC health are: -


    Immunet Plus
    Norton Security
    Kaspersky Antivirus
    Bitfinder Internet security suit

You can easily get the demo and paid version of the software.
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April 15, 2013 7:53:59 PM

scubasteve526 said:
So I just finished my new computer and I'm looking to get some anti virus. I used to use avast all the time on my old PC. Anyone know of something that's really good or just better then Avast? Or is Avast pretty good?


http://www.avast.com/get/WLk1iQEF
AVAST Internet Security is one of the ones i use for my pc and i do alot of downloading and torrents and i do alot of online gaming
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May 5, 2013 12:44:37 PM

hey all, I have used avg antivirus free and avast antivirus for years and no problems. I have tried MSE and I have had to many issues with it. just my opinion. poorguy
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May 8, 2013 1:15:20 AM

quickheal total security 2013 best of all ultimate it never slows down myPC
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June 4, 2013 9:52:38 AM

Avast is pretty good if you are talking about the free version. I you want to buy antivirus then I recommend Kaspersky or ESET.
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