Best Antivirus Software

On a dual boot system with Win 98 and Win XP can I install two different Antivirus programs like Norton and McAfee or they haveto be the same?

Which is the best antivirus software?

Has anybody heard of VNode 32 antivirus and if yes your opinions please.

Thank You
Jeffrey
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  1. I like Bitdefender best. Used to have Norton but Norton kept causing problems with certain games or programs I had, even without the firewall...

    Bitdefender however hasn't caused me any trouble so far. Even the firewall isn't a pain in the *ss. And it has an easy to use live update proggy.

    Is it a bad thing if there is smoke coming out of my case?
  2. Norton Antivirus 2003 is good, and don't wait for ver2004 coz it has drm.

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    My computer is <b>sooo fast</b>,
    It finished <b>SETI</b> in <b>10 seconds.</b>
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  3. Can you please post a link for the Antivirus you mentioned?

    This might be a stupid question but What is drm?

    Thanks
    Jeffrey
  4. <A HREF="http://www.ala.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Our_Association/Offices/ALA_Washington/Issues2/Copyright1/Digital_Rights_Management/Digital_Rights_Management.htm" target="_new">more info on Digital Rights Management</A>
  5. What link?
    An url for the NAV2003 or NAV2004 download?

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    My computer is <b>sooo fast</b>,
    It finished <b>SETI</b> in <b>10 seconds.</b>
    <font color=blue>
  6. DRM: Just like Windows XP, you need to activate the program using your phone or internet connection.

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    My computer is <b>sooo fast</b>,
    It finished <b>SETI</b> in <b>10 seconds.</b>
    <font color=blue>
  7. I've never used anything better than <A HREF="http://us.pandasoftware.com/products/platinum/" target="_new">Panda AntiVirus Platinum 7.0</A>.

    You can install different programs in different partitions that contain an individual OS, as long as you <i>restrict the use of the programs to the partitions associated with those operating systems</i>. In other words, don't install Norton within the partition that contains Win98, and then run the program to scan the partition that contains WinXP. And don't install McAfee within the WinXP partition, and then scan or try to run the program within the partition that contains Win98. Once you've booted up into an OS, only use the tools that have been actively installed into that partition, where the elements of the program are registered. Otherwise, you may be looking at BSODs, data corruption, or an unbootable volume in the future.

    Toey

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  8. Norton is the best in the market.

    F-DISK-Format-Reinstal DO DA!! DO DA!!
  9. Norton Antivirus 2004 RTM is already done.
    Check it in IEXBEta.com.

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    My computer is <b>sooo fast</b>,
    It finished <b>SETI</b> in <b>10 seconds.</b>
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  10. The release date is late sept. :evil:

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    It finished <b>SETI</b> in <b>10 seconds.</b>
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  11. I completely agree with Toey. Panda is much better than Norton, certainly much less of a resource hog and updates daily rather than weekly.

    <font color=red> If you design software that is fool-proof, only a fool will want to use it. </font color=red>
  12. does it offer better protection than norton's

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  13. and a auto-update feature like norton's.

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    "but" <b>MONEY</b> - heck, <i>it's no easy task. :eek: </i>
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  14. <A HREF="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,55803,pg,2,00.asp" target="_new">Stealth Fighters - How the Programs Performed</A>

    Panda not only outperforms Norton in some cases, but when auto-updating the virus definition file <i>and</i> the program's components, is much faster than using Symantec's Live Update, which has always been somewhat buggy, IMHO. The virus definition .sig file can also be downloaded manually from the web site very quickly, if you've got a broadband connection, which is a nice addition.

    Panda also has a feature called CPU Load Management, which reduces CPU usage during a scan to prevent other foreground tasks from slowing down.

    One of the best aspects about the program is that if a suspicious file is found and quarantined during a heuristic scan, you can send it directly to Panda and have the file tested. This works 24/7, and the response time from the company is par none; I've received answers within five minutes or less, even when mailing them multiple files.

    I wish you good luck, if you think that you'll get the same sort of service from a company like Symantec.

    Panda also offers free removal and repair tools for the majority of recent, major viruses that are identifed, (without installing the utility), and a free online scan for those without any current protection.

    Finally, two other useful features. Panda allows you to create completely customized scans, and also creates an entry in the right-click menu, so you can scan an individual file or folder, even if the program is not currently active, or started when Windows is first loaded. It's very handy to be able to scan a single file in a few seconds, instead of having to scan an entire partition, especially if you have an interest in P2P programs.

    Try it for yourself, and make your own comparisons. You can download a free evaluation version of the software.

    <A HREF="http://us.pandasoftware.com/register.asp?CodigoProducto=9&TipoLead=2&TipoUsuario=2&Tipo=1&Ref=WWEN-PLT-DES&Idioma=2&Country=US&sec=down" target="_new">Download free evaluation software</A>

    Toey

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  15. that looks nice.
    Man! if i only don't have full retail pirated copy of norton antivirus 2003, i would give panda a try.

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  16. :smile:

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  17. on aroll

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